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Tascam DR05 Portable Recorder


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Manufacturer # DR05

Our Stock # TADR05

  • Portable handheld recorder.
  • 96 kHz sampling.
  • High resolution, 24-bit audio.
  • ?” microphone/line input.
  • Lightweight design.
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Tascam’s DR-05 portable audio recorder is an excellent tool for audio recordists and journalists seeking a powerful and affordable handheld audio capture unit. With a 96 kHz sampling rate and high resolution, 24-bit audio, the DR-5 is capable of delivering top-tier audio in a range of challenging environments. The DR-05 features an ?” microphone/line input inside a durable and lightweight case.

TASCAM’s DR-05 brings high-quality stereo recording to an easy-to-use portable powerhouse with a size and price that anyone can handle. The DR-05 records in MP3 or WAV format – including 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio – to microSD or microSDHC media. A pair of all-new microphones handles up to 125dB SPL with the sensitivity to capture every detail. With new recording features like Peak Reduction and Quick Menu, the DR-05 puts album-quality recording in the palm of your hand.

Premium-quality Sound

Everything about the DR-05 is designed to get the best quality recordings of your music. A new pair of built-in microphones withstands up to 125dB SPL – the volume of a jet plane from 200 feet away – yet still have the sensitivity to capture every detail of a performance. You can add your own microphone or line-level source through the 1/8” stereo input, including plug-in power for microphones that need it.

Internally, the DR-05’s digital and analog circuit boards are built separately to increase noise performance, with a low-impedance design to further decrease hiss. A separate power supply is sent to the A/D and D/A converter for even better audio performance. The result is clean sound quality – over 92dB signal to noise ratio, under 0.05% total harmonic distortion and 20Hz to 40kHz response (-1/+3dB) at 96kHz/24-bit resolution.

Simple to Operate

The layout of the DR-05 has been revamped to be quick and easy to work with one thumb. Operations like recording, adjusting levels, deleting bad takes and adding markers are just a button press away. Dig deeper to find features like limiting, low cut filtering, a built-in chromatic tuner and more.

One new feature that makes the DR-05 easy to operate is the new Peak Reduction feature. This setting automatically sets your recording level by listening to the input and adjusting for the best level. Unlike Auto Gain settings, this one only goes down to prevent accidental distortion after a period of low level like a break. Peak Recording works in rehearsal mode or in record, so if the performance is louder than the soundcheck you’re still safe. Used with the built-in limiter, it’s unlikely you’ll distort your career-making live recording.

Other classic TASCAM features are included, like Variable Speed Audition to loop and slow down music without changing the pitch – perfect for transcribing or learning new music. A Level Align function can be switched on for playback, to smooth out any sudden volume jumps, and a built-in speaker is also provided. The two AA batteries are enough to power the recorder for 17 1/2 hours, even while recording at CD quality.

For musicians and recordists at any stage of their career, there’s no easier way to get great-sounding recordings than TASCAM’s DR-05.

Handheld Portable Recorder

Built-in Stereo Condenser Omnidirectional Microphones with sensitivity

up to 125dB SPL

Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording

Stereo MP3 recording from 32-320 kbps bit rate

Peak Reduction function, optimized for music recording, automatically sets the gain of while recording

Limiter and low-cut filter to help prevent distortion

Automatic or manual level setting

Self timer recording starts recording 5 or 10 sec. after pressing the record button for waiting until you are ready

Auto and manual track increment

Variable speed playback (50%-150%) without changing the pitch

Loop and repeat playback

Level Align feature prevents uneven volume levels during playback

Playback EQ setting

Editing function (Divide and delete)

Up to 99 mark points on each file

Chromatic tuner

1/8” stereo mic/line input

USB 2.0 port for transfer to PC and external power

Up to 2-second pre recording buffer

Jump back function returns to previous point with one action (1-10, 20, 30 sec.)

1/8” headphone/line output

Built-in speaker

microSD (64MB – 2GB)/microSDHC (4GB – 32GB) card slot (2GB card included)

Powered by 2 AA batteries, AC adapter (optional: PS-P515U), or USB bus power

Tripod socket hole


2 3/8” W x 5 9/16” H x 1” D


4 1/16 oz