Tascam DR 22 WL

Tascam DR 22 WL



The groundbreaking DR-22WL from TASCAM is the first portable recorder to include Wi-Fi for transport control, file transfer, and audio streaming to your smartphone or PC.

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An Easy-To-Use Portable Recorder with All New Mics and Breakthrough Wi-Fi Technology

The groundbreaking DR-22WL from TASCAM is the first portable recorder to include Wi-Fi for transport control, file transfer, and audio streaming to your smartphone or PC. Other innovations like the new Scene Dial make it easier than ever to capture great-sounding recordings and share them online. A set of stereo condenser microphones is arranged in true XY pattern for ideal stereo imaging. The eight-position Scene Dial selects recording settings for typical situations, or can be set to full manual for greater control.

Included in the DR-22WL is a Wi-Fi function for controlling its transport and transferring files to a smartphone or computer. A free app for iOS and Android controls the transport and transfers files for instant upload. For a recording beginner or experienced user looking for a great-sounding, portable recorder with Wi-Fi, the DR-22WL is the only choice.

The Version 2.10 supports multiple languages display including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. Also supports file name display in each language. DR-22WL/DR-44WL will provide higher usability for users of all over the world.

Added Features in DR-22WL/DR-44WL Version 2.00

  • Router mode has been added for Wi-Fi connection
  • Sharing the Recorded Audio Files in other Apps and Cloud Services
  • Renaming or Deleting the Files
  • Renovated Graphic Design Allows Easy, Intuitive Operation

Router mode has been added for Wi-Fi connection

Selecting the newly added “VIA ROUTER” enables the wireless remote control operation by connecting your smartphone or tablet device to a Wi-Fi router installed in a studio or at home. Remote control is operable with email, map, or other apps and online services at the same time.

Selecting “TO DEVICE”, on the other hand, allows direct, one-to-one connection with the DR-22WL/DR-44WL, and so the remote control function works in the outdoor environment where Wi-Fi router is not available. By letting the users choose the connection mode depending on their purpose and situation, this product supports a wide range of applications.

Sharing the Recorded Audio Files in other Apps and Cloud Services

The recorded audio files can be shared on email, memo, Dropbox, or other OS standard apps. This allows users to transfer the recorded audio files to other users, or upload them for data management.

* Apps for file sharing depend on the device OS or the type of installed apps.

* In Version2.00 or later, SoundCloud direct uploading function has lost. Because SoundCloud has removed the function. Please use a computer when you want to upload the file onto SoundCloud.

Renaming or Deleting the Files

Files saved in the App or in the DR-22WL/DR-44WL can be renamed or deleted. Even if there are too many takes, file management is now made easier.

Renovated Graphic Design Allows Easy, Intuitive Operation

The recording level monitoring is always an important task during the recording; the latest update added colors to the level meters, improving the legibility. The windows for setting, input level adjustment, and browser have also been refreshed. It offers even easier-to-read design for more intuitive operation.

Firmware V1.20

The product improvement in Version 1.20 is the XRI (eXtended Recording Information) feature which embeds the DR-22WL/DR-44WL settings information into the BWF file. The BWF format audio file settings information, such as recorder name, recording level and input source can be included in the file. The “previous concert setting” can be easily reproduced.

In addition, a smartphone’s GPS information can be embedded while connected to the recorder via Wi-Fi and using the TASCAM DR CONTROL app. The GPS information of the recording is very useful when making recordings in multiple locations, and the XRI data containing the GPS information is useful as a log when recording environmental sounds.

We are constantly improving the functionality of the TASCAM handheld line to make recording more enjoyable and convenient. A customer and recording enthusiast who asked “Please tell me how the sample sound on the website was recorded…” was the impetus for the development of the XRI feature. Input settings and recording level data are very important elements for maximizing the quality of a recording, and we saw massive potential in embedding them in the audio file. TASCAM has over 60 years of experience in the recording industry, and the XRI function is our latest innovation.

