The Tascam DR-40X is a versatile four-track audio recorder with an easy-to-use compact design, flexible built-in stereo mics, and two XLR/TRS combo inputs.
The Dual Neutrik® XLR/TRS combo jacks support both mic-level and +4dBu line-level and can accept balanced microphone or line level from mixers or the FOH console. The microphone preamp includes +48V phantom power and plenty of gain for detailed recordings with condenser microphones, as well as electret type microphones.
The DR-40X stereo built-in condenser microphones capture every detail is captured from small whispers to loud sounds up to 125dB SPL. These built-in microphones are adjustable unidirectional microphones for recording in an X-Y pattern for tight stereo imaging, or in an A-B pattern for a more ambient recording.
In addition to normal stereo channel recording and dual recording mode, the four-channel mode can record two different stereo feeds simultaneously: the built-in microphones along with either a pair of external mics or a balanced line input.
The DR-40X records to SDXC cards; a 128GB card can record up to 192 hours of stereo audio in 44.1kHz/ 16bit CD quality.
The DR-40x is powered by two AA batteries and has a run-time of up to 17.5 hours with alkaline batteries, when recording a two-channel WAV (44.1kHz/ 16bit) using the built-in microphones.The DR-40X can also be powered by a USB mobile battery.
The DR-40X includes peak reduction, aut-levelling, and a limiter for preventing distortion. The DR-40X also has a dual recording mode that captures a copy of your take but at a lower level, as a safety track.
The auto recording function can detect the sound input signal level and automatically start recording. The pre-recording function with up to 2 seconds pre-record provides fail-safe protection.
Connect to a PC to use the DR-40X as a USB audio interface. The built-in microphones work as USB microphones.
Transcription is easy with the DR-40X. In addition to capturing crisp voice recording, it has a jump back function, variable speed function, and an equalizer preset for the human voice.
If you don’t like the last part of a phrase you just recorded with your guitar, or if you change your mind and want to rephrase narration, the “Overwrite mode” is exactly what you need. Overwrite mode allows punch-in recording from a desired point. It is destructive editing with one level of undo.
The overdubbing function allows for Overdub Recording while playing a previously recorded file. This allows you to record other parts such as a guitar solo over a recording previously made such as at a rehearsal studio. Overdubbing creates a new file, leaving the original file unaffected, making it easy to re-record.
The layout of the DR-40X has been revamped to be quick and easy to work with one thumb. Operations like recording, adjusting levels, deleting bad takes and adding markers are just a button press away.
The DR-40X menu supports 10 languages:
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