TASCAM DR-05 Reviews4.3/5.0 based on 16 customer reviews
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from Sturgeon Bay, WI
November 26, 2012Music Background:
Studio musician (Piano and percussion)
An awesome recording tool!!I'm a musician who get ideas for songs all the time. Most of the time I get them at work where I have to try and hum the melody or tap it with my fingers. Since I purchased this recording tool, I've used it every day and am very glad I paid for what I got.I don't need all the bells and whistles in my recording since I can make them later with my DAW. I do need a "scratch pad" (which the DR-05 provides) and a way to obtain those melodies and rythms in my head. The Tascam DR-05 gives me everything I need and delivers an awesome sound. For all the musicians deciding on what recording unit to get, try the Tascam DR-05 for a pleasant surprise. You'll be glad you did!
from United States
November 12, 2012Music Background:
Student, musician, composer, sound designer, recording engineer
Absolutely worth it.It is the first handheld mic I've owned so my experience with them is very little. With that said, this mic is great. It is easy to use, menu navigation is straight forward and took no time to figure out. The audio quality meets my expectation for a linear PCM mic of its class. It can also be used as an external mic for computers, which is a feature I hadn't originally planned on using. It makes recording straight onto your computer very quick and easy. All you need is a cable to connect to your computer's imput. So far I haven't found any problems, 5 stars for the Tascam DR-05.
from Maui Hi
November 24, 2011Music Background:
How can it be so easyI just recorded a couple of live sessions with an 8 piece band then again with just my Bass player and myself. I am pretty impressed with the sound and how easy it was to download into my computer. Thanks for making a great hand held recorder.
from Sacramento, California
October 1, 2011Music Background:
Future Recording Student
AmazingThis product is really good. Recording quality is amazing! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a decent hand held recorder. I currently use this to record our church sermons(line out on the board to line in on recorder).
from Eureka, Ca USA
September 8, 2011Music Background:
Live Sound Engineer
Great MachineSeriously. For the price you can't beat it. I'm a TD at a performing Arts Center. I bought this as a toy and have been really impressed with the quality of the recordings and design of the data storage. It's a simple drag and drop onto your computer once connected.
If your reading this, you should buy this. You won't regret it.
July 8, 2011Music Background:
Amazing!!!5 Stars for this little wonder!!! Great for live recording with crystal clear results. Can also do inline recordings which obviously come out even better!! An excellent choice for a middle class user, not at all amatuerish but at a very affordable price. I only wish I had bought mine on sale.
from New York, NY
December 4, 2012Music Background:
Tascam DR-05Bought it to record band rehearsals. Works extremely well for this purpose.
July 18, 2011
Great recorder.This is a great recorder; especially for a novice in this area. The manual was readable and precise and allowed me to get going immediately. A great item!
from Mankato, Mn USA
June 8, 2011Music Background:
Life long guitarist and songwriter, withThe Murphy Brothers Band
DR-05I found the DR-05 a great little unit for a great price and is perfect for those live gigs you don't want to lose because of not having the time for set up, the DR-05 can be up and ready to go in a couple of minutes.
It is also a must for songwriters to help keep track of those bits and pieces of songs you come up with day or night that you don't want to forget, or record an arrangement that you don't want to lose before you get it down on Pro-tools.
The sound is great and with a little reading easy to use.
Great tool, Great price and a Great sound.
from United States
March 27, 2013
LOVE it!!!!!This little fella has been my best friend lately! The quality is fabulous! I'm very happy with it.
from Thoreau, NM
November 28, 2012Music Background:
DANDY LITTLE POCKET BUDDYI was very surprised at the amount of features along with the ease of use of them on this little unit that fits nicely in your pants pocket. Was able to start recording right out of the box with just a short reading of the instructions.
Sound is very accurate and mics are very sensitive. I have not had the chance yet to explore all the great features but so far I know I will use this unit for test recordings and also for quick and easy play-out recordings. I tested the DR-05 in my studio by using the mics and it was very accurate. also used the input with a 1/8 jack to my piano setup and it was also very accurate and sensitive. You just have to make sure your recording input volume is set properly so you don't get distortion as it is very responsive.
Great little studio helper for the bucks.
Donna M. Davis
from Hamburg PA
October 16, 2012Music Background:
Real niceThe Tascam DR-05 records very nicely once you set up the proper volume for recording. It is not automatic. I think it should have come with an electric adaptor so you don't have to use up so many batteries. It does not go long on a set of batteries. That is a disapointment that you should have known about and should have included in the package. When you plug it into the computer or speakers you get a rich full sound, very surprising and pleasing. I will keep mine because I like it!!
from Fort Wayne, IN
August 16, 2012Music Background:
Semi-Pro and Hobby Guitarist
TASCAM DR-05I really like this recorder. The feel and appearance of quality is as good as the performance of the recording. I've used it to record conversations as as well as music with great results.
from New York NY
June 22, 2012Music Background:
DR-05 basic and reliableI bought this recorder to use at a lecture hall where few people have skill to operate recording equipment - and it works perfectly. I set it to make MP3 files that anyone can download and use. The mics are good enough and make clear recordings. It's easy to set the levels and press the big record button. I use the line-in feature too, from a PA mixer - also with excellent results. For the price this is an nice device. You can feel Tascam's years of experience in the design.
from San Francocisco, CA, USA
July 17, 2012Music Background:
Preforming Artist, keyboards, guitar.
Tascam DR-05Very good for my use. I record original songs that come to me. This is a good way to keep your mind moving and come up with something you like and then play it back and improve on it. I can also record songs with my group and practice them on my own. I took it to Hawaii and had a good time with it. Nice and small !
from NY NY
July 22, 2011Music Background:
Recording quality good, ease of use good...but...much larger than I expected. I own the Yamaha which is much smaller. Make sure you use the manual to understand. When you first record the volume level is set much too low. You must change the record volume setting, not just raise the volume.