TASCAM DR-44WL Portable Recorder with Wi-Fi

Portable 4-track Recorder with Stereo Condenser Microphones, 2 x XLR Inputs, 96kHz/24-bit Converters, Reverb, and Wi-Fi
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Flagship, Wi-Fi-capable Portable Recorder

TASCAM's DR-44WL is a fully professional portable recorder that is great for recording rehearsals, sound for video, or any other applications utilizing newly-upgraded high-resolution, 96kHz/24-bit converters. The DR-44WL's built-in microphones feature improved shockmounting and are arranged in a close XY pattern, providing you with an effortless stereo image with no mic-placement hassles.

Record one track at a time — with reverb!

The DR-44WL is also a capable 4-track recorder, allowing your arrangements to be recorded one track at a time with reverb. On top of that, the DR-44WL's innovative new features allow you to conveniently transfer and stream files, as well as control the DR-44WL's transport with your smartphone or computer over Wi-Fi.

Record Anything Anywhere

Built-in microphones deliver an effortless stereo image
The TASCAM DR-44WL portable recorder includes a set of shockmounted stereo condenser microphones, arranged in a close XY pattern for a perfect stereo image. Since you won't have to hassle with mic placement, you'll never miss an important moment. Nonetheless, the DR-44WL does feature a pair of XLR inputs with phantom power for projects that require more elaborate microphone setups. Able to withstand up to 132dB SPL, the DR-44WL can handle loud sources without breaking a sweat. And everything is captured with pristine AD/DA converters at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution.

  • Great-sounding built-in stereo microphones
  • XLR inputs with phantom power
  • AD/DA converters deliver up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution

Bleeding-edge Wi-Fi Technology

Innovative Wi-Fi connectivity provides convenience and enhanced operation
If you want to record something but aren't a part of the action, then you can control the TASCAM DR-44WL portable recorder over Wi-Fi using your smartphone or computer. You can also conveniently transfer and stream files over a wireless network instead of fidgeting with a USB cable. Imagine being able to instantly share your recordings online or upload them to the cloud without even touching your recorder. No other portable recorder on the market has this game-changing feature! The DR-44WL is compatible with Mac and PC, as well as Android and iOS devices.

  • Transport control using your smartphone or computer
  • Transfers and streams files over a wireless network
  • Compatible with Mac, PC, Android, and iOS

On-the-go Multitrack Recording

Multitrack mode with reverb for on-the-go 4-track recordings
Perfect for capturing on-the-go musical ideas, the TASCAM DR-44WL portable recorder's multitrack mode allows you to record your arrangements one track at a time. A surprisingly lush reverb can also be added to your tracks. You can also record four channels at once for quick band recordings or use the DR-44WL's dual recording mode for creating a safety track in case your levels get too hot. If you're shooting video, the DR-44WL provides you with a hot shoe-mount and a stable internal clock to avoid drifting out of sync with your camera.

  • Record one track at a time or 4 channels at once
  • Dual recording mode for creating a safety track
  • Lush-sounding built-in reverb
  • Internal clock keeps your camera in sync

Additional Media

Digital Workstation Buying Guide
DR-44WL Portable Recorder with Wi-Fi User Manual
Portable Recorder Buying Guide

Tech Specs

A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Simultaneous Rec Tracks 4
Simultaneous Play Tracks 4
Built-in Mic(s) 2
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combo
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8"
Built-in Speaker Yes
Memory (removable) SD card (64MB to 2GB), SDHC card (4GB to 32GB), SDXC card (48GB to 128GB)
Built-in Effects Yes (Reverb)
Power Supply 4 x AA, USB bus power from a computer, AC adapter
Max Battery Life 16 hours (When MIC input is selected, phantom is not used)
Stand Mountable Yes
Height 5.2"
Width 3.7"
Depth 3.1"
Weight 0.76 lbs. (with batteries), 0.55 lbs. (without batteries)
Manufacturer Part Number DR-44WL

