Tascam DR44-WL Four Track Portable Recorder with WiFi
The Tascam DR-44WL revolutionises handheld recorders with its new Wi-Fi feature.
- Recording at up to 96 kHz/24-bit (WAV/BWF format)
- Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC media supported (4 GB microSD card included)
- Unidirectional condenser microphones in X-Y configuration
- XLR/TRS analogue inputs compatible with +4 dBu line level signals
- Wi-Fi connection supports monitoring, transport control, level control, file transfer and more
- USB 2.0 high-speed file transfer to/from your computer
- Powered by two AA batteries, AC adapter (NOT Included) or USB bus-power
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A free app for iOS or Android devices provides control, file transfer, and audio streaming to your smartphone or tablet computer. Start recording while on stage or from anywhere in the room. Set trim levels, check meters and control the transport. At the end of a performance, transfer recordings to your smartphone and instantly upload them to SoundCloud or Facebook, or even e-mail directly to fans.
The DR-44WL has a pair of high-quality stereo condenser microphones built from high-performance components and arranged in XY pattern. These mics can handle high sound pressure levels without distortion. Two locking XLR inputs for external mics or sources are also available.
With four independent recording tracks, built-in mixer with reverb effect plus a bounce feature, the DR-44WL offers the ability to create true multitrack recordings. Or record two tracks in different formats (WAV/MP3) or with different level settings.
Built-In Professional X-Y Stereo Mics
Two cardioid mic capsules are arranged so that their diaphragms overlap in the same axis. This X-Y configuration provides a true stereo image. The microphone capsules and input circuitry are designed to perform without distortion in environments with high sound pressure levels – such as live concerts and recording close to a sound source.
In addition, a newly-designed shock mount absorbs vibrations effectively - even when mounted on a digital SLR camera.
XLR/TRS Input Jacks For Professional Applications
The XLR/TRS external input jacks can be used to record the outputs of a PA console or external mics while recording with the built-in mics – recording four tracks (two stereo tracks) simultaneously. Set the recorder to capture four mono, one stereo and two mono, or two stereo tracks according to your recording needs. Since this unit can also provide +48V phantom power, users can also connect their favourite condenser mics.
Moreover, this unit supports +4dBu input, which is necessary to interface with professional-level equipment XLR/TRS inputs that support +4dBu and +48V
Remote Wi-Fi Operation
TASCAM has once again revolutionised handheld recording! The DR-44WL creates its own Wi-Fi network, and a free dedicated app can be used for remote operation without touching the unit. Not only does the app allow recording to be started and stopped, it can also be used to check and adjust input levels from an iOS or Android device. Everything related to recording can be done by Wi-Fi.
Since the Wi-Fi transmission range is about 20 metres, this feature can be used with the recorder in places that are normally out of reach. In addition, audio can be checked by Wi-Fi after recording. The audio quality can be checked through headphones connected to a smartphone. With operation capabilities and flexibility that exceeds infrared remotes – and reliability that approaches that of wired remotes – this handheld recorder allows freedom of placement that far surpasses that of previous models.
Note: Checking audio via Wi-Fi is intended for use after recording.
Tascam DR-44WLThe benefits of Wi-Fi are not limited to recording. Audio files can be transmitted via Wi-Fi to smartphones and computers. Files can also be uploaded to SoundCloud using a dedicated application. SoundCloud is tightly linked with other social networking services. For example, if a recording is shared to Facebook, it will appear on the user's timeline. By uploading a live recording immediately after performance, audience members could listen to the concert again on their way home.
Note: An Internet connection is necessary to upload files to the Internet from a smartphone.
Multiple Automatic Features
Even though the DR-44WL is a professional recording device, it also has numerous automatic functions that make capturing high-quality recordings easy for anyone. In addition to automatic recording functions, the unit also has functions that simplify file management. Users can create high-quality recordings without complicated operations.
Automatic level optimization functions (peak reduction and limiter)
Automatic track incrementation functions (new file creation) can be set according to the application
Automatic recording function that starts recording when a preset audio input level is detected
Automatic mark function that adds marks according to set conditions
Automatic division function that divides files at pre-set marks (V1.10)
MTR Mode For Serious Music Production
The DR-44WL is also a powerful tool for songwriters. By selecting MTR mode, the user can use the DR-44WL as a multitrack recorder to overdub one track at a time. With functionality that approaches that of a dedicated MTR, it is possible to produce studio-quality music files using just one DR-44WL. In addition, the reverb effect can be used to sweeten recordings.