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Need a portable audio recorder that is quick enough to capture audio when an exciting idea takes hold, yet versatile enough to record 4 channels of high quality audio with precision and the option of two different stereo mic patterns - all in a pocket sized portable recorder pacakge? Check out this Tascam DR-40 digital recorder.
The Tascam DR-40 portable recorder has two built in stereo mics like many portable recorders. However, the similarities end there! The DR-40 also has two phantom powered XLR inputs with high quality preamps, the ability to adjust the built in stereo mics for an A/B or X/Y stereo mic configuration, and built in editing functions including EQ and reverb effects. All of this is supported with an easy-to-operate interface and 24bit/96kHz Analog to Digital converter for high definition recordings in WAV or MP3 format.
Combine this with great features including editing/effects built in, transfer to PC or Mac over USB and exceptional battery life (especially when using the optional BP-6AA battery pack), and the DR-40 proves itself to be the portable audio recorder of choice for professional sound recordists, videographers and audio hobbyists alike. If you like the idea of capturing audio fast, or getting high quality recordings with an extremely natural-sounding direct mic and ambient mic mix - wherever in the world you are - the Tascam DR-40 is an option you simply must consider.
Here's what Tascam say about the DR-40 Portable Recorder
TASCAM's DR-40 packs adjustable condenser microphones, four track recording, XLR mic inputs and extended battery life into a portable recorder your can take anywhere. It captures up to four tracks from built-in condenser microphones, XLR mic or line inputs. The high-quality internal microphones 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. The DR-40 accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32GB, and a 2GB card is included.
Once recorded, play back 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. No other recorder makes home or live recording as simple as the TASCAM DR-40. "I believe our new feature rich DR-40 4-track portable recorder may be considered our new flagship product." said Paul Jenkins, Senior Vice President for TEAC America.
The TASCAM DR-40 is available now. An optional BP-6AA Battery Pack, which takes six AA batteries, increases the battery life of the DR-40 from 17.5 to over 50 hours. This battery pack is designed to attach itself to DR-40 and a tripod allowing users to record for a long period without the use of an AC adapter or a computer. BP-6AA will be available in October 2011.
- Handheld 4-track Portable Recorder
- Built-in condenser microphones, adjustable to XY or AB position
- XLR / 1/4" mic/line input with phantom power
- Locking Neutrik Combi jacks
- 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)
- 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
- Optional RC-3F footswitch and RC-10 wired remote control
Richard | Purchase date: 20 January 2013
I have given this product 5 stars based on how well it meets my own specific requirements: i.e. it provides a convenient, quick and easy means through which to capture acoustic guitar/vocals whilst I am sketching out ideas and improvising. Of course, it can also handle electric guitars and external mikes if need be, but I have not yet tested it too far in that direction.
What I needed was a very portable means of recording spontaneous ideas away from the upstairs home studio to avoid waking the kids late in the evening. So for my particular purposes, it is perfect.
In my opinion, the ability to switch the position of the internal microphones gives the Tascam a distinct advantage over other audio recorders in this price range. Of course, it’s still an expense compared to just using the internal recorder on your iPhone or other pocket device, but the improvement in recording quality with the Tascam is significant. It’s also better than using one of Tascam’s own IM2 mikes plugged directly into your phone – I seem to experience far less background noise and interference with the DR 40.
There will be shortcomings no doubt compared to more expensive units, but you’d expect that with any product of this type. How much you are prepared to pay will depend upon what you intend to use the recorder for.
The unit ships with a 2Gb memory card, but I upgraded it straight away to the maximum 32Gb that it can handle, and there have been no problems with this. The included rubber ‘tilt foot’ is a bit daft, but if you can get on with it, then it fits neatly into the battery compartment when not in use to save it getting lost.
I don’t know what it’s like for live band recordings, since I don’t play in a band these days, but I do know without having to test it, that this little device would be represent a significant improvement over the old audio tape recorders we used to use!
Whilst battery life is good, the one disappointment for me is that an AC adaptor is not included – in fact, Tascam do not seem to make the relevant unit any longer, but I managed to pick up a suitable substitute unit online from a broadband supplies company (Digidave) which cost less than a tenner (the original Tascam one would have cost me over thirty quid) and which works with the DR40 just fine.
If you are in the market for a portable audio recorder at a decent price, the the Tascam is as good as any – and you get points for cashback against your next purchase from Andertons!