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Tascam Dr-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder

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BrandTascam
Model NumberDR-40
Item Weight544 g
Product Dimensions14 x 8.9 x 20.3 cm
Batteries:3 AA batteries required. (included)
Manufacturer Part NumberDR-40
  
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ASINB005NACC6M
Best Sellers Rank 9,440 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight558 g
Date First Available3 Oct. 2011
  
 

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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 Dimensions 70 x 155 x 35 Weight 213 gr


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I had just bought a new Panasonic SD800 and had to sacrifice exceptional image quality for NO MIC JACKS!!
Although to give the SD800 it's due, the mics are surprisingly good. But as a film maker and TV documenter the sound quality died in any sort of breeze.
So I decided to shop around and see what small, portable recording devices with an XLR input were to be found.
I came across the Zoom H4n and the Tascam DR-100 and neither were realistically in my price range (all I wanted was something to capture the sound from my Rode NGT 2 shotgun mic.
And then I came across the DR-40, and oh boy was I happy. I checked out reviews in sound difference between the DR-40's external mics and the H4n. The difference was hard to find, and with the DR-40 being 60-80 quid cheaper than the Zoom H4n I was onto a winner.
I bought it and haven't looked back since, the built in mics are perfect for caputuring interview diaglogue and they X-Y function works brilliantly when recording live band gigs and crowd scenes. The XLR inputs are secure and there is no rattling when moving.
With not a huge amount of Sound Engineer experience and a read through the manual I was able to have a play around with confidence. After the initial "man this is complicated" , it turned into a very simple and easy to use piece of equipment. There is the option to add a mixer into the system through the XLR ports aswell which I found very useful in the field.

I would recommend this to anyone who needs high quality audio recorders at a fraction of the price of a mixer/recorder combo. A good piece of starting equipment for a film maker and totally worth the price.
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I needed a audio recorder for capturing sound for my low budget movie. It had to have xlr inputs so it was a toss up between this, thezoom h4n and the tascam dr100mk2. I read a ton of reviews about these and while the h4n seemed to be most popular, there were a lot of negative reviews about the preamps, that they were noisy and just not good enough.
The tascam dr100mk2 is better, but it's twice the price of the dr40. those two were out.

The DR40 is over a hundred quid cheaper than the h4n and has slightly better preamps. There is some noise when the input level is turned right the way up but at nominal recording levels it isnt noticable at all. there is the 'helicopter' noise when using just one input but this is a common problem with this recorder. it can be aliviated by using a balanced xlr mic, turning the input level down on the unused channel or just switching from the record screen onto the menu screen. it's no big deal. this is a very good recorder.

one thing to note, a lot of people use this recorder with the rode ntg2 shotgun mic. Dont! the ntg2 nor the dr40 are not powerful enough to work properly together. it will be quiet unless you turn the gain/preamps right up which will give you hiss.

the Rode ntg1 or the Audio Technica at875r are the best mics for the DR40, they are 'hotter' (more sensitive) thus louder at lower levels.

All in all, for the money this is the best recorder out there.
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I've waited for a good test project before posting my review. A few days ago (with permission from all concerned) I recorded a live jazz concert. Saxaphone, Electric Piano, Bass Guitar and Drums. The saxophonist said "What great recording quality!". He has been playing professionally for many years and knows his stuff.

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.
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The Tascam DR-40 is a really well thought-out unit. The build quality is excellent: rugged, professional, compact. The interface is intuitive; all the most common functions are easily accessible with the minimum of button-clicking and menu-navigation, so you can be recording within ten seconds of pulling the thing out of your pocket. It's packed full of useful features - I haven't had a chance to explore them all, but I can see most of them coming in useful at some point. There's nothing I would consider gimmicky at all. It even ships with 3xAA batteries and a 2GB SD card, so you can get going straight out of the box.

The quality of the audio captured is excellent. The microphones have a great response across the audio spectrum, and the selectable low-cut filter is invaluable for blocking out rumble while still letting bass frequencies through. The sensitivity of the built-in mics adjusts over a wide enough range that I've been able to capture simple speech, choral music and amped-up rock bands with equal ease. The handling noise seems reasonably low, although since they've kindly provided a tripod mount, that's not a major concern for me!

I've mostly been recording at 24-bit / 48kHz and moving the resulting WAV files to my home studio PC for post-processing and mastering. The facility to record straight to MP3, say for just capturing an evening's jam session, is great too. USB transfers are quick and easy.

So far, I can't fault this device at all. (If I were really nitpicking, I'd complain that they didn't include a soft protective case/bag in the package, which would be nice to have for a product that's designed to be carried around a lot.) Still I'd highly recommend the DR-40 to anyone who needs to record high-quality audio on the move.
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