Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder

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About Tascam DR-40

The DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder from Tascam provides professional-level features and flexibility in a compact and durable design that's ideal for use in the field. The unit can record high-quality WAV/BWF or MP3 files to readily-available SD or SDHC flash memory cards, allowing you to record hours of material and share it easily. A 2GB card is included so you can get started recording right away.

The recorder features built-in adjustable condenser microphones, allowing you to choose an X/Y or A/B recording pattern to meet the needs of your environment and application. A built-in limiter and switchable low cut filter reduce peaks and rumble for cleaner recordings. There are a pair of Neutrik combo inputs that accept XLR and 1/4" connections for terrific flexibility. Built-in mic preamps provide phantom power so you can use external condenser mics. A 3.5mm headphone/line output allows you to connect additional equipment such as headphones or small speakers. The high-speed USB 2.0 port allows you to transfer your recordings to a Mac or PC for editing or sharing.

A built-in speaker allows you to play back your recordings immediately for review. Other features include a dual recording mode and overdub mode and a peak reduction feature. There is a 2-second pre-recording bugger to ensure that you never miss a priceless moment due to pressing the record button too late. There is also a chromatic tuner and a stereo reverb effect. A threaded mounting hole lets you mount the recorder on a tripod for terrific stability. The DR-40 can operate for up to 15 hours from 3 standard AA batteries. It can also use USB bus power via the included cable. An optional AC adapter and external battery pack (sold separately) provide additional powering options.

Tascam DR-40 Features

  • Compact Design: The small size of the recorder makes it easy to use in the field for a variety of applications
  • High-Quality Recording: Record WAV/BWF files at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 files up to 320kbps
  • Reliable Media: The DR-40 records to widely-available SD or SDHC flash memory cards with capacities up to 32GB for stable, reliable recordings. A 2GB card is included
  • Adjustable Mics: The built-in adjustable condenser mics provide X/Y and A/B stereo patterns for tight imaging or opening up for more room sound
  • Integrated Speaker: A built-in speaker lets you review your recordings instantly
  • Limiter and Low Cut Filter: The built-in limiter and switchable low cut filter (40/80/120Hz) reduce peaks and rumble for crisp, clear audio. A peak reduction feature will set the input level automatically without turning it back up later. You can also choose automatic or manual level setting
  • Combo Inputs: The locking Neutrik combo jack inputs accept XLR and 1/4" connections for wide compatibility with a variety of mic and line level devices for 4-track recording
  • Built-in Preamps: The integrated mic preamps provide phantom power for external condenser microphones
  • 3.5mm Output: A 3.5mm headphone/line output lets you connect headphones, small speakers and other devices
  • USB 2.0: The high-speed USB 2.0 port allows you to quickly and easily transfer your recordings to a Mac or PC
  • Power Options: The recorder can operate for up to 15 hours on 3 standard AA batteries. It can also operation by USB bus power from a computer, or from an optional AC wall adapter (PS-P515U). An optional external battery pack (BP-6AA) is also available
  • Dual Recording Mode: The dual recording mode will capture a safety track at a lower volume level than your primary track to prevent peaking and distortion
  • Easy Navigation: The quick menu options and clear LCD screen let you set functions with a minimum of menus
  • 2-Button Record: Start your recordings quickly and easily by hitting the record button twice
  • Effects: The recorder has a stereo reverb effect and a VSA feature to adjust playback speed from 50-150%
  • Timer Recording: The timed recording feature begins the track 5-10 seconds after you hit the button, allowing time for get-ready when self-recording
  • Overdub Mode: The overdub mode will record over your previous take, but still keep a copy of the original, just in case
  • Level Align and EQ: Level align and EQ settings prevent uneven volume levels during playback and allow you to customize your sound
  • Pre-Recording: The pre-recording feature will capture up to 2 seconds of audio from before you hit the record button, allowing you to capture unexpected audio moments
  • Tuner: A chromatic tuner makes sure you play or sing perfectly in key
  • Tripod Mount: A threaded tripod mount socket lets you place the recorder on a stand for convenient tabletop recording

