rlh100 05/26/2018

Tascam DR-40 : rlh100's user review

"Use an external USB battery"
5

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Anyone
The DR-40 is a standard recorder in the videography world. Especially for DSLR cameras and camcorders without XLR mic inputs.

It is simple and easy to use. With a 16 Gb memory card it will record days of audio. I am not sure about the noise floor as I am doing location recordings of shows which are never absolutely quiet. I record in 24-bit mode at a lower gain and then boost and compress in audacity which works for me. I can hear the audio purists gasp :-)

I have recorded both phantom powered mics and unbalanced line level mixer outputs and both work well. As to batteries, I work around that problem by using an external USB battery pack. You need to remember to connect it and set it as an external power source before you start recording.

I am very happy with my DR-40 and at less than $100US for a used unit, a very good value.