Edit and Playback Functions
Overview: The TASCAM DR-100MKII is a hand-held portable
stereo digital recorder that is designed for live recording, band rehearsals,
sound effects gathering, and DSLR filmmaking. You can make high quality
using the LPCM (WAV) format, or a large number of recordings in MP3. The
recorder includes a slot for an SD/SDHC card, and includes a 2 GB SD memory card
for hours of recording time. It has four built-in microphones (two cardioid and
two omnidirectional), two locking XLR Mic/Ext
inputs, a mono speaker, and line and headphone outputs. The DR-100MKII operates on
a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (included) or two AA batteries (not included).
The unit weighs 10.23 ounces (not including batteries).
LCD Display: The DR-100MKII features a 2" (diagonal), backlit,
monochrome LCD (128 x 64 pixels) which indicates recording and playback
information. The recorder will display the elapsed or remaining recording time
in hours, minutes, and seconds.
Date and Time: The recorder features a built-in clock. If
you have set the time and date, information as to when a sound file was recorded
is stored automatically with that file.
Microphones: The unit features four microphones: two high quality
cardioid directional microphones mounted on the top of the recorder for stereo
recording and two omnidirectional mics on the front, optimal for recording
meetings and similar events. You can select either UNI or OMNI when selecting an
input signal setting.
Mic/Ext Inputs: Located on the bottom of the unit are two inputs for connecting external mics
or an external device. These balanced inputs have locking XLR jacks. The
built-in microphones, and the settings of left/right channels are disabled if an
external microphone is connected. If the external microphone requires plug-in
power, the DR-100MKII can be set to provide +48V of phantom power.
Digital Input: Using the supplied digital conversion cable,
you can connect the output of digital audio equipment, such as a CD player's
coaxial digital connector. Because the digital conversion cable plugs into the
Remote/Digital In jack, you cannot simultaneously use the digital input and the
remote control in wired mode.
Low Cut Filter: The device features a low-cut filter that
can be engaged to reduce noise, such as wind noise, during recording. The
cut-off frequency can be set to 100MKII Hz, 80 Hz, or 120 Hz.
SD Card Slot: The DR-100MKII Digital Recorder features a
slot for inserting an SD card. The recorder is compatible with SD cards
from 64 MB to 2 GB, or SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB in size. A 2 GB memory card is
included. The maximum recording time using a 2 GB SD card is as follows:
Formatting Memory Cards: Memory cards can be formatted in
the unit to prepare them for use. You can choose a quick format, which erases
all music files on the card and automatically creates new Music and Utility
folders, as well as the DR-1.sys file that is necessary to use the card with the
unit. Full formatting checks the memory for errors while formatting, and takes
longer to complete than quick formatting.
USB: The DR-100MKII has a Mini-B 2.0 (High speed) USB port
on the side for connecting the recorder to your computer for transferring files
or for providing USB bus power. A short USB cable is provided with the unit. The DR-100MKII is compatible with the following
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7,
Windows 8, and Mac OS X 10.2-10.8.
Speaker: The unit has a small mono speaker near the top for
listening to a track after the recording is made. The speaker is muted when
headphones are connected or the speaker output is turned off. You can control
the volume of the speaker using the rotary control on the side.
Headphone and Line Out Jacks: The DR-100MKII has a 3.5mm stereo
headphone output jack. The volume can be adjusted using the same rotary control
for the speaker. A separate 3.5mm line output jack lets you also connect powered
monitors or feed the signal to another device.
Dual Battery Power: The recorder is powered by the included
BP-L2 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and two "AA" batteries (Ni-MH
rechargeable or alkaline, not included). You can set one type of battery as the
primary source and the other as the backup. When the charge in the primary
source becomes insufficient, the unit automatically switches to the backup
source. Battery life for continuous recording or playback (WAV/MP3) is as
- Lithium-Ion (BP-L2): 5 hours
- Ni-MH (2 AA): 4 hours
- Alkaline (2 AA): 2 hours 45 minutes
AC Adapter: In addition to battery power, you can power the
unit on ordinary household current with the optional PS-P520 AC adapter (sold
separately). The AC adapter plugs into the DC IN 5V input.
Optional Battery Pack: For extended recording time, the
optional Tascam BP-6AA external battery pack (sold separately) can be connected
to the DR-100MKII via the USB input.
RC-10 Remote: The recorder comes with the RC-10 Remote
Control, which can be used either in wireless (IR) or wired mode. In wired mode,
the included 10' remote cable plugs into the unit's 2.5mm sub-minijack on the
side. The RC-10 has 4 function buttons, as well as six control buttons (stop,
play, rewind, fast forward, record, mark). The optional Tascam RC-3F footswitch
wired remote offers assignable functions for the left, center, and right pedal.