Tascam DR-40 Specifications

Recorder Type
Hand-Held 4-Track Digital Audio Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods
SD or SDHC Card (64MB to 32GB)
Recording Bit Rate
WAV: 16 and 24-bit
MP3: 32-320 kbps, VBR
Sampling Frequency
WAV: 44.1, 48, or 96kHz
MP3: 44.1 and 48kHz
Number of Channels
4 (2 Stereo)
Frequency Response
20Hz-20kHz +1/-3dB (44.1kHz, EXT IN-LINE OUT, JEITA)
20Hz-22kHz +1/-3dB (48kHz, EXT IN-LINE OUT, JEITA)
20Hz-40kHz +1/-3dB (96kHz, EXT IN-LINE OUT)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
< 0.05% (44.1/48/96kHz, EXT IN-LINE OUT)
S/N Ratio
> 92dB (44.1/48/96kHz, EXT IN-LINE OUT)
A/D Conversion
D/A Conversion
Pitch Adjustment
50-150% Without Affecting Pitch
2 x XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
1 x 3.5mm Headphone/Line Out
1 x High-Speed Mini-B USB 2.0 Port
1 x Remote Jack
Input Impedance
Mic: 2.2 k Ohm
Line: 10 k Ohm
Input Level
Nominal: -19dBV Mic, +4dBu Line
Max: -3dBV Mic, +20dBu Line
Output Impedance
12 Ohm
Output Level
Nominal: -14dBV (10 k Ohm)
Max: +2dBV (10 k Ohm)
Adjustable Stereo Condenser (X/Y and A/B)
Headphone Output
20mW + 20mW (32 Ohm)
0.3W, Mono
40/80/120Hz Low Cut
Battery Type/Life
3 x AA (Alkaline or NiMH)
Up to 15 Hours of Continuous Operation, Phantom Power Off
100-240VAC, 50/60Hz (via Optional AC Adapter)
Power Consumption
2.5W Max
System Requirements
Windows XP, Vista, or 7, Pentium 300MHz, 128MB RAM, USB 2.0 Recommended
Mac OS X v10.2 or Later, Power PC G3, G4, or G5 266MHz Min, 64MB RAM, USB 2.0 Recommended
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Mics Open: 3.54 x 6.1 x 1.38" (90 x 155 x 35mm)
Mics Closed: 2.76 x 6.1 x 1.38" (70 x 155 x 35mm)
7.5 oz (213g) (Without Batteries)

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Harry G  It seems so complicated , I bought me DR-40 at the Knoxville Guitar Center, they could not find the box , it came in, as this was their last one and on display, so they printed an 80 Page how to use. I got no other parts, but need them. How can I get the sub cable and the 2gB card?
CHRISTOPHER L  1. Probably the best place to start is the Tascam web site then to Products, Handheld Recorders, then to TR-40. The different tabs on the site have all sorts of information and PDFs to download. The site also has some videos and such 2. The web site lists the cards that can be used, you can get a card up to 32GB for it. The 2GB card is just a selling point so you can use it out of the box. Get a good quality card at least class 10 or UHS-1 (I would recommend either Lexar or Sandisk (the exact part numbers are listed on the site and don't be fooled thinking the higher burst speed or "plus" will be better.) 3. The plugs on the bottom take both types of microphone plugs the balanced XLR (If I remembered correctly) and the phono style plug, (I forgot what it's called but it should be listed on the literature). I'm not sure if this is what you meant by sub cable. 4. The plug on the side should be for a standard headset for listening or line out. 5. For the remote plug, this if for the optional equipment such as foot switch or remote. Hopefully this helps
Shopper  can you use a microphone with this recorder?
WAITHAKA G  Hi, The recorder has two inputs for external microphones plus great internal mics. Hope that helps
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