The Tascam DR-40 is a handy and robust multi-track field recorder with both built-in stereo microphone and balanced external XLR / TRS combination inputs.
Some Basic Notes:
Be sure to bring good headphones with you to monitor your recording. We have some available for check-out.
The Tascam DR-40 is powered by 3 Double-A batteries, so be sure you have some begin before you go out.
You will record onto SD cards. We will provide 32G cards for you to use. When you power the device up, it will ask to format the SD card if it is unreadable. Be sure it is either empty or has no files on it that you wish to keep.
You can use the built-in microphone, which is quite directional or check out one of our microphones for usage. Note: before plugging an external microphone into the device be sure that phantom power is OFF (see slider on left side of unit. You can damage both the device and the microphone if not.)
Quick Record Notes:
- Power up the device by holding down the Home button.
- Once powered, press the Menu button. You can navigate through the menu and make selections by using the << and >> arrows in addition to the + and – keys on the front dial.
- Under Record Settings, select Format and choose either 16bit or 24bit WAV. Under Sample, select 48K
- You can turn the Low Cut filter on if you wish to get rid of unwanted rumbling in your recording (i.e. wind, subway vibrations, air conditioning)
- You can exit the Menu by pressing the Menu button again.
- You will then need to press the Rec Mode button.
- Here you will select your Source (Int Mic or Ext) and Rec Mode (Stereo or Mono)
- You exit the menu by pressing Rec Mode again.
- Now you are ready to record. Press the Record button. You should be able to see your record monitor levels in addition to hearing your input. To increase or decrease your input levels press the + or – on the input levels button on the left side of the device.
- Once you have healthy levels, press the Play button. You will see the counter begin to roll. When you are finished recording, press the record button again. Each time you press the record button you will save a new WAV file to the SD card.
- To transfer your files you can copy them from the SD card directly to your hard drive, or attach the device via USB to your computer.
For the complete Manual: http://tascam.com/content/downloads/products/706/e_dr-40_om_va.pdf
More information about the Tascam DR-40: http://tascam.com/product/dr-40/