Re-learning the Tascam DR-44WL: How to Setup to Record at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

All Things Audio
Everything Audio, from acquisition to postproduction.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 30th, 2017, 02:16 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Seattle WA
Posts: 942
Re-learning the Tascam DR-44WL: How to Setup to Record

Picked up this recorder last year for a recital to record with a single mic on a boom stand via an XLR cable but since then I havenít used it.

The lack of use is due to two reasons:
First, (and the main reason), I never really figured out how to use it to begin with, and,

Second, I never had an absolute need to use it. I could have, ore should have, but didnít. Every time I thought it would be a good time to use it I had to sit down with the Manual, read through the steps, but in the end opted to be on the safe side with running the cable(s) through the JuicedLink pre and saving the tracks on the cam.Thereís a certain amount of comfort in knowing what youíre doing is guaranteed, tried and proven, vs taking a risk with something new.

In a month Iíll probably have an opportunity at some family gatherings to make use of it. Not sure how, yet, but if I can get the comfort level moved up Iím sure it can be put to use. One of the gatherings will be at a wedding and Iíll have two cams. At this point, and I know this question might be asked, I cannot say ďexactlyĒ how it might be used.

There is an overwhelming amount of things to know about how to run this unit; however, for the immediate getting re-acquainted with it, this is what I would like to know:
How to Record
How to Play back
How to Save the audio file

The Tascam is currently set up as follows:
for XLR on track 3 and 4, WAV, 16bit, 48.0k
System Version V1.21 0102 [as of Jun 29, 2017, current version is V2.10]
Wi-Fi Version: 1.02 0021

Web Internet Links:
Main sites: TEAC - Global Site and TASCAM Global
> Home | TASCAM [cookies must be enabled]

Features Overview: > Downloads | TASCAM > DR-40 > [sidebar] Product: DR-44WL | TASCAM

DR-RRWL Downloads: Product: DR-44WL | TASCAM

I Have the original Tascam DR Control app on the iPhone
Attached Thumbnails
Re-learning the Tascam DR-44WL: How to Setup to Record-img_4146.jpg   Re-learning the Tascam DR-44WL: How to Setup to Record-dr-44wl-top-panel.png  

Attached Images
 
John Nantz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 30th, 2017, 03:21 PM   #2
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Newark, CA
Posts: 99
Re: Re-learning the Tascam DR-44WL: How to Setup to Record

I would check some YouTube videos to get started:

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...Tascam+DR-44WL
Cary Knoop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2017, 07:17 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Seattle WA
Posts: 942
Re: Re-learning the Tascam DR-44WL: How to Setup to Record

Did some more research and used the link to check for YouTube videos, including some variations on the search term. With regard to videos, so many of them are about unboxing, reviews, and comparison with other recorders, or cover the previous versions of the 44WL; however there were about three that got into use, or how to use. Two of them were really shaky (one gal with red fingernail polish couldnít hold it still) and the other was by a guy using a GoPro cam on his head. There was one which was about features that kinda helped with usage so that was a good starter.

Went to the Tascam 44WL *.pdf files to ensure I had everything covered and this was a bit of an ordeal as the printed version doesnít have the file name on it and their list doesnít have the document number on it. Anyway, that was an effort.

The Tascam had firmware v1.20 and it has now been updated to v2.10. The similarity of the two versions caused me a bit of a problem and I feel like I might becoming dyslexic! Several times I tried to install the old version but finally caught my mistake. Haste makes waste, they say. Also got the Wi-Fi version updated. The connection and operation using the iPhone as a remote is fantastic.

Did some demos using the built-in mics, played around with mic positioning and vu adjustments on tracks 1 & 2. Deleting files is a bit of a pain via ďonesiesĒ [scroll > Browse > scroll > File (enter) > Quick > File Delete (enter) Are you sure? Yes (enter) > Browse] then repeat for the next file, but somewhere I read there is an easier way to do it in a batch mode. In stereo mode there are two files for each recording so one doesnít want to hit Record too often or it becomes a lot of work deleting. Havenít figured how to delete files using the iPhone - doesnít appear to be a way.

Thatís a short update for now. Progress has been made.
Attached Thumbnails
Re-learning the Tascam DR-44WL: How to Setup to Record-thumb_img_4167_1024.jpg  
John Nantz is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:21 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network