TASCAM DR-100mkIII Handheld Digital Stereo Recorder

2-channel Portable Digital Recorder with up to 24-bit/192kHz Resolution, Low-noise HDDA Preamps, AB Stereo and Omni Microphone Pairs, and Dual Recording Modes
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Pro-quality Sound for Field-recording Pros

Loaded with high-performance AKM Velvet Sound AK4558 digital converters (up to 192kHz) and low-noise HDDA preamps, the TASCAM DR-100mkIII 2-channel handheld recorder delivers the sound quality field-recording professionals demand. Two sets of built-in microphones (directional and omni) let you travel light, while dual recording modes and redundant battery power supplies take the stress out of one-shot recording opportunities. Top it off with simple controls and advanced features, including a limiter and a 4-way highpass filter, and it's easy to imagine what the DR-100mkIII can do for you.

TASCAM DR-100mkIII Handheld Digital Recorder at a Glance:
  • Take top-notch sound quality into the field
  • Excellent onboard mics let you travel light
  • All the stereo I/O you need onboard
  • Safeguards ensure you won't miss a thing
  • Streamlined design keeps recording simple
Take top-notch sound quality into the field

TASCAM handheld recorders have provided generations of engineers and sound designers with the sound quality professional applications demand, and the DR-100mkIII more than lives up to this reputation. On the purely analog side, the DR-100mkIII delivers clear, low-noise amplification to your microphones courtesy of a set of digitally controlled HDDA mic pres. Speaking of digital, you get up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution with an ultrastable, 1ppm-accurate temperature-compensated sample clock. And thanks to its dual-mono AKM Velvet Sound AK4558 converters, the DR-100mkIII can provide an astonishing 109dB signal-to-noise ratio when running in Dual ADC mode.

Excellent onboard mics let you travel light

Whether you're gathering samples, recording the show, or just laying down ideas for your next song, the microphones built into the DR-100mkIII are about as convenient as they come. There are actually a total of four microphones in two stereo sets onboard the DR-100mkIII, a shockmounted AB directional pair and a dual omnidirectional pair. Together, they provide you with a wide range of recording versatility. And thanks to the standard camera-stand threading integrated into the DR-100mkIII's robust black metal chassis, it's easy to mount your recorder wherever you need it.

All the stereo I/O you need onboard

For a 2-channel portable recorder, the TASCAM DR-100mkIII provides an impressive array of I/O options. If you'd rather use external microphones or take a feed off of a mixing console or other line-level device, then you'll appreciate the pair of high-quality XLR combo jacks onboard. Switchable phantom power even lets you use condenser mics that don't have their own battery power supplies. The stereo 1/8" input provides plug-in power for mini electret condensers too, and when you use the included adapter, you can also plug in a stereo S/PDIF digital source. On the output side, a powerful headphone amp with 40mW per channel can keep up with loud live venues, and an onboard speaker provides handy headphone-free playback.

Safeguards ensure you won't miss a thing

The experienced field-recording pros here at Sweetwater know you often only get one chance to capture an important event. That's why we're huge fans of the DR-100mkIII's safeguards. Dual recording mode discreetly captures a second track at a lower volume in case you clip your input levels, while a built-in Li-ion battery lets you record shorter sessions or swap out your main AA batteries mid recording. A second dual recording mode captures both WAV and MP3 files at once to your SDXC card media (up to 128GB supported), and XRI mod writes all of your settings into the meta data attached to your files for future recall.

Streamlined design keeps recording simple

Navigating through settings and menus on a handheld device can add an extra level of stress to a project that no one needs, which is why the DR-100mkIII's simple user interface is so important. You can easily access all essential recording functions via dedicated control buttons and switches (complete with a lockout button to avoid accidents), and a dedicated input level knob lets you quickly adjust the recording volume on the fly. When you do need to access advanced settings such as the built-in limiter, 4-way highpass filter, or variable-speed playback, the 128 x 128 backlit LCD makes navigation painless, and it's also great for monitoring. Lastly, the DR-100mkIII supports TASCAM's RC-10 and RC-3F wired remotes, which are ideal when you need to position your recorder somewhere you can't easily access.