Equipped with XRI (eXtended Recording Information) functionality that embeds GPS information and settings information in the recording file

XRI is a function that stores the recording settings after each recording. This function allows the user to identify the recorder used, as well as the settings. XRI information can be displayed on XRI-compatible models and applications.

While using the DR CONTROL smartphone app, GPS information of the recording location can be embedded. This function is useful for outdoor sound-gathering recordings. XRI information is accessible on the main unit or from the DR CONTROL app.

XRI function supports BWF format recordings. Three modes of operation can be selected – OFF/ON/ON GPS.

OFF:Extended recording information (XRI) is not recorded.

ON:Extended recording information (XRI) is recorded into the BWF file. The following information is included…

  • MAKER(Maker Name):Recorder’s brand name
  • MODEL(Model Name):Recorder’s model name
  • FW VER.(Firmware Version):Recorder’s Firmware version
  • SOURCE(Input Source):Sound input method (input terminal or microphone)
  • INPUT LV(Input Level Setting):Input level setting
  • LOW CUT(Low Cut Filter Setting):Low cut filter setting
  • LV CTRL(Level Control Setting):Recording level – automatic control function
  • EFFECT(Effect Setting):Effect ON/OFF

ON GPS:In addition to the above information, GPS information of where the recording was initiated (LATITUDE/LONGITUDE) is recorded.

  • XRI compatible models
  • DR-22WL
  • DR-44WL
  • * All images are captured from DR-44WL. DR-22WL has same menu and settings.
  • * With DR-44WL, XRI function can be used only in 4CH mode.
  • * XRI function is effective only in BWF format.
  • * Default is “ON.” To use GPS information, change setting to “ON GPS.”
  • * XRI function is planned to be incorporated in more TASCAM recorders and applications. The specifications are available to other manufacturers considering incorporating this function into their products.

Peak Mark function identifies locations of over-level peaks

The Peak Mark function automatically places a mark 2 seconds before the detected peak (PEAK LED). This function quickly identifies where the peak was detected during recording, which is useful for post-recording confirmation. When there are no problems found after confirmation, the mark can be deleted. In the BWF format (in the same way as with other types of marks) the peak mark can utilized in corresponding DAWs such as SONAR.

Protect function to safeguard important files

The built-in Protect function prevents important recorded files from being mistakenly deleted. When the protect function is ON, files cannot be deleted by operating the main unit.

Other improved features

Version 1.20 Firmware functions have been improved based on customer feedback…

  • Marks available during playback
  • Mark Skip Mode option is added (ALL/MANUAL/LEVEL/TIME/PEAK/OFF)
  • Single Mark deletion or All Mark deletion
  • Empty folder deletion
High-Quality Condenser Microphones

A pair of studio-quality condenser microphones top the DR-22WL, arranged in a true XY pattern for detailed imaging and phase coherence. The mic capsules are build to withstand up to 120dB SPL without distorting. Record concerts and rehearsals with the confidence that your recording won’t be ruined with clipping.

Cardioid Condenser Mics in an X-Y Pattern

Cardioid condenser capsules are mounted in acoustically-tuned housings. As with all TASCAM recorders, the mic capsules were selected after extensive listening tests. The true X-Y pattern captures the stereo field in phase-alignment, for perfect imaging during playback.

Designed To Handle High Sound Pressure Levels – Up to 120dB SPL

The design of the DR-22WL allows it to record loud sound sources, including rehearsals and concerts, without distortion. Up to 120 dB SPL means that a volume level over 10 times higher than the 105dB SPL maximum sound pressure of a movie theater can be captured without clipping. The high level capability also makes the DR-22WL ideal for sound effects gathering.

