Tascam DR-40X 4-Channel / 4-Track Portable Audio Recorder with Adjustable Stereo Microphone

Tascam DR-40X 4-Channel / 4-Track Portable Audio Recorder with Adjustable Stereo Microphone

Tascam DR-40X 4-Channel / 4-Track Portable Audio Recorder with Adjustable Stereo Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Podcast, Sound Effects & Music Recording
  • Adjustable Unidirectional Mics
  • Dual XLR-1/4" Inputs w/ Phantom Power
  • Stereo Safety Track Record Mode
  • Records in WAV up to 96 kHz
  • 3.5mm Line/Headphone Output
  • Auto-Record and Pre-Record Functions
  • Internal Battery Operates up to 18 Hours
  • Supports microSDXC Cards up to 128GB
  • Auto-Level, Limiter & Low-Cut Filter
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Tascam DR-40X Overview

  • 1Description

For podcasts, sound effects, and music recording applications, the Tascam DR-40X portable handheld recorder is capable of capturing up to four tracks of high-resolution audio with no external microphones required. Its onboard unidirectional condenser mics can be set for a wide or tight stereo image, and may be used simultaneously with the mic/line combo inputs. Equally adept as a handheld device or when used in stand- or camera-mounted setups, the DR-40X can handle anything from sampling sessions and interviews to podcasts and live concerts.

Flexible powering methods—batteries, USB bus power, or an AC adapter—make the DR-40X well suited to on-the-go recording, all-day video shoots, and computer-based audio production. Need to patch in external mics or an outboard mixer? The DR-40X's two balanced XLR-1/4" inputs accommodate mic- or line-level signals (even +4 dBu from professional consoles) and can supply phantom power if needed. Whether you use the built-in mics or an external source, selectable modes such as stereo safety track recording, peak reduction, limiting, and auto level give you options for achieving a clean, undistorted recording.

Adjustable Unidirectional Microphones
The DR-40X's onboard condenser microphones empower you with stereo capture or 2 x stereo capture when used with the mic/line inputs. For sources producing sound pressure levels up to 125 dB, loud concerts won't be a problem. Whereas the DR-05X has omnidirectional mics in a fixed A-B setup, the DR-40X features adjustable unidirectional mics. The unidirectional mics minimize the pickup of sound entering from the rear of the capsules, resulting in a more focused tone with fewer reflections.

Easily pivot the capsules between two mic configurations to complement your sound source—use the A-B position (capsules facing outward) to produce a wide stereo image, or switch to the X-Y position (capsules facing inward) if you need a tighter stereo field with a strong center presence and fewer phase differences.
Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with Phantom Power
Dual Neutrik XLR-1/4" TRS combo jacks support mic level and +4 dBu line level, allowing you to record external microphones or balanced outputs from a mixer or FOH console. With switchable 24V or 48V phantom power and ample gain, the mic preamps can serve a variety of microphones such as dynamic, ribbon, or condenser types. Using the onboard microphones, you can capture the ambient sound of an audience while recording direct from an external console, which is ideal for live performances.
Supports microSDXC Cards up to 128GB
To maximize compactness and portability, the DR-40X records directly to media cards (available separately). microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC cards (up to 128GB capacity) are supported for long recording times even at high audio resolutions. With a 128GB card, the DR-40X can record in stereo for up to 192 hours at 16-bit / 44.1 kHz using uncompressed, BWF-compliant WAV format.
3.5mm Line/Headphone Output
When you want to record to your camera and the DR-40X, just connect the 3.5mm mini-jack output from the DR-40X into your camera's input, then use the +/- buttons on the Home screen to adjust the output level. Alternatively, connect a pair of headphones to the 3.5mm mini jack for critical listening. Quick monitor checks can be done through the DR-40X's built-in mono speaker.
USB Microphone and Audio Interface Functionality
Connect the DR-40X to your Mac/Windows computer or iOS device via USB for real-time bidirectional audio routing. Once recognized and configured, the DR-40X can be used as a USB microphone or 2-in/2-out audio interface for your favorite audio software. For convenient file transfers, the DR-40X can function as a card reader when connected via USB.
Powered via AA Batteries, USB, or AC Adapter
Using the three included AA alkaline batteries, you can power the DR-40X for up to 18 hours of stereo recording time at 16-bit / 44.1 kHz resolution. For long-duration sessions that require extended recording time, the DR-40X may be powered via a USB connection to a computer or mobile battery, or through the Tascam PS-P520E AC adapter (available separately).
Ideal for Handheld or Tripod-Mounted Use
Designed for optimal portability, the DR-40X is both compact and light. The streamlined body lends itself to comfortable use when held in the hand or placed in a pocket. To foil unplanned button presses in such situations, engage the side-panel hold switch. Utilize the 1/4"-20 threaded hole on the underside of the DR-40X to mount it on a mic stand or tripod for stable, stationary positioning, or attach the included tilt foot to prevent the onboard mics from being too low when placing the unit with the bottom side down.
Stereo Safety Track Recording
Filmmakers and videographers often experience sudden audio volume spikes during filming. An actor could suddenly scream, or a documentary subject could do almost anything. The DR-40X has a dual-recording mode that captures a copy of your take from the onboard mics or external inputs at a lower level (selectable at -6 db or -12 dB) as a safety track in case of sudden distortion.
Built-In Level Modes and Signal Processing Enhance Audio Quality
Enhance the sonic impact of your audio with the DR-40X's built-in level modes and signal processing. Engage automatic level control to increase or decrease the recording volume when the input sound is too quiet or loud, and switch on the limiter to compress the signal before it reaches the point of distortion. In rehearsal mode or while recording, the peak reduction function automatically reduces the input gain to a suitable level.

