Tascam DR100 mk3


DR-100MKIII OVERVIEW    £369

[TEXT FROM TASCAM]

TASCAM’s top-of-the-line Handheld Digital Recorder, the DR-100mkIII boasts a signal-to-noise ratio exceeding 100dB, delivering the best audio performance in the history of TASCAM portable stereo recorders. Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding audio designers and engineers, this new model combines robust reliability, an updated user interface and studio quality sonic performance to deliver a truly breathtaking audio experience.

The pinnacle of two-channel performace

Used in a variety of combinations, depending upon the selected function, the DR-100mkIII features dual AKM AK4558 converters with VELVET SOUND architecture, providing both high sound quality and low power consumption, achieving a signal-to-noise ratio of 102dB

The DR-100mkIII uses two independent AK4558 ADC converters. By eliminating interference between left and right channels, signal-to-noise ratio is maximized and audio fidelity is improved. 

In addition, each of those AD converters can work in a Dual ADC mode. The two AD converters work in tandem then combine their results for a 109dB S/N ratio, beating the (already excellent) 102dB S/N ratio achieved when recording in standard mode. 

Note: As the S/N ratio when recording exceeds the S/N ratio of the entire circuit, data recorded in dual mono ADC mode will be limited to a 102dB S/N ratio when played back on the DR-100mkIII. This does not affect the S/N ratio of the actual file, which is maintained at 109dB S/N

The XLR/TRS inputs, used to connect external mics, deliver the highest sound quality and lowest noise of any TASCAM Handheld Digital Recorder. HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps are also included to maintain a pristine audio signal path throughout



A newly designed microphone housing for the directional mics is based on exhaustive research of previous TASCAM handheld recorders and achieves the perfect marriage of protection and performance. Similarly, the omnidirectional stereo microphone setup features a sound pressure level tolerance of 125dB SPL – able to withstand virtually any audio environment - and includes an integrated shock mount structure to suppresses unwanted vibration and handling noise.

The TASCAM DR-100mkIII supports high definition recording at both 96kHz/24bit and 192kHz/24, ensuring that remote recordings achieve the same sonic fidelity as their studio-born counterparts

TASCAM reliability and features designed for professionals in the field


With a dual battery structure that features a built-in high-capacity lithium-ion battery as well as with hot-swappable AA batteries, operation is possible for extended periods of time and is ready to go when you are. Additionally, the DR-100mkIII can be rapidly charged by connecting an AC adapter and even support USB Bus power from an external battery pack commonly used to charge mobile phones and tablets.


TASCAM’s exclusive Dual Level Recording function simultaneously records a secondary backup file at a lower gain level than the primary recording. This safety file, recorded at a 12db lower level protects your recording session from unexpected volume spikes and accidental overload. 



Marrying light weight with long-term reliability, the TASCAM DR-100mkIII’s tough aluminum body ensures many years of trouble-free use.

The precision of the built-in clock is crucial when digital recordings made on what device are to be used in conjunction with materials recorded on other devices, such as when combining digital audio and video assets. To ensure stability, the DR-100mkIII utilizes the same Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) used in professional studio master recorders. Moreover, the TCXO is not affected by the temperature of the environment, critical for a portable device which must maintain its precision in support of high-quality recording.

Used in a variety of combinations, depending upon the selected function, the DR-100mkIII features dual AKM AK4558 converters with VELVET SOUND architecture, providing both high sound quality and low power consumption, achieving a signal-to-noise ratio of 102dB

The TASCAM DR-100mkIII offers improved usability based on user feedback

When working on location, decisions must be made quickly and efficiently, and an intuitive and consistent User Interface is critical. By gathering feedback from users of the original DR-100 and the mkII, we have been able to add a variety of usability enhancements designed to streamline workflow and help audio professionals achieve success quickly and efficiently.