Superior Microphone Preamp and A/D Converter for Quiet Operation

A programmable gain amplifier (PGA) is used to adjust the level of the audio inputs. In many devices, the audio codec level is adjusted to control levels. In the DR-22WL, the mic gain circuit is independent from the A/D converter for low noise performance as well as programmable gain (manual, automatic, or controlled over Wi-Fi.)

A CIRRUS LOGIC CS42L52 is used in the DR-22WL, a premium-quality audio codec. The A/D – D/A chip features both great audio performance and low power use for longer battery life. The built-in mics and the external inputs both pass through this low-noise audio input circuit.

Innovative Scene Dial and Large LCD for Easy Operation

The DR-22WL is equipped with an 8-position Scene Dial, a simple system to optimize the recorder for common recording scenarios. Similar to a digital camera, the rotating dial has presets for recording instruments, voiceover, and other common subjects. An EZ mode sets levels automatically, and the manual mode allows you to dial in your own settings. Together with the large LCD display, the DR-22WL couldn’t be simpler to use.

Scene Dial Optimizes the Recorder for Common Subjects

Similar to the mode dial on a camera, the scene dial makes it easy to preset the recorder to fit your subject. A full manual mode is also available for uses who want to set the recorder up themselves.


EZ mode makes recording simple for beginners. This option sets the auto level and 40Hz low-cut filter functions.


This scene is tailored for loud events like rehearsals and concerts. It automatically sets the limiter and 40Hz low-cut filter, and the trim level is set relatively low.


This scene optimized for live acoustic music, classical concerts and other unamplified performances. It uses the  40Hz low-cut filter.


The scene is works well for individual instruments. It engages the limiter to keep levels under control.


Designed for interview recording, voiceovers, and lectures, this scene records in mono and uses the auto level and 120Hz low-cut filter functions.


This scene allows all settings to be made manually. Use this one if you have recording experience or want finer control over recording settings.


This scene enables the overdubbing function, allowing songwriters to assemble a song by recording over their previous take.


The play function scene makes playback functions available like playback speed adjustment, useful for practice and transcription.

Interface Features Large 128×128 LCD and 4 Function Keys

dr-22wl_w_function_sm.jpgThe 128×128 LCD, larger than previous TASCAM recorders, shows meters, settings and other information. Icons at the bottom visually display how the four function keys can be used. This interface reduces the need to dig through menus to find commonly-used recording functions.

Dedicated Input level Control

dr-22wl_w_input_sm.jpgThe most crucial setting on any recorder is the input gain – finding the balance between too low (noise) and too high (clipping). The DR-22WL has a large input level knob right under your fingertips. You don’t need to press and hold a button or search through a menu to change the input level.


Remote Wi-Fi Control


TASCAM has revolutionized handheld recording with the new Wi-Fi control and transfer features. The DR-22WL creates its own Wi-Fi network with your iOS or Android phone, and a free app called DR Control controls remote operation without touching the unit. The app allows recording to be started and stopped, and can be used to check and adjust input levels. Any of the recording controls on the DR-22WL can be controlled over Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi transmission range is about 65 feet (20m) – well beyond the reach of infrared remotes – so the recorder can be placed wherever the recording sounds best. Audio from the DR-22WL can also be streamed over Wi-Fi to check the recording. Plug headphones into your smartphone and listen to a near-realtime feed from the recorder.

Simple Wi-Fi Connections Without a Router

dr-22wl_w_wi-fi_app_sm.jpgThe DR-22WL connects with smartphones and other Wi-Fi devices directly. There is no need for a Wi-Fi router network or other external equipment. Wi-Fi connections can be established simply by inputting the information shown in the app. Connection status can be checked with an LED on the unit as well as the app screen. Even if the Wi-Fi connection is interrupted, recording will not stop.

Remote Control Using the Free DR Control App (iOS/Android)

The free DR Control app allows your iOS or Android phone to control the recorder from anywhere in the room. Start recording on-stage or from the back of the room, while placing the DR-22WL wherever the microphones sound best. Remote start also eliminates handling noise from pressing a button or moving the recorder.

