Tascam HS-4000 4-Channel Audio Recorder

Tascam HS-4000 4-Channel Audio Recorder

Tascam HS-4000 4-Channel Audio Recorder

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  • 1Description

The Tascam HS-4000 4-Channel Audio Recorder is built for the needs of modern broadcast facilities. It captures four tracks to solid-state Compact Flash cards, and two cards are available for simultaneous redundant recording. The HS-4000 can function as one 4-track recorder or a pair of individual 2-track decks. In addition to recording and logging tasks, the HS-4000 includes on-air and monitor play modes. 

Audio on the HS-4000 is captured as Broadcast WAV files, including a timestamp from the SMPTE input source. The transport can be controlled over RS-232C, RS-422, parallel or LAN control. Balanced analog audio is interfaced through XLR connectors, and multi-channel AES/EBU digital I/O is available.  

A color TFT touchscreen is used to change settings and view meters on the HS-4000, making the GUI simple to use. Three remote controls are available with a variety of flash start, transport and fader functions.

Note: Cards are sold separately.

Compact flash starting system suitable for use in environments where portability is essential
Setup composed of HS-4000 and RC-HS32PD remote control unit is extremely efficient, particularly in terms of space, cost, and operability. This setup realizes efficient operation in a variety of situations, including when you need to alternate between two sets of background music, you need to flash start effects sounds while playing background music or you need to flash start different effect sounds at the same time. 1
Playlist mode is included as an operation mode especially for flash starting. To use this mode, add the takes to be used to the playlist. You can edit the IN and OUT points and levels of each take, so this is convenient for making fine adjustments for flash starting to use after importing data.
In addition to flash start keys, the RC-HS32PD has a pair of 100mm faders that support fader-starting as a form of transmission control. These enable complete 2 x 2 operation (with one HS-4000 functioning as two players). These faders also have physical 0dB locking mechanism. 2
Five operation modes in order to respond to various conditions and user needs
For the operating system, a real-time operating system (RTOS) is developed for use with real-time applications. This OS can respond to various needs of broadcasters that ordinary PC-based systems are unable to handle. In addition to quick startup and speedy execution, which are crucial prerequisites, this OS has great resistance against infection by computer viruses, which is a concern when connected to network and importing external data. Since you can connect these units to networks with peace of mind, the fundamental convenience of file-based operation has been fulfilled.
Multiple remote controllers and a variety of external controls can be used together 3
Using a network, even more flexibility and a wider range of applications are possible. With support for 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet, these units use the common file transfer protocol (FTP), which is not restricted to specific systems. As a result, you can access these units from computers running Windows, Macintosh, UNIX and many other operating systems. Files can be transferred between CF cards and computers using FTP client software. Files sent to systems can be stored and otherwise worked with in a variety of ways. In addition, a telnet remote control environment that works over network is also supported. These features contribute to making user systems and workflows more efficient.
In addition to using RTOS, operational security is ensured from a variety of angles. All of the connectors include locking mechanisms to prevent accidental disconnection. Moreover, the power button and other important keys have button guards. When these guards are not needed, they can be removed and the unit can be used without them. Of course, the unit also has a panel lock function.
The graphical user interface shared by the HS-series enables intuitive and straightforward operation. The menus are simple with only one level and you can return to the Home Screen with one touch when you complete making a setting. These units enable stress-free operation.
You can monitor audio even if the RC-HS32PD is located far away from the main unit or console. In addition to monitoring with headphones, this unit has built-in speakers, so you can quickly monitor whenever you need to check something. 4
Supports Virtual Network Computing (VNC) over local area networks (LAN)
