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Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder, New

High-quality recording -- to go! The DR-40 packs adjustable stereo condenser microphones, XLR mic/line inputs, and 4-track recording at up to 96 kHz/24-bit. (9) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Tascam's Versatile Portable Recorder for Home or On the Go

The Tascam DR-40 portable digital recorder has a multitude of input options that make it perfect for recording your band's rehearsals, shows, or demos. It's capable of recording in mono or stereo, with up to four-track simultaneous recording between the high-quality built-in condenser microphones and the two locking XLR and balanced 1/4" inputs (with the option of phantom power for bringing in two more condensers). Of course, it can also be used to do overdubs and make four-track demos.

"Set It And Forget It" Controls

The DR-40 offers several features that make it easy to "set it and forget it," so you can concentrate on your performance instead of worrying about input settings. The dual recording mode allows you to record two tracks in stereo and make a simultaneous copy on the other two tracks at a lower input level, giving you a back-up in case of peaks or distortion, ensuring you'll get a good recording of your performance no matter what. You can also turn on the built-in limiting, low-pass filter, or peak reduction to reduce rumbling or distortion without weird volume drop-outs, keeping musicality and listenability at the fore.

Get a quick overview of the DR-40 portable recorder in this video from Tascam:


Four Channels for Recording Up to Four Mics

There's a real emphasis on options with the Tascam DR-40; if you're in a band, you can use the mics in an ORTF stereo pattern to get a wide scope of your sound, and add two more up-close mics plugged into the XLR or 1/4" inputs. If you're doing sound for video, you can use the built-in mics to record the room, while using the other two inputs to plug in a boom mic or lavalier. Or, if recording live gigs is your thing, use the built-in mics to get a recording of the room while bringing in the stereo mix from the mixing board through the balanced 1/4" inputs. All of it is up to you, and the Tascam DR-40's portability and 17.5-hour battery life ensure that you can record whatever, wherever.

Slow Down and Loop Recordings -- Transfer Files via USB

With the DR-40, you have the option to loop or slow down any section of your recording without losing pitch in order to learn parts at your speed, or go over your band's demos in absolute detail. The mini USB 2.0 output jack can send your recordings to your computer as MP3s, WAVs, or Broadcast WAVs, giving you the bare bones to build upon with more overdubs later.

Features:

- Built-in condenser microphones, adjustable to stereo ORTF or XY patterns
- Balanced locking XLR and 1/4" line inputs with locking Neutrik combi jacks
- Up to 96 kHz/24-bit recording quality
- Records to rock-solid SD card media -- 2 GB SD card included
- Four-channel recording capability
- High-quality preamp with phantom power
- Built-in stereo reverb effect that can be turned on during recording or playback
- Dual recording mode, which records a stereo copy of your signal at a lower level to ensure a lack or distortion
- Peak limiting and low cut (high-pass) filter to reduce distortion
- Overdub mode to flesh out previously recorded demos
- Slow down or loop sections of playback without changing the tune of the song, perfect for learning parts
- Record in MP3, WAV, or Broadcast WAV formats
- 17.5 hours of battery life, or powered by a Tascam PS-P515U power supply

Tascam has been at the cutting edge of portable recording technology for decades, with Portastudios giving us home-recorded classics from the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel to Elliott Smith. With the DR-40 portable recorder, Tascam has taken their four-track to a new level of versatility for a new generation.

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Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DR-40
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Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DR-40
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-727-7617

Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder

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. A pair of great-sounding Tascam microphone preamps welcome condenser microphones with phantom power, recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. No other recorder makes home or live recording as simple as the Tascam DR-40.

Features:

- Adjustable stereo condenser microphones
- Four-track recording
- 32 to 320 kbps MP3 recording
- Locking XLR mic/line input with phantom power
- Up to 96 kHz/24-bit BWF recording
- Quick Menu to easily set recording functions with a minimum of menus
- Peak Reduction will reliably set the input level automatically, without it automatically turning back up later (best for music)
- Limiter and low cut filter reduce sudden peaks and rumble for cleaner takes
- Reverb
- Two-button record
- VSA changes playback speed from 50% to 200%
- Records to SD card media (2GB card included)
- Mini USB 2.0 jack and cable
- Timer recording
- Built-in speaker
- Tripod Mount
- Optional RC-10 and RC-3F remote control
- 17.5 hour battery life at CD-quality recording
- Can be powered with optional Tascam PS-P515U power supply
Customer Reviews
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"I really like the DR-40 so far!"
Sound: I have been very happy with the sound so far. Feature: The XLR's are a great addition. I was prepared to purchase the DR07mkII when I saw this one. It doesn't appear you can set the XLR levels individually. That would be a nice addition. The line in allows you to hook your mixer's balanced outputs into the XLR jacks....this opens up a whole new set of options. Ease of Use: The menus are fairly intuitive. I have checked out the manual for some items, but I think most people could figure out the basics by playing around with it, as I did. Quality: The DR40 seems reasonably well made. It seems like it could last awhile, although it IS mostly plastic. I would say it is comparable or better to other units of this type and price point. Value: I would compare this one to the Zoom H4N. There are pros and cons to each, but for my personal needs, the Tascam had what I wanted at around $100 less. The unit is worth the price. However, if you want a longer USB cable, windscreen, desk tripod, carrying case, or any other accessories, you have to pay extra for them. And they aren't cheap. ($30 for the power supply, $50 for the "dead cat") Manufacturer Support: I have not dealt with the Tascam support and therefore cannot rate it. The Wow Factor: If you are looking for a portable digital recorder with a lot of options, this should definitely be a model to consider. Overall: If something happened to this one, I would definitely want to get another one.
Style of Music: Rock
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Overall: 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 $50 of 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 $250 into it and it won't even power on so I can use it. I am seriously disappointed with this purchase, and would not recommend it to anyone I know.
Style of Music: rock
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