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TASCAM Announces PCM Recorder News, USB Audio Interface

TASCAM PCM Recorder Application

TASCAM in Montebello, Calif., is launching the TASCAM PCM Recorder Application for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Available for free download, TASCAM PCM Recorder app is a companion for TASCAMʼs iOS products, such as the iM2 stereo microphone and iXZ mic and guitar interface.

TASCAM PCM Recorder enables the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to function as a stereo recorder that is based on the TASCAM DR-Series of PCM recorders. The TASCAM PCM Recorder app has input and output level faders with an “on-screen” meter for checking levels. High and low EQ are built-in, as well as stereo limiting and a low cut filter to prevent overload. Users can record mono or stereo files at CD-quality (16-bit/44 kHz) for up to 12 hours. After recording, files can be played back from iTunes or uploaded to SoundCloud right from the iPhone.

TASCAM DR-100mkII linear PCM recorder

TASCAM is also introducing the DR-100mkII ($TBA) linear PCM recorder (up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV recording; 32 to 320kbps MP3 recording), which records to SD or SD-HC card (a 2GB card is included) and has four built-in microphones—two cardioid and two omnidirectional—along with an improved mic preamp with higher gain and lower noise than the previous DR-100. Individual gain control is available via a large thumbwheel. A pair of XLR microphone inputs with phantom power welcomes pro-grade condenser microphones, and line in and out connectors are also provided. The new version of the DR-100 adds balanced line ins, S/PDIF digital inputs, a mini USB 2 jack and cable, locking connectors, wired/wireless remote control (RC-10), a built-in speaker and more.

TASCAM US-125M USB 2 audio interface

TASCAM is also launching its US-125M ($TBA) USB 2 audio interface (that also supports USB 1.1) with mixer functionality. It combines a mic, instrument and line source with a computer audio signal and feeds the mix to a computer via USB. The US-125M provides up to 16-bit/48kHz audio resolution and is recommended for broadcasting over the Internet.

It features four inputs with dedicated level controls: a microphone input (balanced XLR/TRS on rear or unbalanced mini jack on front) with switchable limiter and signal/overload indicator, a guitar input (standard phone jack), a stereo line input (RCA) and a stereo audio input from computer via USB. This USB-powered device is housed in a solid aluminum case, and can also be used as a simple stand-alone mixer.

Finally, TASCAM has issued firmware Version 1.10 to its HS-P82 8-track field recorder. A mirror recording function allows simultaneous recording to two CF cards. Previously, slate mic signal or the slate tone signal (built-in oscillator) was only assigned to the armed tracks while pressing down the Slate key located on the front panel. With the update, holding down the Shift key while pressing the Slate key can leave the Slate function on. Take End timecode (END T/C) has been added to the take information pop-up display.

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