Makes Nice Live Recordings
Let me start by saying that this makes excellent live recordings. I do an acoustic single, but often have backup. I take a stereo feed from the mixer into tracks 3/4, and record the room ambiance on tracks 1/2. The settings stay in memory, so I don't have to fiddle with it. I just plug it into the board, hit record, and I'm recording. Later on I do a simple mix of the board with the room and end up with a very nice recording!
There are some caveats, though. A set of alkaline batteries is good for maybe 5 hours of 16 bit wave recording to 4 tracks, not even close to the 9 hours claimed in the manual. Haven't run a full test with rechargeables, but after 2 hours on a freshly charged set the battery indicator was showing one bar.
That said, 5 hours is enough to cover what I need. But always start with fresh batteries! Tascam also sells a USB power adapter, but I'll bet it will work with a USB cell phone charger. The DR 40 comes with a mini USB cable, not a micro USB like most phones use, so you will have to use that cable.
The other issue is with the little rubber isolater foot that you're supposed to fit into the tripod mount to lift the mics if you set the DR40 on a table to record. A good idea, but it is a loose fit at best, easily forgotten when you pick it up, and falls out very easily. Mine disappeared the third time I used it. At this price point I think Tascam could have and should have provided an isolater that securely screwed into the tripod mount.
Like so many devices, the DR 40 has a ton of different functions controlled by just a few buttons. But, once you set it up it holds your settings in memory. Since I use it with the same settings every time, it's plug and play at my gigs, with a 30 second set up time.
I tried recording with the limiter, but found that it caused noticeable volume changes. I got the best results by running with lower recording levels. It's digital, so noise isn't an issue, and you can boost the levels in the mixdown.
So, bottom line? It makes great sounding live recordings! It's a keeper!