The Tascam DR-60D Mixer Integrated Linear PCM Recorder is a professional linear PCM recorder that allows you to capture up to four simultaneous channels of audio and store your recordings to SD or SDHC memory cards. Designed for recording high-quality audio for DSLR video applications, the DR-60D mounts to a tripod and allows you to screw your DSLR camera into the top of the recorder.
The DR-60D is capable of recording at 44.1, 48 and 96 kHz sample rates and at bit depths of 16- and 24-bit. Channels 1 and 2 are equipped with XLR/TRS combo jacks that can accept either mic or line level signals. These inputs can be used to connect microphones, audio playback devices and other gear. Each of the combo jack inputs are capable of supplying either 24V or 48V phantom power and each can be set independently of one another. They are also each equipped with peak indicator lights for monitoring your input levels as you record, as well as with discrete microphone preamps for independent gain control over microphones connected to these inputs.
In addition, the DR-60D is equipped with a 3.5mm stereo input that feeds into channels 3 and 4. It can be used to connect gear such as stereo microphones or external stereo audio equipment that terminates using a 3.5mm mini plug. It is capable of supplying plug-in power to video mics and other high output mics that require it. The 3.5mm input is equipped with one gain control knob that controls the input level to both channels 3 and 4 and it also has a peak indicator light.
Beyond these features, the DR-60D offers a variety of other functions that lend themselves to improved efficiency and convenience. Operating on four AA batteries, the DR-60D can record for up to 5 hours using Ni-MH batteries. Battery life can be extended to 12 hours by adding the optional BP-6AA battery pack. Also, the unit can be powered by a computer via the USB port. This can be useful to conserve battery life while transferring recordings off an SD card to your computer's hard drive. The DR-60D also features auto tone and slate tone functions that aim to simplify synchronization to video files during editing. Auto tones can be added to the beginning and ending of the recording and there is a slate button that can be pressed to add a slate tone to the recording at any time. These tones are also output to the 3.5mm camera out jack so they can be recorded to your DSLR camera's audio recorder for timing reference.
Reviewed by 2 customers
We bought 2 of these units and they are the best thing that has ever been created for HDSLR Video Production. We are using them for filming a national television program for national distribution. We have had no problems and we are planing on buying at least three more very soon. The DR-60D is the most professional audio field recorder made for film and video makers. TASCAM really nailed it on this one. My H4N recorders will soon be retired and put away. They are that good. No Kidding. You can't go wrong with a DR-60D TASCAM recorder. Keep up the great work TASCAM.
Despite the fact that it is a beautiful piece of electronics, on my 5th use (with the same mic cable each time) the XLR input clip stuck and I was unable to remove the XLR. When I finally did get the XLR out the clip was bent and I'm afraid that putting another XLR in will be locked in permanently. As I bout this from USA, Tascam Australia will not repair it. I have been told by Tascam USA that since I don't live in the USA they will not repair it and send it back to me. If I had bought this recorder from Australia (by the way it's not yet available in Australia) and then traveled over seas for a job and had a problems with it, Tascam would not authorise the repair unless I sent it back to Australia, leaving me high and dry with out a recorder? (This is a big concern as I do travel on video projects) If video is a hobby, you may consider this a great piece of equipment, though probably too expensive for a hobbyist. But I can not consider nor recommend this as a professional product. Due to the likelihood that the XLR input clips could get stuck at any time and render the DR-60D useless. It's a shame about the XLR input clips.