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Digital Audio Tape Deck


This appliance has a serial number located on the rear panel. Please record the model number and serial number and retain them for your records. Model number Serial number
The lightning ash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the products enclosure that may be of sufcient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons. The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
Important Safety Precautions
IMPORTANT (for U.K. Customers)
TO THE USER DO NOT cut off the mains plug from this equipment. If the plug fitted is not suitable for the power points in your home or the cable is too short to reach a power point, then obtain an appropriate safety approved extension lead or consult your dealer. If nonetheless the mains plug is cut off, remove the fuse and dispose of the plug immediately, to avoid a possible shock hazard by inadvertent connection to the mains supply. If this product is not provided with a mains plug, or one has to be fitted, then follow the instructions given below: IMPORTANT: The wires in this mains lead are coloured in accordance with the following code: GREEN-AND-YELLOW : EARTH BLUE : NEUTRAL BROWN : LIVE WARNING: This apparatus must be earthed. As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this apparatus may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug proceed as follows: The wire which is coloured GREEN-and-YELLOW must be connected to the terminal in the plug which is marked by the letter E or by the safety earth symbol or coloured GREEN or GREEN-and-YELLOW. The wire which is coloured BLUE must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter N or coloured BLACK. The wire which is coloured BROWN must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter L or coloured RED. When replacing the fuse only a correctly rated approved type should be used and be sure to re-fit the fuse cover. IF IN DOUBT ELECTRICIAN. CONSULT A COMPETENT
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residental area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense. CAUTION Changes or modifications to this equipment not expressly approved by TEAC CORPORATION for compliance could void the users authority to operate this equipment.
For the consumers in Europe WARNING This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment, this product may cause radio interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures. Pour les utilisateurs en Europe AVERTISSEMENT Il sagit dun produit de Classe A. Dans un environnement domestique, cet appareil peut provoquer des interfrences radio, dans ce cas lutilisateur peut tre amen prendre des mesures appropries. Fr Kunden in Europa Warnung Dies is eine Einrichtung, welche die Funk-Entstrung nach Klasse A besitzt. Diese Einrichtung kann im Wohnbereich Funkstrungen versursachen ; in diesem Fall kann vom Betrieber verlang werden, angemessene Manahmen durchzufhren und dafr aufzukommen.


CAUTION: Read all of these Instructions. Save these Instructions for later use. Follow all Warnings and Instructions marked on the audio equipment. 1) Read Instructions All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated. 2) Retain Instructions The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference. 3) Heed Warnings All warnings on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to. 4) Follow Instructions All operating and use instructions should be followed. 5) Cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. 6) Attachments Do not use attachments not recommended by the product manufacturer as they may cause hazards. 7) Water and Moisture Do not use this product near water for example, near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool; and the like. 8) Accessories Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The product may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the product. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the product. Any mounting of the product should follow the manufacturers instructions, and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer. 9) A product and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart combination to overturn. "Note to CATV system installer: This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installers attention to Section 820-40 of the NEC which provides guidelines for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building, as close to the point of cable entry as practical.

2.4 Command keys.. 14

[20] COUNTER MODE.. 14 [21] CHAR... 14 [22] MARGIN RESET.. 14 [23] DISPLAY... 14 [24] SKIP PLAY.. 15 [25] AUTO ID.. 15 [26] ENTER.. 15 [27] MENU... 15 [28] LOC 1... 15 [29] LOC 2... 15 [30] SINGLE PLAY.. 15 [31] SHIFT... 16
4.5 The EDIT key..25 4.6 Location memories..25
4.6.1 Locating to location memories.25 4.6.2 Setting location memories.25 4.6.3 Editing location memories.25
4.7 Program mode..26 4.8 Character editing (titling)..26
4.8.1 Entering and editing titles..26 4.8.2 Writing the title to tape..27 4.8.3 Checking a title..27 4.8.4 Deleting a title.27 4.8.5 Copying and pasting a title..27
5 - RC-D45 remote control unit (option)
[41] OPEN/CLOSE..28 [42] CAPS..28 [43] CHECK..28 [44] POSITION..28 [45] ID SELECT..28

