Excerpt: When buying the Tascam DR-40 I was expecting to have the ability to multitrack record music as well as have the ability to use the device as a field recorder for DSLR video. This device is very clearly a field recorder that has the ability to record 4 tracks of audio, but not in the sense that you can layer the tracks as separate audio files.
Excerpt: I'm happy with the function and sound quality but I regret saving that $ and bought this "Special Silver Edition" instead of the dark gray version. This is "specially" UGLY! They shell case was poorly made with rough edgings. It feels so cheap like if I scratch the surface, I could have peel out the silver paint and leave black marks on the case.
Excerpt: Purchased this one because it has a built-in speaker. After trying it, just found out the speaker volumes is so low. Even I set the output level to the maximum(speaker is set to on, still the volume is lower than the noise produced by a mosquito. Not sure if it is designed this way or not. The manual says the speaker is 0.3W. The recording quality is very good. Crystal clear sound.
Excerpt: I shoot corporate video on DSLR's so for my audio needs I got a rode shotgun for basic ambient audio and recently ordered a TASCAM DR-40 for interviews. I was disappointed with the level of hiss and the generally high noise floor experienced when using external mics; Interestingly enough tho, when I worked an event that gave a feed from a mixer, the audio was excellent. The infamous helicopter noise and alien beeping is also not a myth, these anomalies are real.
Excerpt: I decided to keep it. I'm using an audio attenuator From sescom BH item # (SESMKP31) between a mixer's audio out to the DR-40. I can bow have a true input recording showing nothing on the VU meters at input zero from the sescom passive attenuator device which has volume from 1-10. As for the super sensitive low frequency built in mics, I ordered a Zoom H4n foam since tascam makes none and the results were better but still sensitive.
Excerpt: I bought this to use as a double system recorder with a DSLR. The instructions were vague but once I figured out the basic operation, I found that the sound was wonderful. The only drawback is that it is extremely sensitive to any movement, rustle, or wind. I'm not talking about a gale...a gentle breeze makes it difficult, if not impossible to use out doors. I bought a "dead cat" wind screen but it barely helps. I'm working on some solutions but nothing yet.
Excerpt: I use the DR-40 as a lightweight, packable field recorder. I connect my microphones to a Sound Devices MixPre-D field mixer and the field mixer to the Tascam. My hope was that the DR-40 would be a reliable, cost-effectrive small recorder, and it has been that. Battery consumption is average to excellent depending on what is connected to it (i.e. if it is delivering Phantom power).
Excerpt: Easy to use, good price, bad built in mics.If you don't need the built in mics and you use an external it is a good deal for the money. Records a backup track at -10db, very usefull for unexpected peaks.