The user interface has been designed to maximize visual confirmation, and includes a large LCD screen (double the size of the screen on the DR-100mkII), dedicated status LEDs for features such as record levels and status and easy-to-read legends on the casework.

Dedicated hardware controls have been implemented for the most commonly accessed features to enable quick, positive operation in the field

Dual format recording function allows simultaneous recording of both uncompressed WAV(BWF) and MP3 files. This provides the user with instant access to both the original, full resolution master file and a compressed MP3 file (with a much smaller file size) for easy emailing or posting to social media sites. 

XRI (eXtended Recording Information) function stores keeps track of all recording settings as part of the file. This powerful features allows the user to easily double-check the details of the original recording for logging or replication of recording conditions at a later date. This information includes date and time of recording, input sources selection and levels, ADC mode on/off status and more. XRI information is stored as part of the BWF data block.

Features at-a-glance

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World class audio performance

  • AKM AK4558 converters with VELVET SOUND architecture deliver a S/N ratio of 102dB
  • Dual mono mode, using independent AK4558 converters for both the left and right channels, provides a S/N ratio of 109dB
  • External microphones supported with XLR/TRS inputs and built-in low-noise HDDA mic preamps
  • Onboard dual (directional/omnidirectional) stereo microphones with integrated shockmounts deliver flexible recording options while retaining professional quality audio performance
  • Supports up to 192kHz/24bit recording

Robust design for real-world use

  • Dual battery structure allows the built-in high-capacity lithium-ion battery to be used along with 2 AA batteries
  • AA batteries may be replaced during operation (when using the lithium-ion battery) delivering hours of uninterrupted recording
  • TASCAM’s unique Dual Level recording function allows simultaneous recording of a backup file at a lower gain level
  • Dual format recording function allows simultaneous recording of both WAV and MP3 files
  • Locking XLR/TRS combo jacks made by Amphenol
  • Tough aluminum body to deliver years of reliable use
  • High-precision clock featuring a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO)

 Streamlined operation based on user feedback

  • The user interface has been designed to provide clear visual feedback, and includes both a large LCD screen and dedicated status LEDs
  • Select hardware switches for quick and positive setting control


DR-100MKIII SPECIFICATIONS

Tascam spec. matrix

Recording Media

SD card(64MB to 2GB), SDHC card(4GB to 32GB), SDXC card(48GB to 128GB)

File System

FAT16/32

File Format

WAV, MP3

Recording/Playback Format

 

WAV

44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz, 16/24-bit

Quantization bit rate

16bit / 24bit

MP3


Sampling frequency

44.1k / 48kHz

Recording bit rate

128k / 192k / 256k / 320k bps

Number of Channels

2 channels(stereo)

Analog Inputs

 

MIC/LINE IN

Phantom Power Compatible

Connecter

XLR-3-31 (1 : GND, 2 : HOT, 3 : COLD)

MIC

Source is set to MIC

Input Impendance

2k ohms

Minimum Input Level

-70.5dBu (Pad off)

Maximum Input Level

+2dBu (Pad on)

LINE

Source is set to LINE

Input Impendance

20k ohms

Nominal Input Level

+4dBu

Maximum Input Level

+24dBu

EXT IN

 

Connector

3.5mm(1/8") Stereo mini jack

MIC

Source is set to EXT MIC

Input Impendance

50k ohms

Minimum Input Level

-62.8dBu (Pad off)

Maximum Input Level

-2.8dBu (Pad on)

LINE

Source is set to EXT LINE

Input Impendance

2k ohms

Nominal Input Level

-10dBv

Maximum Input Level

+6dBv

DIGITAL IN

 

Connector

2.5mm TRS jack (phono adapter included)

Format

S/PDIF (IEC60958-3)

Analog Output

 

LINE OUT

 

Connector

3.5mm(1/8") Stereo mini jack

Output Impendance

200 ohms

Nominal Output Level

-14dBV

Maximum Output Level

+6dBV

PHONES

 

