TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder

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Album-quality recording in the palm of your hand.

TASCAM's DR-05 brings high-quality stereo recording to an easy-to-use portable powerhouse with a size and price that anyone can handle. The DR-05 records in MP3 or WAV format, including 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution audio to microSD or microSDHC media. A pair of all-new microphones handles up to 125dB SPL with the sensitivity to capture every detail. With new recording features like Peak Reduction and Quick Menu, the DR-05 puts album-quality recording in the palm of your hand.

Premium-quality Sound
Everything about the DR-05 is designed to get the best quality recordings of your music. A new pair of built-in microphones withstands up to 125dB SPL —the volume of a jet plane from 200 feet away—yet still have the sensitivity to capture every detail of a performance. You can add your own microphone or line-level source through the 1/8" stereo input, including plug-in power for microphones that need it.

Internally, the DR-05's digital and analog circuit boards are built separately to improve noise performance, with a low-impedance design to further decrease hiss. A separate power supply is sent to the A/D and D/A converter for even better audio performance. The result is clean sound quality —over 92dB signal-to-noise ratio; under 0.05% total harmonic distortionl and 20Hz to 40kHz response (-1/+3dB) at 24-bit/96kHz resolution.

Simple to Operate
The layout of the DR-05 has been revamped to be quick and easy to work with one thumb. Operations like recording, adjusting levels, deleting bad takes and adding markers are just a button-press away. Dig deeper to find features like limiting, low-cut filtering, a built-in chromatic tuner, and more.

One new feature that makes the DR-05 easy to operate is the new Peak Reduction feature. This setting automatically sets your recording level by listening to the input and adjusting for the best level. Unlike Auto Gain settings, this one only goes down to prevent accidental distortion after a period of low level like a break. Peak Recording works in rehearsal mode or in record, so if the performance is louder than the soundcheck you're still safe. Used with the built-in limiter, it's unlikely you'll distort your career-making live recording.

Other classic TASCAM features are included, like Variable Speed Audition to loop and slow down music without changing the pitch—perfect for transcribing or learning new music. A Level Align function can be switched on for playback to smooth out any sudden volume jumps, and a built-in speaker is also provided. The two AA batteries are enough to power the recorder for 17 1/2 hours, even while recording at CD quality.

Features Microphones
  • Built-in mics: 1
  • Configuration: Stereo
  • Type: Condenser (omni)
  • External mic input: 3.5mm
Audio quality
  • Bit rate: 16/24
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
  • Formats: WAV/MP3
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Audio out: 3.5mm
  • Storage and media
  • Type(s): SD, SDHC
  • Capacity: 32GB
  • Hard drive Not applicable
  • USB: Yes
  • Number of tracks: 2 (stereo)
  • Phantom power: Not applicable
  • Auto limiter: Yes
  • Width: 2.38"
  • Depth: 5.55"
  • Height: 1.00"
  • Weight: 4.1oz
  • Battery type: AA x 2
  • Battery life (app.): 17 hours
  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Power supply: Sold separately

For musicians and recordists at any stage of their career, there's no easier way to get great-sounding recordings than TASCAM's DR-05. Order today!


DR-05 Solid State Recorder Specifications:

  • 3.5mm stereo mic/line input
  • USB 2.0 port
  • 1/8" headphone/line output
  • microSD (64MB – 2GB)/microSDHC (4GB – 32GB) card slot (2GB card included)
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries, AC adapter (optional: PS-P515U), or USB bus power
  • Tripod socket hole
  • Dimensions: 2-3/8" W x 5-9/16" H x 1" D
  • Weight: 4-1/16 oz.
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Great recorder for a low price.

By DBATony

from Plainview, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer


  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile


  • Learning Curve

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Jam sessions
  • Performances

Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

This is an excellent stereo recorder for a low price. There is a learning curve in understanding all the settings and correcting some of the default settings. You can record in both wav or mp3 file formats. Wavs require more space on the micro sd card. Wav files can be split on the device but mp3's can not. Once mp3s are copied to your pc they can be split with many software programs available on the web. I highly recommend you leave time to go through the manual and play with the settings before you need the device. My mp3 volumes were somewhat low when using the auto adjust setting during recording, so try the peak reduction setting. It comes with a 2gb micro sd card. I used my own 16 gb card, but formatting the card takes a long time, so be prepared to wait it out. Overall a great recording device for a good value. It can be mounted on a tripod.

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Tascam DR-05

By Fulldinner

from St Augustine, FL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer


  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Low Distortion
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    All is well. A great little device!

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    Great Recorder

    By jnocella

    from Wantagh, NY

    About Me Professional Musician


    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion


      Best Uses

        Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

        This recorder is easy to use and sounds great. I've tried all of the features and they're easy to use. It connected right up to my PC. I use it to record drums, live music, rehearsals, and concerts. Music123 shipped it right out the next day. Definitely recommended!!

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        By Alex E.

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

        I have had this recorder for about an hour, but I am so happy with it I needed to tell someone (please - may the love affair continue) -
        The new Tascam interface is easier to manipulate, more intuitive and faster than the old interface.
        I love the built in tuner, so I can be sure my fiddle is not the cause of my intonation problems.
        I love the variable speed feature - I slide files onto the recorder and can slow them down for practice.
        The recording process is easy... the files sound really great. I cannot do the technical comparison of the new mics - but I am very happy with the results I am getting.
        I have moved files back and forth to my PC with no problem whatever.

        In short, for this price... this is really the answer to a lot of what I needed in a practice recorder.

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