TASCAM DR-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder Review
The TASCAM DR-40 4 Track Portable is larger than some of its competitors – for good reason: this portable device boasts the added features of two locking XLR/jack combo sockets which enables the DR-40 to utilise not only the internal microphone but external microphones as well as other audio sources. Although larger in size, the DR-40 is still small enough to carry in your pocket and use with one hand, although it would have to be a very big hand to wrap around this product.
The DR-40 uses 3 AA size batteries and this puts out 24 to 48 volts of phantom power that are required by condenser microphones. It has a battery life span of 15 hours.
Each of the microphones capsules of the DR-40 can move independently of each other, this gives the TASCAM the added feature of being able to adjust from Y/Z or A/B which allows for wide stereo sound field. The sound quality is good and the DR-40 deals with noise well, and has very good stereo imaging.
The TASCAM DR-40 offers four distinct modes. This enables standard dual/mono as well as Dual, Four-Channel and Overdub modes. Of all of these modes the Overdub one stands out.
A great feature of the TASCAM is that any of these modes are easily selected using the dedicated Rec Mode button in fact, the menu lists and quick access buttons make operating the TASCAM a breeze. Establishing a USB connection is also fast and easy.