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

(based on 488 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (300)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (149)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (257)
  • Excellent sound (233)
  • Versatile (205)
  • Compact (202)
  • Low distortion (126)

Cons

  • Poor quality construction (17)
  • Unnecessary functions (13)
  • Difficult to use (11)
  • Weak (7)
  • Picks up background noise (6)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (167)
  • Professional recording (145)
  • Outdoor events / games (141)
  • Performances (108)
  • Home studio (100)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (94)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (205), Novice (52), Professional musician (30), Tech savvy (29), 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

Affordable and practical

By thehouseofdon

from Las Vegas, NV

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Ease Of Use
  • Good Audio
  • Portable

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

  • Interviews
  • Live Events
  • On-the-go Recording

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

I have a few Tascam recorders, (2) DR-40s, DR-44, DR-680. I use them for video production and for the most part they work great. The only issue I have is that the build quality is not that good. I have yet to have a Tascam that could take the impact of a simple fall from a table to the ground. Good thing I get the SquareTrade on all these or I would not buy them due to this issue.

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5.0

i would buy this product again

By Andy

from Punta del este, Uruguay

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Audio Monitor
  • Long Battery Life
  • Multiple Inputs
  • Nice Quality Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video Productions

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

    i use this product for tv productions, its a professional audio recorder with a cheap price (it`s great), i can`t say anything bad of this product, its make my job easier and more professional.

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    4.0

    Super portable, and easy to use.

    By Mad Anthony

    from North Carolina

    Verified Buyer

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

    I use this for remote podcast interview recording. I like how portable it is.

    It doesn't have a particularly loud headphone amplifier built in. And it isn't the quietest when it comes to signal to noise during the recording.

    It's very, very usable, but not especially at a professional level.

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    4.0

    Takes time to learn!

    By Pages

    from St. Paul, MN

    Verified Buyer

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

    I purchased this as a back-up for wireless audio used with my video camera. As with any technology, the versatility of the recorder means there are a zillion settings to learn. Unfortunately, my first try was unsuccessful because I didn't have enough time to practice and had something set wrong. I know I will like this product once I learn to use it properly, since it will give peace of mind when recording.

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    5.0

    An ABSOLUTE necessity for freelance filmmakers on the go

    By Megan

    from Portland, Ore

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Quality Sound Recording

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I've been using this product for the past 2 years and I've always been pleased with the audio it captures. As primarily a cinematographer, I'm not native to sound – but it's super easy to navigate through. Highly recommend this product!

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        4.0

        Great little recorder

        By Andrew

        from Saline, MI

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Long Battery Life
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Field Recording
          • Studio

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

          I'm a video student, and I have been checking out and using the same Tascam from the school the past two years. It's a great recorder. Make sure to spend some time getting familiar with all of the menus. The internal mics work well and are nice for when you need that extra or backup source. The battery life is solid as well. I use my

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          4.0

          terrific digi recorder

          By RadioK

          from Hudson Valley, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Intuitive Controls
          • Portability
          • Price
          • Quality

          Cons

          • Not So Rugged

          Best Uses

          • Field Recording

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

          Great, hand-holdable, intuitive recorder. This is my second DR40 (the headphone jack on the last went kaput). I'm a reporter, always use external mics, like how quick it is to change settings, the recording quality, that it doesn't weigh a ton and is, frankly, cheap especially given the quality. Uses most SD cards, too. A little greedy on AA batteries, but that's a minor quibble.

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          4.0

          Works as Advertised

          By Bob

          from Charlotte

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Sound Quality

          Cons

          • Poor Instructions

          Best Uses

          • Interviews
          • Meetings
          • Music With Ext Mike

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

          This recorder is compact and easy to use. The sound quality with the built in microphones is fully acceptable for recording speech. The sound quality is superb with a separate microphone.One or two reviewers have complained about having to push a button twice to record. This is actually a good design feature. The first push gets the recorder ready and gives the operator the opportunity to set the recording level. Once this is set, the second push starts recording.The instruction book is inadequate but even someone like me with no prior experience got it working in 20 minutes.

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          4.0

          so far so good!

          By Bitty Cent

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          Verified Buyer

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

          I haven't had a chance to use this to record audio to match up with video- I read after purchase that the audio drifts, which is not fun to deal with. So, with that in mind, this is just being reviewed based on recording music.

