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TASCAM DR-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder

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Handheld Recorder
  • XLR / TRS balanced MIC/LINE inputs with phantom power and +4dbu line level input.
  • Switchable microphone position from X-Y to A-B
  • 4-track recording - record the built-in microphones and mic inputs at the same time
  • Dual recording captures a safety track to prevent distorted takes
  • Up to 96Hz/24-bit resolution
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Product Description

Style: Handheld Recorder

DR-40 four-channel recording

The DR-40’s four-track recording mode gives you several options to record, indicated by LEDs on the front of the unit. The 4-channel recording modes include:

  • DUAL – Record a stereo signal with a copy of that stereo signal at a lower level. This gives you a safety track you can use in case the main recording is distorted. (See next section for more info)
  • 4CH – Record the built-in microphones along with a pair of external mics, like close-up and ambient microphones. Or record the built-in mics along with a balanced line input, such as the feed from a mixer along with the sound in the room.
  • OVERDUB – Play along with a recording you’ve already made to build up a full production or song demo

You can record up to four channels of 96kHz/24-bit audio. Mono and stereo recording is also available. Recording formats include MP3 (from 32 to 320kbps), WAV and Broadcast WAV formats.

Dual Recording Mode

Dual recording prevents clipping

Dual Recording records a second copy of your performance up to -12dB lower as a safety track. This mean if your recording gets accidentally distorted, you'll have a backup copy that isn't distorted. Dual Recording works in addition to the peak limiting and low cut filter features which also prevent distortion.

The Dual Recording mode is perfect for recording your band live. Just set the unit to record and hit the stage without worrying about the recording getting blown out.

Locking XLR Inputs

DR-40 XLR Inputs

The DR-40 has a set of Neutrik® locking combination XLR & 1/4" inputs. These external inputs can accept balanced microphone or line inputs. The microphone preamp includes phantom power and plenty of gain for detailed recordings with condenser microphones.

The DR-40 is one of the only handheld recorders with a balanced line input, for recording the output of a console or other pro audio source. In 4-channel recording mode, you can record the output of a live console while capturing the sound of the room with the built-in microphones.

Adjustable Condenser Microphones

DR-40 Adjustable Microphones

Attached to the DR-40 are a pair of cardioid condenser microphones. The stereo microphones can be arranged in an XY recording pattern for tight stereo imaging or in an AB pattern for a more ambient recording.

When flipping the microphone orientation, the left and right channels automatically flip for correct stereo placement.

Useful Playback Features

Like most TASCAM handheld recorders, the DR-40 includes playback modes to loop a section of playback or slow it down without changing the pitch, perfect for learning new music. A built-in speaker is included for checking recording without headphones. The Level Align feature smooths out level jumps during playback to help you monitor your raw, unmastered recordings.

A stereo reverb effect is available during playback or recording. Another handy additions include a chromatic tuner and tripod mount.

Full Feature List

  • 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 the built-in microphones with the XLR mic or line input for a four-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
  • 2-second pre-recording buffer
  • Variable speed playback from 50-150% speed without changing the pitch
  • Adjustable limiter and low cut filter (40/80/120 Hz)
  • 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), external battery pack (optional BP-6AA), or USB bus power

What is in the Box:

2GB SD Card
Mini USB Cable
Three AA batteries (alkaline batteries or NiMH batteries)
1 year limited warranty

Product Details

Style Name: Handheld Recorder
Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here. [PDF]| User Manual [121kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.4 x 6.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B005NACC6M
  • Item model number: DR-40
  • Batteries 3 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here. [PDF]
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 15, 2011

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

High quality, versatile recorder for a low cost.
S. Hunyady
Even better, the bottom jacks can handle amp-powered via a 1/4" pole jack, or condenser mics with the XLR plug (with phantom power, too)!
Great audio, Long battery life, and easier to use than a Zoom...

