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Re: Back in the game to help family via 4 channel recorder
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2021, 01:05:59 PM »
Sorry I've been working 2 jobs all month and haven't had much free time to respond. BIG THANKS to every single person who commented, every bit was helpful.

UPDATE: I saw a Tascam DR-70D on ebay for $179 free shipping and I nabbed it. I also grabbed the 20000mAh (they claim) slim battery from the FAQ for $10. I just couldn't resist 4 channel recorder + battery for $200! Should be here in a week.

This was of course after I read through the (somewhat controversial) dedicated threads on this unit. To me it sounds like the latest firmware's solved a lot of the SD card issues. My brother in law and dad both dabbled in photography the last 10 years and they have a slew of both old and new SD cards they said I could use. I'll verify with Tascam's list of tested media of course. I'll probably use my Busman mod UA-5 in front and I'll try the stock preamps as well. I heard a few recordings on LMA and that sealed the deal, can't argue with your ears.

I REALLY wanted a Mixpre or one of the Zoom's but our roof started leaking and that dream quickly died. :(  I've been recording stage lip mics and soundboard to different recorders and mixing in the post; I actually have the process down pretty smooth but sometimes the upgrade bug just won't go away until you, well, upgrade! First new gear in 10 years, can't wait.

Oh and is anyone on these boards modding these haha  ;D
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Re: Back in the game to help family via 4 channel recorder
« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2021, 04:10:20 PM »
Sorry I've been working 2 jobs all month and haven't had much free time to respond. BIG THANKS to every single person who commented, every bit was helpful.

UPDATE: I saw a Tascam DR-70D on ebay for $179 free shipping and I nabbed it. I also grabbed the 20000mAh (they claim) slim battery from the FAQ for $10. I just couldn't resist 4 channel recorder + battery for $200! Should be here in a week.

This was of course after I read through the (somewhat controversial) dedicated threads on this unit. To me it sounds like the latest firmware's solved a lot of the SD card issues. My brother in law and dad both dabbled in photography the last 10 years and they have a slew of both old and new SD cards they said I could use. I'll verify with Tascam's list of tested media of course. I'll probably use my Busman mod UA-5 in front and I'll try the stock preamps as well. I heard a few recordings on LMA and that sealed the deal, can't argue with your ears.

I REALLY wanted a Mixpre or one of the Zoom's but our roof started leaking and that dream quickly died. :(  I've been recording stage lip mics and soundboard to different recorders and mixing in the post; I actually have the process down pretty smooth but sometimes the upgrade bug just won't go away until you, well, upgrade! First new gear in 10 years, can't wait.

Oh and is anyone on these boards modding these haha  ;D
Busman USED to offer a mod for the DR70D but i think it became unavailable.
Be sure to update the firmware, and ONLY use the best cards from the list (not the ones which have notes regarding special formatting) and you should be fine.
It really was terrible and without ever admitting how bad it was, Tascam fixed it.
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Re: Back in the game to help family via 4 channel recorder
« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2021, 04:29:34 PM »
There was a serious issue with the 70D for a while, but it was resolved. Don't read too much into the drama.

My bigger concern is with those batteries in the FAQ (and I'm the person who listed them there). The reason I say this is I bought one to use with my 70D, and it was 100% reliable to the point where I semi-permanently attached it to the bottom of the recorder. I later bought another one from the same vendor just as a backup, but it made a very high-pitched squealing noise and the end covers kept falling off. It also would not charge reliably. Just be careful with those cheap batteries; they can be hit or miss.
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Re: Back in the game to help family via 4 channel recorder
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2021, 04:42:12 PM »
Congrats! Spend the few bucks and get an Anker or RavPower battery. DR-70D really sips power and will run for a loooong time on USB power.
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Re: Back in the game to help family via 4 channel recorder
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2021, 05:37:38 PM »
Busman USED to offer a mod for the DR70D but i think it became unavailable.
Be sure to update the firmware, and ONLY use the best cards from the list (not the ones which have notes regarding special formatting) and you should be fine.
It really was terrible and without ever admitting how bad it was, Tascam fixed it.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Good advice on the SD cards. And maybe I'll send Busman a polite request down the road. Couldn't hurt.

There was a serious issue with the 70D for a while, but it was resolved. Don't read too much into the drama.

My bigger concern is with those batteries in the FAQ (and I'm the person who listed them there). The reason I say this is I bought one to use with my 70D, and it was 100% reliable to the point where I semi-permanently attached it to the bottom of the recorder. I later bought another one from the same vendor just as a backup, but it made a very high-pitched squealing noise and the end covers kept falling off. It also would not charge reliably. Just be careful with those cheap batteries; they can be hit or miss.

Ah yes I am familiar with this. Cheaper things usually mean cheaper quality control. Fingers crossed. I did get the right angle USB cable recommended in one of the discussion threads. This forum is so great for those little things.

Congrats! Spend the few bucks and get an Anker or RavPower battery. DR-70D really sips power and will run for a loooong time on USB power.

In 2005ish I remember getting one of the nicer dvd batts for my UA-5. Recently did a 4 hour show with and it still had plenty left., I couldn't believe it after 15 years...
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