Wi-Fi enabled portable recorders lead TASCAM launches
Promising to ‘revolutionise’ portable recording, TASCAM has unveiled two new handheld recorders equipped with Wi-Fi for transport control, file transfer and audio streaming to a smartphone or PC. Named the DR-44WL and DR-22WL, the recorders are both equipped with built-in stereo condenser microphones mounted in a true XY pattern.
The recorders work in conjunction with a free app available for iOS and Android devices, via which users can start or stop recordings, stream audio or transfer files wirelessly. Recordings can also be shared online.
Additionally, the DR-44WL offers an improved microphone preamp and AD/DA stage plus a four-track multi-track mode, allowing arrangements to be recorded one track at a time with reverb via a pair of XLR inputs with phantom power. A hot shoe mount and internal clock are also onboard for video-based applications. The recorder can handle up to 132dB SPL, producing either MP3s or 96kHz/24-bit WAV/BWF files (with simultaneous WAV and MP3 recording).
Meanwhile, the smaller DR-22WL includes a Scene Dial feature for ease of operation. The eight-position dial can be used to select settings for typical recording situations or set to full manual control, with the recorder handling up to 120dB SPL.
Also new from the manufacturer are the US-2x2 and US-4x4 USB 2.0 audio interfaces, both of which deliver 96kHz/24-bit resolution. The 2-in/2-out US-2x2 is bus powered by a Mac or PC and features Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps with up to 57dB of gain, XLR/¼-inch combo jacks, zero-latency direct monitoring and Midi I/O. In contrast, the US-4x4 is 4-in/4-out with four mic/line preamps and an included power supply. Both interfaces also come with Cakewalk Sonar X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9. For extra appeal, both models are housed in special aluminium shells with removable ‘bio-cell’ side panels, designed by The Box studio in Germany.
Finally, the DR-60DmkII DSLR-compatible recorder has been updated with new mic preamps. The 4-channel recorder – designed specifically for use with DSLR cameras – now offers up to 64dB of gain for recording quiet voices on set.