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TASCAM DV-RA1000 HD Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • from Princeton, NJ April 7, 2012Music Background:
    Recording engineer/producer, Recording Academy member

    Tascam DV-RA1000 HD - The Perfect Back-Up

    There are many reasons to own this unit, but one of them is that it guarantees you will not have a failure IF your main computer "goes to sleep" unexpectedly while you're recording a long session, which I do on a regular basis. Last weekend working for a very high-end conference at an equally high-end Ivy League university where each 1 1/2- to 2-hour session was to be recorded for their archives, I had two sessions where the computer running Sound Forge 10 went to sleep and losty about a 30-second segment of the session before I could wake it up again. Even changing the computer's settings did not seem to help, but the problems notwithstanding, the fact that I had the DV-RA100 HD running simultaneously saved the day. It records either to its own hard disc, a DVD or a CD. High def or regular, def, the choice is yours, but a must-have back-up unit with flawless operational capabilities.

  • from Ocean Springs, MS December 14, 2011Music Background:
    Recording/Mixing Engineer

    Awesome piece of gear!

    I have a mobile recording setup that I do location recording with. I mix in the box down to stem tracks, and afterwards send them stems out of the box through multiple outboard compressors, eq, and effects through a Dangerous 2 Bus. The sum of my 2 buss feeds into the Tascam which has superior converters and dithering. From there I can print CDs, store on the hard drive, or dump the mixed song back to my computer as a wav file. It does everything I need, is easy to use, looks/feels great, is solidly built, and has a clear uncolored sound. What else would you want?

  • from Boston MA June 16, 2012Music Background:
    music lover

    Great for stereo rack

    I use this for recording from digital radio. Jazz at night mostly. I'm very happy with this unit and Sweetwater in general. I'm an audiophile on a budget, and this is a great recorder and also a great cd player. Good for burning cds too.

  • from Ottawa, Canada March 15, 2009Music Background:
    cellist, composer, teacher, independent producer of recordings

    Great audio quality/DSD conversion doesn't work on iMac

    With the DSD option I can now produce the best quality recordings I have ever made in my life (and I have been recording for over 35 years). The naturalness and clarity is fantastic. However, using my OS X iMac I found that the supplied Bronzewelder 1000 software was unable to convert DSD recordings to 44.1 kH PCM for CD use. I e-mailed Minnetonka, the producer of this software, about this but they didn't have anything to say about correcting this situation. So I ended up dubbing my DSD classical concert recordings via analog cables to my old Alesis MasterLink recorder in order to burn CDs for customers. Thus all audible benefits of the DSD master were lost. For this important reason, I wish I had chosen the Korg DSD recorder as I suppose that their DSD to PCM conversion software works. Without this hitch, I would have been happy to give this unit a 5/5 rating because it sounds truly wonderful.

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