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Fostex PD-4 Professional Portable DAT Recorder

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Fostex PD-4 Professional DAT Recorder

Fostex PD-4 Professional Portable DAT Recorder


The Fostex PD-4 is a Professional Four Head Timecode Digital Audio Tape Recorder Combined with a High Quality Three Channel Mixer in One Portable Package.

The Fostex
PD-4, successor of the PD-2, remains a reference for DAT portable time recorders.

Later upgraded to the

Bringing together the highest audio quality and full-function capability in a rugged but lightweight package, the
PD-4V2 meets all the requirements for the demanding professional on location.

Features such as confidence monitoring via the four head transport, full timecode recording including JAM sync and the on-board three channel mixer with mic attenuation, phantom power, low-cut filter and a limiter on each channel are now augmented by the addition of a headphone matrix.

Powered through on-board NP-1B type batteries or via an optional external AC adaptor, the
PD-4V2 weighs in at less than 3.2Kg meaning port-ability doesn't have to be sacrificed for functionality and is flexible enough to fit into all professional movie making and TV production environments.


  • Two 16-bit digital audio channels.
  • Four-head design allows confidence monitoring (simultaneous recording and playback) of audio data.
  • Record and playback capabilities of SMPTE/EBU time code, IECC format.
  • Compatible with all DAT recorders.
  • Three sample frequencies: 48 kHz, 48.048 kHz, and 44.1 kHz.
  • The PD-4 generates time code using a crystal clock. This offers improved flexibility in time code applications, allowing independent operation of the unit.
  • The internal battery can be replaced without interruption of the internal time code synchronization.
  • Includes a three channel mixer to enable the recording of voice plus a stereo background at a remote location without having to carry an external mixer.
  • Each channel of the mixer has a L C R panpot switch, 48V DC phantom power, continuously variable high-pass filter, and 20 dB microphone attenuation.
  • Full-logic transport to prevent errors in operation.
  • Digital data transfer using either consumer (SPDIF) or professional (AES/EBU) data formats (IEC 958).
  • Sound monitoring by stereo headphones or the built-in loudspeaker. The headphone jack switches between the two.
  • Rugged but lightweight portable construction.


Fostex PD-4 Specifications


Fostex PD-4 Specifications

Fostex PD-4 User Manual (PD-4.PDF)

Fostex PD-4 User Manual

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