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Sunday, September 28, 2014

New Music Gear Monday: Tascam DR-44WL Portable Recorder

Tascam DR-44WL
One essential item for every musician, engineer and producer is a portable recorder. We all want to record gigs and rehearsals, as well as podcasts and audio and sound effects for videos, and as a result, that portable recorder has become a standard piece of kit that we just can't live without. That said, the hunt for the best recorder for you is somewhat like a surfer catching that perfect wave. Each one offers something just a little different.

Tascam has released the new DR-44WL that ups the ante for all personal recorders. It's a 4 track recorder complete with dual shockmounted XY condenser mics and two locking XLR combo inputs. The inputs are said to be extremely low noise and can handle sound pressure levels as high as 132dB. The four track recorder allows for recording just a single track at a time, or a backup recording at -12dB so you never have to worry about an overload spoiling your recording.

One of the coolest things about the DR-44WL is its ability to be controlled via a Wi-Fi connection to a free iOS or Android smartphone app. You can start and stop the recording, check the meter readings, trim your levels or even transfer or share your recordings from the app. The unit also comes with a 4GB mcro-SD card and SD card adaptor.

The Tascam DR-44WL has a street price of $299. You can find a lot more information on the DR-44WL website.

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