TASCAM’s inconspicuous wired mic
Aimed at videographers, TASCAM’s DR-10L is a compact body-pack recorder and lavalier microphone that is designed to offer the audio quality and features of its bigger brothers, the DR-10X plug-on ENG and the DR-10SG shotgun mic recorders. As the recorder can be concealed at a subject’s hip, the DR-10L removes the unpredictability that arises with wireless solutions, such as interference, while remaining inconspicuous.
The unit is powered by a single AAA battery that reportedly provides 10 hours of recording. It records 48kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV files, storing them to microSD or microSDHC cards. The features that DR-10X draws from its siblings include a built-in limiter for preventing distortion, a low-cut filter for minimising wind noise and an OLED display designed to be readable in direct sunlight. The manufacturer’s Dual Recording mode is also included, which records a lower level safety track in a bid to safeguard against spikes in source level.