Tascam DR-05 Real World Review & User Guide
Photographer Chase Jarvis is credited with saying “the best camera is the one that’s with you” and it’s an absolutely valid point. While I clearly know that my Canon 5D Mkii takes superior photos to anything else I own, it also weighs a ton, requires a pile of accessories to use and costs an incredible amount of money to replace if stolen… all of which mean that it stays at home for anything but paid professional work. Meanwhile my iPhone is always close at hand, and whatever shortcomings it has technically as a camera, are completely eclipsed by it’s ability to help you capture media and share a story with the world.
This same struggle exists in the pro-audio world. You can own the best mic pre’s, a world class interface, the latest version of Pro Tools with all of the fancy plug-ins, but inevitably you will be in a situation where you have none of that, and you just need to make a recording. Of course you could use your mobile device, and one of the many recording Apps available these days, but unlike taking a quick photo, no one can afford to be without their phone for the duration of an event.
Luckily there are companies like Tascam & Zoom making incredibly inexpensive, yet well built and featured little recorders that you can buy for the same cost as a few rolls of gaff tape. In this video we take a look at the Tascam DR-05, a simple two track recorder that can save the day when all you need is a reliable way to make a recording.