TASCAM DR-100MKII Portable linear PCM Stereo Recorder


The DR-100MKII, designed for professional recording applications in the field, offers high-quality recording directly in WAV or MP3 format from a rugged chassis. You can choose between two pairs of built-in uni-directional and omni-directional microphones, XLR inputs with switchable 48V phantom power, a separate mini jack line input and a digital input (SPDIF). This ensures that virtually all fields of application are covered – from music, speech and atmosphere recordings to meeting minutes and live concert recordings.

The recording level can be easily controlled by a twin hardware control rather than a menu option. Recordings can be started manually, automatically by level, advanced (by up to 2 seconds), delayed (to prevent key presses from being recorded) or with the help of the included remote control or an optional footswitch. A defeatable loudspeaker for playback is also included. You can make overdubs, manually create a new file during recording, divide a recording and use locate markers. The unit is further equipped with switchable automatic gain control and limiter, a switchable low-cut filter with three cutoff frequencies, line output, headphones output and USB connector.

The DR-100MKII comes with a 2-GB SD card, remote control, windshield and soft case and can be powered either by the included powerful lithium-ion rechargeable, two AA batteries, an optional batterie pack or an optional AC adapter. The second battery source is used as redundance allowing to change batteries while recording. The built-in mic stand screw socket allows the unit to be mounted on a tripod or microphone stand.

Main Features

  • Handheld digital stereo recorder for professional use
  • 2 separate types of batteries used together allow for many hours of operation as well as the ability to change batteries while recording
  • MP3 and WAV file recording and playback
  • Records to SD/SDHC card
  • Selectable recording formats:
    • Linear PCM (WAV format), 16/24-bit
    • MP3 32/64/96/128/192/256/320 kbps
  • Supported sampling frequencies: 96/48/44.1 kHz
  • Four built-in high-quality condenser microphones
    • Two uni-directional microphones for stereo recording
    • Two omni-directional microphones for minutes recording
  • Two lockable XLR mic/line inputs with switchable +48V phantom power
  • High-performance preamp provides wide range of gain (–58 dBu (max trim) to +24 dBu (min trim)
  • Three selectable input sensitivities (hardware switchable)
  • Stereo line input with adjustable level to connect an external source (mini jack)
  • Tandem hardware level control for intuitive recording level setting
  • Digital input (to be used with included conversion cable)
  • Switchable low-cut filter (40 Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz)
  • Switchable auto gain control
  • Limiter to prevent clipping (hardware switchable)
  • Built-in monitor speaker (hardware switchable on/off)
  • Headphones output with level control (mini jack)
  • Separate stereo line output (mini jack)
  • Pre-recording buffer (2 seconds) allows a recording to start before the record key is pressed
  • Delayed recording feature to prevent the unit from recording a touch noise of keystroke
  • Auto recording start and stop by input level
  • Overdub feature to add narration, singing or instruments to an existing recording
  • Mark function (automatic or manual)
  • Create a new audio file during recording (manually or by file size)
  • File divide function (to cut unwanted noise, for instance, WAV format only)
  • File renaming
  • Playback features include:
    • In/Out loop
    • Folder or playlist playback
    • Pitch control function (–50 % to +16 %)
    • Switchable VSA function (change playback tempo without affecting the key)
  • Mic stand adapter (¼ inch) on bottom side to attach the unit to a tripod or microphone stand
  • USB 2.0 connection for file transfer to/from computer
  • Power supply by lithium-ion rechargeable (BP-L2), two AA batteries, optional battery pack (Tascam BP-6AA) or optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520)
  • 2-Gigabyte SD card, RC-10 wireless remote control, windshield and softcase included as standard
  • Footswitch with three pedals for various functions available as an option (TascamRC-3F)