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Good recorder for a good price!,
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Have been looking to buy a small recorder for some while now, and the price has just dropped on these - so I bought one (the supplier actually sent me two by accident but I did the decent thing!).
The DR-05 may be a bit obsolete now, but I'm sure it does everything most people want as a field recorder. I needed it for a different use though, which is why I thought a review might be of interest.
I record basic mono backing tracks on a Tascam DP-02 multitracker, then need something to play them back live. I have been putting them on CD (using an ancient Phillips CD recorder) and playing them back on a Walkman, but this has the disadvantage of not being able to vary the order of play, not being able to add or delete tacks, and not being able to re-record them if the volume levels vary too much between particular tracks.
Having read others' complaints about the 'line in' drawbacks, in that it's easily overloaded, I have to say I haven't had any problems recording direct from the DP-02 'out'. Obviously you have to watch the output from the DP-02 and input setting on the DR-05, but you'd have to do that on any basic recording setup. I don't use the 'auto-level' setting but I do use 'peak reduction' and it all seems perfect. Plus I've been messing about with it for a couple of weeks and the supplied batteries are still on max.
I realise people will be screaming at me to use a iPod or similar MP3 player and transfer the tracks on direct from the DP-02 or a computer, but I'm just not up to these modern methods. Recording / mastering etc (to me) will always be a physical process involving cables, setting levels, etc! And I find the DR-05 very simple to use - hardly had to consult the manual.
One point I have noticed, and had it confirmed by Tascam USA customer services (the UK branch completely ignoring emails): There is a facility to name the track. Only 6 letters, but enough to give you a clue. But you have to name the track BEFORE recording it; you cannot name it AFTER recording. So if you've recorded something, then you want to name it, the only solution is to delete it and re-record after having first named it. This minor annoyance aside (for which it loses a star), it's all good!
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2014 14:57:43 GMT
OP back. I discovered that naming tracks after recording is actually perfectly simple! Hooking it up to a computer will allow you to rename tracks, and/or rearrange them into groups as you wish. Pity Tascam CS didn't know that...!
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