DR-10SG Shotgun mic with integrated Digital Audio Recording brings quality and control to location sound
TASCAM have announced the DR-10SG, a powerful microphone/digital audio recorder combo unit.
Designed for videographers who employ DSLR cameras as their primary capture device, the DR-10SG aims to eliminate the compromises imposed by traditional on-camera audio.
“The ability to shoot hi-def video on DSLR has revolutionized all aspects of filmmaking, from corporate and indie productions through Hollywood blockbusters,” said Jim Mack, Executive Vice President of TASCAM. “Our goal is to elevate the quality of the sound to match the visuals, and the DR-10SG enables us to achieve that goal.”
By combining a purpose-built shotgun microphone, a self-contained digital audio recorder and an integrated shock mount, the filmmaker is able to more effectively reject ambient sound while simultaneously avoiding transference of mechanical noise from shutter and lens mechanisms.
“When I’m on-site or on-set I need to move quickly and get it right the first time,” said Aaron Ehlers, independent film and television producer.
“With the DR-10SG I’m no longer forced to set up a secondary audio system for each and every shot. I can simply clip the DR-10SG to my camera and begin filming, confident that the quality and clarity of the audio will be great. Now I actually can ‘run and gun’.”
In addition to direct camera attachment with the built-in shock-absorbing shoe mount, the DR-10SG features 4 selectable EQ presets (natural/flat, standard, interview, field), a Camera Output connector for audio pass through, a slate tone generator for easy audio sync during post production and a unique Dual Recording feature which automatically records a safety track at a lower level to safeguard against accidental overload and distortion. All in a lightweight 110g design which includes the AAA battery (providing over 8 hours of continuous use).
The DR-10SG, expected to ship in May with an MSRP of $249.99, will include a custom windscreen, noise isolation arm, attenuation cable, and cable clip.
Features at a glance
Supercardioid shotgun microphone
Shoe adapter (ISO/JIS standard) attaches to a camera accessory shoe.
Records to microSD or microSDHC cards.
Records 44.1/ 48 kHz, 16/24-bit, mono or poly linear PCM (WAV/BWF)files.
Built-in clock stamps BWF files with time-of-day information for additional convenience when editing or searching for files.
Equalizer has four presets that can be selected to match the recording conditions.
Limiter automatically reduces high input levels to suitable levels.
Low cut filter reduces low-frequency noise (120Hz cutoff frequency).
Dual recording for two files to be recorded simultaneously with different gain levels.
Slate tone for conveniently synchronizing with video files.
Camera out jack (combined with headphone jack)outputs audio to a camera.
Automatic file closing prevents the loss of data before the battery runs out.
Included noise isolation arm reduces lens operation noise.
Included attenuation cable matches output audio signal level when connected to a camera.
Included cable clip secures attenuation and headphone cables.
Tripod threads (ISO/JIS standards for mounting directly to a camera tripod or rig.
Playback to headphones to check recorded file contents immediately.
Time track increment silently and seamlessly splits a recording by creating a new file at regular intervals (about 15 minutes)for easier editing.
File naming based on a user-specified word or the current date.
Operates on 1 AAA battery (alkaline, rechargeable NiMH or disposable lithium)or USB bus power.
Secondary lithium-ion battery maintains date and time information.
3.5mm(1/8″)headphone jack built in.
Easy to read 96×16 dot OEL display with wide viewing angle.
Micro-B USB 2.0 port to easily transfer files to a computer.
See Tascam for more information.