In the video below we take a look at the Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder. The DR-60D allows you to capture up to four simultaneous channels of audio and store your recordings to SD or SDHC memory cards.
Channels 1 and 2 are equipped with XLR/TRS combo jacks that accept either mic or line level signals. Each of the combo jack inputs are capable of supplying either 24V or 48V phantom power and each can be set independently. Each combo jack has peak indicator lights for monitoring your input levels as you record, and has microphone preamps for independent gain control over microphones connected to these inputs. Two channels are line input for right or left while one mini jack input will give you one recording of both left and right channels. For the minijack input, you simply split the file in post in order to create two separate files.
The 3.5mm stereo input is capable of supplying plug-in power to the RØDE VideoMic that we’ve used for the audio sample [LINK HERE]. There is a gain control knob that controls the input level to both channels 3 and 4 and it also has a peak indicator light. The Tascam DR-60D menus are accessed digitally, however the quick button can get you into frequently used menus easily.
You can mark and divide audio files in the recording on the Tascam DR-60D to help speed up the post process and you can transfer your files directly as well as record to your computer from the DR60-D via the UBS port. The DR60-D is powered by AC/DC or by a computer via the USB port.
For field shooters, the handles on the Tascam DR-60D could come in handy to attach straps and there are 2 ¼-20” mounting points to attached under your camera or onto a rig. You can also remote into the DR60-D to trigger recordings via the TRS jack, making this a versatile device.
Within [THIS Dropbox LINK] you can download two uncompressed audio files. The files were recorded from the left and right channels of the Tascam DR-60D using both XRL inputs (Left & Right) and the 3.5mm minijack (which records to the Left & Right simultaneously). We paired the Tascam DR60-D with the RØDE NTG-2, RØDE NTG-3 and the RØDE VideoMic. Some mics require more gain than others, therefore, we have both the NTG-2 and NTG-3 input level gain set to mid and for the Videomic, the input level gain is set to high. The audio sample was recorded with each microphone positioned at the same distance from the sound source (me).
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