Tascam has used this year’s NAB Show – taking place this week in Las Vegas – to introduce its new DR-10SG 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 revolutionised 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.”
The company says that by combining a purpose-built shotgun microphone, a self-contained digital audio recorder and an integrated shock mount, filmmakers are 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 four selectable EQ presets (natural/flat, standard, interview, field), a camera output connector for audio pass through, a slate tone generator for audio sync during post production and a dual recording feature which automatically records a safety track at a lower level to safeguard against accidental overload and distortion. The mic comes in a ‘lightweight’ 110g design which includes the AAA battery (providing over eight hours of continuous use).
The DR-10SG is expected to ship in May with an MSRP of $249.99 and will include a custom windscreen, noise isolation arm, attenuation cable, and cable clip.