2.5 Rear panel... 16

[46] AUTO ID.. 28 [47] INS/+ and DEL/-.. 28 [48] EDIT... 28 [49] ENTER.. 28 [50] MENU... 28 [51] Numeric keys.. 28 [52] Cursor keys... 28 [53] COUNTER MODE.. 28 [54] MARGIN RESET.. 28 [55] CHAR... 28 [56] DISPLAY... 29 [57] SKIP PLAY.. 29 [58] SINGLE PLAY.. 29 [59] REPEAT.. 29 [62] SAMPLING MONITOR key.29 [63] REW and F FWD..29 [64] LOC 1 and LOC 2 keys.29 [65] REC MUTE..29 [66] STOP..29 [67] PLAY...29 [68] PAUSE..29 [69] RECORD keys..29

6 - Specifications

6.1 Audio specifications. 30 6.2 I/O specifications.. 30 6.3 Physical specifications.. 30 6.4 Dimensional drawing.. 31 6.5 Error messages.. 31
6.5.1 Warning messages..31 6.5.2 Serious error messages..31
5.1 Remote control transport keys. 29
[60] SKIP keys.. 29 [61] MEMO 1 and MEMO 2 keys. 29


The DA-40 Digital Audio Tape (DAT) deck is referred to throughout this manual as the tape deck. Please make a note of the different sections of this manual to assist you in locating the function you need. The index should also be of use in helping you to nd the correct section of the manual. the ambient temperature should be between 5 C and 35 C (41 F to 95 F) the relative humidity should be between 30% and 60% (non-condensing) the tape deck should not be located near any strong magnetic elds (TV sets or monitors, speakers, etc.) The tape deck may be mounted in a standard 19 inch EIA rack using the supplied rack mounting screws. Make sure that the rack is strong enough to take the weight of the tape deck (over 8 kg 17 lbs.).

1.1 Features

The tape deck provides the following features: Superior quality digital-to-analog and analog-todigital conversion for maximum sonic delity Extended long-play option, allowing twice the standard recording time. AES/EBU and SPDIF digital audio input and output formats for full exibility Balanced (+4 dBu) and unbalanced (-10 dBV) analog inputs and outputs Comprehensive display options, showing elapsed time, time remaining on the tape, etc. Character entry and editing, allowing tape and program titles to be displayed as the tape is played Optional wired remote control unit (RC-D45) for control of all major functions Shuttle facilities, allowing precise positioning of the tape using audio cues Location to frame accuracy to location memories Comprehensive menu options, allowing many everyday function settings to be set up and memorized
1.2 Unpacking and inspection
When you rst receive the tape deck, be careful not to damage it while unpacking it. Save the carton and packing materials in case it must be transported later. In addition to the tape deck itself, the carton should contain a rack mount screw kit. If any items are missing or appear to have been damaged in transit, contact your TASCAM dealer at once.
WARNING If the tape deck is mounted in a mobile installation, and it is moved from a cold location to a warm one, leave the tape deck turned on with no tape inserted to allow the internal temperature to stabilize before the tape deck is used again (about one or two hours). This will prevent any possible damage to the heads, and other parts of the internal mechanism.

