by Gerardo González
Tascam DR-701D Recorder
The Tascam DR-701D six-track field recorder is a great portable backup recorder and an excellent audio upgrade option for DSLR shooters
who want to capture better sound for their projects. The DR-701D offers solid sound quality with
a minimum operation workflow for audiovisual
recordists. I would say it is one of the best, most
affordable options for ambisonic microphones or
any 3D virtual reality (VR) audio application.
Overall, the DR-701D is a major step forward
for the Tascam portable recorder series. The unit
features four XLR inputs with low-noise HDDA
mic preamps and a high-quality headphone pre-
amp. It offers a stereo mix option in addition to
ISO tracks, allowing for a total of six tracks to
be recorded at the same time. Possible record-
ing modes include mono, stereo, 2 mix (or ste-
reo mixdown), dual mono, dual stereo, and gang
trim, which is especially useful for VR audio re-
cording. In my opinion, the DR-701D records and
monitors cleaner audio than any other compara-
bly priced recorder on the market.
This improved addition to the DR series
includes a useful feature that synchronizes the
camera and the recorder’s transport, allowing
start/stop, record, and clock via the HDMI ports.
This allows image and sound to be locked with
no sync problems, which is very useful for vid-eographers or audiovisual recordists.
Another new feature is the option to receive
timecode from a BNC connector, either fed with
a constant connection or “jam synched” when
needed. The recorder can receive timecode directly from a camera via HDMI, and features a
built-in SMPTE generator. The unit runs with a
temperature-compensated crystal oscillator as
its internal clock.
Weighing less than two pounds, the DR-
701D is light and solidly built. It’s so small and
portable that it fits in the palm of your hand. This