TASCAM DR-701D – Digital Channel Multitrack Recorder Review

TASCAM DR-701D Digital Channel Multitrack Recorder is TASCAM’s feature product. The recorder can be used for single shoot video recording and includes a time code generator for recording the date, day, time and duration of the video shoot.

The device and time recorder can be synchronized with SMPTE generator, camera and smart slate.

TASCAM DR-701D is equipped with a DSLR camera with HDMI features which enables recording on both devices. Sound and picture recording are kept intact with the help of a video clock which prevents drift between sound and picture.

The device provides a six track recording feature.

There are input slots for recording four mic inputs; each input can be individually recorded. All inputs can be mixed to get a stereo track.

Additional tracks can be obtained by cascading multiple units together. Recording mode includes mono, stereo, two mix, dual mono, dual stereo and dual two mix modes.

The chassis is made of magnesium alloy and is sturdy yet light. The device provides tripod mounts at the top and bottom ends. These allow the device to be mounted under objects, and devices like cameras, cages and a vehicle if required.

Features of TASCAM DR-701D – Digital Channel Multitrack Recorder

  • Light weight portable device weighing around 15.8 ounces
  • Sturdy and lightweight chassis made of magnesium alloy
  • Compact design with dimensions 4.5×6.7×2.3 inches
  • Can be run on 2 AA batteries
  • Six types of recording modes
  • SD/ SDXC/SDHC cards can be used for recording mediums
  • 16/24-bit, 44.1/48/96/192HHz recording formats
  • WAV/BWF recording formats
  • XLR/TRS inputs support
  • 4dBu line level
  • 24/48 phantom power
  • Top and bottom tripod mounts
  • Timecode generating feature
  • Multiple units cascading feature
  • Video clock
  • Manufacturer warranty and support included

Pros of TASCAM DR-701D – Digital Channel Multitrack Recorder

  • High-quality sound suction and emission
  • High-quality sound mixing
  • Distortion free
  • Phantom power
  • Multiple inputs feature
  • Separate input level adjustment for individual tracks
  • Multi-tracking and stereo track
  • High intactness of sound and picture
  • Easy to carry and mount
  • Can be used as stand alone
  • Can be used indoors as well as outdoors
  • Multiple cascading features for additional input requirement

Cons

  • Batteries need to be changed; they are not rechargeable

Summary

The TASCAM DR-701D is a compact device packed with high-quality multitrack recording features. With this TASCAM recorder, creating professional quality audio-video output has become simpler.

The TASCAM DR-701 D compares well with other products of the same genre. Other multitrack recording devices include TASCAM DR-60DmkII DSLR Audio Recorder, Zoom F4 Multitrack field recorder and Zoom F8 Multitrack.

All these devices have differential features, and some of these include a number of input ports, tracks, power supply options, recording mode, recording format, display, Bluetooth, card slot capacity, portability, attachability and mountability.

Out of the available comparable multi-track recorders, the TASCAM DR-60 D mk II is on the lower side of the price spectrum whereas the Zoom F8 multitrack recorder is on the higher side with respect to price.

The TASCAM DR-701D has placed its components compactly to offer multitrack recording features without compromising on the sound input and sound output quality.

Verdict

While arriving at a purchase decision, several considerations come into play, and these include the buyer side and supply side considerations. Buyer side considerations include purchasing objective (hobby, semi-professional, highly professional) and budget.

Supply-side considerations include product features, price, availability, warranty, support and quality of sound.

Looking at its light weight and portability, it is realized that the TASCAM DR-701D has been designed by keeping the requirements of the professionals in mind. With this multi-recorder, professional grade audio-video output can be produced seamlessly.

It is also very easy to carry the device. You can take this device on field shootings, and you will not help being amazed by its superior sound capturing quality.

You can also use this device to create your stereo track and mix sounds in a variety of ways. You can use this device to create TV shows, documentaries and films.

There are so many more ways in which you can apply your creativity while using the TASCAM DR 701 D. But before trying your experiments ensure that you have thoroughly read the product manual regarding usage and precautions.

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