Anyone wanting to shoot video on a DSLR has just been given a bit of a boost, with the arrival of Tascam’s new DR-60D 4-channel audio recorder and mixer. Whereas before you would have had to use an external box with preamps or a location recorder to capture audio, the Tascam DR-60D gives you great recording quality and monitoring at an affordable price.
The DR-60D attaches directly to your DSLR, so you can screw it on to any tripod and use it unnoticed. You can then simply plug in all your mics, lavaliers, booms etc and record up to four separate channels simultaneously, while it mixes down the audio in realtime and sends a stereo feed to the camera. That means you get your four channel recording, and a separate copy which you can use as a ‘rough guide’.
Good, professional sound
The main points to remember though are quality and price. Tascam have a reputation of manufacturing very good sounding professional hardware, and the DR-60D sounds miles better than recording directly to your camera. Able to record up to 24-bit 96k audio directly to SD/SDHC cards, the DR-60D also acts as a mixer, passing through a stereo mix down to the camera. It features two XLR inputs with phantom power and an additional stereo line input, plus headphone monitoring directly off the unit.
Very affordable option