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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. Th...Read More

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4-track recording, 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 resolution, plus adjustable XY/AB stereo condenser mic and XLR/1/4" inputs.

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)

Record four quality tracks plus overdub anywhere at all. Order today!

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TASCAMDR-40 Portable Digital Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Compact (11)
  • Low distortion (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Performances (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), 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.

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4.0

Great product, but MF is awful

By 

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.

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    5.0

    DR-40 Pro results and real value

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    from Pownal, VT

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    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.

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    4.0

    instructions could be better.

    By 

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Novice

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    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.

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      5.0

      Read the Manual, Record, Be Amazed

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      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.

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        5.0

        dr 40

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        from fl

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        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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very capable, great sound

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          from DFW

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            Cons

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                Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

                This is a well thought out versatile portable recorder. The sound quality is excellent and the capability to record 24 bit by 96k sampling is very useful for post recording editing. Most post editing reduces the bit resolution in the process of equalizing, etc. Recording at a higher rate than 16 bits allows the final master to have greater resolution than CD quality.

                The external mic connection with phantom power is very helpful when the mics need to be placed differently than the recorder. The internal mics are actually quite good and the ability to shift recording patterns so easily makes this recorder very adaptable to a variety of recording situations. Highly recommended.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Value For The Money

                By 

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • XLR Inputs

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Nature recording
                  • Performances
                  • Video Audio Track

                  Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

                  This is the lowest priced unit I could find that offered combi-jacks allowing both XLR and ¼ inch TRS inputs. Too bad they could not get a ¼ inch TRS output as well. Works great for field use with the built-in mics; they do not sound brittle like a lot of other built-in mics do. This will also do a great job of recording an external audio track for use with video or as a stand alone field recorder for interviews. In short: it is a lot of high quality recorder for the money in a compact package and worth the extra outlay!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great tool to practice without the band

                  By 

                  from Durango, CO

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

                    I use the DR-40 to record our practice sessions and then I can work on various parts on my flute and mandolin at home. It works very well for this application. The speaker for playback is not very good so I plug it into my sound system and I can crank it up as loud as I want.
                    It is best to place the recorder at a distance from the band so that it picks up all of the voices and instruments. Probably best at about 30 ft. from the band.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very Happy

                    By 

                    from Grass Valley, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

                    I love this thing. I used it to record a concert last night directly from the sound board, and the quality of the recording blew my mind. Buy it--you won't be disappointed.

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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    not a multitrack recorder

                    By 

                    from Tx

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Not A Multitrack Recorder

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances

                    Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

                    simple sound recorder.ce my zoom multitrack recorder. It just doesn't have the function needed to overdub and listen back as the zoom does. Functions are limited if you are expecting to record several tracks and listen to playback. It can be done however it isn't worth the trouble. I was looking for a replacent for.my h2n zoom. This was not it.

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