In addition to recording, playback and other transport controls, DR Control can adjust the input levels, switch on the low-cut filter, change the mix, and more. A power-conservation mode is included to minimize battery consumption from Wi-Fi use.


* Functions that can hinder operation have been excluded from wireless control

Wireless Streaming to Monitor the Recorder

With DR Control, audio from the DR-44WL can be broadcast via Wi-Fi to your smartphone for streaming playback. Even when the DR-44WL is in a place that is out of reach, this capability allows you to check audio from the headphone jack. Ensure that you’re getting the sound you want without leaving your seat.



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Peak Reduction and Limiter

These functions automatically adjust the recording level in response to the input level. The peak reduction function automatically lowers the level if an input overload is detected, optimizing the recorded sound. The limiter reduces excessive input levels without changing the input level setting.

Automatic Track Creation by Time

The DR-44WL can automatically create a new file and continue recording without interruption when a set amount of time has elapsed. This function is convenient when recording for long periods of time. For example, when set to 5 minutes, a new file will be created automatically every 5 minutes when recording. These files can be combined later in your audio editing software for seamless playback. Manual file increment is also possible by pressing the Record button during recording.

Automatic Track Creation by Level

The DR-22WL can create a new track every time a level threshold is passed. This can split a concert recording into tracks, and can be useful when digitizing another recording like a cassette, DAT, or vinyl record.

Automatic Mark Function

Marks can be added to files when high levels or peaks are detected. When set to a level, marks can be added automatically at the points when songs end. When set to peak detection and used together with the peak reduction function, these marks will identify the points where peaks were detected – making it easy when using audio editing software on a computer. You can also add markers manually while recording.

File Divide

This function can divide files where marks are added. When used together with the automatic marking function, long recordings can automatically be divided into files with individual songs. Files can also be divided manually.

Recorder Section

  • Supported WAV recording formats: 44.1k/48k/96kHz, 16/24bit, WAV/BWF
  • Supported MP3 recording format: 44.1k/48kkHZ, 32k to 320kbps, MP3
  • Recording media: microSD/SDHC/SDXC card (up to 128GB SDXC card)

Recording Hardware

  • Cardioid stereo condenser microphones fixed in X-Y position
  • High sound pressure design captures levels up to 120dB SPL
  • PGA (programmable gain amplifier) and Cirrus Logic CS42L52 audio codec for low-noise, high-performance audio recording

Key Features

  • Scene Dial Presets for instant setup of common recording applications
  • Remote control, file transfer and streaming playback using 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi connects directly to smartphone without a router
  • Full remote control using the free TASCAM app for iOS and Android
  • Recorded audio can be posted directly to SoundCloud using the TASCAM DR Control app.

Recording Function

  • Dual format recording function allows simultaneous recording of both WAV and MP3 files
  • Automatic level optimization functions (Peak Reduction & Limiter)
  • Low-cut filter with four selectable frequencies (40/80/120/220Hz)
  • Pre-recording buffer records up to 2 seconds prior to starting recording
  • Automatic track increment function that can be set according to the application (level, elapsed time or manual)
  • Auto recording function that can detect the sound input signal level and automatically start recording
  • Automatic mark function that adds marks according to set conditions (peak detection or manual)

Playback Function

  • Speed change (VSA) function for adjusting the speed from 0.5 to 2.0 times (in 0.1 increments)
  • A-B Loop playback function ideal for practicing music

Editing Function

  • Automatic division function that divides files at marks (manual division also possible)

Other Function

  • Reverb effect for vocal and instrument resonance
  • Automatic power saving function that prevents unnecessary waste of battery power
  • Resume function that retains the last stop position when power is turned back ON
  • File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or the date
  • Audio files created on computers can be played (Only in formats compatible with this product)

