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Taylor

Taylor
January 21, 2012

Tascam DR-40 – Portable Digital Audio Recorder – NAMM

Tascam are one of those companies that manage to re-appear throughout your career as a musician. In my life they first appeared as a Portastudio. Many nights were spent with this thing, piling tracks, bouncing down, piling more, cursing the fidelity of tape and it’s lack of capacity for regeneration, playing tracks backwards and passing out listening to my crazed creations. Years later, with the magic of sequencers in my life, the Porta-DAT entered my studio. I would use it to capture sequences using multiple synths and drum machines that I would track vocals or guitar with, then bounce to MiniDisc and add more, vox, bg vox, overdubs whatever. It sounds ghetto, I know, but you guys wouldn’t believe how expensive digital multi-tracking once was.

Well, Tascam are trying to get into my process again. The new DR-40 takes square aim at the H4N and seems poised to give it …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
October 12, 2011

AVID Fast Track C400 Review

M-Audio has long been a leading manufacturer of pro audio recording equipment.  One of their most popular interfaces, the Fast Track, was  considered the industry standard for home recording since it’s introduction in 2004.  It was a high quality USB interface that was very simple to use at home or on the road.

 

The Features

The Avid M-Audio Fast Track C400 is a compact and ergonomic USB audio interface with the capability to record up to 24bit/96kHz audio with up to 4 simultaneous channels at a time with the help of a digital S/PDIF input.  When it comes to playback and mixing, the 6 outputs of the Fast Track C400 will come in handy to give you separate feeds for, say, a headphone amp or outboard gear.

The Look

The Fast Track C400 departs from the traditional look of a USB audio interface and comes in an ergonomic form ideal for the home …