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Old December 15th, 2014, 06:01 AM   #1
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Tascam DR-70D

Neato update to this line of recorders, just need to figure out the battery situation. It can be powered via USB for longer battery life.
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Old December 15th, 2014, 07:43 AM   #2
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Re: Tascam DR-70D

I've done a review on it, will update the video as well.

Tascam 70d review: A 4-track mixer/recorder for $299? Sure!

The main takeaways....

-$300 is damn cheap for a 4 track recorder
-Nice size, not too tall, and just wide enough to fit proper controls and screen
-4 XLR/TRS inputs, line/camera out, camera in
-Phantom power for all XLRs
-Sufficient gain settings for inputs and outputs
-Limiters and lowcut
-SD card in the rear(can't see where else they could have fit it anyways)
-Battery/SD door can be annoying, i might just take it out.
-Wish all the 1/8" ports were 1/4", but again, size limitation, so can't really nitpick
-Battery life is OK, but Zoom's are amazing.
-A compressor would have been nice
-MP3 option would have been nice
-It would have been great if it could make bacon pancakes

Overall there's not much you can complain about for 300 bucks
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Old December 15th, 2014, 10:13 AM   #3
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Re: Tascam DR-70D

"Nice size, not too tall, and just wide enough to fit proper controls and screen"

I would say much better design than the DR-60D. The 60 I felt just didn't look right on the side or under a camera, this one seems like they consulted some DSLR users & figured out how to make it really work with a good rig.

Stinks that battery life isn't great, but can it be powered via USB like the 60D? If so, pick up a $20 - $40 usb battery bar & you can use that in conjunction with the AA batteries.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 12:42 PM   #4
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Re: Tascam DR-70D

Nice. Amazing how far technology has come. I think of the days of suffering along with minidisc and wonder how I ever managed.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 09:12 PM   #5
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Re: Tascam DR-70D

Or of paying $10,000 for a Deva 4-channel hard drive audio recorder only 15 years ago...
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Old December 19th, 2014, 12:07 PM   #6
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Re: Tascam DR-70D

Or lugging around a 40-pound Ampex "prosumer" (the term had not been coined back then) reel-to-reel machine in 1965, that cost $600 at the time (around $4,500.00 in today's dollars).
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