The Tascam DR-40 is the audio recorder you will generally be using throughout you time here. Its quick and simple to get the hang of, and incredibly useful in many situations.

The Tascam DR-40 is a portable audio recorder perfect for radio packages, and broadcast journalism. It has two condenser microphones on the top ideal for getting a quick interview. It also has two XLR input on the bottom for plugging external microphones in, such as lapel mics.


 Learn how to add an external mic to the Tascam here





“My Tascam won’t turn on!’
First check to see if the Hold button has accidentally been turned on. This button locks off all the other buttons and prevents the startup of the Tascam. This can also happen if you have used the Tascam in the rain, as well as other buttons not responding! Please don’t get the equipment wet. If this still doesn’t fix it, get in touch with the Media Store ASAP.

“Audio playback is too fast/slow’
Press the ‘PB CONT’ button on the front of the Tascam. This should bring up an icon that says VSA X_._ use the + and – buttons to adjust the playback speed. Normal playback is 1.0.

“I have recorded something but it is not playing on the Tascam”
Make sure the speaker is turned on. Go to Menu – Play Setting – Speaker. Switch the speaker on. 

‘When I press record, the audio levels aren’t responding and there is no sound when I playback’
This likely means your Tascam is set for an external mic. You need to set the Tascam to use the Internal Microphone. On the side of the Tascam under ‘EXT IN’ set the slider to ‘Line’. On the front of the Tascam, press the ‘REC MODE’ button (above the record button). A menu will appear with a ‘SOURCE’ option. This should be set to ‘INT MIC ST’. Use the arrow keys and press enter to set.