Tripod Socket: The DR-100MKII is equipped with a standard 1/4"
tripod socket on the back so you can mount the recorder onto a tripod, if
Recording Format: The DR-100MKII records audio files in WAV
and MP3 formats. You can choose from the following recording options:
- WAV: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit
- MP3: 44.1/48 kHz, 32/64/96/128/192/256/320 kbps
Recording Modes: The recorder has two recording modes to
choose from: Standard and HS. In standard mode, you can record WAV files with
sampling frequencies of 44.1 or 48 kHz, or in MP3 files. In HS mode, you can
record WAV files only with sampling frequencies of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz.
Maximum File Sizes: You can set the maximum file size in the
Menu. The choices include: 64 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, or 2 GB. If the
maximum set file size is exceeded during recording, the unit will automatically
continue recording in a new file. It cannot exceed a recording time of 24 hours.
Recording Levels: After selecting the input (built-in or
external), you can adjust the input levels to prevent recorded sounds from being
distorted due to excessively high input signals, or from being inaudible due to
excessively low input signals, compared to noise. There are two level
- Automatic Level Control: The recording level is
controlled automatically to increase or decrease the input level when the
input signals are too small or too large. This mode is useful for recording
at meetings. Manual adjustments to the recording level cannot be made.
- Limiter: Engaging the limiter prevents distortion of
sounds when excessive high input signals come in suddenly. This mode is
suitable for live performances with large volume changes. You can adjust the
level manually during recording.
File Names: Each time a file is recorded, a file name is
assigned to the recording. The file name can be either a 6-character word or a
6-digit date (yymmdd format). You can set the word file name, while the date
file name is automatically set using the unit's internal clock.
Overdubbing: Overdubbing allows you to play an instrument or
sing as you play back a saved track and mix and record both sounds in a new
Marks: The DR-100MKII lets you place an electronic mark in a
recording to identify specific points in the recording. Mark information is
stored in the file with numbers between 01 and 99. Marks stored in a WAV file can be added automatically or manually. During playback,
you can immediately move to marks in the currently selected file when paused.
Automatic Recording: When Automatic Recording (Auto Rec) is
enabled, the unit will start and pause recording, renew files, and set marks
automatically, depending upon the input signal level.
Pre-Recording: Pre-recording enables you to start recording
up to 2 seconds before you press the Record button. This enables you to avoid
missing the exact moment a recordable event begins.
Edit and Playback Functions
Browse Screen: The DR-100MKII's Browse screen lets you view
the contents of the Music Folder containing the audio files on the SD card.
You can play or erase selected audio files, organize them into folders, and add
tracks to the playlist.
Divide: A recorded WAV file can be divided into two at a
specified position. This allows you to edit out unwanted portions of a track by
placing them in a separate track and deleting them. MP3 files cannot be divided.
Playback Control: The Playback Control screen allows you to
access some special playback control functions. You can playback a selected
section of a track repeatedly (Loop Playback), or change the tempo of music
without changing the pitch in a range from 50% to 150% normal speed (Variable
Speed Audition, or VSA).
- Mic/Line 1 In:
- Connector: 2 x 3-pin XLR
- Phantom Power: +48V available
- When set to MIC:
- Input Impedance: 2.1 kΩ
- Nominal Input Level: -70 dBu (Gain High), -72 dBu
(Gain Mid), -14 dBu (Gain Low)
- Maximum Input Level: -54 dBu (Gain High), -26 dBu
(Gain Mid), +2 dBu (Gain Low)
- When set to LINE:
- Input Impedance: 2.5 kΩ
- Nominal Input Level: +4dBu
- Maximum Input Level: +24 dBu
- Line 2 IN:
- Connector: 1/8 (3.5mm) stereo mini jack
- Input Impedance: 22 kΩ or more
- Nominal Input Level: -10 dBV
- Maximum Input Level: +6 dBV
- Line Out:
- Connector: 3.5mm stereo mini
- Output Impedance: 200Ω
- Nominal Output Level: -14 dBV (from XLR Line 1 In),
-10 dBV (others)
- Maximum Output Level: +6 dBV (from XLR Line 1 In),
+6 dBV (others)
- Headphone Out:
- Connector: 3.5mm stereo mini
- Maximum Output: 25 mW + 25 mW (with 32Ω headphones
- Frequency Response:
- 20 - 20 kHz +1/-3 dB (44.1 kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT)
- 20 - 22 kHz +1/-3 dB (48 kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT)
- 20 - 40 kHz +1/-3 dB (96 kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT)
- Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.01% or lower (XLR LINE 1 IN to
LINE OUT, 44.1kHz, +24 dBu input)
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 92dB or higher (XLR LINE 1 IN to LINE
OUT, 44.1kHz, +24 dBu input)