tascam digital audio recorder dr-44wl vs dr-40

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tascam digital audio recorder dr-44wl vs dr-40

Post by SteveL123 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:52 pm

What should I buy, tascam dr-44wl vs dr-40 ?

The pro on the dr-44wl is the wifi, which allows wireless transfer (do not have to remove SD card ever) and remote control via my smartphone. The con of the dr-44l is it does not have A-B, only X-Y position for the internal mics. I use it to record myself at home on CG.
Price difference is $35 $165 dr-40, $200 DR-44wl

I really like the wifi feature. Will not having A-B make a big difference?

The wifi one is $25 to $35 more

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Re: tascam digital audio recorder dr-44wl vs dr-40

Post by sxedio » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:57 pm

I always thought the wireless was a bit of a gimmick, but maybe you have a particular use for it e.g. remote control so you record your gigs from the back of the room? I think the dr-44wl has a more fully implemented multitrack recording feature if you are into arranging quartets, songwriting etc. The dr-40 also allows overdubbing but is more limited.
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Re: tascam digital audio recorder dr-44wl vs dr-40

Post by rojarosguitar » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:36 am

sxedio wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:57 pm
The dr-40 also allows overdubbing but is more limited.
Didn't realize that. Thanks.
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Re: tascam digital audio recorder dr-44wl vs dr-40

Post by sxedio » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:56 pm

rojarosguitar wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:36 am
sxedio wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:57 pm
The dr-40 also allows overdubbing but is more limited.
Didn't realize that. Thanks.
I was considering buying it for a while and spent some time with the manual, this was one of the functions I was interested in. In the end I went with the H5 that was available at a good price in a shop near me.
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Re: tascam digital audio recorder dr-44wl vs dr-40

Post by mciacchi » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:06 pm

The A-B setting in the DR-40 is helpful for recording ensembles, for example. A guitar quartet, for example, with the recorder very close can give a nice stereo sound. These recorders are more commonly used as "field" recorders, for live situations where you don't have a lot of mixing to do. The multitrack feature is more useful for a home studio kind of setting, but if that's the case I'd suggest an audio interface and a couple of good mics that will give you freedom to experiment with mic placement and other things.

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Re: tascam digital audio recorder dr-44wl vs dr-40

Post by sxedio » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:45 pm

I've recorded a string quartet sitting in a semicircle and the H5 in the centre of the semicircle, and you still get pretty good stereo separation even with the X-Y. On the other hand if you have a duo sitting fairly closely together and the recorder in front of them, you don't get much stereo separation (and I don't think A-B would help).
All these recorders have two XLR ins so you can always attach external mics and experiment with placement beyond the constraints of the built in mics.
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