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Tascam DR-680MKII Portable Multichannel Recorder

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The DR-680MKII brings multi-track portable recording within reach of any musician for polished live, location and surround recordings. Up to eight tracks can be recorded to solid-state SD card media at 96 kHz / 24-bit Broadcast WAV quality. Six mic inputs provide 60 dB of gain and phantom power for clear recordings with condenser microphones. Record the six analogue input signals along with a digital SPDIF source for 8-track recording.

Inputs can be monitored using a built-in mixer with level and pan controls for each input. The stereo mixdown can even be recorded along with the six analogue input signals for quick stereo playback of the event. There’s also a built-in speaker to check recordings without headphones.

The DR-680MKII is also able to capture stereo audio at 192 kHz / 24-bit for audiophile-quality masters or record up to four channels simultaneuously in space-saving MP3 format – ideal for minutes recording. And for up to 16-track recording on battery power two units can be connected with a cascade cable. An AC adapter, a USB cable and a shoulder strap are included as standard.


High-quality field recording
Compact size and easy operation
Up to 8 recording tracks6 tracks + stereo mix track at up to 24-bit/96 kHz
6 tracks via the analogue inputs + 2 tracks via the digital input at up to 24-bit/96 kHz
2 tracks at 24-bit/192 kHz
Secure and easily available SD/SDHC/SDXC recording media
Recording/playback in uncompressed BWF or WAV format or space-saving MP3 format
MP3 multi-track recording (2 stereo or 4 mono files)
WAV/BWF sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz
MP3 sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
MP3 bit rates: 96 kbit/s, 128 kbit/s, 192 kbit/s, 320 kbit/s
16-bit/24-bit resolution
Improved mic preamps
Pre-recording buffer allows a recording to start before the record key is pressed (max. 2 seconds)
Automatic recording allows the unit to start and stop recording automatically by input level
Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels
Repeat playback feature
Mark function convenient for moving to specific locations

6 balanced mic/line inputs (4 XLR/TRS combo connectors, 2 TRS connectors)
+48 V phantom power (hardware-switchable in pairs)
Selectable input gain on each analogue input (hardware-switchable high/low)
Switchable low-cut filter and limiter on each analogue input
6 unbalanced line outputs (RCA)
Stereo digital input and output (selectable between SPDIF and AES/EBU)
Headphones output with level control
USB 2.0 high-speed data transfer to PC
Cascade feature
Other features

Hold feature locks buttons to prevent misoperation
Built-in loudspeaker for monitor purposes
Powered by 8 AA-size batteries (alkaline, NiMH, lithium) or AC adapter GPE248­120200­Z (included)
Extended operation time on batteries
Optional accessory: CS-DR680 carrying case

Recording media and formats
Recording media SD card (64 MB – 2 GB)
SDHC card (4–32 GB)
SDXC card (48–128 GB)
Supported recording and playback formats BWF: 16/24-bit, 44.1/48/96/192 kHz
WAV: 16/24-bit, 44.1/48/96/192 kHz
MP3: 96/128/192/320 kbps, 44.1/48 kHz
Number of tracks
6 tracks and a stereo mix track BWF: 44.1/48/96 kHz
WAV: 44.1/48/96 kHz
MP3: 44.1/48 kHz
2 tracks BWF: 192 kHz
WAV: 192 kHz
File recording modes BWF: monaural, stereo, 6-channel
WAV: monaural, stereo, 6-channel
MP3: monaural, stereo
Analogue audio inputs and outputs
MIC/LINE inputs XLR-3-31/ 6.3-mm TRS combo connectors
INPUT switch set to MIC:
Input impedance 2.4 k?
Nominal input level GAIN LOW: –20 dBu (0.11 V)
GAIN HIGH: –44 dBu (6.91 mV)
Maximum input level GAIN LOW: +3 dBu (1.55 V)
GAIN HIGH: –21 dBu (0.098 V)
Minimum input level GAIN LOW: –51.5 dBu (2.0 mV)
GAIN HIGH: –75.5 dBu (0.1 mV)
INPUT switch set to LINE:
Input impedance 10 k?
Nominal input level +4 dBu (1.23 V)
Maximum input level +24 Bu (12.3 V)
Minimum input level –27.5 dBu (0.05 V)
LINE outputs RCA pin jack
Output impedance 200 ?
Nominal output level –10 dBV (0.3 V)
Maximum output level +6 dBV (2.0 V)
PHONES jack 6.3-mm stereo jack
Maximum output power 50 mW + 50 mW (into 32 ? load)
Built-in speaker 500 mW (monaural)
Digital audio input and output
DIGITAL/SYNC IN jack RCA pin jack
Format IEC60958-3 (S/PDIF) or AES3-2003/IEC60958-4 (AES/EBU) automatically determined
DIGITAL/SYNC OUT jack RCA pin jack
Format IEC60958-3 (S/PDIF) or AES3-2003/IEC60958-4 (AES/EBU) set by user
Control input and output
USB connection Mini-B type
Format USB2.0 HIGH SPEED (480 Mbit/s)
Audio performance
(From LINE IN to LINE OUT, Input level = –1 dBFS)
Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5/–1.5 dB (44.1 kHz)
20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5/–0.5 dB (48 kHz)
20 Hz - 40 kHz +0.5/–1.0 dB (96 kHz)
20 Hz – 80 kHz +0.5/–5.0 dB (192 kHz)
Distortion 0.007% (1 kHz)
S/N ratio 100 dB(A)
Host computer requirements
Windows Pentium 300 MHz or faster
128 MB or more memory
USB port (USB2.0 recommended)
Mac 266 MHz Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 or faster
64 MB or more memory
USB port (USB2.0 recommended)
Recommended USB host controller Intel chipset
Supported Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.2 or newer
Power supply and other specifications
Power supply 8 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH or Lithium)
AC adapter GPE248-120200-Z (AC 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz, included)
Power consumption
AC 100–120 V 9 W (phantom power on, AC adapter)
AC 220–240 V 9½ W (phantom power on, AC adapter)
Approximate battery operation time (continuous operation)
Alkaline batteries (Evolta) 3½ hours (phantom power on for 6 channels)
4½ hours (phantom power on for 2 channels)
6 hours (phantom power off)
NiMH batteries 4 hours (phantom power on for 6 channels)
4½ hours (phantom power on for 2 channels)
5½ hours (phantom power off)
Lithium batteries (Energizer Ultimate Lithium) 7½ hours (phantom power on for 6 channels)
9½ hours (phantom power on for 2 channels)
11 hours (phantom power off)
Dimensions (width x height x depth) 217 mm x 56 mm x 189 mm
Weight 1.2 kg (without batteries)
Operating temperature range 0–40 °C


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