Excerpt: Recording different types of audio is tricky. One recorder might be great at soaking up a quiet conversation, but take it to a rock concert and your audio will sound like a coffee grinder crammed with ball bearings. That’s not the case with Tascam’s DR-08.
Pros: 15 different recording settings, from the nadir of lo-fi MP3s to immaculate WAVs. Device mounts as a removable drive. Transfering data happens in a flash thanks to USB 2.0. Kickstand and recording timer work well.
Cons: Low-level hiss haunts outdoor recordings. Plastic frame feels flimsy — definitely not ideal for rugged environs. Six-button user interface can makes navigation a bit sluggish.
Summary: A simple, well‑designed recorder that offers high bit-and sample-rate options, and all sorts of microphone positions. It is light and small enough to operate from a single hand position, and has a streamlined feature set aimed at recording rather than processing.
Pros: Straightforward design, easy to operate., Lots of record and playback settings to tweak., The articulating mic capsules open up an enticing range of recording possibilities., 24‑bit, 96kHz option if you need it.
Cons: No signal‑clip LED., Lacks a fixing for stand‑mounting., Prone to handling noise., No on‑board guitar tuner.