Portadat PDR 1000 TC:
PDR 1000 TC was one of the
first professional DAT recorders, very light
and compact. It was released after the
Sony TCD-D10, but it offers several advantages over that one: confidence
monitoring, Phantom power, a low-cut filter per input, active limiters
for both line and
mike inputs and a monitor switch with
Unfortunately, for size reasons, the record level knobs (lockable)
are concentric, which
is inconvenient when used with no mixer upstream. Moreover, its
full plastic shell makes it a bit fragile and lacks the
necessary rigidity for good operating in
it has a real advantage: its great simplicity of use. The quite
complete time code pad (video/word sync inputs and outputs) is fully
separate from the audio
pad and has its own readout.
Besides, as every function has a clearly marked dedicated control,
there is no need to enter into a menu to set up the device. The
PDR 1000 TC provides SPDIF or AES/EBU inputs and outputs, each with
its own connector.
This recorder is a very good, light and compact machine, quite satisfactory
when integrated in a sound cart, alas
no longer manufactured.