TASCAM DR-100MKIII

Professional Handheld Recorder

DR-100MK3

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The DR-100MKIII is Tascam’s top-of-the-line portable, delivering the best audio performance in the history of Tascam stereo handheld recorders. Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding audio designers and engineers, this third generation of the DR-100 combines robust reliability, an easy-to-use interface and studio-quality sonic performance.

You can record directly from the built-in uni-directional or omni-directional stereo microphones, connect your own mics to the rugged locking Amphenol XLR/TRS connectors, use a camera microphone or line source for recording or record from a digital SPDIF source. 24 or 48 volts of Phantom power on the XLR inputs are available for the use of studio condenser mics and Mid/Side microphone configurations can be decoded before or after recording. This ensures that virtually all fields of application are covered – from music, speech and atmosphere recordings to meeting minutes and live concert recordings.

Many other improvements and new features as well as the multilingual menu make the DR-100MKIII an easy-to-use companion for sound recordings at the highest level.

Key features

  • Handheld digital stereo recorder for professional use
  • Rugged aluminium chassis
  • Two separate types of batteries used together allow for many hours of operation as well as the ability to change batteries while recording
  • Recording medium: SD card (64 MB – 128 GB)
  • Selectable recording formats:
    • Linear PCM (WAV/BWF), resolution: 16/24 bits, sampling rate: 192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz
    • MP3, bit rate: 128/192/256/320 KBit/s, sampling rate: 44.1/48 kHz
    • Dual recording allows a second recording to be created in parallel at a lower level or in a different format
  • 102 dB S/N ratio
  • A/D converters switchable to dual mode for even higher S/N ratio
  • Four built-in high-quality condenser microphones
    • Two uni-directional microphones with internal shock mount for stereo sound recording
    • Two enhanced omni-directional microphones for minutes recording or ambience
  • Two lockable XLR/jack combo mic/line inputs with switchable 48V phantom power
  • High-performance preamps provide a wide range of gain (–58 dBu to +24 dBu)
  • Additional stereo input with adjustable level to connect other sources (mini jack, mic/line level, switchable plug-in power)
  • Rotary control for intuitive setting of analogue input signals
  • Digital input (to be used with included conversion cable, supports SPDIF and AES/EBU)
  • Switchable low-cut filter (40/80/120/220 Hz)
  • Mic input level attenuation (PAD, hardware switchable)
  • Switchable auto gain control
  • Built-in monitor speaker (hardware switchable on/off)
  • Headphones output with level control (mini jack)
  • Separate stereo line output with adjustable level (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-record function can automatically start and stop recording at set levels
  • Instant recording start with a press of a button when switching the unit on
  • Tone generator for creating slate tones
  • 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) Playback features include:
    • In/Out loop
    • Folder or playlist playback
    • Switchable VSA function (change playback tempo without affecting the key)
  • XRI function allows information on recording settings to be stored with a BWF file
  • Multi-language menu (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Metal 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 with computer
  • Power supply by the built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery, two AA batteries (Alkaline, NiMH or Lithium) or optional battery pack (Tascam BP-6AA)
  • Power supply by optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520E) or USB power
  • Digital input adapter cable included as standard
  • Remote control (Tascam RC-10) and foot switch (Tascam RC-3F) available as an option

