Taishi Toyono from the TASCAM R&D team explains the development of the DR-05X, DR-07X, and DR-40X PCM liner recorders.
I was in charge of the mechanical design of these three models. The initial plan was to build them a little different than the conventional models, and so both the product designer and I worked thoroughly to make it happen. I worked together with the personnel at our factory, and I remember language and communication being one of the many difficulties we had since I had to convey changes in the design and every other detail to them. We changed the color of the microphones for these models this time and we had to interact a lot with the person in charge at the factory until we got satisfying results.
I believe customers who owned one of the previous models will see the difference in the new design, and this gets me excited whenever we develop a new product.
The microphone part is completely new. We also made the USB connection section smaller than that of conventional models.
Being in charge of the DR-05X, DR-07X, and DR-40X, we wanted them to have a feeling of unity as a series. The product itself hasn’t faced quite a makeover, but with the mic for example, we wanted all three models to share the same red line as an accent.
I would say the brightness of the LED backlight. The conventional models had orange-based backlights, whereas these new models have white lights that improve the visibility of the display. Also, we made the RECORD mark bigger by 150%: it enhances the intuitiveness of the unit and it makes it easier for users to control the unit when recording sounds.
Mechanical Designing Section, R&D Department 1
Jiro Shida, Takayuki Honda, Daisuke Yoshinari, Shigeyuki Adachi, Shogo Sakaguchi, Taishi Toyono