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bizz on March 4, 2015
Style Name: Handheld Recorder
I'v owned this for the past 3 or 4 years. (so there may be better ones, but this price and product is very good).. I have your typical home studio with protools and editing/mastering software.. with expensive mics and such.. and I to never use all that anymore... This thing is priceless..
Besides the fact that it records good, the other bonuses are....
1. The threaded mounting - Use any camera tripod.. Myself, I use one of those hand hardware/woodshop Clamps that ratchet. Just added the correct thread bolt in the handle. screw the recorder onto the clamp.. Every gig just before we go one, I press record and clamp it pretty much anywhere... (preferably to the ceiling in the center of room, about 12 feet from band) The crowd sound is great and minimal..
2. at first I always Spread open the mics, AB mode.. But months of recordings later, I left them in the XY position,, I found this to be way better.
3. I installed an 8 gig card, always record in 16bit wave, This will hold at least 10 hours... mine records 100 minutes and then starts a new track. But the transition is seamless and you can splice them back together without notice..
4. The Batteries... 3 AA's Ok , this is the best part... Put 3 brand new quality batteries in this, I swear it will record about 20 hours... not kidding.. (3 or 4 full 4 hour practices) Buddy has a DR007 with 2 AA, and he really only gets about 4-6 hours..
5. Plug 2 phantom powered or regular Mics in the bottom or Two Tracks from the board, Record 4 tracks at once to mix later on pc (I would suggest you use a power supply adapter) which is any mini usb phone chargers :) how frickin convenient is that..?
6. Plug it directly to computer and ripp your tracks to your PC without any hassle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eire1274 on March 13, 2015
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I had used a borrowed DR-05 a few years ago to assist in audio recording for a local TV commercial, as the pure WAV or high-bitrate MP3 options outmatch the camera's mic hookup, as on-camera audio is compressed terribly into the video file, and there isn't much left to play with in the editing side. The only problem was that we could ONLY record from the built-in speakers, or from the line-in jack, but not both, and there was no way to use the studio mics without a mic-amp in between.

So now I have this beast. Full 24-bit WAV capabilities, with two stereo recording streams, one from the Tascam's mics, and one for the two mic inputs on the bottom. Even better, the bottom jacks can handle amp-powered via a 1/4" pole jack, or condenser mics with the XLR plug (with phantom power, too)! You also have the ability to stick with one stereo mic set, and record on two volume intensities (so if one peaks you can fill in with the lower, for better quality), but I say if you record in 24-bit, drop the intensity until you won't peak, and then if you need to boost it when editing, 24-bit offers a HUGE range beyond the abilities of the human ear, and your audience won't be able to tell after the final output, which is usually down-sampled to 16-bit.

Camera mounting is easy using a hotshoe adapter, or you can easily add a stand or tripod and move the wire mess into a more manageable position.

Power is easy, with 3-AA cells doing the job. Using high mA-H NiMH batteries (I use Eneloop), you will see 8-10 hours on a single set, but for the paranoid, a wall USB adapter and the included cable will keep this running until the power company goes down (or you run out of SD card space).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ben VINE VOICE on March 6, 2015
Style Name: Handheld Recorder
I originally bought the DP008 and found it to be rather frustrating for my purposes. Sound quality and features were very complete, but if you just want to capture audio and then move it to Audacity or something on your computer you have to mixdown and master your project files which is pretty time consuming and pointless unless you're recording demos or studio musicians and mixing it all together.

This is an ideal field recorder at a very reasonable price. It powers up and you can start recording almost immediately. When you're done recording you can pull the SD card and edit/playback the files on your computer without having to do any converting or mastering. Sweet! Sound quality has been great, the built in mics are quite high quality (you can watch sample videos on Youtube which compare it to the Zoom H4n and you will be hard pressed to hear any difference.)

Also handy for people recording meetings/podcasts/other field work are the easy to use mark function and playback speed controls. If you have to scour your tape for good moments, you can mark in the moment, then later jump to that. You can also loop and adjust playback speed if you're transcribing or logging your audio.

The big difference between this and other recorders is that the build quality is clearly cheaper- it just feels like a chunk of plastic and the buttons are pretty stiff. If you aren't too rough with it, that won't be a factor but some folks need something more rugged than the DR40. That's the one key compromise in this device and I think that's a fair tradeoff.

I also like that it can draw power from USB so you don't need to buy a separate AC adapter
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