If there’s action anywhere in the handheld recorder world, it is at Tascam. The latest are a pair of handheld recorders with Wi-Fi built in.
The DR-44WL and DR-22WL are similar to previous Tascam dual-mic handheld digital recorders but they have a twist — a built-in Wi-Fi feature allows for remote control by and file transfer to a smartphone.
For the basics, the DR-22WL is a two-track recorder while the DR-44WL can handle up to four tracks. Both offer dual cardioid condenser elements in an XY pattern at the top of the unit. The DR-44WL also has XLR combo balanced/unbalanced inputs and a multitrack mode. It has additional tools for use with video such as a hot-show mount and internal sync clock.
The recorders will produce MP3 or WAV (up to 24-bit/96 kHz) files and use microSD/SDHC/SDXC cards. An onboard speaker allows for playback.
Both are battery-operable (AA), USB or AC-powered. They also ship with a 4 GB SDHC card. The DR-44WL also ships with a camera hot shoe adapter, wind screen, hand grip, soft case, AC adapter and micro USB cable.
For use with smartphones, there is a free iOS and Android-compatible app, DR Control, that allows for remote control of the recorders and then transfer of the recording to the smartphone (if desired). The app also makes uploading to SoundCloud possible. Another app, File Transfer, allows for file transfer to computers via the Wi-Fi connection.
Price: DR-44WL — $299; DR-22WL — $149