Tascam HS-20 Digital Audio Recorder

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Product Description

Product Ref:HS-20

The TASCAM HS-20 is a professional solid-state audio recorder and player, built for the needs of network-connected installations. Reliable recording and playback can be controlled, accessed, and scheduled from an internet connection, allowing remote access without visiting the site.

Recording and playback can be scheduled for automatic operation. A built-in FTP client and server are included in the HS-20, for either automated or manual file transfer and management. Record meetings, classes, or worship services on a regular schedule, then automatically upload the recording to a server and delete the recording, all without supervision. Or upload a new playlist for in-store music playback, including promotional announcements, all from a central location.

The HS-20 records to either SD Card or Compact Flash media, at up to 192kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV formats. Balanced and unbalanced connections are available on the rear panel, as well as RS-232C Serial and Parallel connections for wired remote control. It's built on TASCAM's more reliable recording platform, designed for broadcast use.

FTP Client and Time Synchronisation Included
The included FTP client function allows the user to move files using a network computer, or from the HS-20 unit itself.
After recording, the HS-20 can automatically upload recorded files to a designated server. This enables simple archive creation for recorded data. This is important for archiving regularly scheduled events like classes, lectures and performances. Since uploading occurs in the background, recording and playback operations are not interrupted.
The SNTP client functions of the HS-20 enable automatic synchronization of the date and time with an NTP server over the Internet. Automatic time synchronization can be set to occur whenever the unit is started, and every (24) hours.

Time-based Event Management
Event lists enable the automatic playback of files such as background music and announcements - useful in retail stores and restaurants. Utilize the event lists for scheduled recording, playback, downloading and other events. By combining playback events with download events, audio files can be automatically retrieved from a server for playback. The HS-20 FTP server functions also enable centralized file management from a corporate headquarters to multiple locations - perfect for playing files simultaneously in a chain of retail stores.

Touch Screen TFT Colour Display Allows Intuitive Operation
This unit features a touchscreen color display. The graphical user interface (GUI) is intuitive and easy to understand. Menus for inputs, outputs, and other settings are simple and on one screen. All parameters can be accessed by touching the screen and changing the settings. Compared to earlier displays that could only show small bits of information, this interface is complete and easy to use.

Support for 1000BASE-T gigabit Ethernet Allows a Wide Range of Operations
The HS-20 supports 1000BASE-T gigabit LAN and uses FTP (File Transfer Protocol) as its work protocol. It can be accessed from any system, including Windows, Macintosh and UNIX. Inclusion of FTP functions allows file transfers between CF/SD cards and servers. This enables various applications, including the loading of files onto a transfer system. In addition, this also provides an environment for remote control over a network. These features contribute to making systems and workflows more efficient. Since VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is also supported, you can use a VNC viewer application to operate the system from a computer by viewing the screen shown on this unit' s LCD.

Tascam HS-20 Key Features:

  • High-quality stereo audio recorder for professional broadcast and recording applications
  • Two operation modes: Timeline mode: Use the unit like a tape recorder, Take mode: Record/play separate audio takes, use playlists and flash start
  • Ideal replacement for current DAT, MD, MO or other recorders
  • Easy to read and operate through TFT colour touch screen interface
  • Dual card slot for use with SD/SDHC media and CF media (UDMA support)
  • Mirroring over two cards
  • Supports WAV format and BWF format with mark function
  • Sample rates: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz at 16/24-bit resolution
  • Pre-recording up to 5 seconds (audio is captured before the record button is actually pressed)
  • Flash start with optional flash start controller RC-HS20PD or RC-SS20
  • Built-in FTP client allows automatic uploading of recorded files to an FTP server or downloading audio files from an FTP server
  • Time-controlled execution of tasks such as recording, playback, uploading, downloading
  • Locate marker function (auto/manual)
  • Editing fuctions (divide, combine, erase)
  • Projects can be exported in AES31 format
  • Auto Cue, Auto Ready, Incremental Play and Repeat
  • Playlist function
  • Jog/Shuttle function
  • 2U rack-mount size


  • Recording media SD card / SDHC card, CompactFlash (CF) card
  • File system FAT32 (4 GB or more), FAT16 (2 GB or less)
  • File format BWF (Broadcast Wave Format), WAV (Waveform Audio Format)
  • Number of channels 2 channels
  • Quantization bit rate 16-bit, 24-bit
  • Sampling frequency 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
  • Time code frame rates 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97NDF, 30DF, 30NDF
  • Power AC 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz
  • Power consumption 22 W
  • External dimensions (W x H x D) 483 mm x 94 mm x 314 mm
  • Weight 4.7 kg
  • Operating temperature range 5-35 °C

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