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TascamDR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 355 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (218)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (107)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (238)
  • Excellent sound (224)
  • Versatile (198)
  • Compact (190)
  • Low distortion (123)

Cons

  • Poor quality construction (16)
  • Unnecessary functions (12)
  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Picks up background noise (6)
  • Weak (6)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (162)
  • Professional recording (140)
  • Outdoor events / games (134)
  • Performances (103)
  • Home studio (96)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (199), Novice (50), Tech savvy (29), Professional musician (28), Gearhead (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Clean audio, versatile recorder

I love this recorder, but Tascam could have included some form of protection for carrying it, even if only a cloth bag. Looking around the internet I found that a Pelican 1040 case...Read complete review

I love this recorder, but Tascam could have included some form of protection for carrying it, even if only a cloth bag. Looking around the internet I found that a Pelican 1040 case is just the right size to store/protect the DR-40 and an Audio-Technica AT8202 attenuator.The attenuator is a must have if you are going to tap into a dj or band's sound, for their signals are often too strong, even when dialing down external input levels to the DR-40's lowest setting.My unit came with an older firmware, 1.02, but upgrading to the current 1.20 firmware is very easy - Tascam even offers instructions on their website. In all I'm very happy with this purchase.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Functional, a bit noisy.

Let me start by saying my expectations for this product were set high from everything I'd read. Probably too high given the very affordable [$] price. It meets my expectations 100% except for...Read complete review

Let me start by saying my expectations for this product were set high from everything I'd read. Probably too high given the very affordable [$] price. It meets my expectations 100% except for the amount of noise it induces. I got Tascam support on the phone and verified that what I was seeing is normal. To make a long story short . . . with the input gain all the way up (had to do this for several mics I own) the noise floor is around -40Db. With no mics even plugged into the unit the meters and Db display show a -40DB, un-steady, signal. The noise comes out easily using post-processing (Adobe Audition in my case) but I did not expect to have to do this.

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4.0

Great recorder

By HikerMan

from Seattle

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

    I use the Dr-40 for recording audio in outdoor adventure videos. It's great for capturing vocals as well as ambient sounds. I wish it had an 1/8" mic input as well as the two 1/4" and XLR inputs.

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    5.0

    2 tracks with mixdown, great audio

    By Cameraperson

    from DC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 2 Xlr Combo 14 Inputs
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Phantom power

    Cons

    • Noisy In The Headphones

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Nature sounds
    • Professional Recording
    • Reporting
    • Vocals For Dslr Shoots

    Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

    I bought this after buying one for my job in TV production for use when gathering audio during dSLR shoots. After a little research, I decided on the DR40. I liked it so well, I bought one for myself so I can noodle on my guitar and mix down a few layers later. It works super well, uses AA batteries, SD cards up to 32gb, and looks good as well.

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    5.0

    Great recorder but hard to use

    By rmjphotog

    from New York, NY

    Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

    This recorder is perfect. It has all the functions you need and the audio quality is top notch. My gripe is with the menu system and user guide. The menus and buttons are so difficult to figure out that sometimes you just don't want to change anything in fear of not being able to get back to what you had before.

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    2.0

    Loses files easily, pause/record problem

    By David

    from Chattanooga

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Construction

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

    I have been using the Tascam DR-40 for 3 years and the DR-05 for three months. I love the quality of sound from the internal mics on both machines. Rarely do I use external mics now. But I am beyond frustrated by the need to hit the record button twice to record: first for paused recording, second to actually record. In bright light, both recorders' record-indicater lights are nearly impossible to read: it can be nearly impossible to know if recording or paused (if record light is blinking, solid or at all lit). Of course, even using headphones, audio sounds the same. I've lost countless hours of material, conducted entire interviews on paused recording. Perhaps I've been spoiled by Marantz' field recorders, which have a separate button for pause and record, but when I hit "record," I would like to know I'm recording.

    The second huge problem is that these Tascams are terribly feeble and sensitive to jarring while recording: entire files are lost if the machine is bumped or tips over on a table. I've lost interviews to a subject's hand gesture, bumping the recorder while held as a mic in my hand.

    I haven't found a way to recover these files. Without end-of-track write-out, they're gone. Again, I hate to compare to my Marantz PMD660 because the Marantz is so much bigger and has no worthwhile internal mic. They are in kind of different categories--I can't carry my Marantz everywhere the way I can these Tascams. But loss of files in both cases are very serious drawbacks and I believe design flaws. No amount of professional experience helps beyond a point. No matter how careful, the longer I use these machines, the more files and great tape I lose.

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    4.0

    Works great, but picks up interference

    By S. Lewis & Son

    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

      I've used this recorder on just about every video shoot since I purchased it, and have loved the sound quality on every shoot but one. I was shooting an interview, one which couldn't be interrupted or reshot. The interviewee's assistant was on her computer, tapping into the local wifi, and the recorder picked up the interference rendering that snip of audio useless. I had to loop the camera audio to cover those lapses. Didn't turn out too well.

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      2.0

      Decent recorder but fragile

      By 21North Media

      from Colorado

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Construction
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events

      Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

      I bought this to accompany my dslr to get good audio on interviews. On my very first job, 2 days after getting it, it fell off a table no taller than three feet. The screen cracked and now will not show any information. I have worked with the zoom h4n a lot and i have seen it take much more of a beating than this stupid little fall. I bought this because i wanted to try something different and it had good reviews, but it is a weak product that wont last long in the field.

