New Tascam DR-40 Firmware Update Adds Independent Level Control

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B&H Photo Video would like to apprise all audio enthusiasts of the New Tascam DR-40 Firmware Update that adds independent level control.

Tascam DR-40

Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder

B&H Photo Video would like to apprise all audio enthusiasts of the New Tascam DR-40 Firmware Update

B&H Photo Video would like to apprise all audio enthusiasts of the New Tascam DR-40 Firmware that adds independent level control.

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, a podcaster producing a multiple microphone episode, or a video producer using the DR-40 to record the sound for an HDSLR production.

There are lots of compact portable digital recorders on the market today that are popular among musicians, journalists and HDSLR filmmakers, but not many of them feature professional XLR inputs. Having the ability to connect XLR microphones and line-level sources to a recorder is appealing because it’s the best-sounding low-noise analog connection available. Before the Tascam DR-40 was announced, the least expensive recorders with XLR inputs cost around $300.

While the main selling points of the Tascam DR-40 are its dual locking combo XLR and ¼" inputs (which feature the ability to supply phantom power and be switched to accept true line-level signals), there are some other standout features as well. Chief among them is the DR-40’s ability to record four tracks simultaneously, its extended 15 hours of battery life, the built-in condenser mics that swivel into different positions, and its ability to record Broadcast Wave files.

One can record with the DR-40’s external inputs and with its two built-in microphones at the same time. When one is not using the four-channel mode, one can opt to record a duplicate “safety” version of two tracks internally at a lower input level setting. This way, if one gets a spike in volume and the main recording peaks and distorts, the copy that is recording internally will be free of distortion.

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