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TASCAM Debuts Wee Handheld Recorder

Successor to the DR-07 handheld adds features to small footprint

Using the recent NAMM Show, a big music industry gathering in the Los Angeles area, audio equipment manufacturer TASCAM showed attendees a new handheld digital recorder, the DR-08.

This is a successor to its DR-07. It handles audio up 24-bit/96 kHz for WAV and 320 kpbs MP3s. The record media is a microSD card and it ships with a 2 GB card.

Dual variable-angled cardioids mics are atop the DR-08. A mini USB 2.0 port facilitates transfer to of files to a computer without having to eject the microSD card.

Other features include variable pitch-neutral playback of up to 200 percent; sound activated recording mode; LCD display; 1/8-inch mic/line input; 1/8-inch headphone/line output; an onboard speaker and an integrated desk stand.

It can be battery-powered (AAA batteries) or USB powered. An optional power supply is also available. Retail is $299 and we’ve seen it selling online for about a hundred bucks less.