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2015-01-22 - TASCAM DR-680mkII Adds Recording and Storage Features

Update of Multichannel Recorder Includes User-Requested Additions for Field Recording

TASCAM's DR-680mkII updates the breakthrough 8-track field recorder with recording, storage and power enhancements. Developed based on customer feedback, the new model upgrades op amps and other components for better sound quality during recording. The digital clock has also been updated for tight synchronization with video recorders. The distortion-proof Dual Recording feature has been implemented as well, recording a copy of your audio at a lower level as a safety track.

In addition to recording features, the card slot has been upgraded to accept SDXC cards up to 128GB. Lithium batteries are now supported for extended concert or field recording sessions.

The TASCAM DR-680 is a portable recorder that records up to 8 tracks (or six discrete tracks and a stereo mix) at 96kHz/24-bit resolution. Six microphone inputs with phantom power are available for multi-channel or surround recording. A S/PDIF stereo digital input and output provided, as well as six discrete line outputs. It records WAV, Broadcast WAV or MP3 format, and stereo 192k recording is also available. Two different cases are available.

  • SD/SDHC/SDXC cards used as recording/playback media
  • 6 balanced mic/line inputs (1-4: XLR/TRS combo jacks, 5-6: TRS jacks)
  • 6 unbalanced outputs (RCA pin jacks)
  • COAXIAL digital input and output (S/PDIF, AES/EBU)
  • Recording/playback formats: BWF, WAV, MP3
  • With BWF format, recording starting times can be stored in files
  • 8-track recording at 24-bit/96kHz (BWF, WAV)
  • 6 mic/line inputs and stereo mix recording or 6 mic/line input and digital stereo recording
  • Record MP3 files at 96, 128, 192 and 320 kbps
  • Record 4-channel MP3 files
  • From 4 mic/line inputs (XLR/TRS combo jacks) or 2 mic/line inputs and digital stereo inputs
  • 2-track recording at 24-bit/192kHz (BWF, WAV)
  • From 2 mic/line inputs or digital stereo inputs
  • Digital inputs and outputs support double speed 96 kHz and quad speed 192 kHz
  • Sampling frequencies
  • 44.1, 48, 96, 192 kHz (BWF, WAV) 44.1, 48 kHz (MP3)
  • Quantization bit depth: 16/24-bit (BWF, WAV)
  • 6 channels of TASCAM HDDA mic preamps for high audio quality with 48V phantom power
  • Limiter and low-cut filter available on each mic/line input
  • Built-in stereo monitoring mixer for headphone mix and/or recording
  • Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels
  • GANG function allows the input gain of multiple channels to be operated simultaneously
  • Pre-recording function allows the capture of audio two seconds before recording is started
  • Automatic recording function can start and stop recording automatically in response to the input signal level (−48, −24, −12 or −6 dB)
  • Even when multiple tracks are used, all recordings made at the same time can be managed as a single take/file
  • Track incrementation allows a recording to be split by creating a new file at the desired point without interrupting recording
  • Up to 1000 takes and 5000 files can be recorded on a single card
  • Mark function can be used to move to specific points (up to 99 marks per take)
  • Wheel can be used to change the playback position
  • Repeat playback function
  • Panel lock function to prevent misoperation
  • Cascade function allows transport control of multiple DR-680MKII units using a master unit
  • File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or the date
  • High-speed transfer of files to a computer using USB 2.0
  • 128×64-dot matrix display with backlight
  • Built-in mono speaker with 500mW output
  • Headphone output and level control (50mW+50mW/ 32ohm)
  • Powered by 8 AA batteries or the included AC adapter
  • USB cable and shoulder strap included
  • Folding stand convenient for tabletop use
  • CS-DR680 carrying case (sold separately)
  • AR-DR680 case by Portabrace also available

Visit the DR-680mkII web page for more information.