TASCAM DR-40X 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder and USB Audio Interface

Capture 4 tracks with TASCAM's DR-40X handheld recorder. You get two XLR/TRS inputs, plus a stereo pair of condenser mics adjustable to X/Y or A/B patterns.

The TASCAM DR-40X integrates a versatile four-track audio recorder for cinema, music, podcasting and any other application. The easy-to-use compact design with a high-performance feature set and versatile audio I/O, allow you to produce professional content.

Professional I/O for live capture or line level input

Dual Neutrik XLR/TRS combo jacks support both mic-level and +4dBu line-level. The DR-40X inputs can accept balanced microphone or line level from mixers or the FOH console. The microphone preamp includes +48V phantom power and plenty of gain for detailed recordings with condenser microphones, as well as electret type microphones. Using the stereo built-in microphones, you can capture ambient sound of the surroundings while recording direct from an external console, which is ideal for capturing live performances.

Record Clean and Clear Audio -- Anywhere

DR-40X allows high-quality recording with its stereo built-in condenser microphones. Every detail is captured from small whispers to loud sounds up to 125dB SPL. These built-in microphones are adjustable unidirectional microphones for recording in an X/Y pattern for tight stereo imaging, or in an A/B pattern for a more ambient recording.

Easy to Operate

TASCAM created a totally revamped user interface, making it easy to access recording, adjusting levels, deleting takes, adding markers, and other common functions with just the click of a thumb. And DR-40X now includes a new powerful bright white backlit read more display that's easy to see even in the brightest sunlight.

Turn Your Room Into a Studio -- In a Minute

The DR-40X taps into TASCAM's decades of innovation in computer-based recording, incorporating a studio-quality 2 in/2 out USB audio interface making the DR-40X a perfect fit for live streaming, podcasting, and digital audio workstations. Built-in microphones operate as USB microphones without complicated settings.

Multi-language interface inside

Multi-language menus in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese are included.

Dictation Mode For Easy Voice Recording and Transcription Playback

Writing down what you hear is easier said than done, but it is actually easy with DR-40X. In addition to its capability to capture crisp voice recording, DR-40X can help you with its instant Jump back function, variable Speed function and equalizer preset for human voice.

Safety Track for Unpredictable Situations

Film-makers and videographers often experience sudden audio volume spikes during filming. An actor could suddenly scream, or a documentary subject could do almost anything. DR-40X has a Dual Recording mode that captures a copy of your take but at a lower level, as a safety track in case of sudden distortion.

Four-Track Recording Mode Gives You Several Record Options

In addition to normal stereo channel recording and Dual Recording mode, DR-40X has "4CH Mode" that can record two different stereo feeds simultaneously. The combination of the sources are flexible; recording the built-in microphones along with a pair of external Mics such as close-up and ambient microphones, or recording the built-in Mics along with a balanced line input such as the feed from a mixer along with the sound in the environment.

Never Miss a Take

DR-40X is equipped with Auto Recording functionality to automatically start recording when an input signal is detected, and Peak Reduction technology to guard against sudden spikes in loudness. Recording modes include Overwrite Mode, which allows users to select a precise Record drop-in time for replacement recording with one level of undo, and Nondestructive Overdubbing allows you to record new sounds onto an existing recording while leaving the original file unaffected.

Record Higher Quality for Longer

The DR-40X allows studio-quality linear PCM recordings up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV/BWF format, as well as memory-friendly MP3 format. With extended battery life and increased capacity for microSDXC cards up to 128GB, the DR-40X can literally record for days on end.


- 4-track handheld digital audio recorder and USB audio interface -- an ideal choice for DSLR filmmakers, musicians, sound designers, podcasters, and more
- Dual unidirectional stereo condenser mics scalable for A/B or X/Y recording
- XLR/TRS combo inputs compatible with +4dBu line level/+48V
- Built-in +48V phantom power
- 4-channel recording mode for nondestructive overdubbing or multi-track recording
- Integrated 2-In/2-Out USB audio interface for PC or Mac recording, podcasting
- Multi-language menus in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese are included
- MS Decoding functionality for Mid-Side microphones
- Optional RC-3F foot switch and RC-10 wired remote control
- Overwrite function for punch-in replace recording, with one level of Undo
- Dictation mode to instantly incrementally jump back playback including speed control and a special dictation EQ
- Auto Recording function starts recording when sound level is detected
- Simple one-touch user interface with QUICK menu button for all common functions
- Extended battery life up to 17.5 hours with standard AA alkaline batteries
- High-capacity microSDXC card (not included) -- room for hundreds of hours of recording time
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DR-40X

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 323-726-0303
Web: https://tascam.com/us/support/contact

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted April 1, 2021 by a customer from gmail.com

"A Handheld That Does It All"

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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I'd prefer to use the Tascam DR-701D for our DSLR camera rigs but have found the DR-40X is an excellent second choice. The dual record mode has saved the day more than once and is available on both models. Plus,the camera audio I/O options on this handheld make it a perfect option for recording ambient tracks. Also doubles as podcast mic,stereo recorder for live music tracks,etc. I tend to despise the function/control buttons on all handhelds,but this one causes me the less stress. It's plastic and not heavy duty deluxe,yet ours hasn't failed in over a year of constant use. We will purchase another DR-40X if we ever need another handheld-it's a keeper.
Menu diving isn't the worse but still a distraction.
Ease of Use
Syncs perfectly w our DSLR camera rigs,and the XLR inputs make for a lot of options.
Manufacturer Support
Tascam has provided stellar customer service for us, even during pandemic. We've purchased two Tascam recorders since Jan 2021and the company has always got back to us if we needed anything. The rebate accessories arrived quick,too!
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