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Tascam DR-08 Handy Recorder : Review



It provides high-quality audio features, 96kHz/24-bit, two built-in mics, the SD or SDHC Slot to store data and the USB 2.0 connection for the PC. In addition: auto level control, the low-cut filter, the MP3 loop, the Variable Speed Audition, a noise cancelling function and the EQ section. It can be powered by two AAA batteries or via the USB.

WAV or MP3

Two formats:WAV (from 44.1kHz/16-bit up to 96kHz/24-bit) and MP3 (from 32 kbps to 320 kbps).

Main characteristics

Variable Speed Audition

It modifies the audio speed, from 50% to 200%. It doesn't change the pitch, so it's easy to learn a musical phrase, like a solo.

It waits for the signal

It provides a function that starts the recording when one of the inputs receives an audio signal. Certainly, this is an added value.

The gain control

It can be manual or automatic. In the automatic mode, the DR-08 will adjust the gain according to the signal level.

For a clean audio

The low-cut filter allows to reduce low frequencies, while the noise cancel helps to avoid annoying background noises.

The equalization

During the playback, the user can modify the tone of the audio thanks to a basic EQ section.

The playlist

It provides a playlist function so to organize files and play them in a certain order.

Final conclusions

The Tascam DR-08 is really a small jewel. It produces an high quality audio and provides many functions to handle and organize the job. My opinion is that the price is absolutely justified.

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