1.4 About DAT cassettes

If you have not used a DAT recorder before, here are a few items of information about DAT cassettes and their use with the tape deck which you may nd useful: The cassette shell of a DAT cassette is designed to prevent the tape from being touched by hand. Never try to open the tape protection lid and touch the tape. Fingerprints on the tape may cause wear and damage to the tape deck heads. DAT cassettes can only be loaded and unloaded when the tape deck is switched on. Do not leave cassettes in the deck when the deck is switched off.
1.3 Installation of the tape deck
The tape deck may be installed in most studio-type environments, but to maintain optimum performance and to maximize the life of the tape deck, the environment should meet the following specications:

Always store DAT cassettes in their plastic cases to prevent dust damage. Keep them away from magnetic elds (TV sets and monitors, speakers, etc.) Although 180-minute DAT cassettes are available, we do not recommend their use, as the tape in these cassettes is thin, and may cause winding problems, and physical damage to the tape. DAT cassettes play in one direction only. Always load DAT cassettes with the tape window uppermost, and the arrow on top of the cassette pointing into the tape deck, as illustrated below:

1.5 Making connections

NOTE Before making any audio connections to the tape deck, make sure that all equipment is turned off.
1.5.1 Making analog connections
Use balanced cables to make connections between the BALANCED INPUT (female) and OUTPUT (male) XLR connectors of the tape deck, and the outputs and inputs of other audio equipment operating at the professional +4 dBu level. The wiring standards for the XLR connections are printed on the rear panel of the tape deck (1 = ground, 2 = hot, 3 = cold) Use unbalanced cables to make connections between the unbalanced input and output RCA connectors of the tape deck and the outputs and inputs of audio equipment operating at other levels.

1.5.2 Digital formats

Previously, the professional and consumer digital audio formats were referred to as "AES/EBU" and "SPDIF". In this manual, they are referred to by their ofcial names as "AES/EBU3-1992" and "IEC60958" formats respectively. Please note that there is no change to the data format--this is a name change only.
NOTE Start recording on a new blank tape from the beginning of the tape. There is no need for a lead-in section, and recording from the start of the tape will record the subcode from the start, allowing accurate positioning within the tape.
Also note that DAT cassettes are tted with a sliding write-protect tab to prevent accidental recording. The cassette is write-protected when the tab is closed.
1.5.3 Making digital audio connections
Use cables wired in accordance with the AES/EBU standard to connect the DIGITAL (AES/EBU) INPUT (male) and OUTPUT (female) XLR connectors of the tape deck to other digital audio equipment. Use unbalanced cables to connect the DIGITAL (COAXIAL) INPUT and OUTPUT RCA connectors of the tape deck to other digital audio equipment.

1.4.1 Head cleaning

Never attempt to clean the head of a DAT deck in the same way that you clean the head of an analog tape deck. Always use a special DAT head cleaning cassette. Follow the instructions on the cleaning cassette for optimum performance. The head may need to be cleaned if you hear errors (noise) on playback or while recording. You can make a visual check of the error rates and error locations using the DISPLAY [23] key or the error display menu (3.15, "Viewing points at which block errors have occurred").
NOTE The use of analog cables is not recommended for digital audio use, and TASCAM cannot guarantee reliable performance if such cables are used for digital audio connections.
1.5.4 Making control connections
The optional RC-D45 remote control unit may be connected to the REMOTE IN jack, using the 5 m (approximately 16 ft) cable of the RC-D45.
WARNING Do not attempt to use the tape deck with any remote control unit except one designed especially for use with this tape deck.
The CONTROL I/O connector is for use with suitably-equipped control units (see CONTROL I/O [34]).

1.5.5 Power connections

Make sure that your AC voltage supply matches the voltage requirements of the tape deck (as printed on the rear panel).

1.6 Block Diagram

Front and Rear panels Front and Rear panels
2 - Parts of the tape deck
NOTES As well as providing details of the settings made with switches, etc., this section also provides the information necessary for basic operations of the tape deck. Although the operation of the transport keys, etc. will be familiar, there are some additional features of this tape deck, and the operation of these features may differ slightly from the way in which they are implemented on other units. Please consult 2.3, "Tape controls" for full details of such features and their operation. The operation of the optional RC-D45 remote control unit is explained in 5, "RC-D45 remote control unit (option)". The more commonly-used functions of the function keys (below the display) which are labeled in white above the keys are also described in this section. The less commonlyused functions, labeled in blue above the keys, are described in 4, "SHIFT functions".
Above the tape counter in the display are two bargraph peak level meters which show either the level of the input signals, or the level of the signals recorded on tape, depending on the current status of the transport. Other indicators in the display provide information on the current status of the tape deck and of the tape (e.g. sampling frequency, repeat status, and the various IDs encountered when a tape is being replayed).

