TASCAM has announced the V1.10 firmware update for the Portacapture X6 32-bit Float Portable Audio Recorder.
Featuring 96kHz/32-bit float point recording technology, a 2.4-inch colour touchscreen display, dual built-in microphones, internal six-track record capability (4 track + 2 mix), USB audio interface, and more, the Portacapture X6 is a popular choice for videographers, vlog content production, media production, and music applications.
With the V1.10 firmware update, the Portacapture X6 gains numerous operational enhancements.
As well as this storing custom setups is quick and easy. The Portacapture X6 can now store three unit settings and three recording app settings—making the process of saving different recording configurations quick and easy to access for different types of projects.
Furthermore, these settings can be recalled with a single tap directly from the Launcher screen.
In addition, the Portacapture X6 Input Settings, including the low-cut filter, compressor, limiter, auto gain control, noise gate, and other effect functions can now be saved in up to three presets. These Input Settings can just as easily be loaded in each recording app.
With the introduction of the V1.10 firmware update, the Portacapture X6 now has the capability to use 32-bit float point resolution, which enables the preservation of audio resolution even after adjusting levels, when using the unit as a USB audio interface to a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
This facilitates a wider dynamic range, higher resolution, and greater audio quality for better overall record quality.
When using a Windows OS computer for the DAW, be certain to download the latest Portacapture X6 ASIO driver (V1.30).
The new V1.10 firmware update also includes support for wireless timecode synchronisation with compatible Atomos products, including AtomX Sync, UltraSync BLUE, ATOMOS CONNECT, and Shogun CONNECT.
To take advantage of the wireless timecode synchronisation function, the optional TASCAM AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter is required.
With the V1.10 firmware update, the Portacapture X6’s USB MIX MINUS function can now be used in the PODCAST app.
This new feature provides the ability to suppress the occurrence of echoes in the audio from remote participants when using the unit for capturing podcasts.
Another important enhancement when using the PODCAST app is the ability to select PAD and USB input in addition to the built-in microphone input. This enables the audio from conference software like Skype, Zoom, and Teams to be monitored and recorded.
In addition to the primary V1.10 firmware update enhancements, several additional maintenance items were updated.
The V1.10 firmware update also includes an update to the Portacapture Control app, which can be used for remote control of the Portacapture from a smartphone or tablet.
Now, even if the app is communicating in the background on the device and the smartphone or tablet enters energy-saving mode, the connection with the Portacapture X6 will no longer be interrupted.
This is supported by the Portacapture Control app version 1.33 and later. Use of the optionally available TASCAM AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter is required to use the Portacapture Control app.
TASCAM has also introduced the Portacapture X6 Firmware Updater. The Portacapture X6 Firmware Updater is an app for Windows and macOS when the Portacapture X6 is connected to the computer via USB, the app searches the TASCAM web server for any new Portacapture X6 updates and automatically updates the unit with just a few clicks.