Mitigate wind noise and low-frequency rumble by selecting the low-cut filter, which can be set at 40, 80, or 120 Hz. You can even choose to apply a hall, room, studio, or plate reverb preset to the input or output signal. Upon playback, treble, mid, and bass frequencies may be boosted or reduced for custom output tone.
Selectable Recording Functions
The DR-40X offers several recording functions that simplify your workflow and save you from missing the beginning of a performance. Once enabled, the prerecord setting keeps the DR-40X in standby mode, which allows it to capture up to two seconds of signal before you press the record button. The DR-40X is also capable of recording in response to an input signal. Its auto-record function can begin recording at a user-selectable decibel threshold of -6, -12, -24, or -48 dB. If you'll be recording yourself while playing an instrument such as piano or drums, you can use the self-timer function to initiate recording after a set period of time (5 or 10 seconds).
Nondestructive Overdubbing
The DR-40X's overdubbing is perfect for layering a new performance over an existing track. By overdubbing, you can play an instrument or sing as you play back a saved track. Record either the combined signals or just the input signal as a new file, keeping the original recording as is.
Tone Generator for Synchronizing Files
An internal tone generator makes it easy to synchronize files recorded on the DR-40X and your camera. When the DR-40X is connected to a camera, an adjustable auto-tone will be sent to the camera and recorded to the DR-40X. The resulting tones can be used as guides when synchronizing your files in video editing software.
Supports External Remote Control
Hand- or foot-operated remote control is possible via the RC-3F footswitch or RC-10 wired remote (both available separately). Start/stop recording, make marks, increment tracks, and more without having to touch the DR-40X.
Additional Features
  • 128 x 64 pixel graphic LCD with backlight
  • Quick-menu button for easy access to various functions
  • 10 menu languages
  • Delay compensation function eliminates time lags caused by differences in the distances of two sets of inputs from the sound source
  • Overwrite function for punch-in recording with one level of undo
  • Dictation mode designed for human voice recording and transcription
  • Adjustable playback speed from 0.5 to 2 times (in 0.1 increments) at 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz
  • MS decoding function allows proper stereo monitoring of a mid-side mic configuration
  • Automatically creates a new file when the maximum file size is reached
  • File divide/delete functions
  • Loop/repeat playback
  • Resume function retains the last stop point even when the DR-40X is powered off/on
  • Jump-back-and-play feature (1 to 10 seconds or 10/20/30 seconds)
  • Up to 99 marks (locate points) per track
  • Track increment creates new files at arbitrary locations during recording
  • File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or the date
  • The first six characters of the file name for recording can be set freely
  • Playlist function
  • Chromatic tuner
  • Built-in rubber feet reduce the transfer of vibrations from a desktop or table to the onboard microphones
UPC: 043774033683
In the Box
Tascam DR-40X 4-Channel / 4-Track Portable Audio Recorder with Adjustable Stereo Microphone
  • 3 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • Tilt Foot
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty for Parts
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty for Labor
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    • 1Description

