Designed to cater to the needs of DSLR audio for video recording, the DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR from Tascam is the latest generation of their popular audio recording device. Capable of recording 4 channels of audio simultaneously in up to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV/BWF files, the DR-60DmkII boasts Tascam’s High Definition Discrete Architecture (HDDA) preamps and a Cirrus Logic analog-to-digital converter chip for accurate and pristine audio capture. It features 2 combination XLR/TRS microphone/line-level inputs with selectable phantom power, and a stereo 1/8″ microphone input, capable of handling high-output microphones and supplying plug-in power.
A built-in digital mixer gives you control over panning and level for each track, and allows you to insert a limiter or high-pass filter in addition to setting individual channel delay for distance adjustment. The DR-60DmkII gives you multiple output options as well. The dedicated camera out features adjustable level control to cater to DSLRs that lack input level control. The 1/8″ line output can be used to feed a mixer or secondary recorder, while your monitoring is handled by a dedicated 1/8″ headphone jack.
The device records to SD and SDHC cards and is powered by 4 AA batteries, or an optional battery pack or AC adapter. A 2.5mm remote control input allows you to integrate an optional remote or footswitch control.
HDDA Mic Preamps
Quality mic preamps are a necessity for quality sound. The DR-60DmkII’s HDDA mic preamplifiers (High Definition Discrete Architecture) employ discrete circuitry and parts, approved after months of evaluation testing by Tascam. The HDDA’s circuit achieves a high equivalent-input noise (EIN) of -120 dBu for low input noise. The DR-60DmkII mic preamps have been upgraded from their predecessor for up to 64 dB of gain with XLR input jacks for greater cable compatibility. A Cirrus Logic AD converter is used to ensure detailed recording of any input signal.
A Variety Inputs and Outputs with Internal Mixing
The DR-60DmkII can record up to 4-tracks simultaneously, allowing multiple microphones to be used while filming. Inputs 1/L and 2/R can be selected for mono or stereo link operation.
3 sets of stereo outputs are provided. A Camera Out sends a reference track recording to the camera. The Line Out can feed a mixer or recorder. Finally, a Headphone Out is available for direct monitoring. Each of these outputs has its own level control, and the Camera Out can be attenuated to microphone level without the need for an attenuating cable.
The DR-60DmkII has an internal digital mixer for all 4 tracks. Adjust pan and level, add a limiter or hi-pass filter (40/80/120 Hz), and set individual channel delay from the user setup. The DR-60DmkII is ready to use right out of the box with its external, non-menu-intensive controls Channels 3 & 4 Support High-Output Microphones.
The channel 3/4 input connector supports a high-level maximum input, up to +10 dBV. Many microphones designed for use with video cameras have a high-level output and a 1/8″ (3.5 mm) output connector. Plug-in power is also available for microphones that need it.
Tripod Mounting on Top and Bottom
The DR-60DmkII can be placed between a DSLR Camera and a tripod or mounted to a cage or follow-focus rig. A tripod socket is on the bottom of the unit, and a (removable) tripod bracket is mounted on the top.
- Records 4 Channels Simultaneously.
- Camera & Tripod Mountable.
- Records up to 24-Bit/96 kHz WAV/BWF Files.
- 2 Combo XLR/TRS & 1 Stereo 1/8″ Inputs.
- Supports High-Output Microphones.
- Supplies Phantom & Plug-In Power.
- Camera Output with Level Control.
- Built-In Mixer.
- Powered by 4 AA Batteries.
- Records to SD or SDHC Cards.
What’s in the Box?
- Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder.
- Mini USB Cable.