It’s that time of year again when music manufacturers from all over flock to the winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California to show off their latest and greatest gear for the world the see. This year has seen Tascam introduce some exciting products, including some welcome additions to existing stronghold product lines as well as product updates that end-users have been pining for. Let’s take a look.
Anybody remotely familiar with Tascam handheld recorders will know the best-selling DR series well. This year marks the family update with the DRX handheld recorders. Three models are available, the DR-05X (replacing the DR-05MK2), DR-07X (back by popular demand, to replace the older DR-07MK2) and DR-40X (replacing the DR-40). Main feature updates on the existing models include USB audio interfacing, allowing direct recording to computer, essentially making the DRX’s USB microphones. A brand-new screen with high contrast display, a new dictation mode designed for human voice recording allows for quick skipping of audio, a feature requested by journalists and alike. An overwrite function to punch-in audio is included on all models also, along with multiple language support for menu and each model records either WAV or MP3 formats. The ever-popular dual record mode is still included on the DR-40X for trouble free recording without accidental overloads and distortion.
The DR-5X includes built-in stereo condenser microphones (dual omnidirectional), the DR-7X gives you the option to adjust between A/B or X/Y configurations. The DR-40X has the same built-in stereo condenser mics for either A/B or X/Y configurations but also includes two integrated combo jack inputs with phantom power for connecting external mics for a total of four recording channels.
These welcomed new updates to the DR handheld family will hit Australian shores in February 2019.
Tascam’s family of USB interfaces has just been expanded with the announcement of the “Series” Audio Interfaces. There are two new powerful interfaces in the line-up, the 102i and 208i.
The 102i is a 10 IN/2 OUT audio/MIDI Interface and the 208i is 20 IN/8 OUT via USB 2.0 and both being able record up to 24bit/192kHz. These new interfaces come equipped with two (for the 102i) and four (for the 208i) of Tascam’s high-grade Ultra-HDDA mic preamps. Both models are installed with high spec input audio circuits for low noise recording and what separates these new interfaces further from the current line-up is their input expandability via S/MUX supported OPTICAL input. Up to an additional 8 inputs can be added to the 102i and up to 16 inputs for the 208i. Some other nifty features include a mixer/routing/Tascam FX’s (Comp, EQ, Reverb) via the settings control software, each come bundled with Cubase LE 9.5 and some superb plug-ins bundles including IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube and T-RackS Tascam edition.
Both the 102i and 208i are an ideal solution for any home or live recording application, come in newly designed sleek, rugged, all metal casings and are compatible with mainstream DAW software.
Available in Australia late February/March 2019
More info Here: TASCAM