Specifications

General
Recording media SD card (64 MB−2 GB)
SDHC card (4−32 GB)
SDXC card (48–128 GB)
Recording/playback formats WAV (BWF): 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz, 16/24 bits
MP3: 44.1/48kHz, 128/192/256/320 Kbit/s
Number of audio channels 2 channels (stereo)
Analogue audio inputs and outputs
MIC/LINE IN jacks (XLR support phantom power) XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
6.3-mm standard TRS jacks (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
When MIC input source selected
  Maximum input level –14 dBu (PAD on)
  Minimum input level –70.5 dBu (PAD off)
  Input impedance XLR: ≥2 kΩ
TRS: ≥20 kΩ
When LINE input source selected
  Maximum input level +24 dBu
  Nominal input level +4 dBu
  Input impedance ≥20 kΩ
EXT IN jack (can provide plug-in power) 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
When EXT MIC input source selected
  Maximum input level –2.8 dBu (PAD on)
  Minimum input level –46.8 dBu (PAD off)
  Input impedance ≥50 kΩ
When EXT LINE input source selected
  Maximum input level +6 dBV
  Nominal input level −10 dBV
  Input impedance ≥2 kΩ
LINE OUT jack 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Output impedance 200 Ω
When LINE input source selected
  Nominal output level –14 dBV
  Maximum output level +6 dBV
In other situations
  Nominal output level –10 dBV
  Maximum output level +6 dBV
Headphones jack 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Maximum output power 40 mW + 40 mW (headphones connected, 32 Ω load)
Built-in speaker 0.4 W (mono)
Digital input
DIGITAL IN connector 3.5-mm TRS jack (using dedicated conversion cable)
  Format IEC60958-3 (SPDIF)
Other inputs and outputs
USB port Micro-B connector
  Format USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
REMOTE jack 2.5-mm TRS jack
Audio performance
Frequency response MIC/LINE IN (MIC, PAD On) to LINE OUT
MIC/LINE IN (LINE) to LINE OUT
EXT IN (MIC, PAD On) to LINE OUT
EXT IN (LINE) to LINE OUT
  44.1/48 kHz sampling frequency (JEITA) 20 Hz − 20 kHz +0.5 dB/−1 dB
  88.2/96 kHz sampling frequency (JEITA) 20 Hz − 40 kHz +0.5 dB/−2 dB
  176.4/192 kHz sampling frequency (JEITA) 20 Hz − 80 kHz +0.5 dB/−4 dB
Distortion MIC/LINE IN (MIC, PAD On) to LINE OUT
MIC/LINE IN (LINE, +20dBu In) to LINE OUT
EXT IN (MIC, PAD On) to LINE OUT
EXT IN (LINE) to LINE OUT
  44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz sampling frequency (JEITA) ≤0.007 %
S/N ratio MIC/LINE IN (MIC, PAD On) to LINE OUT
MIC/LINE IN (LINE) to LINE OUT
EXT IN (MIC, PAD On) to LINE OUT
EXT IN (LINE) to LINE OUT
  44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz sampling frequency (JEITA) ≥102 dB
Equivalent input noise (EIN) ≤–124 dBu
Note: based on JEITA CP-2150
Power supply and other specifications
Power supply Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery
2 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH or lithium-ion)
USB bus power from a computer
AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520E, sold separately)
Battery pack (Tascam BP-6AA, sold separately)
Power consumption 7.5 W (maximum)
Approximate battery operation time (continuous operation in hours:minutes)
Use conditions UNI MIC (built-in directional mic) input
Phantom power unused
STEREO WAV (BWF)/44.1 kHz, 16-bit recording
Using built-in (lithium-ion rechargeable) battery 12:00
Using lithium batteries (Energizer Ultimate Lithium) 7:00
Using NiMH battery (eneloop) 3:30
Using alkaline batteries (Evolta) 2:45
Use conditions MIC/LINE IN jack/mic input
Phantom power used (+48V, 2 × 3 mA)
STEREO WAV (BWF)/44.1 kHz 16-bit recording
Using built-in (lithium-ion rechargeable) battery 6:00
Using lithium-ion batteries (Energizer Ultimate Lithium) 3:30
Using NiMH battery (eneloop) 2:15
Using alkaline batteries (Evolta) 1:00
Charging time By USB: about 10 hours
Using PS-P520E: about 4½ hours
Dimensions (w × h × d) 80 mm × 156 mm × 35 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight 425 g (including batteries)
375 g (excluding batteries)
Operating temperature range 0–40 °C