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The adjustable mics, four-track recording and extended battery life of the TASCAM DR-40 give you the flexibility you need to record tracks anywhere.
The DR-40 captures up to four tracks from built-in, high-quality condenser microphones, XLR mic or line inputs. The internal mics are adjustable from XY to AB position, helping you to tailor your recording to the sound of the room. A pair of great-sounding TASCAM microphone preamps welcome condenser microphones with phantom power, recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. It accommodates balanced XLR or 1/4" line inputs using locking Neutrik Combo jacks. The DR-40 accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32GB, and a 2GB card is included.
Once recorded, play back your takes with EQ and the optional Level Align feature to avoid volume jumps. A stereo reverb effect is also built-in, as well as a speaker and chromatic tuner. Transfer recordings to computer using the USB 2.0 jack. Other features include overdub mode, variable speed playback, limiting and low cut filter, and much more – all with TASCAM’s simple-to-use interface. No other recorder makes home or live recording as simple as the TASCAM DR-40.
Handheld 4-track Portable Recorder
Built-in condenser microphones, adjustable to XY or AB position
XLR / 1/4” mic/line input with phantom power
Record the built-in microphones with the XLR mic or line input for a four-track recording
Dual recording mode captures a safety track at a lower level to avoid distortion
Overdub mode allows recording along with a previous take
Peak reduction automatically sets the ideal recording level
15-hour battery life from three AA batteries
Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV/BWF or MP3 recording resolution
2-second pre-recording buffer
Variable speed playback from 50-150% speed without changing the pitch
SD/SDHC card slot supports up to 32GB media (2GB card included)
Locking Neutrik Combi jacks
USB 2.0 jack and cable for transferring recordings to computer
The DR-40's four-track recording mode gives you several options to record, indicated by LEDs on the front of the unit. The 4-channel recording modes include:
DUAL - Record a stereo signal with a copy of that stereo signal at a lower level. This gives you a safety track you can use in case the main recording is distorted. (See next section for more info)
4CH - Record the built-in microphones along with a pair of external mics, like close-up and ambient microphones. Or record the built-in mics along with a balanced line input, such as the feed from a mixer along with the sound in the room.
OVERDUB - Play along with a recording you've already made to build up a full production or song demo
You can record up to four channels of 96kHz/24-bit audio. Mono and stereo recording is also available. Recording formats include MP3 (from 32 to 320kbps), WAV and Broadcast WAV formats.
Dual Recording Mode
Dual Recording records a second copy of your performance up to -12dB lower as a safety track. This mean if your recording gets accidentally distorted, you'll have a backup copy that isn't distorted.
Dual Recording works in addition to the peak limiting and low cut filter features which also prevent distortion.
The Dual Recording mode is perfect for recording your band live. Just set the unit to record and hit the stage without worrying about the recording getting blown out.
Locking XLR Inputs
The DR-40 has a set of Neutrik® locking combination XLR & 1/4" inputs. These external inputs can accept balanced microphone or line inputs. The microphone preamp includes phantom power and plenty of gain for detailed recordings with condenser microphones.
The DR-40 is one of the only handheld recorders with a balanced line input, for recording the output of a console or other pro audio source. In 4-channel recording mode, you can record the output of a live console while capturing the sound of the room with the built-in microphones.
Adjustable Condenser Microphones
Attached to the DR-40 are a pair of cardioid condenser microphones. The stereo microphones can be arranged in an XY recording pattern for tight stereo imaging or in an AB pattern for a more ambient recording.
When flipping the microphone orientation, the left and right channels automatically flip for correct stereo placement.
Useful Playback Features
Like most TASCAM handheld recorders, the DR-40 includes playback modes to loop a section of playback or slow it down without changing the pitch, perfect for learning new music. A built-in speaker is included for checking recording without headphones. The Level Align feature smooths out level jumps during playback to help you monitor your raw, unmastered recordings.
A stereo reverb effect is available during playback or recording. Another handy additions include a chromatic tuner and tripod mount.
SD card（64MB～2GB）, SDHC card（4GB～32GB）
Recording and Playback Format
WAV / BWF
44.1kHz/48kHz/96kHz, 16/24 bit (Stereo or Mono)
Battery Operation Time
15 hours (continuous operation, phantom power off)
Rated 4 out of
Solid Piece of GearI predominantly use the DR-40 for line recording from mixers. It's great for achieving an appropriate level and is very reliable, although the low frequencies aren't as rounded as other recorders I have heard.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of
Great UnitGreat little unit. Uning it for dslr audio recorder, and works a treat. Higly recommended!
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 4 out of
Versitile recorderI bought the product to assist with video production, record interviews and act as a note taker. Pretty happy with it. You just need to careful to hit record twice button twice to get the recorder to function.
It works best for me outdoors when I plug my Rode Reporter dynamic mic in. This eliminates wind and background noise that the on board mic's are vulnerable to.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 4 out of
Good all-rounderI use this recorder for voice overs in a studio environment using an external XLR mic as well recording atmosphere sounds on location using its own built in mic. The sound reproduction is fantastic and the features well beyond its price point.
Date published: 2013-08-13
Rated 5 out of
Great choice!Easy to use. Loads of useful features.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 4 out of
A great little bit of kitI bought this over the Zoom H4N because online comparisons showed very little difference in sound recording quality (if anything, the Tascam beat the Zoom a bit at $100 less). I wasn't disappointed in the performance of this little unit. The controls require some familiarisation for someone who only used to full screen-based menu controls! The audio quality, both with internal and external mics is excellent for small budget productions. The battery life is pretty good. I had a set of Energizer Lithiums that lasted for about 40 hours of always-on production time. The only slight drawback is the build quality, which feels a little too plastic-y for my liking. I hear the Zoom feels a little more robust.
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 4 out of
Best Price vs performanceI purchased this for a wedding I was asked to film! I was going to use a lapel mic with this unit but the client said No! I was quite surprised at the quality of the audio when it came to recording the Church's Pipe Organ as it was quite Loud and thought the audio had clipped but it was really nice and clear! A poor man's windsock can be made with a nice woolen sock a rubber band it seemed to work very well for the test I did!
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 5 out of
Tascam DR-40This is a really microphone that I use in conjunction with my ride video mic pro and it works really well. The only thing I would like to have is, a 3.5mm input, so you don't have to buy lots of VXLR's, but overall really good!
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