Tascam DR 10X

Tascam DR 10X



The compact DR-10X audio recorder attaches to a handheld microphone for the ultimate compact news gathering recording system.

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The compact DR-10X audio recorder attaches to a handheld microphone for the ultimate compact news gathering recording system. A captive XLR connector attaches firmly to any dynamic microphone for capturing interviews in Broadcast WAV format at sampling rates of 44.1/48 kHz and 16/24-bit resolution or in MP3 format. Recordings can be offloaded through a USB connection or by loading the microSD card into a computer.

The DR-10X offers both manual and automatic gain setting, a low-cut filter and a limiter to prevent overloads. The Dual Recording mode can be used to create a copy of the audio at a lower level as a backup track in case there is distortion. Recording can begin instantly by sliding the record switch while turning the unit on.

Record audio without a cable

This audio recorder is designed for plug-on connection, so it can be connected directly to XLR handheld dynamic mics or battery-powered condenser mics. Thus, it is perfectly suited for recording interviews, conferences, seminars, meetings and any other situation using a handheld microphone.

•Simple plug-on connection with any XLR handheld mic

•Locking mechanism assures a tight connection with the microphone

•Ideal for use with high-quality shotgun mics

Compact and lightweight yet fully featured

The DR-10X fits in the palm of the hand and is a true lightweight at only 56.3 grams. For small-scale reporting, you can record high-quality audio with just a microphone and the DR-10X. There is no need to carry bulky equipment – you can now record with a compact rig that you can hold in one hand.

•Compact and lightweight design

•Headphones output to check recorded data right away and to monitor the input during recording

•Built-in clock and support for BWF files (time information is stored in metadata)

•Dual-recording for simultaneously creating a safety track at a lower level

•Sliding record button and hold function to prevent misoperation during recording

•Automatic gain control function, limiter function

•Easy-to-read OLED display

•Automatic file closing prevents the loss of already recorded data when the batterie runs out of power

Designed to capture high-quality mono audio

The DR-10X creates mono WAV audio files at 44.1/48 kHz and 16/24 bits (BWF format) which is ideal for recording interviews, press conferences, meetings and other sources that are not needed in stereo format. Since firmware version 2.0, it is also possible to create space-saving MP3-format recordings at 16/24-bit resolution and a bit rate of 128 kbit/s or 192 kbit/s. You can use the automatic gain function and use the switchable limiter for overload protection or adjust the input level manually. And the dual-recording function records a safety track at a lower level (–6 dB or –12 dB).

Designed to provide reliable recording in the field

To ensure high reliability, the DR-10X is engineered to prevent misoperation during recording. The recording switch uses a sliding mechanism that prevents misoperation from accidentally pressing a button. In addition, the hold function can prevent recording from being stopped by accidental contact with a button.

You can check the battery level on the easy-to-read organic EL display. Even if the battery should run out unexpectedly, the unit will automatically close the file before it shuts down to prevent loss of already recorded data.

Even though the DR-10X is very compact, it can play back recorded files. You can connect headphones to check recorded data right away.

Time information is stored with the audio data for easy searching and editing. And you can also let the unit create new files at regular intervals during recording without interruption.

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Portable Recorder

•Compact, lightweight audio recorder that can be attached directly to a dynamic microphone with XLR connector

•Records to microSD/microSDHC card (up to 32 GB)

•Mono/poly recording at 44.1/48 kHz sample rate and 16/24-bit resolution

•BWF-compatible WAV format allows inclusion of time information within audio files

•Recording and playback of MP3 format files

Sampling rate: 44.1/48 kHz, resolution: 16/24 bits

Bit rate: 128/192 kbit/s (recording), 32–320 kbit/s (playback)

•Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels to provide a safety track in case of distortion (level reduction for secondary recording selectable –6/–12 dB)

•Recording level can be set to High/Mid/Low

•AGC function (Auto Gain Control)

•Switchable limiter to prevent clipping

•Switchable low-cut filter conveniently reduces low-frequency noise

•Time track increment function

•Playback function for checking recordings via headphones

•Headphones output

•A warning sound can be output, when the unit is low on battery, low on recording space or when recording cannot be started

•Built-in clock for storing time information with recordings

•Fastening mechanism for a stable joint between the recorder and the microphone

•OLED display with great visibility

•Micro USB-B connector for easy data transfer with a computer

•Power supply through one AAA battery/rechargeable or USB connection

•Settings can be created in a text file on a computer and transferred to the DR-10X via USB

•Firmware update possible using the microSD card


Recording media

microSD card (64 MB−2 GB)

microSDHC card (4 GB−32 GB)

Recording/playback formats

BWF-compatible WAV format, 44.1/48 kHz, 16/24 bits, mono/poly

MP3 format, 44.1/48 kHz, 128/192 kbit/s (recording) 32–320 kbit/s (playback)

Audio input and output

Microphone input

XLR (female) (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)

When MIC GAIN set to EXT (unbalanced input)

  Maximum input level

−8 dBu

  Nominal input level

−24 dBu

When MIC GAIN set to LO/MID/HI (balanced input)

  Maximum input level

−31 dBu

  Minimum input level

−63 dBu

  Mic input gain

LO: +29 dB

MID: +35 dB

HI: +45 dB

  Input impedance

10 kΩ or more

Headphones output

3.5-mm stereo phone jack (dual mono audio output)

Audio performance (input to phones output)

When MIC GAIN set to EXT (unbalanced input)

  Frequency response

20 Hz – 22 kHz, +1/−3 dB


0.05% (1 kHz sine wave, maximum input level)

  S/N ratio

92 dB or higher (maximum phones volume)

When MIC GAIN set to LO/MID/HI (balanced input)

  Frequency response

20 Hz – 22 kHz, +1/−3 dB


0.05% (1 kHz sine wave, maximum input level)

  S/N ratio

80 dB or higher (maximum phones volume)

Requirements for connected computers

Supported operating systems

Windows 7, Windows 8 (including 8.1)

Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)

Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)

Power supply and other specifications

Power supply

1 AAA battery (alkaline, NiMH or lithium)

USB bus power from a computer

Power consumption

0.65 W (maximum)

Current consumption (USB bus power)

0.25A (maximum)

Date and time data retention

Built-in lithium battery

Dimensions (w × h × d, excluding protrusions)

52 mm × 95 mm × 28 mm


68 g (with battery)

56 g (without battery)

Operating temperature range

0–40 °C

Approximate battery operation time (continuous operation)

Conditions: WAV recording, 48 kHz/24 bit, headphones not connected, limiter off, dual recording off

Alkaline battery (EVOLTA)

10 h (JEITA recording time)

NiMH battery (eneloop)

8 h (JEITA recording time)

Lithium battery (Energizer Ultimate Lithium)

15.5 h (JEITA recording time)


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