[5] Fs switch

Use this switch to select the sampling frequency (44.1 or 48 kHz) when making analog recordings. When making digital recordings, the sampling frequency is automatically detected. When playing back tapes that have already been recorded, this switch has no effect. The sampling frequency of a recorded tape is xed, and cannot be changed. +4 dBu or the 10 dBV level as a nominal level. The input level controls are not used in this case.
NOTE If this switch is set to the CAL position, make sure that no parts of the program material will cause clipping.

[9] INPUT level controls

When recording from analog sources with the ANALOG INPUT switch [8] set to UNCAL, these controls adjust the level of the input signal to the left and right tape tracks. They have no effect when the switch is set to the CAL position, or when recording from a digital audio source.
NOTE When making long play recordings, settings made with this switch have no effect. The sampling frequency is xed at 32 kHz.
[6] INPUT selector switch
The left (UNBAL) and center (BAL) positions of this switch allow the selection between the unbalanced RCA jacks or the balanced XLR jacks respectively. The right (DIGITAL) position allows the selection of the digital input jacks.
[10] PHONES control and jack
Any standard pair of stereo headphones may be plugged into this 1/4-inch jack, and the level adjusted with the rotary control.

2.3 Tape controls

The following keys provide control of the tape transport, recording modes, etc. Please read this section carefully if you are not sure of transport operations using the tape deck.
[7] DIGITAL INPUT selector switch
When the INPUT switch [6] is set to the DIGITAL position, this switch is used to choose between the RCA COAXIAL and the XLR AES/EBU digital audio input sources.

[11] SKIP keys

NOTE Despite the name of the switch setting and the connectors (AES/EBU), the XLR connectors are capable of receiving SPDIF format input, and the RCA COAXIAL connectors are capable of receiving AES/EBU format. The tape deck will automatically detect the input format and adjust itself accordingly.
These keys are used to move the tape forward or backward by a certain number of programs.

NOTE A program on a DAT cassette starts with a START ID marker. The audio portion of the data recorded on a DAT cassette is not used to determine the division into tracks.
Repeated presses of these keys will move the tape forwards or backwards by the appropriate number of programs (pressing the skip forward key once will move the tape to the beginning of the next program, etc.). While the tape is locating, the display will show (ashing on the right) the number of programs which must still be passed, and (on the left) the current program number:


[8] ANALOG INPUT selector switch
When the INPUT switch [6] is set to ANALOG, this switch is used to select between UNCAL and CAL. UNCAL means that the analog signal source works at an uncalibrated nominal level which is neither +4 dBu nor 10 dV, requiring the use of the input level controls to adjust the recording level. The CAL position is for use with analog sources which are calibrated to use either the standard

0 0H 1 2M 4 6S

In the above example, the tape is currently on program 8, and must move two programs forward before the correct program (i.e. program 10) is reached. The ashing number on the right of the display should be used as the denitive indication of how many programs will be skipped (if the SKIP keys are pressed too quickly, it is possible that some of the key presses will not be recognized). When the start of the desired program is reached, the tape deck will enter the play mode if the tape was playing before the skip operation, otherwise it will enter pause mode. If the REC indicator is lit together with the PLAY indicator, the unit is recording. If the tape is locating as the result of a command to search for the beginning of a program (skip or program play), and the unit was in play mode before this search operation started, the PLAY indicator will ash, showing that the unit is in auto play mode, and playback will restart when the location is reached.

