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The TASCAM DR-40 has adjustable mics, 4-track recording and extended battery life, to give you the flexibility you need to record tracks anywhere.

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The TASCAM DR-40 has adjustable mics, 4-track recording and extended battery life, to 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 24-bit/96kHz 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, playback 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. Home or live recording is as simple as it gets with the TASCAM DR-40.

Features
  • 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 with the built-in microphones and XLR mic or line inputs for 4-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
  • Two-second pre-recording buffer
  • Variable speed playback from 50-150% speed without changing the pitch
  • Adjustable limiter and low-cut filter (40/80/120Hz)
  • Built-in speaker and chromatic tuner
  • 1/8" headphone/line output
  • Playback EQ and level align
  • Stereo Reverb effect
  • Tripod mounting hole
  • 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
  • Powered by three AA batteries, AC adapter (optional PS-P515U - not included), external battery pack (optional BP-6AA - not included), or USB bus power
  • Optional RC-3F footswitch and RC-10 wired remote control (not included)
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4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Product- Short Life

By James Mashburn

from Girard, OH

The DR-40 works great for recording our church services. Our 1st one only lasted 23 1/2 months. It would not turn on at all. We bought the extended warranty so we were able to replace it. My only caution is to buy the extended warranty.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small, But Feature Packed

By Casey Heshler

from Salt Lake City, Utah

The unit in the store was only a demo model, but the salesperson ordered from another store, and had it drop shipped to my residence. The unit arrived in a very short time. This unit has tons of features, from the dual external inputs, to providing phantom power on them, to dozens of recording formats, to a very small display screen. Power is provided by batteries, USB cable from a connected computer (which also allows this unit to be accessed by a computer), to using the (optional) AC Power Supply. The unit is designed, as you would expect TEAC's "serious" models for the recording engineer to be, TASCAM. The unit is compact, but with just enough "bulk" and "weight" to make it fit nicely in the palm of your hand. It also has a tripod stand mount, and for the table-top, a small "foot" to raise the mics up off the surface. Once the unit is booted up, you are supplied with a very smartly designed display screen, pretty much, showing you everything on one screen. You navigate through menus, to get to specific settings, using either the Menu, or Quick Menu, buttons, and using up and down arrow buttons. I had to read the manual to figure out what the "Yes" and "No" keys were, not as intuitive. The "Enter" key is used for "Yes", and the "Stop" button is used for "No". I was quickly able to set my "preferred" recording format, and also format an "optionally" purchased 32GB SD card (the unit comes with a 2GB one, but I wanted more recording time). In no time I was recording with the on-board microphones, doing a test, and then, using the external inputs, to do a test from the output of my mixer. The recordings were perfect, and the display screen reflects a pretty true recording level, on both internal mics, and external inputs. This unit has more features than I will ever use, but, I wanted a device that was small, easy to transport, and provided me the recording ability, without having to drag around a PC / Laptop to gigs. The unit is at home being set right next to a large mixing console, as it is in a small recording environment. Having both the options of using the internal mics, and / or, external inputs, gives this unit tons of applications. One last thing, the combination XLR / TRS input plugs was a stroke of genius. One plug, and almost every cable plug (short of a RCA plug) can be used. Keeps the amount of different cables I have to carry around, for all the connections you may have to make, far less. No more XLR / XLR, TRS / TRS, XLR / TRS, TRS / XLR cables, just two now. Also, if you plan on doing extended recordings, without access to USB power, order the (optional) AC Power Supply while you are ordering this, it will save you in the long run.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Can't go wrong for short, sturdy field recorder

By Brian Boyko

from Austin, Texas

I've been using these small field recorders for fieldwork for years, I needed something that wasn't just a recorder but also produced phantom power. And since I'm a one-man army, I needed something with solid build quality. Really, this is in the same class as the Zoom H4n, and audio-quality it's similar. Where it beats the H4n is in build quality. I've had a lot of Samson products break on me, with loose connections, bad microphones. Since my gear sees a lot of heavy use, that's a no-no. There are other good features for a filmmaker as well, like dual recording. Dear god, this is GLORIOUS for a filmmaker, because you can set your levels where "they oughttabe" and not worry about clipping. I've been on recordings where people were so afraid of clipping, they recorded too low and ended up with a nasty noise floor when they tried to "bring it up in post." There is one negative to this recorder - it has no 1/8" input jack for a small microphone - a number of wireless lav receivers are 1/8th only. Still, it's not hard to go from 1/8th to XLR, and you'll likely get a more secure connection.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible (Our DSLR's Best Friend)

By Mark Mutti

from Burbank CA

We've used our DR-40 in noisy clubs, on the road, and for interviews. This device is versatile, company, feature-rich, and just incredible. We usually shoot video with our DSLR camera, and run audio from the DR-40 and sync it up afterward. Phantom power, nice little on screen mixer, low cuts, etc. Just so many features in such a tiny package!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing piece of technology

By STEVEN CRAWFORD

from Kansas

Purchased this unit through our local Guitar Center. They were out of stock but ordered and received this one within a few days. Our main purpose for this is to record rehearsals in order to remember changes to arrangements but we have plans to record some live shows for our own critique. Amazing amount of power packed into a small hold-in-your-hand package. Many modes of recording, true 4-track capability built in. Decided to go ahead and buy the AC adapter in order to save the batteries. Also bought a 16gb SD card to go with it, allows for a lot of recording time even at 24bit\96hz setting. Highly recommend this recorder!

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow - Awesome!

By PAUL BORDELON

from Clifton, VA

I bought this unit to record our band's rehearsals. I didnt even read the manual and within 5 minutes I was up and running. I just set the recorder on a music stand in the middle of the practice room, guessed at which level to set it at, and hit record! Just using the built in microphones on the unit we were blown away at how good this thing sounds - truly amazing. I cant wait to try it with a couple of Shure Sm-57s. This unit is also extremely easy to connect to your computer and download files into Itunes. Just connect the USB to your computer, click on "storage" on the the DR-40 screen, then click on the DR-40 Icon that appears on your computer and voila theres all your files waiting to be dragged into Itunes. Battery life seems to be good too - I basically left it running for 3 hours straight recording with no problems. This unit has many more features that I havent had a chance to explore yet - but I can tell you from my preliminary experience this machine is incredible!

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Sound

By Joe Martinosky

from Wildwood, MO

I bought this recorder for a couple of reasons. I wanted a high quality recorder for my kids' band concerts, as well as a recorder capable of being connected to my mixer, for some home recording. I got my first chance to record a band concert this weekend, and the detail of the recording is excellent. The noise floor is quite low. It's quite easy to use, and the playback through headphones is very good, too. Sure, the built-in speaker is small, but no one is going to buy this as a music player. If you're looking for a quality field recorder, you can't go wrong with the DR-40.

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