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.
- 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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