Tascam DR-40 B-Stock

B-Stock with full warranty

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Portable 4-Track Digital Recorder

  • Up to 96 kHz 24-bit of WAV/BWF or MP3 recording
  • Built-in condenser microphone
  • Adjustable from X/Y to A/B position
  • 2x XLR / 6.3 mm mic/line inputs with phantom power
  • External sources can be recorded simultaneously via the built-in microphone (4-track)
  • Dual recording picks up the signal twice (normal and low level)
  • Overdub mode enables the repeated recording of a passage
  • Peak reduction automatically sets the optimum input signal
  • Up to 15 hours of battery life
  • Pre-recording buffer records up to 2 seconds prior to starting recording
  • Adjustable playback speed 50 - 150 % (pitch is retained)
  • Adjustable limiter and low cut filter (40 / 80 / 120 Hz)
  • Built-in loudspeaker and tuner
  • Headphone-/Line output
  • Multilingual menu (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Built-in EQ (playback) and stereo reverb effect
  • Tripod attachment screw-hole (1/4")
  • Storage medium: SD/SDHC card (currently up to 32GB of card capacity)
  • Neutrik jacks
  • Powered by 3x AA batteries (optional)
  • Connector for power supply (optional PS-P520E) or external battery pack (optional BP-6AA), or USB bus power
  • Dimensions: 70 x 155 x 35 mm
  • Weight: 213 g
  • Includes USB 2.0 cable, 2GB memory card
  • Corresponding fur wind shield available under Article Nr 314110

Further information

Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 4
Microphone Inputs 2
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 2
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker Yes
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 96 kHz
Limiter Yes
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Small, clear, thoughtful

TPRST, 24.10.2013
I stood before the choice between the highly praised ZOOM H4N and the Tascam recorder. In the end I was particularly impressed by the more logical operation and the better processing of the Tascam. Perhaps it is also because I had to deal with Tascam devices before, but the menu design, as well as the allocation and arrangement of the keys, I find the Tascam much more conclusive and intuitive than the competitors.

Even small details like the built-in Neutrik XLR connections as well as the protector around the microphone capsules are very good. In addition, the case for the common everyday is in my opinion better built than the strange and probably lint-resistant rubber cover at the ZOOM.

The power supply I solve either via Eneloop accumulators (enough for a few hours) or with longer use over an additional USB power supply (I use that of my Blackberry and it works perfectly, besides, I have thereby saved another power supply :))

Sound Quality:
I have already run the Tascam with the internal Mirkos as a backup at several concerts (classical / acoustic as well as electronically / pop) and am surprised every time over the good sound. The limiter and the automatic level control work very well.
Mostly I use the Tascam but in connection with an SQN broadcast mixer over the line channel. Here the recordings are impeccable, a noise is not heard at all. Also otherwise, noise as I have often described here nciht. What is also the fact that I never give the Mirkofon directly into the Tascam.

Another positive aspect is the fact that updates are still available on the product page of Tascam at larger intervals.

Neutral:
- With the supplied accessories clearly the ZOOM recorder, if one really needs the supplied things. A protective box is indeed a fine thing, I have for the Tascam but eh a Petrolbags-Schutztasche added, in which he remains the whole time and still be wonderful to use.
- With me is already after a short time the rubber-cover of the SD card compartment broken off. But with fabric tape is something no problem;)

Negative:

- Noise: When using external microphones without an intermediate preamp, the recordings are always slightly noisy. This can be a problem if the level is low or when the language is low.
- Basic noise: No matter what kind of recording and source, you hear a noise from the headphones. This is very irritating at first, as it is not automatically heard on the recording. With a bit of practice you can tell the "real" noise (which is also recorded) from the basic noise. If you use only the internal microphones or a microphone directly to the Tascam, but it can be tricky
- Volume control: this is done by push buttons on the side and is transferred to the recording by using the internal microphones 1zu1. For external sources, the problem does not occur logically. But you can get out of the way if you can set the appropriate levels in advance. There is also the possibility to use the internal limiter and / or the automatic level control or to work with four-track recording with backup, in which the Tascam on track 3/4 records a copy of the tracks 1/2 with an adjusted reduced level. This is also safe from most surprises.

Conclusion:
For me, the Tascam is just perfect and I would not know why I should exchange it for another product in the next years. The operation is easy and self-explanatory, the offered and upgradeable features for pure audio recording (interviews, concert backups, Athmos etc.) solid and sufficient. Since I operate the Tascam to 95% behind a mixer per line signal are the noise problems for me rather negligible. Nevertheless a small deduction in the evaluation. Otherwise a clear purchase recommendation!
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Price-performance sensational

beiti, 04.11.2011
The device is relatively large, but feels surprisingly light. A plastic feeling can not be denied; The robustness of professors is missing. The surface is roughened, is pleasant to the touch and does not follow the foolish trend to piano lacquer and chrome. A windscreen for the built-in microphones is unfortunately not included; You get complete instructions in 5 languages ??(which together fill almost half the packaging).

The service is good; Most functions are accessible without a manual. The leveling over taps is very sensitive; In contrast to mechanical rotary knobs, the push buttons can be blocked by hold switches, which can be an advantage under difficult operating conditions. The only drawback is that you can not control the channels separately.
The 4-channel recording (built-in + external microphones) is useful. Really ingenious I find the parallel secondary recording with lower leveling for security. Also pure mono recording is possible (mix of the built-in microphones or single microphone at the left input).

For the test of the sound quality I made test recordings (voice from 1 meter distance), the recordings normalized and then on an AKG studio headphones judged.
The quality of the built-in microphones is very good with only subtle noise; Compared to my "old" DR-07, the sound is still a trace clearer.
If external microphones are connected, the quality depends strongly on their output levels: A t.bone large-diaphragm micro and the Rode NTG-2 (both by phantom power) deliver impeccable results - significantly less noise than with the built-in microphones. On the other hand, a dynamic Behringer stage microphone as well as an older Sony stereo microphone rush quite violently. If I switch a good Mic-Preamp in between and use the line input of the DR-40, I get synonymous with Behringer and Sony very good results (in this case then synonymous rauschärmer than the built-in microphones of the DR-40). From this I can conclude that the built-in Mic-Preamps of the DR-40 are not as low-noise as my external preamp - but the same applies to all mobile recorders under 1000 euros.

Bottom line I find the performance of the DR-40 - measured at the price and compared to other mobile recorders - quite outstanding.
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