Tascam DR-40 Digital Recorder
Whether you want to capture Live performances, make demo’s of your songs or interview people, the DR-40 allows you to do all these and more. It features adjustable on-board microphones, or if you prefer to use your own Mics, then a pair of locking Neutrik XLR combo jacks will accommodate that across all four tracks. The DR-40 also has some cool tools for musicians wishing to use it as an aid to practice, including vari-speed playback (useful for slowing down difficult parts of music), a built-in tuner and a recording overdub mode. Just 3 AA size batteries will keep you going for up to 15 hrs of recording time.
For example, if you wanted to record a live show, the DR-40 can make life very easy indeed. Just take a stereo feed from the main mixing desk via the XLR combo jacks, and then use the on-board mics to get a sound from the room itself. Later on the mix between the two will give you a very pleasing ‘live’ recording.
TASCAM have included some very useful functions and tools as standard on the DR-40, for example the Peak reduction function, which sets the input levels automatically, ensuring that you don’t get a distorted input. Couple this with a built-in Limiter to protect you from any sudden increases in Volume, and a lowpass filter to guard against any low end rumble and you’re pretty much covered, however, just to make sure things are as fool-proof as possible, there’s the DR-40 dual recording mode. This means that the machine will record a safety track at a lower level, just in case anything messes up your first recording. Now that’s clever.
Finally, the DR-40 features EQ’s for each track, and an on-board reverb. It’s even got a built-in speaker so you can listen to your work without headphones. Finally, a USB 2.0 high speed socket makes uploading files to your computer a breeze.
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.
High-quality unidirectional stereo condenser microphones that can record in both A-B and X-Y positions according to the 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.
- Single Mic
- Rotating Shaft
- Mic Holder
- Mic Cable
- High-Quality Mic Unit
- Side Mesh
- Front Mesh
- Head Case
- Mic Guard
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.
When a peak is detected, the input signal level is automatically lowered and recording continues. It is perfect for music recordings that have variation in volume, which can be difficult to listen to.
The input signal level is automatically adjusted according to the input sound volume. This is perfect for recording meetings.
Prevents distortion of excessively high input signals.
Tempo change (VSA) function for adjusting the speed from 0.5 to 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments), which is great for practicing music and language study
Includes TASCAM's popular VSA (Variable Speed Audition) function from the Trainer Series. The playback speed can be adjusted without affecting the pitch. This is helpful in various situations such as when arranging and practicing music, for slowing the speed of recorded conversations, and for speeding up playback of meetings.
Level align feature prevents uneven volume levels for enhanced listenability
When recording meetings or interviews, there are cases where it is difficult to listen to the playback because the volumes of different people vary. In such cases, the level align function automatically adjusts the sound volume for playback, making it easy to listen.
Locking XLR/TRS inputs compatible with +4dBu line level / +48V phantom power
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.
4-channel mode that can be used for dual recording and nondestructive overdub recording, etc.
In addition to normal stereo channel recordings, another set of stereo channels are available making it possible to select one of three operation modes.
Dual Recording Mode
The same sound source can be recorded at two different levels. A backup file for clipping can be recorded.
Two different stereo materials can be recorded simultaneously. It is possible to perform simultaneous recording using the built-in microphone and an external input.
A new sound source can be recorded as a separate channel while listening to a pre-recorded sound source. This is perfect for music production.
MS decoding function making it possible to use M-S stereo microphones
In addition to the A-B/X-Y positions, there is a system for stereo recording using a combination of the omnidirection and bidirectional microphones, and an MS decoding function for connecting microphones for M-S recording.
- Handheld 4-track Portable Recorder
- Built-in condenser microphones, adjustable to XY or AB position
- Two XLR / 1/4" mic/line inputs 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