    Tascam DR-40X Specs

    Portable Recorder
    Number of Tracks 4
    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit
    Microphone Built-In Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, A/B or X/Y Configuration
    Built-In Speaker Yes, 0.3 W Mono
    Display Monochrome LCD (Backlit)
    Memory Card Support microSD (64 MB to 2 GB)
    microSDHC (4 GB to 32 GB)
    microSDXC (48 GB to 128 GB)
    Internal Storage None
    Audio File Formats BWF, MP3, WAV
    Sample Rates WAV:
    44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz 
    44.1 / 48 kHz 
    Bit Depth 16 / 24-Bit
    Bit Rates 32 to 320 kb/s (Record)
    32 to 320 kb/s + VBR (Playback)
    Signal Processing Auto Gain, EQ, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Reverb
    Timecode None
    Recording Time WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
    1 Hr 41 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    WAV 48 kHz/16-Bit:
    1 Hr 33 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    WAV 96 kHz/16-Bit:
    46 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    WAV 44.1 kHz/24-Bit:
    1 Hr 7 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
    1 Hr 2 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
    31 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    MP3 32 kb/s:
    74 Hrs 32 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    MP3 64 kb/s:
    37 Hrs 16 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    MP3 96 kb/s:
    24 Hrs 50 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    MP3 128 kb/s:
    18 Hrs 38 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    MP3 192 kb/s:
    12 Hrs 25 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    MP3 256 kb/s:
    9 Hrs 19 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    MP3 320 kb/s:
    7 Hrs 27 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    Analog I/O 2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Female Balanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone/Line Output
    Digital I/O None
    Phantom Power +24 / 48 V (Applied to All Inputs)
    Phantom Power Current 3 mA per Channel
    Plug-In Power No
    Host Connection 1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0)
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +1/-3 dB (At 44.1 kHz, JEITA) 
    20 Hz to 22 kHz +1/-3 dB (At 48 kHz, JEITA) 
    20 kHz to 40 kHz +1/-3 dB (At 96 kHz, JEITA) 
    Max Input Level Mic Inputs:
    -3 dBV 
    Line Inputs:
    +20 dBu 
    Max Output Level +2 dBV 
    Headphone Output Power 20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
    Impedance Mic Inputs:
    2.2 kOhms 
    Line Inputs:
    10 kOhms 
    Line Outputs:
    12 Ohms 
    SNR Line Outputs:
    >92 dB 
    THD ≤0.05% 
    Microphone Max SPL 125 dB SPL
    Power Options Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
    Battery Type 3 x AA (Included)
    Approximate Battery Life WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
    18 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    6.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom On, Recording) 
    9 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    19.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    16 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    16 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    5.5 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom On, Recording) 
    7.5 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    15.5 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    12.5 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
    14.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    8.5 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    14 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    14 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    11 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    7.5 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    12 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    11.5 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    MP3 128 kb/s:
    16 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    9 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    16.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    16.5 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    12.5 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    8 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, Phantom Off, Recording) 
    13 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    13.5 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, Playback, with Headphones) 
    AC/DC Power Adapter VDC Not Included
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Mounting Options 1/4"-20 Female
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions 2.8 x 6.1 x 1.4" / 70.0 x 155.0 x 35.0 mm (Mics Closed)
    3.5 x 6.1 x 1.4" / 90.0 x 155.0 x 35.0 mm (Mics Open)
    Weight 7.5 oz / 213.0 g (Without Batteries)
    9.9 oz / 282.0 g (With Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 1.055 x 15.95 x 8.2"

    Tascam DR-40X Reviews

    DR-40X 4-Channel / 4-Track Portable Audio Recorder with Adjustable Stereo Microphone is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recorder-Nice upgrade from original DR-40. I still have the original DR-40, but it’s pretty long in the tooth at this point, so I am giving it away to one of my students after purchasing the new DR-40X. The audio specs seem to be about the same on the “X” version (the old DR-40 sounded great, so no problems there), but this one has a daylight screen that comes in very handy as well as the USB interface and a few other features. I’m using this for location recording/DSLR recording as well some rudimentary music production (I’m a hobbyist in that arena). All in all, I love the Tascam products! Great value. One caveat is that it doesn’t come with the USB cable (micro USB), so keep that in mind when hooking it up to your computer.
    Date published: 2019-06-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from the functionality is ok but the build is cheap cheap plastic it will do the job but for $20 more just get the zoom h4n much better build, not the great upgrade from tascams last model that cost far less.
    Date published: 2019-03-31
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    Why would I buy DR-40X instead of DR-40? Does ...

    Why would I buy DR-40X instead of DR-40? Does -40X have everything in -40 ? Does -40X have more than -40 ?
    Asked by: Lowell
    While the DR-40 functions only as a portable digital audio recorder, the DR-40X also provides the option to function as a 2-channel audio interface with your computer. This would be a great consideration for podcasts. It also has an overdub recording option which is useful for musicians, where you can record a single voice or instrument and then record a 2nd audio track over the one that is already recorded. The DR-40X also has a multi-language menu, as well as a dictation mode which can be used to capture testimonials, reminders, or lectures and is made to work ideally with dictation software for transcription purposes.
    Answered by: David
    Date published: 2019-03-14

    Am I able to use the line out jack to connect ...

    Am I able to use the line out jack to connect this with an iPad or iPhone?
    Asked by: Aaron
    I am afraid not. These iOS devices are looking for a microphone input.
    Answered by: Mark
    Date published: 2019-05-16

    What type of USB connection does it have? Micro, ...

    What type of USB connection does it have? Micro, C or what?
    Asked by: Michael
    Micro usb
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-04-11

    Are the pre-amps improved comparing to the old ...

    Are the pre-amps improved comparing to the old dr-40 version ?
    Asked by: Ariel
    The THD (≤0.05 %) and SNR (≥92 dB) specs are the same for the DR-40 and DR-40X. I have the DR-40X and I'm not impressed with the preamps.
    Answered by: Chris
    Date published: 2019-04-11

    Does the new dr 40x allow me to record directly ...

    Does the new dr 40x allow me to record directly to my camcorder’s / dslr’s soundtrack in real time without having to sync later? If so, where is the “line out” of unit located?
    Asked by: PC
    There is a headphone/line out jack on the left side of the DR-40X that allows you to monitor the audio in real time or output it to another device. You can also change to volume of this output using the plus and minus keys on the front of the device. I hope that answers your question.
    Answered by: Paul
    Date published: 2019-02-27
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