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Tascam, 4 AD Converter, Black, DR-40 (DR-40)
|Hardware Interface||USB 2.0|
|Microphone Form Factor||Built-In|
|Batteries||3 AAA batteries required. (included)|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.5 x 3.5 x 8 inches|
About this item
- Discontinued Model Replaced by New & Improved DR-40X
- Switchable microphone position from X-Y to a-b. Os - Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
- 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. Sampling frequency: 44. 1K/48K HZ
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Features at a glance
- Unidirectional stereo condenser microphones that can record in A-B and X-Y positions
- XLR/TRS inputs compatible with +4dBu line level / +48V
- 4-channel mode that can be used for dual recording and nondestructive overdub recording, etc.
Handheld 4-Track Digital Recorder
The adjustable mics, four-track recording and extended battery life of the TASCAM DR-40 give you the flexibility you need to record tracks anywhere. 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 96kHz/24-bit resolution. It accommodates balanced XLR or 1/4" line inputs using locking Neutrik Combo jacks.
Record in both A-B and X-Y positions according to situation
The 'DR-40' is equipped with adjustable unidirectional microphones that can be used for recording in both the A-B position and X-Y position. Advanced microphone placing allows for a wide stereo sound recording or a clear stereo sound recording with less phase difference, making it possible to achieve professional quality recordings.
Proven high sound pressure design
Proven high sound pressure design that is perfect for loud recordings such as bands or passing trains. It can be used for recoding quiet sound sources such as lectures or for loud sound sources such as rock bands.
Peak reduction function
The peak reduction function automatically lowers the level when a peak sound is detected and continues recording. The level can be set automatically according to the sound source, so it is easy for anyone to set the optimal level. The 'DR-40' has a total of three different input signal level adjustment functions including a peak reduction function.
Locking XLR/TRS inputs
The XLR/TRS stereo inputs make it possible to connect an external condenser microphone and PA console line-level output in addition to the built-in microphone. Highly reliable locking XLR/TRS connectors by Neutrik are used. They can be used for supplying phantom power, so general condenser microphones can be used in addition to electret type microphones.
|Weight||116g (without battery)||213g (without battery)|
|Number of Channels||2-Channel (Stereo)||4-Channel (2 Stereo)|
|Power||2 AA batteries, USB bus power, AC100 to 240V (Optional AC adapter)||3 AA batteries, USB bus power, AC100 - 240V (Optional AC adapter)|
|Built in Microphone||Omnidirectional, stereo||Unidirectional, stereo (Possible to switch between A-B/X-Y positions)|
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|Item Dimensions||5.50 x 3.50 x 8.00 inches||2.76 x 1.38 x 6.10 inches||9.00 x 6.00 x 3.00 inches||3.07 x 5.24 x 3.67 inches||9.10 x 3.40 x 6.60 inches|
Tascam incredible DR-40 lets you take true 4-track recording on the go! This impressively affordable 4-track recorder gives you all of the tools you need to capture audio anywhere in any environment. Want to record live music? Plug the main feed from the board right into the DR-40 and use the built-in microphones to capture the room. Want to record audio for video? Just plug your shotgun microphone into an input and enable Phantom power. Dual mode Recording, automatic level adjustment, and a built-in limiter all ensure that your recordings will come out sounding great. And the Tascam DR-40 includes great practice and Studio-style recording tools, such as a built-in tuner and reverb, making it an amazing songwriting tool too.
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Ridiculous, never agin.
Enter the Tascam DR-40. I got it at a great price and the DR-40 records at both line-level and mic-level, which means I will not need to use an external attenuator. It also means that I don't have to knock a signal down (with an attenuator) just to amplify it for recording. The result is that it makes better line-level recordings than the DR-05.
So far, I like everything about the DR-40. It's small enough to fit in a pocket, but big enough to have two XLR connectors. It will take both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (1/4-inch) connectors -- both line-level and mic-level. It has a convenient input-level control on the side. The display is big enough to easily see. The record quality is excellent -- yes, you can get 24-bit, 192 kHz sampling in other recorders, but I can't hear the difference between those devices and the DR-40 (which does 24-bit, 96 kHz sampling). The Tascam DR-40 can record four channels, but I have not used it to record more than two. I've used the DR-40's built-in mics only a couple of times, but the sound seems pretty good through them. The unit takes 3 AA batteries and runs for many hours. And I like that the DR-40 uses a full-size SD card, unlike the Tascam DR-05's microSD card. (I hate the thought that I might not have a micro-SD adapter when I need one.)