Connector

3.5mm(1/8") Stereo mini jack

Maximum Output

Better than 40mW+40mW (32ohms loaded)

USB

 

Connector

micro-B type

Format

USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class

REMOTE

 

Connector

2.5mm(3/32") TRS jack

Format

TASCAM RC-10 / RC-3F

Built-in Speaker

0.4W (mono)

Power Supply

Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery (14.2Wh),
2 AA batteries,
USB buss power,
AC Adapter (TASCAM PS-P520E, sold separately),
Exclusive external battery pack (BP-6AA, sold separately)

Power Consumption

7.5W(MAX)

Battery operation time
(Recording)

(Recording WAV, 44.1kHz, 16 bit)

Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery

Built-in mics (UNI)

Approx 12 hours

Mic In with +48V on

Approx 6 hours

Alkaline batteries
(EVOLTA)

Built-in mics (UNI)

Approx 2 hours

Mic In with +48V on

Approx 1 hour

Ni-MH batteries
(eneloop)

Built-in mics (UNI)

Approx 3 hours, 30 minutes

Mic In with +48V on

Approx 2 hours, 15 minutes

Lithium-ion batteries
(Energizer ULTIMATE LITHIUM)

Built-in mics (UNI)

Approx 7 hours

Mic In with +48V on

Approx 3 hours

Dimensions

3.15(W)×6.13(H)×1.38(D) inch
80(W)×155.7(H)×35(D) mm

Weight
(without AA batteries)

0.83lb
375g

Weight
(with AA batteries)

0.94lb
425g

Operating Temerature

32° to 104°F (0˚C to 40˚C)

Included Accessories

Digital input conversion cable

 

Audio Performance

Frequency response

20 to 20kHz +0.5/-1dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48kHz, JEITA)
20 to 40kHz +0.5/-2dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 88.2/96kHz, JEITA)
20 to 80kHz +0.5/-4dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 176.4/192kHz, JEITA)

Distortion

0.007% or less (Fs 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz, JEITA)

S/N Ratio

102dB or more (Fs 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz, JEITA)

 

 

 

DR-100mkIII Tested Media List

Last update: July 22, 2016

Maker

Series

Model

Capacity

Result

SanDisk

Ultra Plus SDHC® UHS-I

SDSDUM-016G-J01

32GB

OK *1

SanDisk Extreme PRO®
SDHC™ UHS-I (Class 10)

SDSDXPA-128G-JU3

128GB

OK

SDSDXPA-064G-JU3

64GB

OK

SDSDXPA-016G-JU3

16GB

OK

SanDisk Extreme®
SDHC™ UHS-I (Class 10)

SDSDXL-064G-JU3

64GB

OK

SSDSDXL-032G-JU3

32GB

OK

SanDisk Standard SDHC™ (Class 4)

SDSDB-008G-J01

8GB

OK

SanDisk Extreme Pro®
SDHC™ (Class10/UHS-II)

SDSDXPB-032G-J35

32GB

OK

SDSDXPB-016G-J35

16GB

OK

SanDisk Extreme Pro®
SDHC™ (Class 10/UHS-I)

SDSDXPA-016G-J35N

16GB

OK

SanDisk Extreme Plus®
SDHC™ UHS-I (Class 10)

SDSDXS-016G-J35P

16GB

OK *1

SanDisk Extreme®
SDHC™ UHS-I (Class 10)

SDSDXL-016G-J35

16GB

OK *1

SanDisk Ultra Plus®
SDHC™ UHS-I

SDSDUP-016G-J35

16GB

OK

SDSDUP-008G-J35

8GB

OK

Panasonic

SDUC series (UHS-I / Class10)

RP-SDUC32GJK

32GB

OK

Sony

SDHC UHS-I

SF-8UY2

8GB

OK

*1 The performace of the media may be degraded significantly if it will be used repeatedly.
ERASE FORMAT by DR-100MK3 is recommended before use.

