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As this market has gotten bigger and bigger, and the demand for better audio has picked up, many companies have created new products, and- >> Yeah. >> What I have here is one from Tascam, the DR-60d, I believe it is? >> Yeah, and this is kind of, a kind of hybrid product. It used to be that we had a lot of preamps that we could find out there from Beachtek and JuicedLink and that kind of stuff. And then we had digital audio recorders that were, you know, kind of like these, you know, Zoom H4N here where we can attach you know, microphones, that kind of stuff. And these came in varying price points.
But kind of in form factor, there was nothing that kind of looked like a pre-amp, you know like a Beachtek or a JuicedLink, and was a recorder that attached directly to the camera. And this guy from Tascam is really unique. It's a little bit of a beefy unit but what it essentially allows us to do is combine IO functionality, getting stuff into the unit and into the camera. And you know, recording and connecting professional devices. As well as a whole recording section. So being able to adjust EQ and level and c meters and stuff like that, while recording onto an SD card over here.
>> Now let's start that up and it's very similar to what you might think with other types of units. Now as you look at it, what I really like is great controls on the front here. >> With knobs. >> Yes, real knobs so that you can adjust recording levels on input. And you can actually set things, you've got monitoring, you've got VU meters, you've got all the playback controls. >> Yeah, transport controls are great. >> And then on the side here we've got four channels of input, much like a Zoom, two XLR's, the ability to loop the camera out, so if your camera has any sort of built in mic's, you can take the headphone jack out of the camera and loop it into here, So that anything that the camera's getting, goes in separately.
And then you could also, if you want, not just record here, but loop out of here, back into the camera. >> Uh-huh. >> So that you're getting the better audio on the memory card. Now you may still choose to use this, or do a sync sound work flow. But potentially you could make this the back up recorder and then run the good audio right back into the camera. And remember, it's very easy to do that. You could just get simple extension cables like this that are the mini plug extension cables. Let's you run that in. It's pretty solid. >> Yeah Rich, and on this side this is where we have our headphone jack, including a little control here, a little dial to adjust the level.
And then pulling up this little sort of hidden cover here, we have a USB port as well as an SD card slot where you can record. Now remember Rich, audio, a lot less data intensive than video, so you buy a 64 gig or a 128 gig SD card. That is going to go for quite some time recording. I mean kind of all day recording which is nice. >> Yeah. >> And the ability to record two tracks, stereo of course. Four tracks, record it uncompressed. There's a huge benefit of a unit like this. >> And it just runs on simply four AA batteries which I find run for quite some time.
Usually four to fix hours of record time, depending upon the format and the number of inputs, and how many things you're driving on the outside. But it's great, the fact that you have both line out, and headphones out, with separate volume controls making it easier if you want to turn down the volume from monitoring while you're hearing it but still pump out another feed to another recorder. This is pretty cool. It can attach to the camera, it's not really for handheld shooting. This is meant to go between the camera and the tripod, but I think it's a good, solid alternative. I love the BeachTek that you've used for years, but I think this is just one step better.
I don't need another recorder. >> Well, right. What I've always done with the BeachTek or the JuicedLink is that I've just piped out audio to the camera. The camera has become the recorder. And in yesteryear on older cameras, we still had problems where, okay fine I can monitor from the device but I'm not monitoring from the camera because there was no headphone jack. Yadda, yadda, yadda. This is kind of the best of both worlds. We have something that sort of combines with the camera is a high quality recorder. Great preamps on this. Relatively low noise it records to a variety of formats and yes, it is a little bit bulky but as you said I mean, even handheld here.
Actually nice, another point of sort of contact. >> Yeah. >> kind of balance things out but really meant for a tripod situation or to be put in a sort of a cage or some sort of other hand held rig. And nothing says you have to attach it to the camera. Of course, you can use extension cables like the audio extension cables to loop out to the camera or connect, or you could still do a sync sound workflow with this. What I just really like is that I've got physical dials, so as I am recording, I need to make adjustments on the fly, while monitoring i can make adjustments. I don't have to step into a menu.
I don't have to stop recording to make adjustments. I could really deal with things as they come up and Tascam's got a decent history of making solid products. >> Oh, absolutely. >> So this is not a new entry to the market. There are of course other manufactures out there making devices like this, but, this is just a different approach if you want to sort of get the best of both worlds. Say you know what, I love this camera and I'm willing to spend a couple hundred bucks to get those pro audio features. >> Yeah it's just a different again, different form factor. I kind of like this, kind of under the camera, reminds me of those pre-amps. You know, in many ways it's not all that different from sort of mounting in, in H4N.
Up here in the hot shoot, just a different way of approaching it and a viable alternative, I think, because if its, sort of, functionality in both, sort of, attachment as well as recording that, you know, you should take a look at. >> All right. We've got one more thing to explore. We'll be right back.
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