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Adjustable internal mic capsules enable either
X/Y & A/B stereo pair positioning



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Portable 4-Track (2 x Stereo) with Adjustable Microphones

The Tascam DR-40 clearly has the home musician and live recordist in mind. It packs four-track recording, adjustable condenser microphones, XLR mic inputs and extended battery life into a portable recorder you can take anywhere. It captures up to four tracks from built-in microphones, external mics or line level sources. The high-quality internal microphones are adjustable from XY to AB position, helping you to tailor your recording to the sound source. 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 6.3-mm 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, you can play back your takes with added EQ, and the switchable Level Align feature increases the perceived overall sound pressure during playback. A stereo reverb effect is also built-in, as well as a mini-loudspeaker and a chromatic tuner. Recordings can be transferred to computer using a USB 2.0 connection. Other features include overdub mode, playback at variable speed and/or variable key, limiter and low-cut filter, and much more. With a simple-to-use interface, the DR-40 is perfect for home or live recording. Click here for more DR-40 information.

The DR-40 can be operated by an optional wired remote control (RC-10). An external battery pack (BP-6AA) is also available as an option. This takes six AA batteries and increases the operation time from 17.5 to over 50 hours without the need for an AC adapter or a computer.


  • Portable, high-quality handheld recording

  • Compact size and easy operation

  • Uses a SD/SDHC card as recording medium (2 GB included)

  • Supported audio formats:

    • Linear PCM (WAV format) at 44.1/48/96 kHz and 16/24-bit

    • Compressed (MP3 format): 32320 kbit/s at 44.1/48 kHz (VBR files can be played but not recorded)

Recording features

  • Built-in cardioid stereo condenser microphone

    • Accepts high sound pressure level

    • Easy setup (AB and XY configuration supported)

    • XY configuration allows mono compatible recordings and high sound localization acuity (lively interviews or field recordings with ambience)

    • Good directivity and channel separation

    • Ideal for live music and field recording, news gathering, music training etc.

  • Stereo XLR/TRS mic/line input with phantom power (supports +4 dB line level input)

  • 4-track recording

    • Create two stereo recordings from the built-in microphones and the external mic/line input at the same time

    • Create two stereo recordings with different level settings from the built-in microphones or external mic/line input at the same time

    • Non-destructive overdub: Record a mix of one or two stereo playback files and a stereo input signal to a new stereo file or record only the input signal while playing back one stereo file

    • Mixdown feature with level, pan and effect controls for each track (creates a stereo track from a 4-track recording)

  • MS decoder for recordings created with mid/side microphone configuration

  • Switchable low-cut filter (40 Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz)

  • Manual or automatic recording level setting

  • Three Options of automatic level control during recording: Peak Reduction, Auto Level, Limiter

  • Pre-recording buffer (2 seconds) allows a recording to start before the record key is pressed Auto recording start and stop by input level

  • Self-timer allows a recording to start 5 or 10 seconds after pressing the RECORD button

  • Create a new file during recording (manually or by file size)

  • Mark function (manual or automatic, up to 99 marks for each file)

Playback features

  • Automatic level align allows to increase the perceived overall sound pressure during playback

  • Variable speed audition to change the playback tempo without affecting the key (50150 %)

  • Repeat function (repeat one track or all tracks)

  • Loop function (repeat a marked section)

  • Playlist feature to play files in a certain order

  • Resume function (start playback from the audio position where the unit was last stopped)

  • Flash back function to instantly review playback (110, 20, 30 seconds)

  • EQ for tone control during playback

  • MP3 ID3 tag display (up to version 2.4)

  • Built-in monitor loudspeaker

  • Headphones/Line output

Other features

  • Built-in reverb effect (6 presets, can be applied to input or output signal)

  • Chromatic tuner function to tune your instrument

  • File divide function to cut unwanted noise or to extract parts from long recordings (WAV format only)

  • Folder management to organize your files

  • Hold function to avoid inadvertent operation

  • Clear, backlit LC display

  • USB 2.0 port for file transfer to/from computer

  • Power supply by 3 AA size Alkaline or NiMH batteries (up to 15 hours continuous operation with phantom power off), USB bus power or optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P515 - see below)

  • Stand adapter ( inch) on bottom side to attach the unit to a tripod or microphone stand

  • Optional remote control (RC-10) and battery pack (BP-6AA)



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