You can view the screen of an HS-4000 on a computer connected to it on the same LAN. When doing so, you can also operate the unit's screen using a mouse.
CF cards that boast high durability because their contracts are not exposed when used as recording media. High durability also results from using media that do not require rotating mechanisms. This helps realize recording and playback equipment with the critical trait of high reliability as well as resistance to vibrations and other features that allow them to be used in all types of situations, including field recording. Since they require little maintenance, they reduce expenses over time. Moreover this type of media makes audio file management and utilization easy.
Since the layout includes one circuit board for each connector, not only does the unit boast excellent strength against twisting and pulling from cables, interference with other connectors is also suppressed. Since the system is designed to be movable, if unexpected force is applied to cables when parts of the system are moved individually, their excellent resistance to these stresses can prevent accidents.
Unlike ordinary connectors that are fixed to circuit boards, the CANARE's BNC connectors used in the HS-4000 are individually secured using nuts, providing superior strength against pulling, twisting and other forces.
Aluminum is used in the HS-4000 DATA knob to prevent breaking and the reduction of operability due to deterioration. It also makes helpful feedback "clicks" during operation.
BurrBrown PCM1796 digital to analog converters and JRC's NJM5532 op-amps are well suited in audio applications.
Power sections use high-capacity capacitors in order to provide stable power supplies
Metal-plated XLR connectors made by NEUTRIK resist oxidization even over long periods of use and maintain high audio quality
CF cards used as recording media (Ultra DMA supported) 5
Dual CF card slots
Simultaneous recording of up to four 24-bit/96 kHz
Confidence monitoring function (playback while recording) can be used when recording two tracks (44.1/48 kHz)
Simultaneous playback up to 4 tracks or 2 stereo tracks (in dual playlist mode)
Five operation modes: timeline, take, single playlist, dual playlist and on-air
In timeline mode, recording and playback like a tape recorder is possible using a linear timeline
In take mode, playback and flash starting in take units is possible
In playlist mode, takes can be added to a list for playback in list order and flash starting
In single playlist mode, playback of up to 4 tracks is possible
In dual playlist mode, 2 stereo tracks can be independent played back and controlled
Online key can be used for on-line playback and monitoring playback
BWF and WAV file formats supported
RC-HS32PD and RC-SS20 units (sold separately) can be used for flash starting
Flash starting using parallel control and keyboards is possible
Auto cue, auto ready and incremental play functions
AES31 editing information can be imported and exported in timeline mode
Playlist function in playlist mode (PPL supported)
Jog and shuttle functions
Intuitive operation is possible using graphical interface on TFT color touch sensitive screen
Four XLR analog balanced In/Out
Two stereo pairs of XLR AES/EBU digital In/Out
Headphones output
XLR timecode input and output
BNC video reference (NTSC/PAL black burst signals and HDTV Tri-level signals) and word clock In/Out/Thru
Compatible with 48 kHz pull-up/pull-down operation
LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) supports FTP file transmission, telnet remote control and VNC
Parallel remote control
RS-232C serial remote control
RS-422 (9-pin serial protocol) serial remote control
Rack mounting possible (2U)
UPC: 043774026555
In the Box
Tascam HS-4000 4-Channel Audio Recorder
  • Power Cord Set
  • Rack-Mounting Screw Kit
  • Security Screws
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Parts
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Recording Media CF card (Compact flash card)
    File System FAT32 (4 GB or more), FAT16 (2 GB or less)
    File Format BWF(monophonic, polyphonic), WAV
    Number of Channels 4, 2x2
    Quantization 16/24-bit
    Sampling Frequency 44.1 / 47.952 kHz
    48 / 48.048 kHz
    88.2 / 96 kHz
    (47.952/48.048:48 kHz +/-0.1%, Pull-up/Pull-down)
    Clock Reference Input Internal, Word In, Video In, Digital In CH 1 to 2 IN, CH 3 to 4 IN
    Timecode 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 DF / 29.97 NDF / 30 DF / 30 NDF
    Analog Audio Inputs
    Analog Input XLR-3-31(1:GND/2:HOT/3:COLD)
    Input Impedance 4.3 kΩ
    Nominal Input Level +4 dBu(1.23 Vrms)+/-1 dB / -20 dBu(0.0775 Vrms)+/-1 dB
    (+4 dBu/-20 dBu selectable)
