Tascam DR-100MKII

The DR-100MKII, designed for professional recording applications in the field, offers high-quality recording directly in WAV or MP3 format from a rugged chassis. You can choose between two pairs of built-in uni-directional and omni-directional microphones, XLR inputs with switchable 48V phantom power, a separate mini jack line input and a digital input (SPDIF). This ensures that virtually all fields of application are covered – from music, speech and atmosphere recordings to meeting minutes and live concert recordings.

The recording level can be easily controlled by a twin hardware control rather than a menu option. Recordings can be started manually, automatically by level, advanced (by up to 2 seconds), delayed (to prevent key presses from being recorded) or with the help of the included remote control or an optional footswitch. A defeatable loudspeaker for playback is also included. You can make overdubs, manually create a new file during recording, divide a recording and use locate markers. The unit is further equipped with switchable automatic gain control and limiter, a switchable low-cut filter with three cutoff frequencies, line output, headphones output and USB connector.

The DR-100MKII comes with a 2-GB SD card, remote control, windshield and soft case and can be powered either by the included powerful lithium-ion rechargeable, two AA batteries, an optional batterie pack or an optional AC adapter. The second battery source is used as redundance allowing to change batteries while recording. The built-in mic stand screw socket allows the unit to be mounted on a tripod or microphone stand.

Main Features

  • Handheld digital stereo recorder for professional use
  • 2 separate types of batteries used together allow for many hours of operation as well as the ability to change batteries while recording
  • MP3 and WAV file recording and playback
  • Records to SD/SDHC card
  • Selectable recording formats:
    • Linear PCM (WAV format), 16/24-bit
    • MP3 32/64/96/128/192/256/320 kbps
  • Supported sampling frequencies: 96/48/44.1 kHz
  • Four built-in high-quality condenser microphones
    • Two uni-directional microphones for stereo recording
    • Two omni-directional microphones for minutes recording
  • Two lockable XLR mic/line inputs with switchable +48V phantom power
  • High-performance preamp provides wide range of gain (–58 dBu (max trim) to +24 dBu (min trim)
  • Three selectable input sensitivities (hardware switchable)
  • Stereo line input with adjustable level to connect an external source (mini jack)
  • Tandem hardware level control for intuitive recording level setting
  • Digital input (to be used with included conversion cable)
  • Switchable low-cut filter (40 Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz)
  • Switchable auto gain control
  • Limiter to prevent clipping (hardware switchable)
  • Built-in monitor speaker (hardware switchable on/off)
  • Headphones output with level control (mini jack)
  • Separate stereo line output (mini jack)
  • Pre-recording buffer (2 seconds) allows a recording to start before the record key is pressed
  • Delayed recording feature to prevent the unit from recording a touch noise of keystroke
  • Auto recording start and stop by input level
  • Overdub feature to add narration, singing or instruments to an existing recording
  • Mark function (automatic or manual)
  • Create a new audio file during recording (manually or by file size)
  • File divide function (to cut unwanted noise, for instance, WAV format only)
  • File renaming
  • Playback features include:
    • In/Out loop
    • Folder or playlist playback
    • Pitch control function (–50 % to +16 %)
    • Switchable VSA function (change playback tempo without affecting the key)
  • Mic stand adapter (¼ inch) on bottom side to attach the unit to a tripod or microphone stand
  • USB 2.0 connection for file transfer to/from computer
  • Power supply by lithium-ion rechargeable (BP-L2), two AA batteries, optional battery pack (Tascam BP-6AA) or optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520E)
  • 2-Gigabyte SD card, RC-10 wireless remote control, windshield and softcase included as standard
  • Footswitch with three pedals for various functions available as an option (Tascam RC-3F)


Recording media SD cards (64 MB–2 GB) and SDHC cards (4 GB–32 GB)
Recording/playback format WAV: 44.1/48/96 (HS mode) kHz, 16/24-bit
MP3: 44.1/48 kHz, 32/64/96/128/192/256/320 kbps
Number of channels 2 channels (stereo)
Analogue audio inputs and outputs
XLR (MIC/LINE 1) IN connectors (Phantom power compatible) XLR-3-32 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  When MIC/LINE 1 switch is set to MIC (input impedance: 2.1 kΩ, high input sensitivity)
  Nominal input level –70 dBu
  Maximum input level –54 dBu
  When MIC/LINE 1 switch is set to MIC (input impedance: 2.1 kΩ, medium input sensitivity)
  Nominal input level –42 dBu
  Maximum input level –26 dBu
  When MIC/LINE 1 switch is set to MIC (input impedance: 2.1 kΩ, low input sensitivity)
  Nominal input level –14 dBu
  Maximum input level +2 dBu
  When MIC/LINE 1 switch is set to LINE 1
  Input impedance 2.5 kΩ
  Nominal input level +4 dBu
  Maximum input level +24 dBu
LINE 2 input (unbalanced) 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Input impedance 22 kΩ or more
  Nominal input level –10 dBV
  Maximum input level +6 dBV
LINE output 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Output impedance 200 Ω
  When using LINE 1 connector as input
  Nominal output level –14 dBV
  Maximum output level +6 dBV
  Nominal output level –10 dBV
  Maximum output level +6 dBV
Headphones output 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Maximum output power 25 mW + 25 mW (32 Ω load)
Built-in loudspeaker 0.4 W (mono)
Digital audio input
DIGITAL input 2.5-mm TRS jack (using the conversion cable made for this unit)
  Format IEC60958-3 (S/PDIF)
Other inputs and outputs
USB port Mini-B type
  Format USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
REMOTE connector 2.5-mm TRS jack
Audio performance
Frequency response (LINE IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1 kHz, JEITA) 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +1/–3 dB
Frequency response (LINE IN to LINE OUT, Fs 48 kHz, JEITA) 20 Hz – 22 kHz, +1/–3 dB
Frequency response (LINE IN to LINE OUT, Fs 96 kHz, JEITA) 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +1/–3 dB
Distortion (LINE IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1 kHz, +24 dBu input, JEITA) <0.01%
S/N ratio (LINE IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1 kHz, +24 dBu input, JEITA) 92 dB or more
Note on JEITA: Conforming to JEITA CP-2150
Requirements for connected computers
Windows Pentium 300 MHz or better
128 MB or more memory
USB port (USB 2.0)
Mac 266 MHz Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 or better
64 MB or more memory
USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
Recommended USB host controller Intel chipset
Supported operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.2 or later
Power supply and other specifications
Power supply Lithium-ion rechargeable battery made for this unit (TASCAM BP-L2)
Two AA batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH)
AC adaptor (TASCAM PS-P520, sold separately)
External battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA, sold separately)
Power consumption 4 W (maximum)
Battery life (continuous operation, JEITA recording/playback)
  Lithium-ion battery (BP-L2) Approx. 5 hours
  Ni-MH type battery (Eneloop) Approx. 4 hours
  Alkaline type battery (Evolta) Approx. 2 hours, 45 minutes
External dimensions (W x H x D, excluding protrusions) 80 mm x 153 mm x 35 mm
Weight 0.29 kg (not including batteries)
Operating temperature range 0–40 °C
0–30 °C (for safe recharging of lithium-ion battery)

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

Last modified: 2016-12-16 17:11:16 UTC