Other Hardware

  • Built-in monaural speaker with an output of 0.3W
  • 128×128 pixel oversized graphic LCD with backlight
  • USB 2.0 High-speed file transfer to a computer
  • Stereo mini headphone line output / Headphone output connector
  • Powered by four AA batteries, USB bus power, or AC adapter
  • Long-time operation of over ** hours is possible using just the internal batteries
  • Strap -hole
  • Tripod attachment screw-hole
  • 4GB microSD card is included
  • RoHS certified


Recording mediamicroSD card(64MB to 2GB),

microSDHC card(4GB to 32GB),

microSDXC card(48GB to 128GB)

SD card(64MB to 2GB),

SDHC card(4GB to 32GB),

SDXC card(48GB to 128GB)

Recording format
Sampling frequency44.1kHz/48kHz/96kHz
Quantization bit rate16bit/24bit
Sampling frequency44.1kHz/48kHz
Recording bit rate32k/64k/96k/128k/192k/256k/320k bps
Playback bit rate32kbps to 320kbps
Number of channels2-channels (Stereo)4-channels
4CH mode-Mono (Up to 4 files)

Stereo (Up to 2 files)

Stereo (1 file) Mono (Up to 2 files)

MTR mode-Mono (Up to 4 files)
Analog Inputs
Connector3.5mm(1/8') stereo mini jack,

Plug-in power Compatible


6.3mm(1/4') TRS standard jack,

Phantom Power Compatible

Input Impendance10k ohms or more2.2k ohms or more
Nominal Input Level-20dBV-
Maximum Input Level-4dBV-
Nominal Input Level--17.3dBu /-2dB
Maximum Input Level--1.3dBu /-2dB
Nominal Input Level-4dBu
Maximum Input Level-20dBu
Analog Outputs
Connector3.5mm(1/8') stereo mini jack
Nominal Output Level-14dBV(10k ohm load)
Maximum Output Level2dBV(10k ohm load)
Maximum Output20mW 20mW(32ohm load)
ConnectorMicro-B type 4pin
FormatUSB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
CompliantIEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz only))
Communication modeSimple access point (Limited AP)
Tripod attachment screw-hole1/4' Tripod attachment screw-hole
Power Supply2 AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH),

USB bus power from a computer,

AC adapter (TASCAM PS-P515U, sold separately)

4 AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH),

USB bus power from a computer,

Dedicated AC adapter (GPE053B supplied with the unit)

Power consumption1.7W(maximum)2.5W(maximum)
Battery operation time
FormatWAV, 44.1 kHz, 16 bit
Alkaline batteries (EVOLTA)
RecordingAbout 17.5 hours (With built-in mic)About 16 hours (When MIC input is selected, phantom is not used)
PlaybackAbout 19 hours (With built-in speaker)-
Ni-MH batteries (eneloop)
RecordingAbout 13.5 hours (With built-in mic)About 12 hours (When MIC input is selected, phantom is not used)
PlaybackAbout 14.5 hours (With built-in speaker)-
Dimensions6.1" H x 2.1" W x  1.4" D

(155mm H x 52.2mm W ×36.6mm D)

6.3" L x 3.1" W x 1.7" H

(79mm L ×162.2mm  W × 42.5mm H)

Weight6.0oz including batteries (170g) /

4.3oz without batteries (123g)

12.2 oz including batteries (346g) /

8.8oz without batteries (251g)

Accessories4GB microSD card (in the unit), USB cable, 2 AA batteries for confirming operation, Owner's Manual (including warranty)AC adapter (GPE053B), 4GB microSD card with adapter (in the unit), USB cable (80 cm), 4 AA batteries for confirming operation, Fur windscreen, Mic stand adapter, Hot shoe adapter, Soft case, Owner's Manual (including warranty)


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 less (Fs 44.1/48/96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
S/N ratio92dB or more (Fs 44.1/48/96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)


Computer Requirements
OSWindows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
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), OS X Mavericks(10.9)


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