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Tascam Unveils DR-40 Recorder

Tascam has released the DR-40, a four-track, portable recorder.

Montebello, CA (September 22, 2011)—Tascam has released the DR-40, a four-track, portable recorder.

The unit includes adjustable condenser microphones, four-track recording, XLR mic inputs and more, allowing users to capture up to four tracks from built-in condenser microphones, XLR mic or line inputs. The internal microphones are adjustable from XY to AB position, helping users to tailor a recording to the sound of the room.

A pair of Tascam microphone preamps allow use of condenser microphones with phantom power, recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. It accommodates balanced XLR or 1/4″ line inputs using locking Neutrik Combo jacks. The DR-40 accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32GB, and a 2GB card is included.

Once recorded, users can play back takes with EQ and the optional Level Align feature to avoid volume jumps. A stereo reverb effect is also built-in, as well as a speaker and chromatic tuner. Recordings can be transfered to computer using the USB 2.0 jack. Other features include overdub mode, variable speed playback, limiting and low cut filter, and more

“I believe our new feature rich DR-40 4-track portable recorder may be considered our new flagship product.” said Paul Jenkins, Senior Vice President for TEAC America.

An optional BP-6AA Battery Pack, which takes six AA batteries, reportedly increases the battery life of the DR-40 from 17.5 to over 50 hours. This battery pack is designed to attach itself to DR-40 and a tripod, allowing users to record for a long period without the use of an AC adapter or a computer. BP-6AA will be available in October 2011.