TASCAM DR-100mkIII Handheld Digital Recorder Features:
  • A versatile, professional-quality 2-channel portable digital recorder
  • Dual-mono AKM "Velvet Sound" AK4558 converters provide up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • Temperature-compensated sample clock (TCXO) offers 1ppm accuracy
  • Dual ADC mode delivers an impressive 109dB signal-to-noise ratio
  • Digitally controlled low-noise HDDA preamps include switchable phantom power
  • Dual recording mode captures a low-level safety track to prevent digital clipping
  • Capture WAV and MP3 files simultaneously to SDXC card media up to 128GB
  • 1/8" stereo input includes plug-in power for small electret microphones
  • 1/8" S/PDIF input with included phono adapter lets you record digital sources
  • Powerful headphone amp with 40mW per channel cuts through loud live environments
  • Onboard speaker provides easy headphone-free playback
  • Dedicated switches, buttons, input level control, and 128 x 128 LCD make operation simple
  • Limiter and 4-mode highpass filter (40/80/120/220Hz) let you refine your sound
  • Runs on built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery or 2 AA batteries
  • Change AA batteries mid recording for extended recording sessions
  • XRI mode writes settings to your recording files for easy recall
  • Supports TASCAM RC-10 and RC-3F wired remote controls (not included)
  • Includes digital input conversion cable
Record like a pro anywhere with a TASCAM DR-100mkIII handheld digital recorder!

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Tech Specs

A/D Resolution Up to 24-bit/192kHz
Simultaneous Rec Tracks 2
Simultaneous Play Tracks 2
Built-in Mic(s) 2 x cardioid/omni
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" combo, 1 x 1/8" TRS (stereo in), 1 x 1/8" (remote)
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" TRS
Digital Inputs 1 x 1/8" (S/PDIF)
Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/8"
Memory (removable) SD (up to 2GB), SDHC (up to 32GB), SDXC (up to 128GB)
File Format WAV, MP3
USB Type Mini-B
Power Supply 2 x AA batteries / Li-ion battery (BP-L2) / PS-P520 AC adapter (sold separately)
Max Battery Life 5 hours (Li-ion battery), 2 hours 45 min (Alkaline), 4 hours (Ni-MH)
Stand Mountable Yes
Height 6.02"
Width 3.15"
Depth 1.37"
Weight 0.64 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DR-100mkIII

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Mighty Little Recorder

Okay, Not really often I am. As the rating shows. Blown away. This little gem has stolen my idea that I need to go back to analog. I will to some point. But this little squirt of a Recorder has won me over. Chassis made of Aluminum, this substantial quality, though not heavy, ticks off all the boxes for me. Yet to be tested are my favorite Condenser Microphones, but as a field recorder, and run and gun recorder for video. This is the one. Great sounding relatively quiet Preamplifiers, I like what this recorder is doing. Also good enough for my in Project Studio work. Sound is rich and full. Has allot of moxey on the recording especially the bottom end. Most detailed, hmm, close, but I have other machines that spoil the heck out of me there. But still this is quite good. Nice Midrange, smooth highs. I will be hearing some very amazing recordings coming up. Will be using the high resolution to see what the fuss is about. I have been using 44.1 and 48khz, plenty happy so far. Okay, got the feel, nice substantial feel. Controls are great and easy to follow. The Headphone control is annoyingly tedious to use. The Record level would be better if it was dual ganged at the control. Menus are excellent, and grouped per category. Unlike the confusion on the DR-70D. Display is really easy to read. Bright enough at least for me outdoors too. Mics are my only little bit of a complaint, and is true on most recorders. Use your own if you can. The Mics are okay, nothing to write home about especially the Omni directional. You don't have to spend allot to beat these mics either which is also very nice, and if you do use a nice mic setup, the preamplifiers are up to the task. Would this be the one to buy if you needed the best recorder in the Tascam lineup, or say Zoom. I think it is good value for money especially when you get a great price on top. I really think you can do worse. But this player when used well, will be great.
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