Tascam DR 05

Tascam DR 05



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.

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Simple-to-use 24-bit/96kHz Digital Recorder with Omnidirectional Microphones

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.

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.

High-end Recording Quality

TASCAM’s DR-05 puts premium recording quality in the palm of your hand. Up to 96kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV film recording provides better than CD quality to capture every detail. Record WAV or MP3 files to the included 2GB microSD Card, or expand with your own microSD & SDHC media.

Like all TASCAM products, the DR-05 is simple to use with functions like two-button record and the Quick Menu for fast setting changes.

Built into the DR-05 are a pair of omnidirectional condenser microphones. These stereo microphones are tailored for natural ambient recording, with rich bass response and lower handling noise than most handheld recorders.

The built-in microphones capture a wide, natural frequency range suitable for any type of voice, nature or musical recording. A 1/8″ microphone input is also available for adding your own stereo microphone or recording a line-level source.

Like most TASCAM handheld recorders, the DR-05 includes playback modes to loop a section of playback or slow it down without changing the pitch, perfect for learning new music. A built-in speaker is included for checking recording without headphones. The Level Align feature smooths out level jumps during playback to help you monitor your raw, unmastered recordings.

Other handy additions include a chromatic tuner and tripod stand mount.

Peak Limiter Prevents Clipping

A built-in stereo peak limiter prevents unexpected loud sounds from distorting your recording. Just flip it on to keep sudden jumps from ruining your takes.

Another recording mode is the Auto Level setting, which sets the level based on the sound level in the room. Other settings include a low cut filter, useful for removing rumble or wind noise when outdoors. (A windscreen is also sold seperately.)

Optional DR-05 Accessories

Though the DR-05 has everything you need to start recording – including AA batteries and a micro2GB SD Card – a host of available accessories make recording in the field even easier.


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Portable Recorder

•Stereo condenser microphones for lively, high-quality sound and high-resolution recording

•Proven high sound pressure design for capturing loud sounds of up to 125dB SPL, making it ideal for loud band recordings

•Peak reduction function that detects peaks and automatically sets the optimal level

•Self timer recording function

•Seamless gain control

•Three low cut filter levels that cut unnecessary low frequency noise such as from air conditioning equipment(40/80/120Hz)

•Speed change (VSA) function for adjusting the speed from 0.5 to 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments), which is great for practicing music and language study

•Level align feature that prevents uneven volume levels

•Equalizer setting for adjusting playback sound quality

•Divide/delete functions

•Loop/repeat playback function that is convention for practicing music and studying languages

•Resume function that retains the last stop position and starts playback from that position when power is turned back ON

•Jump back and play that skips back a preset number of seconds during playback (1 to 10 sec in 1 sec increments, 10 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec)

•QUICK menu button for easy access to various functions

•High-quality 24-bit/96kHz WAV/BWF linear PCM recording and long recordings as MP3 files possible

•microSD/microSDHC cards can be used as recording media

•A 4GB microSD card is included. Up to 149 hours of recording is possible with the included card (MP3 at 32kbps)

•Mark function that can set up to 99 points for a single track Mark information can be utilized by BWF compatible software

•Audio files created on computers can be played (Only in formats compatible with this product)

•Built-in monaural speaker with an output of 0.3W

•Pre-recording buffer that can record up to 2 seconds prior to starting recording

•When a predetermined maximum file size is reached, a new file is created to continue recording

•Track increment creates new files at arbitrary locations during recording

•File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or the date

•The first six characters of the file name for recording can be set freely

•Playlist function

•A chromatic tuner is equipped which is helpful for practicing musical instruments

•Stereo mini headphone jack for external stereo microphones (provides plug-in power) / External line input

•Stereo mini headphone line output / Headphone output connector

•128×64 pixel graphic LCD with backlight

•High-speed file transfer to a computer is possible using USB 2.0

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

•Mini USB cable included

•Tripod attachment screw-hole built in to the unit

Recording mediamicroSD card (64MB to 2GB), microSDHC card (4GB to 32GB)
File systemFAT16/32
File formatWAV(BWF), MP3
Sampling frequency44.1kHz/48kHz/96kHz
Quantization bit rate16/24bit
Sampling frequency44.1kHz/48kHz
Bit-rate for recording32/64/96/128/192/256/320kbps
Playback bit rate32 to 320kbps, VBR, ID3 tag Ver. 2.4
Number of channels2-channel(Stereo)
Playback speed control (VSA)0.5 to 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments) *44.1/48kHz only
Built-in microphoneOmnidirectional, stereo
Connector3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack, Unbalanced, Plug-in power
Input Impendance25kΩ
Nominal Input Level-20dBV
Maximum Input Level-4dBV
Connector3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack, Unbalanced
Output Impendance12Ω
Nominal Output Level-14dBV(10kΩ load)
Maximum Output Level2dBV(10kΩ load)
Maximum Output20mW 20mW(32Ω load)
Built-in speakers0.3W, Mono
Low-cut filter40Hz/80Hz/120Hz
ConnectorMini-B type
Chromatic tunerC1 to B6, A4 = 435Hz to 445Hz (in 1Hz increments)
Tripod attachment screw-hole1/4 inch, Tripod attachment screw-hole
Power2 AA batteries,

USB bus power,

AC100 to 240V (Optional AC adapter)

Power consumption1.7W (Max)
Battery operation time
With alkaline batteries


Approx. 17.5 hours (WAV, 44.1kHz, 16bit, using built-in microphone, JEITA)
With Ni-MH batteries


Approx. 15.5 hours (WAV, 44.1kHz, 16bit, using built-in microphone, JEITA)


Weight116g / 0.25lb

(Without battery)

Standard accessories4GB microSD card, USB connection cable, 2 AA batteries for confirming operation, Owner's Manual, Warranty card


Audio performance
Frequency response20Hz to 20kHz 1dB/-3dB (Fs 44.1kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)

20Hz to 22kHz 1dB/-3dB (Fs 48kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)

20Hz to 40kHz 1dB/-3dB (Fs 96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)

Distortion0.05% or lower (Fs 44.1k/4k8/96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
S/N ratio92dB or higher (Fs 44.1k/48k/96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)


Computer compatibilty
OSWindows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
CPU type/speedPentium 300MHz or faster
Memory128MB or more
OSMac OS X Jaguar (V10.2), Mac OS X Panther (V10.3), Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4),

Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard(V10.6.8), OS X Lion(V10.7),

OS X Mountain Lion(V10.8)

CPU type/speedPower PC, iMac, G3, G4, G5 266MHz or faster
Memory64MB or more


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