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TASCAM Has New Handheld Recorder

Digital four-tracker has movable microphones

The handheld digital recorder arms race continues with TASCAM’s latest, the DR-40.

Expected street price is $199.

The battery/USB-powered, four-track DR-40 uses SD/SDHC cards as media. A USB port allows for transfer of recordings.

Twin onboard microphones can be arranged in A-B or X-Y configurations. XLR-1/4-inch inputs and phantom power allow for use of outboard condenser microphones. Other onboard treats include built-in speaker, two-second recording buffer, EQ, reverb, level aligning, limiter, low-cut filter (40/80/120 Hz), variable speed playback and a chromatic tuner.

Recording performance is up to 24-bit/96 kHz. Optional AC adapter and external battery pack are available. Ships with a 2GB SD card.