Tascam DR-100MKII

24-bit/96kHz Linear PCM Recorder w/ 4 Built-In Microphones Variable Speed Playback, S/PDIF In & More

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The TASCAM DR-100mkII:

The TASCAM DR-100mkII provides professional-grade recording to engineers and musicians who require the best from their handheld recorders. It features four built-in microphones, two cardioid and two omnidirectional, for great sounding recordings. A pair of XLR microphone inputs with phantom power welcomes pro-grade condenser microphones, and line in and out connectors are also provided. The markII version adds balanced line ins, S/PDIF digital inputs, locking connectors and more.

The TASCAM DR-100mkII is ideal for:

  • Live Recording – Record with built-in mics or add premium condensers to document a performance
  • Band Rehearsals – Record school orchestra or rock band practice to judge your progress
  • DSLR Filmmaking – Attach to your camera to capture great audio on set
  • Sound Effects Gathering – Record sounds in the outside world, then drop them into your productions

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-100mkII Unit
  2. (1) SD Memory Card
  3. (1) BP-L2 custom lithium ion
  4. (1) 31-1/2" (80 cm) USB Cable
  5. (1) Soft Case
  6. (1) Windscreen
  7. (1) RC-10 Wireless Remote
  8. (1) Coin battery for remote
  9. (1) Wired Remote Adapter
  10. (1) Wired Remote Cable
  11. (1) Digital Conversion Cable
  12. (1) Warranty Card
  13. (1) Owner's Manual

Product Features:

  • +4dBu (maximum +24dBu) line input available via XLR jack
  • XLR jack with a locking latch for professional use
  • Better quality uni-directional and omni-directional microphones than the original DR-100
  • Accepts S/PDIF digital input signal via remote jack
  • Improved Mic pre amp with higher gain and lower noise
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV recording
  • 32 to 320kbps MP3 recording
  • XLR or RCA 1/8” line input
  • Wired/wireless remote control included (RC-10)
  • Limiter and low cut filter
  • Back panel dedicated switches
  • Rugged aluminum casing
  • VSA changes playback speed from -50% to +16%
  • Records to SD or SD-HC card (2GB card included)
    (click here for list of compatible media)
  • Mini USB 2.0 jack and cable
  • Large thumbwheel individual gain control
  • Built-in speaker
  • Tripod Mount
  • Included Li-ion battery, windscreen and carrying case
  • Also found as: DR100MKII, DR100-MKII
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

System Requirements:

  • Windows
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • CPU/Clock: Pentium 300MHz Min.
    • Memory: 128MB Min.
    • USB Port: USB2.0 recommended
  • Macintosh
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.2 or later
    • CPU/Clock: Power PC, iMac, G3,
      G4, G5 266MHz Min.
    • Memory: 64MB Min.
    • USB Port: USB2.0 recommended


  • Recording Media:
    • SD card (64MB ~ 2GB)
    • SDHC card (4GB ~ 32GB)
  • File System: FAT16/32
  • Recording and Playback Format:
    • WAV / BWF: 44.1kHz/48kHz/96 (HS mode) kHz, 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 to +16% (1% step)
  • MIC/LINE IN (XLR) (Phantom Power Compatible): XLR-3-31
    • MIC (Switch set to MIC):
      • Input Impedance: 2.1k ohms
      • Nominal Input Level: -14dBu
      • Maximum Input Level: +2dBu
    • LINE 1 (Switch set to LINE:
      • Input Impedance: 2.5 k ohms
      • Nominal Input Level: +4dBu
      • Maximum Input Level: +24dBu
  • LINE 2 IN:
    • Connector: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo mini
    • Input Impedance: 22 k ohms or more
    • Nominal Input Level: -10dBV
    • Maximum Input Level: +6dBV
  • Headphone Maximum Output: 25mW + 25mW (32 ohms loaded)
  • Built-in Speaker Output: 0.4W (mono)
  • Digital Input: 3/32" (2.5 mm) TRS jack (using the conversion cable made for this unit)
    • Format: IEC60958-3 (S/PDIF)
  • Remote: 3/32" (2.5 mm) TRS jack
  • USB:
    • Connector: Mini B type
    • Format: USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED Mass Storage Class
  • Power Supply:
    • Two AA batteries (alkaline batteries or Ni-MH batteries)
    • Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (TASCAM BP-L2)
    • External battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA, sold separately)
    • AC100 ~ 240V ,50-60Hz (AC adapter optional PS-P520)
  • Power Consumption: 4W (Max.)
  • Battery Life
    (Continuous Operation):
    • Lithium ion batteries (BP-L2): About 5 hours (Recording WAV, 44.1kHz/16-bit)
    • Ni-MH batteries (eneloop): About 4 hours (Recording WAV, 44.1kHz/16-bit)
  • Size & Weight:
    • Weight: 10.23 oz. (290 g) (w/o batteries)
    • Width: 3-3/16" (80 mm)
    • Depth: 1-3/8" (155 mm)
    • Height: 6-1/16" (35 mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32-104°F / 0-40°C

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, JEITA)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 0.01% (XLR LINE 1 IN→LINE OUT, Fs 44.1kHz, +24dBu input, JEITA)
  • S/N Ratio: 92dB or more (XLR LINE 1 IN→LINE OUT, Fs 44.1kHz, +24dBu input, 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.
Yes (Included)
Power Requirement
This is the power requirements needed to operate the Field Recorder.
BP-L2 lithium ion battery
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.
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.
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.
10.23 oz.

Warranty and Return Policy

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

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24-bit/96kHz Linear PCM Recorder w/ 4 Built-In Microphones Variable Speed Playback, S/PDIF In & More


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