 

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Products in this Category

DR-10L Capture audio where it happens DR-10SG Camera-mountable audio recorder with shotgun microphone DR-701D 6-track Recorder for Video Production DR-680MKII Linear PCM Field Recorder DR-22WL Portable Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi DR-44WL Portable Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi TASCAM DR CONTROL Remote control app DR-70D Four-track PCM Recorder for DSLR Video Production AK-DR70C Accessory Pack DR-60DMKII 4-track Recorder/Mixer for Production Audio DR-10X Micro Linear PCM Recorder DR-10C Series Micro Linear PCM Recorder DR-40 Handheld 4-track Recorder DR-05 96k/24-bit Portable Stereo Recorder DR-100MKII 24bit/96kHz Linear PCM Recorder AK-DR11G/AK-DR11C Accessory CS-DR680 Protective case for the DR-680 WS-11 Windscreen for DR-Series handheld recorders AK-DR1 Accessory kit for Portable Recorders BP-6AA External Battery Pack RC-10 Wired Remote for DR-40

DR-100MKIII SPECIFICATIONS

Recording Media

SD card(64MB to 2GB), SDHC card(4GB to 32GB), SDXC card(48GB to 128GB)

File System

FAT16/32

File Format

WAV, MP3

Recording/Playback Format

 

WAV

44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz, 16/24-bit

Quantization bit rate

16bit / 24bit

MP3


Sampling frequency

44.1k / 48kHz

Recording bit rate

128k / 192k / 256k / 320k bps

Number of Channels

2 channels(stereo)

Analog Inputs

 

MIC/LINE IN

Phantom Power Compatible

Connecter

XLR-3-31 (1 : GND, 2 : HOT, 3 : COLD)

MIC

Source is set to MIC

Input Impendance

2k ohms

Minimum Input Level

-70.5dBu (Pad off)

Maximum Input Level

+2dBu (Pad on)

LINE

Source is set to LINE

Input Impendance

20k ohms

Nominal Input Level

+4dBu

Maximum Input Level

+24dBu

EXT IN

 

Connector

3.5mm(1/8") Stereo mini jack

MIC

Source is set to EXT MIC

Input Impendance

50k ohms

Minimum Input Level

-62.8dBu (Pad off)

Maximum Input Level

-2.8dBu (Pad on)

LINE

Source is set to EXT LINE

Input Impendance

2k ohms

Nominal Input Level

-10dBv

Maximum Input Level

+6dBv

DIGITAL IN

 

Connector

2.5mm TRS jack (phono adapter included)

Format

S/PDIF (IEC60958-3)

Analog Output

 

LINE OUT

 

Connector

3.5mm(1/8") Stereo mini jack

Output Impendance

200 ohms

Nominal Output Level

-14dBV

Maximum Output Level

+6dBV

PHONES

 

Connector

3.5mm(1/8") Stereo mini jack

Maximum Output

Better than 40mW+40mW (32ohms loaded)

USB

 

Connector

micro-B type

Format

USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class

REMOTE

 

Connector

2.5mm(3/32") TRS jack

Format

TASCAM RC-10 / RC-3F

Built-in Speaker

0.4W (mono)

Power Supply

Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery (14.2Wh),
2 AA batteries,
USB buss power,
AC Adapter (TASCAM PS-P520E, sold separately),
Exclusive external battery pack (BP-6AA, sold separately)

Power Consumption

7.5W(MAX)

Battery operation time
(Recording)

(Recording WAV, 44.1kHz, 16 bit)

Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery

Built-in mics (UNI)

Approx 12 hours

Mic In with +48V on

Approx 6 hours

Alkaline batteries
(EVOLTA)

Built-in mics (UNI)

Approx 2 hours

Mic In with +48V on

Approx 1 hour

Ni-MH batteries
(eneloop)

Built-in mics (UNI)

