TASCAM’s DR-40 ($199 estimated street price) captures up to four tracks from built-in adjustable condenser microphones, XLR or line inputs. The internal microphones are adjustable from X/Y to A/B position. The unit also has a pair of TASCAM microphone preamps, and accepts condenser microphones with phantom power, recording at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution. The DR-40 accommodates balanced XLR or ¼-inch line inputs using locking Neutrik Combo jacks, and accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32 GB; plus, it includes a 2GB card.
The DR-40 includes playback EQ and an optional Level Align feature for controlling sudden changes in volume, as well as a built-in stereo reverb, speaker and chromatic tuner. Other features include a USB 2 jack, overdub mode, variable speed playback, limiting, and low cut filter.
An optional BP-6AA battery pack, which TASCAM says will be available in October 2011, takes six AA batteries, and is said to increase the battery life of the DR-40 from 17.5 to more than 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.
TASCAM iXZ Mic/Instrument Input
TASCAM also introduces the pocket-sized iXZ Mic/Instrument Input for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The iXZ weighs 3.07 ounces and has a switchable XLR mic/line (hi-Z) input with phantom power for condenser microphones, gain control and 1/8-inch headphone output to monitor from an iOS device. Two AA batteries power the mic input.