          I also haven't had a chance to use it with external mics. I bought this because of the two XLR ports. However, my boyfriend has been using it to record music only using the mic attached to the unit. It sounds great! He can't believe how great it sounds. So, for that purpose it works pretty well. Will update upon video use!

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          5.0

          Great tool and essential piece of equipment

          By Ricky Tunon

          from NYC

          Verified Buyer

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

          Controls are logically placed with Solid performance and having the option of battery vs AC means its ready to work at any location. No AV department should be without it. Multiple tracks is really a plus for voice overs. I would recommend it highly. Also the price was a real bargain at BH

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          5.0

          Awesome Recorder

          By Honest Image

          from Nashville Tennessee

          Verified Buyer

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

          I love this recorder. I am coming off the Dr-05 so this was a little bit of a jump. Overall great recorder though, love having the quarter inch and XLR inputs.

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          5.0

          Easy to use, captures audio well

          By DNiss

          from Minneapolis, MN

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

          Bought this to get audio from a mixer at a wedding. Easy as hooking up the unit using a XLR cable and pressing record. Definitely recommended as a cheap way to record audio from such sources.

          The external mic works okay but if you want clean sound, attach and use a shotgun mic with a windscreen. The Tascam can be easily attached to a rig (if you use one) or clipped onto a belt.

          All in all, I have not run into any problems with this device and would buy another.

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          5.0

          GREAT UNIT

          By JenFilms

          from Sacramento

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Weddings

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

              I have 2 DR40's. Both have worked wonderfully. I love the up to -12DB 2nd audio track option. It works great for saving audio that otherwise would have not have been clipped. The menu(s) is a bit wonky and the volume control +/- needs to be improved- but an all around great performer.

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              4.0

              Value for money

              By kriz

              from Los Angeles

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

              Best value for money. Love it. Use it for interviews and hook it up to clip on lavier mics or use the direct audio

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              5.0

              Tascam DR-40 A great Product

              By Johnny Mac

              from Chicago

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent audio quality

              Cons

              • Wind Does Effect Mics

              Best Uses

              • Wonderful For Stage Produ

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

              The Tascam DR-40 is a product
              well worth the investment.
              It has excellent audio quality
              Small and easy to conceal
              Even when working Weddings
              and Stage Productions.

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              5.0

              Very Impressive Device!!a

              By Freon

              from Houston

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

              The DR-40 was in my radar for Dslr video shooting, Podcasting, and portable recordings for Foley sfx and instruments on the go. I can confidently say that I'm pleased with my purchase, specially since I bought it at exactly $ on a dale they had it for. The sale was for the Bronze model, and honestly it looks better in person vs the picture online. I personally didn't care about the color so I chose to get it at the discount price. Best investment I've made recently. The microphones are really sensitive in a good way. Clarity is great. You will hear button presses while it records, but you should have it properly setup. I created a wind screen because the air would be harsh on the microphones. The batteries that came with the product have lasted a great deal of usage. Product works great! Recommended, specially at $. Even at regular price, it's worth the investment. Last but not least, it was my first purchase at B&H online and I was very pleased with the free expedited shipping, it was delivered quick.

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              5.0

              Mostly good

              By Matthew

              from VT

              Verified Buyer

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

              With dslr for radio lavalier plus background atmosphere. Compact, easy menues, robust enough, great price. Biggest moan, wind muffler hard to attach / stay on and with headphone jack in its almost impossible. I don't think anyone thought this problem through at the design stage. I am going to modify the wind muffler so the headphone jack passes through the side of the muffler itself, this will help keep the muffler in position and help stop it springing off.

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              4.0

              Good Recorder

              By Natureman

              from ATL, GA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • price

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

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

                I use it to record ambient background sounds with the on board mics. Works as advertised.

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                5.0

                Up and running quickly

                By Paul G.

                from Oklahoma

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Different Audio Files
                • Four Channels
                • Lightweight
                • Small
                • Two Built In Microphones

                Cons

                • Menus Not Consistent

                Best Uses

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

                  Came with batteries so that I could quickly play with my new toy. Have only recorded a few things so far, nothing that I needed to depend on the recorder solely. Will be using the recorder soon to record concerts that will hopefully match the video that is very sharp, but audio quality on my Nikon 810 was not doing very well with.

                  Am very happy with the testing that I have done so far.

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                  4.0

                  GREAT

                  By izz dizz

                  from houston tx

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Silver, Limited Edition):

                  USING FOR VIDEO. EASY TO USE. KINDA OF BULKY

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