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      4.0

      Audio recorder

      By 3rdear11

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

        Cheap gizmo to accomplish the task. I really wanted a Sound Devices recorder. But considering the environment and unpredictability of my upcoming circumstances I went with this much cheaper device. It's plasticy but functional. You gotta pay attention to it's slightly flimsy design but for the price it's acceptable. I won't feel so bad if it gets run over by a truck. It's a little noisy all things relative, but does 2 room tracks and 2 external tracks. I used it for the ambient and handheld mix. Still better than on camera audio.

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        5.0

        A Product must have.

        By Tre

        from Covington, Ky

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Cost Sufficient
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Documentaries
          • DSLR Cameras
          • Events
          • Interviews

          Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

          I purchased this product to go along with the rest of my DSLR gear that I've purchased from B&H. We also use the Tascam DR-40 4 Track Digital Audio Recorder in my Audio & Video Production program at the college that I go to, so I well familiar with the functions of this product. With that said, this product is well worth they price I paid for it, plus since I bought this product in a kit, it makes great recommendations for this product even more so.

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          5.0

          Excellent Recorder

          By Tony Lion

          from New York City

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

            This is an excellent recorder, I wasn't sure if I would like it, but to my surprise, it's great. I hooked up some additional mics, I also used the panthom power, and it works great, if you want a decent recorder, get it

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            5.0

            perfect recorder

            By Will

            from NJ

            Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

            Works just as advertised. Worth purchas Ing.

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            4.0

            I'm impressed

            By Sean

            from Lancaster, PA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

            • Feels fragile

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

            Feels kind of fragile in hand, but definitely provides some quality audio recording. Simple to use too.

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            5.0

            This is a great product

            By EVS

            from Montana

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

              Record through sound systems and run mics.

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              4.0

              Affordable and easy to use

              By Buck Schleissenbache

              from Kansas City

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Low Distortion
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

                I use it to do both field recording and quick recordings of my band's practices. It's pretty foolproof to use. Recording quality is good for my uses. The adjustable stereo mics are nice.

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                5.0

                Great Recorder

                By Billy Bulldogs

                from L.I.NY.

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Powerful
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

                  Great tool for concert goers and musicians. B&H as always has the best price. I have been dealing with B&H for years they are my first choice for all my gear.

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                  5.0

                  Very Happy

                  By Michael

                  from SD

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

                    Am always happy with how quickly B & H processes their orders. Very rare that they don't ship the next day after ordering. This product from Tascam also had a mail in rebate. The rebate must have been processed by return mail. Have never received a rebate that fast before.

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                    4.0

                    Flexible, Easy, Affordable

                    By MP

                    from NY, NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Low Distortion
                    • Powerful
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

                      Couldn't be much easier to use right out of the box but is also capable of other useful options (recording 4 tracks/overdubbing, auto-rec, etc) through a simple menu system. Getting the recordings out of the unit is simple as well either straight from the SD card or USB out. It's not the smallest unit but that's no issue for me. Annoying that you have to buy the power-supply separately though...

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                      5.0

                      Studio quality recorder at a bargain pri

                      By Tim of the north

                      from Greensboro, NC

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Low Distortion
                      • Powerful
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

                        I bought this product for a podcast that I do every 2 weeks and I wanted something simple and affordable. The DR-40 was priced right and I did my research and bought this product. I had no idea that all the features it had were things I would actually use! The dual mode is genius! I cannot tell you how many time I have spent 30 minutes on an interview to find out later that the sound quality was too high... or just off. I also found it hard to find a recorder that had "mono" as an option...this may not seem valuable but I can assure you, this is huge for notes. I am also impressed with the button layout and brilliant simplicity of the design. This is a must buy!

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                        3.0

                        Built-in speaker volumes is too low

                        By jk

                        from san Jose

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion

                        Cons

                        • Poor Speaker Volume

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

                          Purchased this one because it has a built-in speaker. After trying it, just found out the speaker volumes is so low. Even I set the output level to the maximum(speaker is set to on, still the volume is lower than the noise produced by a mosquito. Not sure if it is designed this way or not. The manual says the speaker is 0.3W.

                          The recording quality is very good. Crystal clear sound.

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                          5.0

                          Best item in my bag!

                          By CurtCharlesPDX

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy setup
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Poor Battery State Indic

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

                          I use this to capture choir concerts at 4 channels; the recorder is placed in front of the conductor and provide astonishing separation. 2 XLR mic's are further back for a broader and more integrated picture. On other occasions we've used it to capture a focus group; we put the recorder right in the middle of the table and let it do it's stuff. Always use fresh batteries...

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                          5.0

                          It is a great recording device

                          By wired yet ?

                          from North Carolina

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • I Like The Clarity
                          • LOTS of features
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Worship Services

                            Comments about Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Black):

                            How: I bought it so that I could record our services on Sunday mornings. We have a mobile church and so we have to set up services weekly. This way I have the content on a sd card and do a little post production and then send it to be posted.
                            Great: I like the clarity and the versatility. I am not good with having the patience to look through the manual -so i went on line and learned all the features.
                            Not so great: I have not found anything yet. It does what I tell it to - I am impressed with the quality and how far we have come from the 4track - tascam that I used to use. oh no I just showed my age. another sign i am getting old - i refer to old technology.

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