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.

  • Up to 4 recording channels
  • 2 XLR inputs 
  • 2 inbuilt condenser microphones
  • Recording at WAV 24bit

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.



“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, and it is by far the most common cause of this query. If this still doesn’t fix it, get in touch with the Media Store ASAP.

“Audio playback is too fast/slow’ – While in the audio playback mode on the Tascam, pressing the + and – buttons alters the speed of the playback. You want it to be set on x1.0 for normal play back.

“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. 

Quick Tascam Walkthrough

  1. Turn on by holding the On/Home button.
  2. Format the SD card to get rid of previous peoples recording. Press Menu > Others > System > Quick Format.
  3. Make sure the record mode is correct. For internal mic use press Rec Mode and make sure the source says “INT MIC ST”. For External mic use (seperate clip mic etc) make sure it says “EXT IN 1/2”, and make sure phantom power is selected on the left hand side of the Tascam.
  4. Set mic levels in the environment you will be recording in, preferably with the person you are recording. Press the record button to measure audio levels before recording, alter levels by pressing the “Input level” buttons. You should be aiming for the bars to hit the upside down triangle on the screen, which is around 80%.
  5. Hit record again to record, and remember to keep an eye on the audio levels while doing so. Also if recording using the internal mic, make sure to keep it around 1-1.5 feet away from, and angled towards the speaker’s mouth.
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