April 4, 2020 edit: I've since used the DR-40 to record a couple dozen concerts, connected to the house mixer to get clean audio. And the audio has been great. If you search on "garnet rogers annandale arts", you will find a song called "Small Victory" recorded by Canadian folksinger Garnet Rogers. I recorded that video, using the Tascam DR-40 to capture the audio directly from the house mixer. It sounds great! (Good song, too!)
So far, the Tascam DR-40 is the perfect recorder for my usage: small, yet powerful and easy to use. And very clean. I recommend the Tascam DR-40.
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I was ready to be underwhelmed nonetheless, knowing that there are many far more 'pro' high-end devices out there for far more money.
But: so far, it's proving to be an excellent choice!
I''ll just get the obvious things lacking out of the way first [HENCE only 4 STARS in review rating]:
- lack of decent bespoke windshield ***see below
- no carry case or protective pouch
- plastic body (feels as if it probably would survive a modest knock or two, but could snap or split in really extreme scenarios)
- internal mics (on top of unit) have silver plastic bodies...cost cutting no doubt but no big deal really
- no internal lithium battery to preserve the time and date settings meaning changing the 3 AA main batteries causes the time and date to default to factory settings.
*** I bought a 3rd-party windshield from an ebay seller called 'windcut windshields', specifically made for the DR-40 and it's proved very effective in some early-morning outdoor recordings in moderately breezy conditions.
Now on to the things that impress me so far:
- 24-bit/96kHz recording
.....the unit defaults to 16-bit/44.1kHz but this is easily changed in the settings - 48kHz also an option
- 4 tracks available for recording: either stereo internal mics (2 track), stereo internals witth safety track (4 tracks..2 x stereo pair - you can set the safety track to record a number of dBs lower than the main track...this is configurable, i.e. not fixed to always be -6dB, you can set it to what you want), stereo internals with stereo externals (4 tracks), stereo externals, or one mono external.... I think these are all the options but I don't have the unit in front of me at the moment! Suffice to say it's a comprehensive and useful set of options.
- very easy menu navigation, once you get used to having to press the 'menu' button to return from an option you've navigated to with the >>| button, which is a little strange
- MOST IMPORTANT: excellent recording quality!
In coincident (XY) arrangement, the mics give a tight stereo image which feels rather narrow but would be well suited to close/near recording of e.g. vocal with acoustic guitar.
I have a Yamaha B1 upright piano and I placed the DR-40 on top of it, on the lid (lid closed), in XY configuration, and I got a very impressive 'close' piano sound with no distortion... more experimentation needed to find the ideal placement, but for a simple "bung it on the top and play and see what happens" I was very impressed.
In pseudo-ORTF (AB) arrangement, the internal mics give quite a pleasing stereo image which is more pronounced in terms of width and placement of sound sources. I took the unit out in the very early morning and recorded birdsong in a few locations using this mic
I've so far experimented with:
- quite close spoken word: 6 inches away from internal mics...gives very decent results suitable for radio reporter links, or podcast. NB this is no mere 'dictaphone' - the quality obtained with the internal mics for close voice is extremely good, but YOU WILL NEED A WINDSHIELD TO AVOID PLOSIVE POPPING.
There is a tripod mounting screw hole on the bottom of the unit, which is very handy. I have a photographic monopod and have been screwing the DR-40 onto this for outdoor work: it allows me to lean the whole thing up against a branch or tree stump and stand well away with the recording running - seems to work a treat.
The supplied printed manual contains only one useful item of information - Teac's URL for the reference manual (p.7 in the English version). The reference manual itself is largely clear and comprehensive. The supplied manual is neither.
The DR-40 has an attachment point for a carrying leash - but no leash is supplied. You'd hate to drop it, so buy one.
It takes a full-size SHDC card up to 32GB. It is supplied with a 4GB mini-card - of indeterminate brand - in an adapter. You may like to replace this.
It comes supplied with a tiny slot-in foot, to prop it up slightly on a table-top, to be stored in the battery compartment. It also has a standard photo-tripod screw-socket. Unless you will be using it exclusively hand-held, you will need a tripod, mini-tripod, tripod-clamp or something of the kind to get the best out of it. For hand-held use you really do need a 'windscreen' - if only to keep spit off the microphones!