Customer Reviews

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Recording in Havana Cuba

I bought this the day before leaving for a week in Havana Cuba with Tommy Emmanuel, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Pancho Amat... It worked flawlessly right out of the box... It is as easy to use or as complicated as you want to make it with the deep menu settings... I put a 128GB chip in it and that gave me 2000 hours of 192k MP3 recording time... Battery life is incredible and it takes AA's so you can pack extras without having to charge via USB. My recordings sound great!
Music background: Guitarist - musician

Tascam DR-44WL Portable Recorder

Very...very...nice product. Love the Wi Fi feature for transferring files and the remote App for my phone and tablet....great to work it from the App on my tablet hands free right from my mic stand....going to use if for live band recordings....
Music background: Professional guitarist

Excellent recorder

Excellent frequency response 20Hz to 20KHz, (and slightly more,) with clean reproduction, no discernible harmonics. I have recorded the my church, (wind, tracker,) organ and the choir using the built in mikes and the sound is clean and a very 'real' sound. Lots of great features. 2xXLR inputs with phantom power means I can use this for studio recordings. Remote control via wi-fi means I can monitor and adjust the recorder from my ipad without walking around the stage and distracting the performers or audience. Straightforward, 1 step file transfer to a PC is a plus. Batteries last for hours or you can power from the USB cable. The only bad news is the users manual. Typical Tascam, it gives you the name of the controls and what they do but no examples of how to use them. I found their explanation of 2 track and 4 track recording particularly confusing. It takes some trial and error to find how everything works. Other than the users manual, this is a great recorder.
Music background: Experienced

Tascam DR-44W

I have used the Tascam DR-44W for recording both inline from a sound mixer and the onboard mics for a live event that we mixed for a ten piece band. Both recordings had excellent sound reproduction. The live event was recorded with the on board mics from a distance of about 100 feet out from the stage through a packed dance floor. On play back, we were able to here all the parts of the band. The instruments it picked up were three vocals, electric bass, electric guitar, keys, trumpet, sax and trombone. The lows from the bass and kick as well as the snare were impresive as they many times are hard to get from a live recording 100 feet out. For its size, the quality of sound is as good as our Tascam 10" reel to reel studio machine.
Music background: Majored in music and art and 40+years in the field

Sweet Solid Performer

I've been working with the portable recorders for as long as they have been available...my first love was a Sony Recording Walkman Professional Cassette recorder and I was hooked...from there on out it's been just getting better and better....Now I have worked in recording studios, sound companies, and been a musician forever and when I got my first card based storage device I pretty much lived with it until I spilt a glass of water on it and then I was lost...that was a DR-05 and I wrote a couple hundred tunes on that unit. I have a DR-40 as well that I really liked until the DR44WL arrived. The undated looks of the 44WL are nice, one minor problem is the buttons on this unit are small compared to the 40 and my fingers are not this thinnest, but after using it for over two months now it works fine, just took some getting used to. Next and the biggest thing as far as I am concerned is the immediate realization that this machine sounds GOOD!....I mean really good....I loved the sound of the other two Tascam units but this one blows them away, you always get a great recording ( I haved used the built in mics, mixed down and mastered to this unit, used the XLR inputs feeding two Bluebirds requiring phantom power and have been amazed my the musicality of the 44, add to that the multi tracking capabilities, Wi-Fi, wireless remote control...and you have got yourself a great and very versatile performer that can go anywhere with you and record great sounding music....and have it hold up when you upload to other sources.... make sure you go to the Tascam website and perform the upgrades to the firmware when you get the unit, it's easy and has fixed some minor problems (mainly assoc. with the Wi-Fi and remote performance). Other than that get one of these puppies, you won't be sorry. Sweetwater you guys rock! Great service, fast delivery, and follow-up to see how I liked the unit.....all standard from these guys! Thanks!
Music background: Singer/Songwriter, Music Producer, Recording Engineer
See also: Multitrack Recorders, TASCAM, TASCAM Digital Multitrack Recorders, TASCAM Portable Recorders