4-track Handheld Recorder with Adjustable Onboard Microphones and XLR Combo Inputs
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Quality 4-track Recording - Anywhere!

Thanks to the TASCAM DR-40 handheld 4-track recorder, you don't have to break the bank to break free from the studio. The DR-40 gives you flexible stereo recording options, so you can capture live performances, make great-sounding demos, and more. Adjustable onboard microphones let you optimize the DR-40 for any environment, and a pair of locking Neutrik XLR Combo jacks let plug your own mics or instruments for full 4-track recording. What's more, the DR-40 features great practice and recording tools, including variable speed playback, an onboard tuner, and overdub recording mode. And all you need is three AA batteries for up to 15 hours of recording with your TASCAM DR-40.

TASCAM DR-40 Handheld Digital 4-track Recorder at a Glance:
  • Flexible I/O and recording options
  • The tools you need to nail every recording
  • Excellent onboard effects and processing
Flexible I/O and recording options

The TASCAM DR-40 makes on-the-go 4-track recording easy, thanks to its flexible I/O and recording options. For live recording, the DR-40 gives you everything you need. Just take the main feed off the board (plugged into the DR-40's XLR Combo jacks) and use the built-in microphones to capture the sound of the room. Onboard phantom power also lets you record with any condenser microphones. And since the DR-40 can record in formats ranging from MP3 to 24-bit/96kHz WAV, you can get exactly the recording quality you need.

The tools you need to nail every recording

Never miss another take! To make recording with the DR-40 as easy and fool-proof as possible, TASCAM gave this handheld recorder super-useful functions. First, there's the DR-40's peak reduction function, which automatically sets your levels to the optimal incoming volume. If the music gets loud or there's an unexpected peak, the DR-40's built-in limiter ensures that your recording will be safe, and a lowpass filter keeps low-end rumble from overwhelming your audio. Finally, there's the DR-40's dual recording mode, which captures a safety track at a lower level, so even if disaster strikes, you won't miss a moment of your audio.

Excellent onboard effects and processing

More than a handheld recorder, the TASCAM DR-40 is a true studio-to-go. Variable speed playback and overdub modes let you rock out to your own recordings and write whole songs inside the DR-40. Add EQ to your tracks and automatically align their levels, for polished-sounding playback, or add a touch of reverb for extra dimension. The DR-40 even has a built-in speaker, so you can audition your takes without plugging in headphones. And when it's time to upload your tracks to your computer, high-speed USB 2.0 makes file transfer quick and easy.

TASCAM DR-40 Handheld Digital 4-track Recorder Features:
  • An amazing, goes-anywhere handheld 4-track portable recorder
  • Built-in condenser microphones are adjustable to XY or AB positions
  • 2 x XLR Combo jacks feature microphone and line input, plus phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Record with both the onboard microphones and inputs for up to 4 tracks of simultaneous recording
  • Dual recording mode captures a safety track at a lower level to avoid distortion
  • Overdub mode allows recording along with a previous take
  • Peak reduction automatically sets the ideal recording level
  • 15-hour battery life from three AA batteries (without phantom power)
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV/BWF or MP3 recording resolution
  • 2-second pre-recording buffer
  • Variable speed playback from 50-150% speed without changing the pitch
  • Adjustable limiter and low cut filter (40Hz, 80Hz, or 120Hz)
  • Built-in speaker and chromatic tuner
  • 1/8" headphone/line output
  • Playback EQ and level align function
  • Stereo reverb effect
  • Tripod mounting hole
  • SD/SDHC card slot supports up to 32GB media (2GB card included)
  • Locking Neutrik Combi (XLR Combo) jacks
  • USB 2.0 jack and cable for transferring recordings to computer
  • Powered by three AA batteries, optional AC adapter, or USB bus power
The TASCAM DR-40 portable recorder lets you capture 4-track audio anywhere!

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Tech Specs

A/D Resolution Up to 24-bit/96kHz PCM WAV (32k/64k/96k/128k/192k/256k/320kbps MP3)
Simultaneous Rec Tracks 4
Simultaneous Play Tracks 4
Built-in Mic(s) 2
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR Combo
Analog Outputs 1/8" Stereo
Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/8"
Built-in Speaker Yes
Memory (removable) SD/SDHC (up to 32GB)
Built-in Effects Yes (reverb)
Power Supply 3 x AA, Power Supply (not included), USB
Max Battery Life 15 Hours (without phantom power)
Stand Mountable Yes (camera)
Height 6.10"
Width 2.75"
Depth 1.37"
Weight .47 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DR-40

Customer Reviews

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I love it

Recently, I decided to start recording our pastor's sermons to make them available to our congregation. I was familiar with Tascam gear, having used their mixers, tape decks, dat machines etc., and I liked the portability factor of the Tascam hand held recorders. I was originally looking to purchase the DR-5, but my sales rep, Ian Lemberg thought that the DR-40 would be a better fit for my needs. As usual he was right. I totally love all of the features of the DR-40. I am able to make a clean recording of the Sunday sermon, take the recording home, transfer it to my DAW via USB, edit it, and master it. I love using the features such as the built in limiter, and the low end roll off to help make my editing and mastering chores a lot easier (these are only a few of the MANY features of this unit).. It's also pretty cool that you can record hours and hours of audio in either mono, stereo, or 4-track in .wav or mp3 formats at up to 96Khz sampling rate.. I always wanted a portable recording setup to capture sound outside of my studio, and this does the trick!
Music background: Church Muscian


My handheld recorder works get for what i needed it for. It work great for my music. Thank you for helping me find just what i needed.
Music background: 65 Years as playing for church service


I took this out to record a gospel quartet that I really like and just with using the internal mics the sound was amazing. I also really like the dual recording mode. The main recording clipped a few times when the bass singer got way down there but the second recording at the reduced level was spot on. This was in a small church and even though there were people clapping and singing along I still got an excellent blend of the music and vocals coming from the speakers. If you decide to get this I don't think you will be disappointed.
Music background: Singer Lead and harmony vocals, Sound Engineer, Worship Leader, Played in local bands, Opened for major country recording artists, Worked with several gospel singers and groups. Grew up around the music industry

Excellent recorder

Purchased this as an upgrade to my M Audio Microtrak II. I've been recording jazz, rock and solo piano live for many years. Bottom line is the sound is outstanding with the internal mics which move from both AB to XY patterns. The noise floor is very low, the soundstage is wide and deep and the audio has excellent detail with an apparent very flat and wide frequency response. I plan to test the mics inputs with my trusty Shure SM81s. Even without this test, this recorder does a great job. The battery life is rated at 15 hours and the recorder uses 3 standard AA batteries. This means that you are not limited by the life of an internal non changeable rechargeable battery. The sound and ergonomics have advanced from the excellent design of the MicroTrak II. Highly recommended.
Music background: Hobbyist

Easy to use....professional quality!

Very convenient and easy to use ... When put with external mics, sounds like studio recording.
Music background: Pro musician
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