Tascam DR-40 is an amazingly rugged, flexible and high quality 4-channel audio recorder at a very affordable price

Tascam DR-40

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Tascam DR 40 Tascam DR 40 is an amazingly rugged, flexible and high quality 4 channel audio recorder at a very affordable priceThe Tascam DR-40 is an amazingly rugged, flexible and high quality four channel audio recorder at a very affordable price, that should be in every videographer or audio tech tool box.

Its features blow away all its competition at the same price range, with its high quality audio and flexibility.

The Tascam DR-40 is intended for recording audio for video and radio production.

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The new feature that the Tascam DR-40 brings to the table, setting it apart from much of its competition at the same price point, is its 4-track recording, achieved through the use of on-board condenser capsules in conjunction with external microphones or line-level instruments.

It features 2 locking XLR/jack combo sockets for external microphone and other audio source connection and accommodates 3 AA batteries for 24 and 48 volt delivery of phantom power required by condenser microphones.

The Tascam DR-40 is a stand-alone stereo recording device that performs 4-track recording effortlessly when fitted with external mics.

 

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Tascam DR-40 Additional Features:

  • Tascam DR 40 Features 212x300 Tascam DR 40 is an amazingly rugged, flexible and high quality 4 channel audio recorder at a very affordable priceweighs 213 grams without battery
  • records WAV/BWF in 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz, 16 or 24 bit and MP3 files in 44.1 or 48 kHz up to 320 kbps
  • supports SD cards up to 2 GB and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • standard mono/stereo, dual, 4-channel and overdub recording modes, each with its own parameters
  • headphone/line out
  • mono speaker for newly recorded material auditioning
  • screw thread for stand mounting
  • socket for recorder connection to a computer via USB
  • large, feature packed display
  • button range on upper surface for menu navigation and commonly used command selection
  • playback speed adjustment, with a range of -0.5 to +1.5%
  • modified built in reverb processor
  • quick menu provision, popping up important setup options when required

 

Tascam DR-40 Pros & Cons:Tascam DR 40 Pros 150x300 Tascam DR 40 is an amazingly rugged, flexible and high quality 4 channel audio recorder at a very affordable price

 

Pros:

 

Cons:

  • audio sync drifting after 30 minutes

 

What People Say about the Tascam DR-40:

“I use this for wedding videography and it has done a fantastic job during the ceremony and the reception when I plug it into the DJ’s sound board. It also works very well when plugging in a wired lavalier microphone to place on the officiant. The dual level recording is wonderful because often the direct feed from the sound board will get pretty loud and having the 2nd safety tracks allows me to to use this without having someone monitor the levels. I’ve heard some reviewers talk about interference issues but at weddings where there’s tons of equipment around and hundreds of cell phones I’ve never once had an interference issue. I’d say that this is one of the best, most reliable purchases I’ve made for wedding videography and I’m actually going to purchase another one so that I can place one on the minister and one on the DJ’s sound board during the ceremony at the same time.” – M. Silverman

Tascam DR 40 4 Track Recorder 300x156 Tascam DR 40 is an amazingly rugged, flexible and high quality 4 channel audio recorder at a very affordable price

“I purchased this specifically for the line level recording feature. I routinely have to take a feed from a sound board and the Zoom H4N required an attenuator. This can take true +4dbu line levels from a board, so I don’t have to worry about distorted, unusable audio.

I can also set individual input levels on two tracks, with a third track as a backup. Brilliant. Essentially, if I am under pressure to get the audio connected. I can set a general high level on one track, a middle level on the other and the third back up level can be set to like -6 or lower. Pristine audio every time. I can also come out of an XLR out on the back of a speaker if the sound guy isn’t aware of his own equipment outs. It happens about 4 out of every 5 events I attend. Mind boggling….

My only hesitation in giving it 5 stars is the thing is pure plastic. It feels incredibly cheap. I’m fairly mindful of my gear, but I have had drops before. The H4N is built really well. Lots of hard plastic and rubber, to soften a blow. With that said, the H4N doesn’t have microphone cages like the DR-40. I have also read about slip sync, thought I’ve never experienced it. Sound quality is excellent so far, seems to be very little floor noise, good so far.

One minor gripe. You need to push the record button twice to start recording. Once to get it to a “paused” level to check levels and then again to “record”. In a pinch, this worries me a bit. I just need to push record and go. Small, minor detail. Really small.

For the price, this is a no brainer in terms of a purchase. No more attenuators to fiddle with, decent screen and good size (fits in a bag well).” – rhinman

What People Say About the Tascam DR 40 Tascam DR 40 is an amazingly rugged, flexible and high quality 4 channel audio recorder at a very affordable price

“The built in condenser mics give really sharp recordings. The lifetime on a set of AA’s is also impressive but I usually use the AC adapter (bought separately) mostly. I wish there were a way to change filenames using the recorder itself (you need to USB into it and your computer to change file names) but you can’t have everything. I use this as a workhorse recorder to record sessions and also to do some overdubbing. It’s a bit complicated so be prepared to spend some time learning how to overdub. In general, the features are immense and theres a lot you can do with this little thing. The built in mic sucks though; but you easily run it through your PA or amp. BTW, if you’re all about overdubbing for practice consider getting a loop station. The latter is better for practicing. This Tascam DR-40 recorder is good for making a pretty good finished product with multiple tracks.” – David Albin “Dave”

 

 

 


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