Tascam DR-05

Linear PCM Handheld Recorder with Stereo Omnidirectional Condenser Microphones, Chromatic Tuner & More

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The TASCAM DR-05 offers stellar-quality stereo recording with a user-friendly interface, a compact size and a price that's just right. The DR-05 can record in WAV or MP3 format to microSD or microSDHC media in ultra high-resolution up to 96kHz/24-bit. A pair of omnidirectional stereo condenser microphones handles up to 125dB SPL with sensitivity that's able to capture every exquisite detail. With convenient recording features such as Quick Menu and Peak Reduction, the DR-05 enables anyone to record CD-quality takes, and it all fits in the palm of your hand.

Everything about the DR-05 is designed to get the best quality recordings of your music. A new pair of built-in microphones withstands up to 125dB SPL – the volume of a jet plane from 200 feet away – yet still have the sensitivity to capture every detail of a performance. You can add your own microphone or line-level source through the 1/8” stereo input, including plug-in power for microphones that need it.

Internally, the DR-05’s digital and analog circuit boards are built separately to increase noise performance, with a low-impedance design to further decrease hiss. A separate power supply is sent to the A/D and D/A converter for even better audio performance. The result is clean sound quality – over 92dB signal to noise ratio, under 0.05% total harmonic distortion and 20Hz to 40kHz response (-1/+3dB) at 96kHz/24-bit resolution.

For musicians and recordists at any stage of their career, there’s no easier way to get great-sounding recordings than TASCAM’s DR-05. Make sure to check out the comparison chart below to make sure you select the TASCAM recorder that best suits your needs.

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) DR-05 Unit
  2. (1) microSD Memory Card
  3. (2) AA alkaline batteries
  4. (1) 31-1/2" (80 cm) USB Cable
  5. (1) Warranty Card
  6. (1) Owner's Manual

Product Features:

  • Handheld Portable Recorder
  • Stereo condenser omnidirectional microphones
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording
  • Stereo MP3 recording from 32-320kbps bit rate
  • Optimized for music recording
  • Limiter and low-cut filter to help prevent distortion
  • Automatic or manual level setting
  • Self timer recording starts recording after 5 or 10 sec.
  • Variable speed playback (50%-150%) without changing the pitch
  • Loop and repeat playback
  • Level Align feature prevents uneven volume levels during playback
  • Playback EQ setting Editing function (Divide and delete)
  • Chromatic tuner
  • 1/8” stereo mic/line input
  • 1/8” headphone/line output
  • USB 2.0 port for transfer to PC and external power
  • Up to 2-second pre recording buffer
  • Built-in speaker
  • microSD (64MB – 2GB) / microSDHC (4GB – 32GB) card slot
    (click here for list of compatible media)
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries, AC adapter (optional: PS-P515U), or USB bus power
  • Tripod socket hole
  • Also found as: DR05, DR0-5
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

System Requirements:

  • Windows
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • CPU/Clock: Pentium 300 MHz Min.
    • Memory: 128 MB Min.
    • USB Port: USB 2.0 recommended
  • Macintosh
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.2 or later
    • CPU/Clock: Power PC, iMac, G3,
      G4 266 MHz Min.
    • Memory: 64 MB Min.
    • USB Port: USB 2.0 recommended


  • Recording Media:
    • microSD card (64MB ~ 2GB)
    • microSDHC card (4GB ~ 32GB)
  • Recording and Playback Format:
    • WAV: 44.1kHz/48kHz/96kHz, 16/24 bit
    • MP3: 44.1kHz/48kHz, 32k/64k/96k/128k/192k/256k/320kbps
  • Number of Channels: 2 Channels (Stereo)
  • Playback Speed Control (VSA): 50-150% without changing pitch
    *Only with 44.1kHz/48kHz
  • Built-In Microphone: Omnidirectional Condenser microphones
  • MIC/EXT IN jacks (supporting plug-in power):
    • Connector: 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini
    • Input Impedance: 25k ohms
    • Nominal Input Level: -20dBV
    • Maximum Input Level: -4dBV
    • Connector: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo mini
    • Output Impedance: 12 ohms
    • Nominal Output Level: -14dBV (10k ohms loaded)
    • Maximum Output Level: +2dBV (10k ohms loaded)
    • Headphone Maximum Output: 20mW + 20mW (32 ohms loaded)
  • USB:
    • Connector: Mini-B type
    • Format: USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED Mass Storage Class
  • Power:
    • Two AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMH batteries)
    • USB bus power
    • AC100 ~ 240V ,50-60Hz (AC adapter optional PS-P515U)
  • Power Consumption: 1.7W (Max.)
  • Battery Operation Time (continuous): Between 10 and 19-1/2 hours
  • Size & Weight:
    • Weight: 4.06 oz. (116 g) (w/o batteries)
    • Width: 2-3/8" (61 mm)
    • Depth: 1" (26 mm)
    • Height: 5-9/16" (141 mm)

