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The Tascam DR-40, which B&H InDepth announced recently, is the most budget-friendly portable digital recorder on the market that offers advanced features like dual combo-XLR inputs and four-channel recording. A new firmware update adds independent level-control to its external inputs. This feature will benefit anyone who uses external XLR microphones (and line-level signals) with the DR-40, whether it’s a musician laying down tracks, podcasters producing a multiple microphone episode, or a video producer using the DR-40 to record the sound for an HDSLR production.
Say you’re doing a video shoot and you have a wireless microphone plugged into one XLR input on the DR-40, and a shotgun microphone plugged into the second XLR input; the new V1.10 firmware will enable to adjust the levels separately on those inputs, so you get an optimal recording of each mic. This is a fundamentally important task in audio recording, and a welcome new addition to the DR-40.
For more information (and instructions for loading the free V1.10 firmware update), please visit Tascam’s website. If you have any questions about the DR-40, we encourage you to submit a Comment below.