TASCAM releases DR-680MKII Portable Multi

TASCAM releases DR-680MKII Portable Multi
TASCAM releases DR-680MKII Portable Multi-Track
For immediate release – Watford - TASCAM, the brand synonymous with professional
recording products, has released the DR-680 MKII portable multi-track recorder.
Allowing up to eight tracks to be recorded in a variety of locations and environments,
the DR-680MKII records up to 192 kHz resolution and features several additions and
upgrades from the acclaimed original DR-680.
Following the success of the DR-680 portable multi-track recorder, the DR-680MKII now
boasts a dual recording function, allowing two files to be recorded simultaneously at different
levels- ideal when recording subjects at different distances or volumes. With six mic inputs
providing phantom power and a digital SPDIF input, HDDA (High Definition Discrete
Architecture) mic preamps are a new feature designed by TASCAM with carefully selected
components to ensure the recorded audio is of optimum quality.
Whilst the DR-680MKII records in WAV and MP3 formats, the unit is also able to record in
BWF format, storing the recording start times in the metadata. Using BWF in conjunction
with WAV formats, the DR-680MKII can create two tracks at 192 kHz and 24-bit resolution
for audiophile-quality masters. Simultaneous recording of up to eight tracks at 96kHz/24-bit
is also possible. Up to four channels can be recorded in MP3 format, allowing efficient
control of file sizes when recording for long sessions.
Using the built-in mixer, inputs can be monitored with individual level and pan controls for
each input. In addition to SD and SDHC, users can now record media to SDXC cards for
further convenience.
With a built-in folding stand for table top use and an included shoulder strap, the DR680MKII is a truly portable recorder, with extended operation time on batteries another
added feature.
Main Features
Changes since the previous model are marked red
High-quality field recording
Compact size and easy operation
Up to 8 recording tracks
o 6 tracks + stereo mix track at up to 24-bit/96 kHz
o 6 tracks via the analogue inputs + 2 tracks via the digital input at up to 24bit/96 kHz
o 2 tracks at 24-bit/192 kHz
Secure and easily available SD/SDHC/SDXC recording media
Recording/playback in uncompressed BWF or WAV format or space-saving MP3
MP3 multi-track recording (2 stereo or 4 mono files)
WAV/BWF sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz
MP3 sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
MP3 bit rates: 96 kbit/s, 128 kbit/s, 192 kbit/s, 320 kbit/s
16-bit/24-bit resolution
Improved mic preamps
Pre-recording buffer allows a recording to start before the record key is pressed
(max. 2 seconds)
Automatic recording allows the unit to start and stop recording automatically by input
Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different
Repeat playback feature
Mark function convenient for moving to specific locations
6 balanced mic/line inputs (4 XLR/TRS combo connectors, 2 TRS connectors)
+48 V phantom power (hardware-switchable in pairs)
Selectable input gain on each analogue input (hardware-switchable high/low)
Switchable low-cut filter and limiter on each analogue input
6 unbalanced line outputs (RCA)
Stereo digital input and output (selectable between SPDIF and AES/EBU)
Headphones output with level control
USB 2.0 high-speed data transfer to PC
Cascade feature
Other features
Hold feature locks buttons to prevent misoperation
Built-in loudspeaker for monitor purposes
Powered by 8 AA-size batteries (alkaline, NiMH, lithium) or AC adapter
GPE248¬120200¬Z (included)
Extended operation time on batteries
Optional accessory: CS-DR680 carrying case
The DR-680MKII is available in the UK now, priced at £559 inc. VAT.
Suites 19 & 20, Building 6
Hatters Lane
Croxley Green Business Park
WD18 8TE
Tel: 0845 1302511
Email: info@tascam.co.uk
Notes for Editors
TASCAM is the professional audio division of TEAC Corporation and has been developing
and manufacturing professional recording products since the early 1970’s. Today,
TASCAM’s model line-up includes recording devices (both portable and static), mixers and
interfaces for the professional recording and broadcasting world. In addition, TASCAM
continue to develop its range of semi-pro and home-recording products dubbed Portastudio
– the iconic portable recording device that has been synonymous with musicians the world
over since the mid 1970’s.
For further information, interview requests, images or review products for both TEAC and
TASCAM, please contact Andy Napthine of Napthine Porter on 07920 425166 /
andy@napthineporter.com or Joe Shillaker on 07802 867085 / joe@napthineporter.com.
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