Early experience is that it eats batteries - but the supplied batteries may simply be no good. Duracells next time! It can be USB powered from a laptop or from a USB mains adapter via its supplied lead. However it is fitted with the older-type - now obsolete - mini-B USB socket, not the newer - now standard for mobile phones - micro-B socket. (If your 'phone charger.is of the common type which disassembles into a separate standard to micro USB lead and a mains adapter with a standard USB port you will be able to use the adapter with the DR-40's lead.)
A custom-fit case is offered by Amazon US but not in the UK. I have just taken delivery of a Lowepro Streamline 100 which comfortably accepts the Tascam DR-40 itself, its lead + a USB adapter plug, 3 spare AA batteries and a WST-R30 windscreen but with little room to spare. - perhaps just enough for a small - a really small! - tripod clamp. Dependent on requirements, any small to medium camera bag should do fine.
Once you have mastered the basics, using the DR-40 it's really remarkably easy to create high-quality recordings. You will need to turn ON the inbuilt speaker - OFF by default - before you can audition these, or if you want to play them back via your HiFi you will need a suitable 3.5mm stereo to whatever adapter lead. None is supplied, nor earphones which you may also find useful. Although recordings can be 'processed' on the device itself, this is fiddly and not altogether satisfactory. You may want to investigate audio-processing software, there are various free options, of which Audacity is probably the best.
I like it so much, I'm buying another - as a birthday present!
Bear in mind that I'm not a sound geek although I'm somewhat hooked by this device and might now become a geek. It's become clear that a boom/shotgun mic would improve things even further but one thing at a time!
You can hear some of my early efforts made with the Tascam DR-40 here >> http://lifeboatstationproject.com/sound/
I was in the front row and had got a sound level during the band's sound check. It was perfect, just the very occasional peak light showing. I had the limiter on just to be sure but if it did activate I can't hear it. The quality is better than many live recordings I've heard - and studio recordings.
Next time I'll try and plug into the venue's sound desk - and use two mics into the DR-40 for the audience.This is a superb recorder at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.
Il Tascam DR-40 offre la possibilità di registrare dai due microfoni incorporati (soluzione ideale per registrazioni al volo in esterni), ma è anche possibile sfruttare i due ingressi microfonici e di linea. Ha l'alimentazione Phantom per l'utilizzo di microfoni a condensatore.
Il registratore dispone di varie modalità operative: registrazione mono; stereo; dual; 4 tracce simultanee su 2 canali; overdub. Quest'ultima funzione è particolarmente interessante, perchè utilizzando la modalità "Overdub separate" si può sovraincidere un numero virtualmente illimitato di tracce editabili in post, e senza distruggere ne la traccia originaria, ne tutte quelle successive. Sostanzialmente la funzione Overdub Separate permette di ottenere risultati simili a quelli che si avrebbero utilizzando un classico registratore a tracce separate. Questa funzione risulta particolarmente preziosa per elaborare bozze compositive o registrare brani completi.
Il DR40 registra su schede Sd-Sdhc-Sdxc files WAW e BWF con risoluzione fino a 24bit/96Khz, ha integrate funzione basilari di editing sui file e un mixer per correggere pan, livelli ed effetti prima durante le riprese o per il mixdown.
Attualmente sto utilizzando il TASCAM per lo studio, la composizione e la produzione professionale, e lo trovo davvero ottimo. Si tratta di un dispositivo dotato di un interfaccia comoda e intuitiva. Dopo un breve, ma necessario studio del manuale si riuscirà a sfruttarne a pieno tutte le qualità.
Al momento dell'acquisto ero indeciso fra il TASCAM, lo ZOOM h4npro, e il BOSS microbr. Ho scelto il TASCAM (dopo avere avuto modo di provare gli altri due) sia per il prezzo (il DR40 costa attualmente 60/80eu meno degli altri due), sia per la filosofia progettuale che c'e' dietro. Il TASCAM è un registratore multitraccia portatile che integra alcune comode funzioni aggiuntive, mentre ZOOM e BOSS sono due veri e propri studi di registrazione tascabili, con numerosissime funzioni di editing, mastering, simulatori di effetti e amplificatori, accompagnamenti elettronici e molto altro. Tutto questo rende l'interfaccia più ostica macchinosa - e in definitiva (almeno per me) inutile, dato che trovo più pratico importare sulla DAW del PC le registrazioni fatte col DR40, e da li fare il mixing e mastering.
In definitiva mi ritengo molto soddisfatto del prodotto acquistato, e posso consigliarlo a tutti quelli che hanno necessità di registrare per esigenze di studio, composizione o produzione.