Approx 3 hours, 30 minutes

Mic In with +48V on

Approx 2 hours, 15 minutes

Lithium-ion batteries
(Energizer ULTIMATE LITHIUM)

Built-in mics (UNI)

Approx 7 hours

Mic In with +48V on

Approx 3 hours

Dimensions

3.15(W)×6.13(H)×1.38(D) inch
80(W)×155.7(H)×35(D) mm

Weight
(without AA batteries)

0.83lb
375g

Weight
(with AA batteries)

0.94lb
425g

Operating Temerature

32° to 104°F (0˚C to 40˚C)

Included Accessories

Digital input conversion cable

 

Audio Performance

Frequency response

20 to 20kHz +0.5/-1dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48kHz, JEITA)
20 to 40kHz +0.5/-2dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 88.2/96kHz, JEITA)
20 to 80kHz +0.5/-4dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 176.4/192kHz, JEITA)

Distortion

0.007% or less (Fs 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz, JEITA)

S/N Ratio

102dB or more (Fs 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz, JEITA)

 

 

 

DR-100mkIII Tested Media List

Last update: July 22, 2016

Maker

Series

Model

Capacity

Result

SanDisk

Ultra Plus SDHC® UHS-I

SDSDUM-016G-J01

32GB

OK *1

SanDisk Extreme PRO®
SDHC™ UHS-I (Class 10)

SDSDXPA-128G-JU3

128GB

OK

SDSDXPA-064G-JU3

64GB

OK

SDSDXPA-016G-JU3

16GB

OK

SanDisk Extreme®
SDHC™ UHS-I (Class 10)

SDSDXL-064G-JU3

64GB

OK

SSDSDXL-032G-JU3

32GB

OK

SanDisk Standard SDHC™ (Class 4)

SDSDB-008G-J01

8GB

OK

SanDisk Extreme Pro®
SDHC™ (Class10/UHS-II)

SDSDXPB-032G-J35

32GB

OK

SDSDXPB-016G-J35

16GB

OK

SanDisk Extreme Pro®
SDHC™ (Class 10/UHS-I)

SDSDXPA-016G-J35N

16GB

OK

SanDisk Extreme Plus®
SDHC™ UHS-I (Class 10)

SDSDXS-016G-J35P

16GB

OK *1

SanDisk Extreme®
SDHC™ UHS-I (Class 10)

SDSDXL-016G-J35

16GB

OK *1

SanDisk Ultra Plus®
SDHC™ UHS-I

SDSDUP-016G-J35

16GB

OK

SDSDUP-008G-J35

8GB

OK

Panasonic

SDUC series (UHS-I / Class10)

RP-SDUC32GJK

32GB

OK

Sony

SDHC UHS-I

SF-8UY2

8GB

OK

*1 The performace of the media may be degraded significantly if it will be used repeatedly.
ERASE FORMAT by DR-100MK3 is recommended before use.

 

Related Products

Products in this Category

DR-10L Capture audio where it happens DR-10SG Camera-mountable audio recorder with shotgun microphone DR-701D 6-track Recorder for Video Production DR-680MKII Linear PCM Field Recorder DR-22WL Portable Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi DR-44WL Portable Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi TASCAM DR CONTROL Remote control app DR-70D Four-track PCM Recorder for DSLR Video Production AK-DR70C Accessory Pack DR-60DMKII 4-track Recorder/Mixer for Production Audio DR-10X Micro Linear PCM Recorder DR-10C Series Micro Linear PCM Recorder DR-40 Handheld 4-track Recorder DR-05 96k/24-bit Portable Stereo Recorder DR-100MKII 24bit/96kHz Linear PCM Recorder AK-DR11G/AK-DR11C Accessory CS-DR680 Protective case for the DR-680 WS-11 Windscreen for DR-Series handheld recorders AK-DR1 Accessory kit for Portable Recorders BP-6AA External Battery Pack RC-10 Wired Remote for DR-40


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