Tascam DR40X Portable Handheld Four Track Digital Audio Recorder and USB Audio Interface


Versatile four-track audio recorder

Four Track Digital Audio Recorder and USB Audio Interface.

  • XLR/TRS combo inputs
  • Unidirectional mics
  • Quick & easy to work with
  • Only 213 grams!
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Professional Deal for live capture: line level input

Dual Neutrik® XLR/TRS combo jacks support both mic-level and +4dBu line-level. These inputs 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. Using the stereo built-in microphones, you can capture ambient sound of the audience while recording direct from an external console, which is ideal for capturing live performances.

Wide covering range: from whispering voice to jet engine

DR-40X allows high-quality recording with its stereo built-in condenser microphones. 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.

Simple operation

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.

Spec description
Recording Media     SD card (64MB to 2GB), SDHC card (4GB to 32GB), SDXC card (up to 128GB)
File System     FAT16/32, exFAT
Recording File Format
Sampling Frequency     44.1k / 48k / 96k Hz
Bit-depth     16 / 24-bit
Sampling Frequency     44.1k / 48k Hz
Recording Bit-rate     32k / 64k / 96k / 128k / 192k / 256k / 320k bps
Playback Bit-rate     32k to 320k bps, VBR, ID3TAG Ver. 2.4
Number of Channels     4-channel (2 Stereo)
Playback speed control     0.5 to 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments) * 44.1k/48kHz only
Built-in Microphone     Unidirectional, Stereo (switchable between A-B and X-Y positions)
Connector     XLR/TRS Combo jack (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
Nominal Input Level     –19dBV (MIC) / +4dBu (LINE)
Maximum Input Level     –3dBV (MIC) / +20dBu (LINE)
Input Impedance     2.2kΩ (MIC) / 10kΩ (LINE)
Connector     1/8″ (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack (Unbalanced)
for LINE connection
Nominal Output Level     –14dBV (10kΩ load)
Maximum Output Level     +2dBV (10kΩ load)
Output Impedance     12Ω
for Headphones connection
Maximum Output Power     20mW + 20mW (32Ω load)
Connector     USB Micro B-type
Format     USB2.0 HIGH SPEED
Built-in Speaker     0.3W, Mono
Low-cut Filter     40 / 80 / 120Hz
Chromatic Tuner     C1 to B6, A4 = 435Hz to 445Hz (in 1Hz increments)
Effector     6 presets (Hall 1, Hall 2, Room, Studio, Plate 1, Plate 2)
Tripod attachment screw-hole     1/4″ Tripod attachment screw-hole
Power     3 AA Batteries, USB bus power, AC 100 to 240V (optional AC Adapter)
Power Consumption     2.5 W (Max)
Battery Operation Time
Alkaline (EVOLTA)     approx. 18 hours (2ch WAV, 44.1kHz, 16-bit, using Built-in Microphone, JEITA)
Ni-MH (eneloop)     approx. 16 hours (2ch WAV, 44.1kHz, 16-bit, using Built-in Microphone, JEITA)
Dimensions (W×H×D)     2.75″ × 6.1″ × 1.37″ / 70 × 155 × 35 mm
Weight     8.3 oz. / 213 g

Audio Performance
Frequency Response
Fs 44.1kHz     20Hz to 20kHz, +1/–3dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
Fs 48kHz     20Hz to 22kHz, +1/–3dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
Fs 96kHz     20Hz to 40kHz, +1/–3dB (EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
Total Harmonic Distortion     0.05% or less (Fs 44.1k/48k/96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio     92 dB or higher (Fs 44.1k/48k/96kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)