Allowing you to record 4 tracks of audio simultaneously while providing Wi-Fi enabled transport control and file sharing, the Tascam DR-44WL Portable Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi features a built-in XY stereo microphone and dual combo XLR inputs, and is capable of tracking in up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. Thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi, which requires no external network, you can control all transport functions via a free iOS and Android app. Additionally, you can use the built-in Wi-Fi to stream playback to your mobile device, as well as transfer files directly to your smart device or computer, for quick upload to social media.
The recorder features Dual-Level recording, which records duplicate tracks at a lower volume, to create a lower-level safety track. It also supports Dual-Format recording, which tracks simultaneously as WAV and MP3 files, so you have access to smaller file sizes for sharing while maintaining the higher-quality WAV as a master track. The Tascam DR-44WL records to SD cards, but includes a microSD card adapter for additional recording options. Also included are a windscreen, a mic grip, a shoe mount adapter, a 4GB microSD card, an AC adapter, 4 AA batteries, a USB cable, and a carrying case.
A pair of studio-quality condenser microphones top the Tascam DR-44WL, arranged in a true XY pattern for detailed imaging and phase coherence. The mic capsules are built to withstand up to 132dB SPL - as loud as a jet airplane - without distorting. Record concerts and rehearsals with the confidence that your recording won't be distorted. In addition to the great-sounding new capsules, a shock mounting system has been developed for lower handling noise and rumble. The capsules are suspended in a rubber mount that avoids low frequency noises when handheld, mounted on a camera, or used on a tripod.
If levels get so high that your track is distorted, that recording can't be saved with any kind of mastering. The Tascam DR-44WL includes a limiter to keep levels under control, but an even more effective system is the Dual-Level Recording feature. Dual-Level Recording is a function that solves this problem by simultaneously recording two stereo files at different levels. If your recording is distorted, you have a lower level "safety track" that won't be distorted. Note, when the Dual-Level recording function is enabled, a maximum of two stereo tracks can be recorded simultaneously.
The XLR/TRS external input jacks accept either microphone or line level sources. Balanced or unbalanced signals can be plugged in, at either +4 or -10 levels, using the locking XLR connector or the 1/4" jack. The Tascam DR-44WL supplies 48V Phantom Power for condenser microphones that require it. Both the internal mics and external inputs are used during 4-channel recording, for live recording.
A programmable gain amplifier (PGA) is used to adjust the level of the audio inputs. In many devices, the audio codec level is adjusted to control levels. In the Tascam DR-44WL, the mic gain circuit is independent from the A/D converter for low noise performance as well as programmable gain (manual, automatic, or controlled over Wi-Fi.) The CIRRUS LOGIC CS42L52 is used in the DR-44WL. The A/D - D/A chip features both great audio performance and low power use for longer battery life. The built-in mics and the external inputs both pass through this low-noise audio input circuit.
Wi-Fi transmission range is about 65 feet (20m) - well beyond the reach of infrared remotes - so the recorder can be placed wherever the recording sounds best. Audio from the Tascam DR-44WL can also be streamed over Wi-Fi to check the recording. Plug headphones into your smartphone and listen to a near-realtime feed from the recorder. The free DR Control app allows your iOS or Android phone to control the recorder from anywhere in the room. Start recording on-stage or from the back of the room, while placing the Tascam DR-44WL wherever the microphones sound best. Remote start also eliminates handling noise from pressing a button or moving the recorder. In addition to recording, playback and other transport controls, DR Control can adjust the input levels, switch on the low-cut filter, change the mix, and more. A power-conservation mode is included to minimize battery consumption from Wi-Fi use.
MTR mode allows separate multitrack recording to four tracks. Record using the built-in mics to capture song ideas anywhere. Then plug into the external inputs to add amp simulator and keyboard overdubs. Use the mic inputs with +48V phantom power to bring in condenser mics for vocal recording. When you're finished recording your song, use the built-in mixer and reverb to mix, then record your mix as a stereo file.