Edit and Playback Functions
Overview: The TASCAM DR-05 is a hand-held portable
stereo digital recorder that is designed for musicians. You can make high quality recordings
using the WAV format, or a large number of recordings in MP3. The
recorder includes a slot for a microSD/SDHC card, and includes a 2 GB
hours of recording time. It has two built-in microphones, a Mic/Ext
input, a mono speaker, and
a line/headphone output. The DR-05 operates on two AA batteries (included).
LCD Display: The DR-05 features a 1.75" (diagonal), backlit,
monochrome LCD (124 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 two high quality
condenser microphones mounted on the top of the recorder. The mics are angled in
an open position (A-B position) to give you a wide stereo sound. The angle of
the microphones cannot be adjusted.
Mic/Ext Input: Located between the built-in microphones is a
stereo 3.5mm input for connecting an external mic or an external device. The
built-in microphone, and the settings of left/right channels is disabled if an
external microphone is connected. If the external microphone requires plug-in
power, the DR-05 can be set to do so.
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 40 Hz, 80 Hz, or 120 Hz.
microSD Card Slot: The DR-05 Digital Recorder features a
slot for inserting a microSD card. The recorder is compatible with microSD cards
from 64 MB to 2 GB, or microSDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB in size. A 2 GB memory card is
included. The maximum recording time is as follows:
|File Format ||Recording Setting ||Capacity |
|2 GB ||4 GB ||8 GB |
|16-bit ||44.1kHz |
|24-bit ||44.1kHz |
|44.1 kHz/48kHz ||32 kbps |
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-05 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. With the optional TASCAM PS-P515U AC adapter
(which plugs into the USB port), you can operate the unit on ordinary household
current. The DR-05 is compatible with the following
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7,
and Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
Headphone/Line Out Jack: The DR-05 has a 3.5mm stereo jack for plugging in a
pair of headphones, or for connecting to an external device. You can listen to files played back or monitor the recording
as it is made.
Power Requirements: The recorder is powered by two "AA"
batteries. You can use either alkaline (included) or Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
rechargeable batteries. Battery life for continuous operation is as follows:
|Recording ||WAV ||Alkaline: 10.5-17.5 hours |
Ni-MH: 10-15.5 hours
|MP3 ||Alkaline: 11-16 hours |
Ni-MH: 11-13 hours
|Playback ||WAV ||Alkaline: 17-19.5 hours |
Ni-MH: 14-16.5 hours
|MP3 ||Alkaline: 18.5-19.5 hours |
Ni-MH: 15-16 hours
Tripod Socket: The DR-05 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-05 records audio files in WAV
and MP3 formats. The unit is compatible with the BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) for
WAV files. 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
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 three level
- Peak Reduction: The input volume is reduced
automatically to an appropriate level when excessive high signals come in.
- 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.
Marks: The DR-05 lets you place an electric 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
are BWF-compliant, and can be added automatically or manually. During playback,
you can immediately move to marks in the currently selected file when paused.
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.
Self Timer: Like a camera, the recorder's self timer lets
you start a recording after a set period of time. Self timers can be set to 5
seconds or 10 seconds.
Edit and Playback Functions
Browse Screen: The DR-05's Browse screen lets you view
the contents of the Music Folder containing the audio files on the microSD 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.
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).
Playback Equalizer: You can choose from different sound
types to enhance the sound quality of a track by using the Playback Equalizer (Play EQ).
The Play EQ lets you make adjustments (+ or -) in the High (treble), Middle, and
Low (bass) frequency ranges.
Level Alignment: If the playback sound is very small, the
perceived overall level can be increased to enhance listenability.
Jump-Back Playback: During playback, you can press the play
button to move back a few seconds to hear a section of the track again. The
Jump-back Playback function is adjustable in the menu, allowing you to set the
jump-back time to 1-10 seconds (in increments of 1 second), as well as 20
seconds and 30 seconds.
Tuner Function: You can use the DR-05 to precisely tune an
instrument. You can calibrate the tuner by adjusting the reference tone (A)
between 435 Hz and 445 Hz (in 1 Hz increments). The Tuner displays the mismatch
between the tone of the musical instrument you are tuning and the reference
tone. You can adjust the input level, if needed.
- Mic/Ext In:
- Connector: 3.5mm stereo mini
- Input Impedance: 25 kΩ
- Nominal Input Level: -20 dBV
- Maximum Input Level: -4 dBV
- Headphone/Line Out:
- Connector: 3.5mm stereo mini
- Output Impedance: 12 Ω
- Nominal Output Level: -14 dBV (10 kΩ load)
- Maximum Output Level: +2 dBV (10 kΩ load)
- Maximum Output: 20 mW + 20 mW (32Ω load)
- 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: 0.05% or lower (EXT IN to
LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96kHz)
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 92dB or higher (EXT IN to LINE
OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96kHz)