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TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder  

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  • Handheld 4-track portable recorder
  • Built-in condenser microphones, adjustable to XY or AB position
  • XLR/1/4” mic/line input with phantom power
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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 4 quality tracks plus overdub anywhere at all. Order today!

       
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      TASCAMDR-40 Portable Digital Recorder
       
      4.2

      (based on 18 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (7)

      • 3 Stars

         

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        (1)

      83%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (10)
      • Versatile (8)
      • Compact (7)
      • Excellent sound (6)
      • Low distortion (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur recording (10)
        • Home studio (6)
        • Performances (6)
        • Outdoor events / games (5)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (9)

        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 18 customers

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        5.0

        Great tool to practice without the band

        By Mandolin55

        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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          5.0

          Very Happy

          By Tommy Dean

          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 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          not a multitrack recorder

          By Panthrax

          from Tx

          About Me Experienced

          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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent product fior price

          By Davie

          from Elizabeth City, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Ease of use
          • Easy To Use
          • Large Display
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Unique Power Connection
          • Unnecessary Functions

          Best Uses

            Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

            This unit replaces a Zoom recorder that was not compatible with SDHC cards and it's impossible to buy just plain SD cards anymore.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice portable Recorder

            By tomb

            from so portland, ME

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Much Menu Surfing
            • Unnecessary Functions

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

            Nice unit for the money. Built in mics surprisingly sound very good but suffer from handling noise. Able to record 24 bit .wav as well as .mp3 format. Able to use outboard mic/line sources via xlr connecters. Solidly built. Able to do sound on sound type overdubs, doesn't seem that useful to me. A fair bit of menu surfing needed for more obscure functions, but otherwise simple to operate.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great recorder for the price

            By PMac

            from St. Paul, MN

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

              Great recorder that is very easy to use. I'm impressed with the sound quality and it's a good value.

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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great little recorder for the money

              By TropiRock

              from Beautiful Monteagle Mountain, TN

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

                I was really lucky to see this little gem on sale as a Stupid Deal of the Day, and snagged it at a super price with free shipping. Thanks again, Musicians Friend! I'm surprised that some reviews are critical of DR-40 build quality because the construction seems sturdy to me. My purpose for this recorder is maybe different from most other reviewers. I write songs and for years I've carried a little digital microrecorder with me during every waking minute of the day. I never know when a new tune will pop into my head and if I don't record the melody immediately, that tune will be gone and forgotten in no time. Then later I can revisit the tune and if it seems worthy, I'll go into my home studio to compose and record it on a full-blown scale. My old microrecorder is very basic and will record only a single track for each tune, but often I'm hearing multiple tracks in my head (maybe backup vocals, guitar riffs, Latin backbeat, whatever). I may not work on a particular song for months, so any nuances have long been forgotten as I later try to recreate the tune in the studio. I might not recall the backing vocal or some other little nuance. If my old microrecorder had multiple track capability, that particular problem wouldn't exist.

                The Tascam DR-40 has the ability to overdub, so...voila!!...I can record everything I'm mentally hearing by overdubbing one or maybe multiple times. It works as intended and now I can easily, portably record as many tracks as I wish for each tune. This feature alone sealed the deal for me.

                Other reviewers have done a good job of describing the features of the DR-40, so there's no point in my repeating the technical stuff. But there's one contribution I'd like to make which may save someone else a lot of frustrating research. I'm very picky about protecting all my music-related stuff and unfortunately, Tascam doesn't provide a case with the DR-40. After hours of frustrating research to find a good case in the right size, I stumbled on the Tamrac MX5383. It is nicely padded, very high quality, nearly the perfect size, and can be securely worn on your belt or on a neck strap. I wanted my DR-40 to fit a little more snug, so I cut and inserted a piece of rigid mousepad into the case. That did the trick. The MX5383 is available on the internet at a very reasonable price.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good sturdy pocket recorder

                By tommy

                from WA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

                      Exceptional for what it is: an all purpose handheld recorder. 24 bit recording up to 96k sampling rate in your pocket is really crazy. The preamps are noisy for ambient field recordings, but the XLR ins allow for external mic/pres to be added. What's extra cool is that you can record with the onboard mics and external mics and both tracks will be rendered to different files. This level of sound fidelity in such a small package is what keeps me from being a total analog purist.

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                      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Pro Gear, Amateur Price

                      By LockeTalks

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Low Distortion
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • High Handling Noise

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Field Recording For Radio
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

                      I'm a professional recording technician, and while I haven't used every wave recorder out there, I'm getting close. Of everything I've tried, the Tascam DR-40 wins the "most bang for your buck" award. It has nearly all the same capabilities as the Zoom H4N while costing significantly less. And the only functions the Zoom has that this doesn't are a metronome, variable speed playback, a longer battery life, sturdier exterior construction, and some extra built-in mixing capabilities. Hardly worth the extra money. (I would never mix with a wave recorder anyways -- that's what the studio's for.) For this reason, I purchased one for my own personal use, and I would do it again. I imagine if you're new to this kind of thing, the interface might be a little confusing, but the manual is actually above-average in its usefulness. I definitely recommend buying the DC power adapter (not included), as this sucker can drain batteries pretty quickly -- especially if you're using its phantom power capabilities. Possibly my favorite feature is its ability to record from two external mic/ins while recording from its built-in mics. I use this feature when recording live music: I use the external ins to get a tap from the mixing board, and use the built-ins to capture ambient sound. The built-ins can also be used as a decent back-up if your external peaks.

                      In short: high-quality sound, wide range of useful functions, and a really really good price.

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                      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      2nd repair in a year

                      By SchecterFiend

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound

                      Cons

                      • Poor Quality Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about TASCAM DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

                      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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