64 tracks in one rack
Complete with removable SSD drives for storage and multi-playback, TASCAM has introduced its latest 64-channel digital multitrack recorder for working alongside Digital Audio Workstations and live mixing consoles. Compatible with a range of interface boards – Madi, Dante, DigiLink, AVB or AES/EBU – the DA-6400 utilises a realtime, embedded operating system for ease of use.
A total of 64 channels in PCM format at 48kHz/24-Bit or 32 channels at 96kHz/24-Bit can be recorded allowing compatibility with existing recording systems. Additionally, the files are saved every 20s to ensure losses are minimised during unexpected power failures. Files are recorded to SSDs in removable AK-CC25 storage cases for simple swapping of drives even when the power is on. A 250GB SSD is included and the storage case includes a USB3 jack for standalone use, allowing the offloading of BWAV files into a DAW session.
As a backup recorder, the DA-6400 is capable of receiving timecode input from a Pro Tools system to allow synchronised operation. I/O options include the IF-MA64/EX interface card, with both coaxial and optical Madi connections. BWF format is supported as a recording format, ensuring time information can be stored in files, although time information can be captured through the Timecode In input.
Whilst the DA-6400 can be used for multichannel playback in theatres and venues, the serial/parallel external control can also send play triggers. Measuring 1U and weighing 3.5kg, the compact unit is also portable. 1000BASE-T gigabit LAN is included for remote control and standard File Transfer Protocol (FTP) can be used to send files to the unit or remotely access recordings from Windows, Mac or Unix systems.
The appeal of the DA-6400 has been extended with the availability of a free app specially developed for Apple’s iPad. The TASCAM DA-6400 Control app enables remote monitoring and activation of the 64-track solid-state recorder, displaying level meters for all 64 tracks and automatically marking tracks that overload. Recording and other transport functions can be initiated from the program, and markers can be set and selected. A panel lock function locks out the app to prevent accidental operation. In addition, the app can display clock status, timecode position, remaining recording time and error warnings. The track name is displayed beneath a progress bar showing elapsed and remaining time, whilst takes can be selected from a list for playback. A separate screen allows each track to be enabled or disabled for recording or input monitoring.
In other news, combining a microphone and digital audio recorder, the DR-10SG has been designed for videographers who use DSLR cameras as their primary capture device. By marrying a shotgun microphone, a self-contained digital audio recorder and an integrated shock mount, ambient sound in addition to noise emitting from shutter and lens mechanisms can now be more easily rejected.
In addition to direct camera attachment with an integrated shock-absorbing shoe mount, the 110g device features four selectable EQ presets, a camera output connector for audio pass through, a slate tone generator for audio sync during postproduction and a unique dual recording feature for automatically recording a safety track at a lower level to safeguard against accidental overload and distortion.