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Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder  

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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 b... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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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Tape machines - 90 day warranty; one year parts warranty.
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TascamDR-40 Portable Digital Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Compact (13)
  • Low distortion (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Performances (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding features for the money

This is an outstanding recorder for the money. I'll start by comparing it to similar recorders I've used:

- It's not a Sound Devices so don't expect that kind of build...Read complete review

This is an outstanding recorder for the money. I'll start by comparing it to similar recorders I've used:

- It's not a Sound Devices so don't expect that kind of build & audio quality.

- It surpasses the Zoom H4n in terms of features and sound quality. I found that the body of the H4n would resonate slightly at certain frequencies, which could be heard in the recordings. And the H4n eats batteries like monkees eat bananas. The DR40 keeps going and going.

- It's better than the Sony D50. It's not built as well (plastic) but it's better in all other aspects, primarily the extra inputs and 4-track capability. I think it sounds better than the D50 too, which seems to get a little harsh on the high end with higher dBs.

- Way better than the Marantz PMD 660/670. I always had issues with the noisy Marantz preamps. The DR40 is suprisingly low noise, but again, it's not a Sound Devices.

I think the best features of the DR40 are:

- Simultaneous 4-track recording (using the external inputs plus built-in mics)

- Built-in limiter & low cut

- Long battery life

- Adjustable XY or AB mic configuration

- Auto Record

I've primarily used the DR40 for two recording scenarios: band rehearsal and field recording for gathering samples. With the 4-track recording it's great for recording the band. I use the built-in mics as drum overheads and the other two exernal inputs for bass and guitar. I've also used a submixer to fold everything down two channels going into the DR40 and that sounds great too.

As for field recording, the DR40 performs admirably. It's lightweight and relatively small, though not quite small enough to eaily go covert if you're into that sort of thing. Like any handheld recorder the built-in mics are susceptible to even the slightest breeze so if you plan to use it outside you'll want to invest in a wind muffler. But I've gathered some outstanding samples with the DR40 with little effort and no issues. I haven't used it for any video production yet but I think it would out-perform the Zooms, mainly because of the extended battery life and saftey track option.

My only gripes are:

- I wish it came with an adapter for attaching the recorder to a standard mic stand. The tri-pod mount is nice but I'd like to be able to use it for drum overheads straight out of the box.

- Handling noise. But it is, after all, a handheld recorder. No getting away from it unless it's mounted on something solid. Soft-touch buttons would be nice to get away from audible clicks when changing the input level while recording for example.

- Input level control: I'd prefer a wheel. The DR40 uses up/down buttons.

- I'm worried what will happen if/when I drop it. It doesn't feel very robust.

In a nutshell, if you need a solid handheld recorder on a budget, nothing beats the DR40 for my money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

2nd repair in a year

I love the features and sound quality and simplicity of use.

However, the dependability of this unit is not good. The output jack stopped working just before the 1yr warrantly...Read complete review

I love the features and sound quality and simplicity of use.

However, the dependability of this unit is not good. The output jack stopped working just before the 1yr warrantly expired, paid them fifty in labor to fix it. Now the warranty is expired and the unit stopped powering on all together. I can't justify spending more money on it to get it repaired.

So I'm into it with two hundred and fifty and it won't even power on so I can use it. I am seriously disappointed with this purchase.

I would not recommend this product to a friend.

Reviewed by 37 customers

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2.0

Very disappointed

By rgratcliffe

from austin, texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

    The microphones are very powerful. However, there was an underlying hiss that kept the audio from being broadcast quality, which I needed as a professional journalist. Also, it worked if you set it down on a table top, but I do a lot of hand-held recording and the machine captured every slight noise of my hand. I never got as far as trying to external inputs because I bought it today and I'm taking it back tomorrow. I've seen a lot of comments on the Web about the hiss. Believe me, it is not small.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    will buy

    By FRANK

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

    good recorder

     
    5.0

    Good stuff

    By SofaKing

    from Springfield, MO

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

      I have had this product for about a week. And I love it. You can't bear it for the price.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Great while it lasted

      By M

      from Salt Lake City

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Construction
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events

      Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

      Was great while it lasted. Bought it in March of 2015 and it just gave me a system error 50 code (January 2016). I called Tascam and they informed me that they only cover labor for 90 days and parts for 1 year. They told me that the circuit board was out and that it would cost $75 for labor to fix. If you buy this I would suggest getting the extended warranty and if you don't like paying the extra for warranty then don't waste your money. I read up on this after it happened and mine wasn't a fluke. Poor quality as fas as construction of the unit goes.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      H4 Killer...

      By Darrin

      from KC Kansas

      Site Member

      Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

      This recorder sounds as good or better than the more expensive H4...and the engineering problems of the H4 are adressed with this recorder...like when you have a sound guy who turns up everything after a sound check...the -6db setting that records an additional set of tracks so your video isnt ruined...plus if you drop the H4 on its mics...its toast...this tascam actually has protective bars that take the shock... I shoot concerts mostly and use this recorder instead of an outboard mic...I like how that a usb cable will allow me to use an external cell phone battery to record an 8 hour festival with no problem...

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great product, but MF is awful

      By sb

      from North Central, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Podcast Recording
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

        I waited so long for Musician's Friend to ship this thing that I actually forgot I ordered it. It arrived weeks after the event I needed it for. I ordered it as the Stupid Deal of the Day but they "ran out as I hit purchase" so they only sent me the warranty and not the product. Then they gave me a "deal" which was like 2 percent off, but neglected to tell me it was backordered. They're literally the worst. ANYWAY, if you get this thing from any other distributor, you'll be happy with it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        DR-40 Pro results and real value

        By Raffen

        from Pownal, VT

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

        Very pleased with the DR-40 right out of the box. Controls are easy to navigate and similar to other Tascam field recorders. Do yourself a favor and dig into the sub-menus and settings to get amazing live recordings, multi track and dual mode. X/Y position mics are a bonus too. I picked this up on the Stupid Deal, but it's well worth the investment at the regular Musician's Friend price. I suggest getting a case to protect your investment and extra sd cards.

         
        4.0

        instructions could be better.

        By cptenaud

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

          The USB instructions are lacking.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Read the Manual, Record, Be Amazed

          By BillGa

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

            Loads of functions make the learning curve steep but it is surprisingly easy to make first rate recordings. The flexibility of the inputs is worth the price of admission but the quality of the built in microphones is nothing short of astounding. I've had several compact digital recorders and this is by far the best. It feels solid, after reading the manual is pretty user friendly and the quality of the recording is superb. I love it.

             
            5.0

            dr 40

            By override

            from fl

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

              it work great

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