Tascam DR-44WL Portable Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi
The Tascam DR-44WL is a high quality portable handheld recorder with a rugged construction, quality microphones, and professional features. Features includes: XY condenser microphones, XLR/TRS combo jacks, remote Wi-Fi contro, and dual format recording.
- Handheld 4-track Portable Recorder
- Built-in condenser microphones, adjustable to XY or AB position
- XLR / 1/4” mic/line input with phantom power
- Record the built-in microphones with the XLR mic or line input for a four-track recording
- Dual recording mode captures a safety track at a lower level to avoid distortion
- Overdub mode allows recording along with a previous take
- Peak reduction automatically sets the ideal recording level
- 15-hour battery life from three AA batteries
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High-Quality Condenser Microphones
A pair of studio-quality condenser microphones sits on top the DR-44WL, arranged in a true XY pattern for detailed imaging and phase coherence. The microphone capsules are build to withstand up to 132dB SPL without distorting, and if levels get too high a level limiter or dual recording can be used. Dual-Level recording simultaneously records two stereo files at different levels, so If your recording is distorted, you have a lower level "safety track" that won't be distorted.
In addition to the great-sounding new capsules, a new shockmounting system has been developed for lower handling noise and rumble. The capsules are suspended in a rubber mount that avoids low frequency noises when handheld, mounted on a camera, or used on a tripod.
XLR Combo Jacks For Use With Professional Gear
The XLR/TRS external input jacks accept either microphone or line level sources. Balanced or unbalanced signals can be plugged in, at either +4 or -10 levels, using the locking XLR connector or the 1/4" jack. The DR-44WL supplies 48V Phantom Power for condenser or ribbon microphones that require it. Both the internal mics and external inputs are used during 4-channel recording, perfect for live recording.
Superior Microphone Preamp and A/D Converter for Quiet Operation
A programmable gain amplifier (PGA) is used to adjust the level of the audio inputs. In many devices, the audio codec level is adjusted to control levels. In the DR-44WL, the mic gain circuit is independent from the A/D converter for low noise performance as well as programmable gain (manual, automatic, or controlled over Wi-Fi.)
The CIRRUS LOGIC CS42L52 is used in the DR-44WL, a premium-quality audio codec. The A/D - D/A chip features both great audio performance and low power use for longer battery life. The built-in mics and the external inputs both pass through this low-noise audio input circuit.
Four-track Recording Mode
The DR-44WL can record both the internal microphones and the external inputs simultaneously for a four-track recording. This makes it the ideal live recording rig: use the microphones to capture the sound in the room while recording a board mix from the PA mixer. Other 4-channel applications include drum set recording, surround recording, and film production.
Remote Wi-Fi Control
TASCAM has revolutionized handheld recording with the new Wi-Fi control and transfer features. The DR-44WL creates its own Wi-Fi network with your iOS or Android phone, and a free app called DR Control controls remote operation without touching the unit. The app allows recording to be started and stopped, and can be used to check and adjust input levels. Any of the recording controls on the DR-44WL can be controlled over Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi transmission range is about 65 feet (20m) – well beyond the reach of infrared remotes – so the recorder can be placed wherever the recording sounds best. Audio from the DR-44WL can also be streamed over Wi-Fi to check the recording. Plug headphones into your smartphone and listen to a near-realtime feed from the recorder.
Dual Format Recording simultaneously records WAV and MP3 files to the card. This allows you to have instant access to the MP3 file for online sharing, while retaining the uncompressed WAV file master recording for later use.
Automatic Features Streamline Recording Setup
Even as a professional recording device, the DR-44WL has numerous automatic functions that can make recording easier for anyone. Numerous automatic recording functions combine with functions that simplify file management.
Peak Reduction and Limiter
These functions automatically adjust the recording level in response to the input level. The peak reduction function automatically lowers the level if an input overload is detected, optimizing the recorded sound. The limiter reduces excessive input levels without changing the input level setting.
Automatic Track Creation by Time
The DR-44WL can automatically create a new file and continue recording without interruption when a set amount of time has elapsed. This function is convenient when recording for long periods of time. For example, when set to 5 minutes, a new file will be created automatically every 5 minutes when recording. These files can be combined later in your audio editing software for seamless playback. Manual file increment is also possible by pressing the Record button during recording.
Automatic Track Creation by Level
The DR-44WL can create a new track every time a level threshold is passed. This can split a concert recording into tracks, and can be useful when digitizing another recording like a cassette, DAT, or vinyl record.
Automatic Mark FunctionMarks can be added to files when high levels or peaks are detected. When set to a level, marks can be added automatically at the points when songs end. When set to peak detection and used together with the peak reduction function, these marks will identify the points where peaks were detected – making it easy when using audio editing software on a computer. You can also add markers manually while recording.
This function can divide files where marks are added. When used together with the automatic marking function, long recordings can automatically be divided into files with individual songs. Files can also be divided manually.
Multitrack Mode For Serious Demo Production
The DR-44WL is a powerful tool for songwriters. In Multitrack mode (MTR), the DR-44WL is able to overdub one track at a time. With multitrack functionality, you can produce studio-quality music files using just the portable DR-44WL. A reverb effect is also included to sweeten your mix.
MTR mode allows separate multitrack recording to four tracks. Record using the built-in mics to capture song ideas anywhere. Then plug into the external inputs to add amp simulator and keyboard overdubs. Use the mic inputs with +48V phantom power to bring in condenser mics for vocal recording. When you're finished recording your song, use the built-in mixer and reverb to mix, then record your mix as a stereo file.
Internal Reverb Effect
A stereo reverb effect can be added from the internal mixer. Presets for halls, rooms and other standard environments can be utilized to suit the user and type of music. This effect can be applied during recording and playback to give your recordings a sense of space.
|Recording Media||SD cards: 64 MB to 2 GB
SDHC cards: 4 to 32 GB
SDXC cards: 48 to 128 GB
|WAV/BWF||Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48, 96 kHz
Quantization Bit Rate: 16- or 24-bit
|MP3||Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48 kHz
Recording Bit Rate: 32, 64, 96, 128, 192, 256, 320 kbps
Playback Bit Rate: 32 to 320 kbps
Mono up to 4 files
Stereo up to 2 files
Stereo (1 file) and mono (up to 2 files)
Mono up to 4 files
|Analog Audio Outputs|
|Connector||1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack|
|Nominal Output Level||-14 dBV(10 kΩ load)|
|Maximum Output Level||Line Output: +2 dBV(10 kΩ load)
Headphone Output: 20 mW + 20 mW(32 Ω load)
|Connector||Micro-B type, 4-pin|
|Format||USB 2.0 High-Speed mass storage class|
|Compliance||IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)|
|Communication Mode||Simple access point (Limited AP)|
|Security||WPA2-PSK (WPS 2.0-supported)|
|Attachment||Tripod Attachment Screw Hole: 1/4" (6.3 mm) tripod attachment screw hole|
|Windows||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1|
|Mac OS||10.2 to 10.9|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||5.2 x 3.7 x 3.1" (79 x 162.2 x 42.5 mm)|
|Weight||12.2 oz (346 g) including batteries
8.8 oz (251 g) without batteries
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