Audio Performance:

  • Frequency Response:
    • 20Hz ~ 20kHz +1dB/-3dB (Fs 44.1kHz, EXT IN→LINE OUT, JEITA)
    • 20Hz ~ 22kHz +1dB/-3dB (Fs 48kHz, EXT IN→LINE OUT, JEITA)
    • 20Hz ~ 40kHz +1dB/-3dB (Fs 96kHz, EXT IN→LINE OUT)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 0.05% (Fs 44.1/48/96kHz, EXT IN→LINE OUT, JEITA)
  • S/N Ratio: Greater than 92dB (Fs 44.1/48/96kHz, EXT IN→LINE OUT, JEITA)

TASCAM® Portable Recorder Comparison, Jan 2012







Estimated Street Price: $99 $149 $199 $229 $329 $999 $3,599
Tracks @ 48 kHz: 2 2 4 2 2 8 10
Tracks @ 96 kHz: 2 2 4 - 2 8 8
Tracks @ 192 kHz: - - - - - 2 4
Tracks @ MP3: 2 2 4 2 2 4 -
SMPTE Timecode: - - - - - Time of day BWAV
stamp, but no sync in
Jamsync & Generate
Adjustable Playback
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
Effects: - Reverb Reverb Guitar amp models,
effects, reverb
- - -
Stereo Microphone
AB, Omni XY or AB,
XY or AB,
AB, adjustable AB cardioid & omni,
- -
Mic Inputs: 1/8" mini 1/8" mini (2) Locking XLR w/
phantom power
1/8" mini, 1/4" guitar
(2) Locking XLR w/
phantom power
(4) XLR & (2) TRS w/
phantom power
(8) Locking XLR w/
phantom power
Digital I/O: - - - - Stereo S/PDIF Stereo S/PDIF (8) AES/EBU In/Out
Remote Control: - - RC-10, optional - Wired/wireless, incl. - RC-F82 fader/coms
Optional Windscreen: WS-DR2 WS-DR2 (X/Y) WS-DR2d WS-DR2d (included) - -
Optional Case: - - (carry bag included) (padded case included) (padded case included) CS-DR680,
Portabrace AR-DR680
Portabrace AR-P82

For a more detailed PDF of this chart, click here!

Field Recorder Features

This is the type of media that the field recorder is able to record.
Recording Media
This is the type of media that the field recorder is able to record to. Some of the media will include SD, SDHC, and more. Some recorders will even allow for recording directly to a PC.
USB (to Computer)
Internal Memory
This is the amount of memory that the item can store internally.
2 GB
Mount Compatible
Mount compatible Field Recorders are able to be attached to a stand, tripod, or other mount.
Display Type
This is the type of the display that the field recorder has.
Backlit LCD
Built-In Speakers
This means that the unit comes with speakers already built into the unit.
Built-In Microphone
This will designate if thedevice has a built-in microphone for the recording or transmitting of audio.
If this field recorder has a compatible remote, it will be listed here.
Power Requirement
This is the power requirements needed to operate the Field Recorder.
2x AA Batteries
Battery Life
The average capacity of the battery when fully charged. This value is provided by the manufacturer and is an average, not a guarantee.
10-19.5 hours

Audio Specifications

Audio Formats
These are the types of audio formats that the field recorder is able to record to.
Recording Bit Rate
This is the maximum bit rate that the field recorder is able to record in the specific audio format.
MP3: Up to 320kbps
PCM: Up to 24-bit
WAV: Up to 24-bit
Sampling Frequency
This is the sampling frequency and the respective audio format.
MP3: Up to 48kHz
PCM: Up to 96kHz
WAV: Up to 96kHz
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 40000 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This spec compares the strength of the signal to the level of background noise. A higher value indicates less background noise.
92 dB
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
Number of Recording Microphones
This is the total number of microphones that the field recorder uses to pick up audio.

Input & Output Connectivity

This is the list of input connections that go into the field recorder.
1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini-Jack
USB 2.0
These are the types of output connections on the field recorder.
1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini-Jack
USB 2.0
Microphone Input
This is the type of microphone input that the field recorder has.
1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini-Jack
Headphone Out
This is the type of connection that is used for the headphone out on the field recorder.
1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini-Jack

General Specifications

The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.
The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
4.06 oz.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider

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Tascam DR-05

Linear PCM Handheld Recorder with Stereo Omnidirectional Condenser Microphones, Chromatic Tuner & More


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