Tascam DR-03 Micro Recorder

by Ian

in Audio, Audio/Video Recorders, Technology

[flattr /]  When it comes to recording your life story in audio we can use the built in audio editing software in our computers or we can use a portable digital audio recorder that have become popular in recent years.

Recently Tascam brought out a new micro audio recorder that would suit our purposes for recording audio Life Stories. It’s being marketed as a voice recorder so I would hope that it is better than just a Dictaphone and more of the standard that we have come to expect from modern portable digital recorders that are also good at capturing all forms of audio.

Life Story Recorder

One Handed Audio Recorder

Obviously this is another example of the market hotting up for these micro audio recorders that was recently lead by the recently released Samson Zoom H1 audio recorder. Both it and the Tascam DR-03 are aimed at the same market price of $99 in the US.

An overview of it’s features are:

  • Stereo omni condenser microphone design
  • Up to 48kHz/24-bit WAV recording or MP3 recording modes
  • Records to micro SD media
  • Auto-recording function starts when input exceeds a reference level
  • Limiter, low cut filter and auto gain control for input
  • USB 2.0 connection for file transfer
  • 1/8″ stereo microphone/line input & headphone output
  • 96×96 backlit LCD display
  • Powered by two AAA batteries or USB bus power
  • Built-in speaker
  • Built-in desktop stand
  • Includes 2GB micro SD card and AAA batteries

I’d guess that we are going to see more of these style of recorders hitting the markets over the next many months from all the other manufacturers also.

Like all of these portable recorders they would be improved for our use through the use of a lapel microphone from Giant Squid Audio Labs so the sound is picked up at the source and the person you’re recording can relax and doesn’t need to worry about dealing with speaking directly into the recorder.

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