    (+6 dBu when Digital Ref. level is set to -9 dB)
    Maximum Output Level +15 dBu (4.36 Vrms) (D.Ref:-9 dBFS, A.input:+6 dBu)
    +18 dBu (6.16 Vrms) (D.Ref:-14 dBFS, A.input:+4 dBu)
    +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms) (D.Ref:-16 dBFS, A.input:+4 dBu)
    +22 dBu (9.76 Vrms) (D.Ref:-18 dBFS, A.input:+4 dBu)
    +24 dBu (12.3 Vrms) (D.Ref:-20 dBFS, A.input:+4 dBu)
    -6 dBu (0.388 Vrms) (D.Ref:-14 dBFS, A.input:-20 dBu)
    -4 dBu (0.489 Vrms) (D.Ref:-16 dBFS, A.input:-20 dBu)
    -2 dBu (0.616 Vrms) (D.Ref:-18 dBFS, A.input:-20 dBu)
    0 dBu (0.775 Vrms) (D.Ref:-20 dBFS, A.input:-20 dBu)
    Analog Audio Outputs
    Analog Output XLR-3-32(1:GND/2:HOT/3:COLD)
    Output Impedance 100 Ω or less
    Nominal Output Level +4 dBu (1.23 Vrms)+/-1 dB / -20 dBu(0.0775 Vrms)+/-1 dB
    (+4 dBu/-20 dBu selectable)
    (+6 dBu when Digital Ref. level is set to -9 dB)
    Maximum Output Level Selectable
    +15 dBu (4.36 Vrms) (D.Ref:-9 dBFS, A.output:+6 dBu)
    +18 dBu (6.16 Vrms) (D.Ref:-14 dBFS, A.output:+4 dBu)
    +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms) (D.Ref:-16 dBFS, A.output:+4 dBu)
    +22 dBu (9.76 Vrms) (D.Ref:-18 dBFS, A.output:+4 dBu)
    +24 dBu (12.3 Vrms) (D.Ref:-20 dBFS, A.output:+4 dBu)
    -6 dBu (0.388 Vrms) (D.Ref:-14 dBFS, A.output:-20 dBu)
    -4 dBu (0.489 Vrms) (D.Ref:-16 dBFS, A.output:-20 dBu)
    -2 dBu (0.616 Vrms) (D.Ref:-18 dBFS, A.output:-20 dBu)
    0 dBu (0.775 Vrms) (D.Ref:-20 dBFS, A.output:-20 dBu)
    Analog Output - Monitoring XLR-3-32 (1:GND/2:HOT/3:COLD)
    Output Impedance 100 Ω
    Nominal Output Level +6 dBu(1.55 Vrms) (D.ref level = when set to -9 dB)
    +4 dBu(1.23 Vrms) (D.ref level = when not set to -9 dB)
    Maximum Output Level +15 dBu (4.36 Vrms) (D.Ref:-9 dBFS, A.output:+6 dBu)
    +18 dBu (6.16 Vrms) (D.Ref:-14 dBFS, A.output:+4 dBu)
    +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms) (D.Ref:-16 dBFS, A.output:+4 dBu)
    +22 dBu (9.76 Vrms) (D.Ref:-18 dBFS, A.output:+4 dBu)
    +24 dBu (12.3 Vrms) (D.Ref:-20 dBFS, A.output:+4 dBu)
    Phones 1/4" (6.3 mm) stereo phone jack
    Maximum Output Level Phones: 45 + 45 mW (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 Ω loaded
    Digital Audio Inputs
    Digital Input XLR-3-31
    Input Signal Voltage Range: 2 to 7 Vp-p
    Input Impedance Digital Audio Input: 110 Ω +/-20%
    Format IEC60958-4 (AES-2003 AES/EBU)
    Sampling Frequency 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96 kHz (Single/Double)(set to SRC ON, 32 to 192 kHz)
    Digital Audio Output
    Digital Output XLR-3-32
    Output Voltage 2-5 Vp-p
    Output Impedance 110 Ω +/-20%
    Format IEC60958-4 (AES2003 AES/EBU)
    Sampling Frequency 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96 kHz (Single / Double)
    Timecode Input Signal voltage amplitude: 0.5-10 Vp-p
    Input impedance: 10 kΩ
    Format: SMPTE 12M-1999 compatible
    Timecode Output Signal voltage amplitude: 2 Vp-p
    Output impedance: 100 Ω
    Format: SMPTE12M-1999 compatible
    Video Input
    Input Voltage 5 V TTL equivalent (WORD IN)
    Signal Voltage 1 Vp-p (VIDEO IN)
    Input Impedance 75 Ω or less
    Frequency +/-100 ppm
    Input Frequency 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96 kHz (47.952/48.048 kHz:48 kHz+/-0.1% Pull-down/Pull-up)
    Input Video Signal 24/25/29.97/30 Frame (NTSC/PAL Black burst HDTV Tri-level)
    Video Output
    Signal Voltage 5 V TTL equivalent
    Output Impedance 75 Ω or less
    Output Frequency 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96 kHz
    Frequency Stability +/-10 ppm or less
    Ethernet
    Connector RJ-45
    Supported Standards 100BASE-TX,1000BASE-T
    USB USB A-type 4-pin
    USB 2.0 High Speed (480 Mb/s) compatible
    Keyboard Mini DIN (PS/2)
    Control I/O Remote: EtherCON (CAT6 supported)
    Power supply voltage: 13 / 41 V
    Signal:LVDS serial
    Contents: LCD display data, asynchronous serial transmission control signals, port control signals
    Parallel: D-sub 25-pin
    RS-422: D-sub 9-pin
    RS-232C: D-sub 9-pin
    Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz
    Power Consumption 25 W
    Audio Performance Frequency response: 20-20 kHz:+/-0.5 dB (Fs=44.1/48 kHz,JEITA)
    20-40 kHz:+0.5 dB/-2 dB (Fs=88.2/96 kHz,JEITA)
    Distortion 0.005% or less (JEITA)
    S/N Ratio 100 dB or less (JEITA)
    Operating Temperature 41 to 85˚F (5 to 35˚C)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 19.0 x 3.7 x 12.4" (482.6 x 94.0 x 317.1 mm)
    Weight 11.2 lb (5.1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 15.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.7 x 15.5 x 7.3"

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