– NAMM 2015

Tascam’s popular eight-track field recorder, the DR-680, has been given a major update.

Improvements in the MkII include a new op-amp and capacitor for the mic preamps to deliver improved audio quality; support for SDXC cards, on top of readily available SD/SDHC cards.

Also, Take (file) numbers can now be reset using the ‘Take No. Init’ function; improved battery life (battery now lasts 150% longer); improved clock precision for more accurate sync to video devices.

There’s also a dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels (a second file can be recorded simultaneously at a lower level for a distortion-free safety track); the DR-680MKII can load and play back multitrack audio files (ie. those prepared with a DAW); and there’s now support for lithium batteries.

Get onto the Tascam site to check out all the original features that have made the DR-680 so popular.



  • 8-track portable recording
  • Record eight individual inputs or six inputs plus a stereo mixdown
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV file resolution for 8 channels
  • Stereo 192kHz/24-bit recording mode
  • 4-channel MP3 recording
  • Digital monitor mixing (level and pan) with recordable stereo mixdown
  • Mid-side microphone decoding, either during recording or monitor/mixdown
  • Ganged input option for use with stereo microphones
  • Ideal for surround music and effects recording
  • Cascade function for running two units together
  • Pre-recording feature
  • Auto-recording mode begins recording when the input reaches a certain level
  • Mark function during recording/playback
  • Edit functions such as divide and delete
  • 128×64 backlit LCD display
  • Powered through (8x) AA batteries or (included) PS-1225L adapter
  • Records to SD/SDHC card media (not included)
  • Premium AKM Audio4Pro™ 192kHz A/D converters with over 100dB signal to noise ratio

Physical specifications:

  • (6) mic pres with 60dB of gain and phantom power
  • (4) XLR/1/4″ (combi) mic/line inputs and (2) TRS 1/4″ mic/line inputs
  • Low cut filter and limiter on each input
  • (6) RCA unbalanced line outputs
  • S/PDIF digital in and out
  • USB 2.0 (mini B) connection for computer
  • Built-in speaker
  • 1/4″ stereo headphone output
  • Included accessories: PS-1225L power supply, shoulder strap
  • Dimensions: 7.95″ W x 2.12″ H x 6.93″ D (202mm x 54mm x 176mm)
  • Weight 2.65 lbs (1.2kg) without batteries

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