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Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder 

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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)

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TascamDR-40 Portable Digital Recorder
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Compact (16)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Low distortion (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Performances (13)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (7), Novice (4)

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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(17 of 17 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.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding features for the money

By gumi

from Nashville, TN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 4 track recording
  • Auto Record
  • Built-in Limiter
  • Built-in tuner
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Long battery life
  • Versatile
  • Xy Or Ab Mic Config

Cons

  • Handling noise

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Band rehearsal
  • Field recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Sample Gathering
  • Video Production

Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

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.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little recorder for the money

By TropiRock

from Sunny Fort Lauderdale

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

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.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder

    By Bass-o-matic 76

    from Michigan

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    Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

    Relatively easy to use, produces great quality recordings. No problems transferring files to the computer. This is a well made product, and should last for years IF you take care of it. (I mean if you don't abuse it by tossing it into a gig bag unprotected, dropping it, or using it as a hammer.

    It's a nice looking device, has all the features you are likely to want yet doesn't have anything that is unnecessary. If you are thinking about quick and easy recording, this is the one to get.
    I've only had it for a week, so I am still trying to explore the possibilities at this time. There are so many things that you can do with the DR-40 that it will most likely continue to be an in-demand portable studio for impromptu sessions.
    The DR-40 is sturdy, and is made of high impact plastic materials. It's not bulletproof or anything like that, but it is made to take some mild abuse without breaking. Someone should make a rubber armor skin for this thing.
    It's a little on the expensive side for the home musician, overall the unit is very well made and it does the job.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    2nd repair in a year

    By SchecterFiend

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    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.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice Recorder, Bad Preamps

    By Gordo

    from Bangor, Maine

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    Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

    Not bad. Works great for recording my band practices and performances on the go, with little effort. I use in a professional setting and when paired with external, semi pro to professional quality mic preamps, the sound is terriffic.
    I love the features on this thing. The best part is the double recording thing, that allows you to make a second recording at -6, -12, or -24db (user selectable) as a backup in case you overload the input. It also has a limiter and peak reduction, but they introduce noise into the recording so I don't use them or the auto level feature, which adjusts the input volume based on what it has for signal coming in, so during quiet passages, the preamps are cranked and background noise increased. Don't care for that either, but I can see it being useful for recording band practice or something like that. I choose to set the input level manually myself. The feature that really cost it some points, is the XLR input and mic preamps. I got this thing because it was the only affordable recorder with XLR inputs for a simple stereo recording. Unfortunately, the preamps introduce a high frequency hiss that is simply unacceptable in a professional setting, and unusable for spoken word voice recordings such as speeches and presentations. It may get burried in a music recording, but I won't even attempt to do a classical music recording with it for fear it would ruin the quiet passages. It's not a deal breaker, but if you, like me, are buying it for the xlr inputs, keep looking my friend. I'm keeping it and running a stereo Bluetube preamp from Presonus into the line inputs of the recorder, and it sounds great. It's just too bad I have to carry around extra gear.
    So far so good. The only quality issue is the mic preamp quality, but I won't kick a dead horse. The unit seems sturdy enough. I haven't dropped or banged it and don't plan to, but it does seem like it could stand up to a little abuse.
    Great recorder for the price, only losing points for the unusable xlr inputs. Might as well have left them off the unit.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Updated review based on new information

    By Gordo

    from Bangor, Maine

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    Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

    Everything in my last review was true and accurate for the most part. As it turns out though, the issue I had was in working with a dynamic microphone through the XLR inputs. The unit functions properly with a condenser mic and phantom power at about half gain on the preamps. With a dynamic mic though, the pres have to be cranked wide open, hence the hiss in my recording. So the xlr inputs are not completely useless, they simply will not work with a dynamic mic. Keeping this in mind, remember that phantom power will drain your batteries quicker and you may need to purchase the power adapter, which is not included with the unit. In all other aspects, this is a slick little unit that functions well. The only one in its price range with XLR inputs. I'm keeping mine, and just no longer using dynamic mics with it.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superman

    By ben"jammin"

    from winston-salem nc

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Low Distortion
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Cheap Foot For Elevation

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

    it is a great machine except for the elevation foot that fits in the tripod screw hole. just way to easy to lose. ease of use is great. who needs instructions. loaded with options,functions, and assorted displays.connects to anything if you have the right adapter. sampling rate was worth the wait over the last model.

    (3 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    TASCAM 40 recorder

    By Jack Livingston

    from Michigan

    Comments about Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder:

    I wouldn't reccomend anyone buying this recorder.
    Playback volume sucks, even with headphones it's not much. What good is a recorder that you can't hear the playback from.
    I gave it a three since it's construction is decent but, the playback volume is awful.

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