[15] PAUSE key

Use this key to put the tape deck into pause mode, as explained below. If the tape is stopped or playing, pressing the PAUSE key will put the tape deck into paused play mode (the PLAY and PAUSE indicators will both light). If the tape deck is in input monitor mode (see [16] below), pressing and holding down the RECORD key and pressing the PAUSE key will put the tape deck into record ready mode (the PAUSE and RECORD indicators will both light). From the record ready mode, pressing the PLAY key will start recording (the PLAY and RECORD indicators will both light). If the tape deck is left in pause mode for some time (three minutes or so), it will drop back into stop mode.

[19] DATA dial

This dial is used for two major functions. One is to change the value of data in menus and parameter settings. It can also be used, however, to select an absolute program number at which playback should start (compare this with the SKIP keys, which are used to select a program number relative to the current number). While the tape is stopped or paused, and a menu or edit function is not displayed, turn the data dial.
NOTE Valid program numbers are from 01 to 99. If the above procedure is used to select a program number at the high end of the range, and the automatic increment procedure takes the number above 99, the number will wrap to 00. The number 00 can cause problems when searching and locating, and this should be remembered when setting program numbers.

0 0H 0 3M 0 8S

The program number following the > sign ashes. Program numbers can be from 01 through 99, and turning the DATA dial past the limit will start at the other end of the list. Press the PLAY key within ve seconds of turning the DATA dial to locate to the start of the program and start playing. Press the PAUSE key within ve seconds of turning the DATA dial to locate to the start of the program and put the tape deck into pause mode.
NOTE If the DATA dial is turned by mistake, either leave the tape deck alone for ve seconds to cancel the operation, or press the STOP key. minutes. Bear this in mind when you are using the LP mode.
Tape Counter mode no indication is given on the display of the mode, and a 4-digit number is used to show the tape position. This value is relative to a user-denable reference zero point (see MARGIN RESET [22]).


2.4 Command keys
These command keys have two modes: the primary mode, labeled in white above the key, is the most common use for the key. The secondary, or shifted, mode is labeled in blue above the key, and is only operative when the SHIFT indicator [31] is lit (see 4, "SHIFT functions" for details of these secondary modes).

[21] CHAR

If characters have been recorded on the tape as a tape or program title, pressing this key will allow the tape deck to display these characters, scrolling across the display, as the START ID containing the title is played back. They will be replaced by successive title contents as they are read from tape. If characters are read from a START ID, the CHAR indicator will light in the display to indicate this. If no characters have been recorded on the tape, pressing this key will have no effect.


Use this key to cycle through the different tape counter modes available: ABS time the absolute time as recorded on the subcode of the tape. This is expressed in hours, minutes and seconds. If the tape is at an unrecorded location, the tape counter will show all dashes.


Pressing this key resets the margin (available headroom) to its lowest level of 40dB. Note that in some display modes, there is no visible effect when this key is pressed. The margin is measured in 1 dB increments between 40 dB and 20 dB and in 0.1 dB increments between 19.9 dB and 0 dB. If the time display is in the 4-digit tape counter mode, pressing this key will reset the tape counter.


The single play mode, when active, will play only one program , i.e. when the next START ID is encountered, playback will stop. When single play mode is active, the display will show SINGLE PLAY.


[31] SHIFT
This key is a latching key. When active, the indicator beside and above the key lights, and the command keys take on their shifted functions, as indicated by the blue captions above them. See 4, "SHIFT functions" for details of these shifted functions.

Pin number



Transmit transport status indication signals in open collector (maximum allowable voltage 15 V and maximum allowable current 80 mA)

2.5 Rear panel

These XLR-type connectors conform to the AES/ EBU3-1992 standard and are used to accept (INPUT) and transmit (OUTPUT) digital audio data in that format. The INPUT connector can also receive balanced IEC60958 format (SPDIF) data. The format of data received (AES/EBU or SPDIF) is automatically detected.
a. See 3.10, "End tally signal"
These RCA connectors conform to the IEC60958 standard (SPDIF), and are used to accept (INPUT) and transmit (OUTPUT) digital audio data in that standard. The INPUT connector can also receive unbalanced AES/EBU3-1992 format data. The format of data received (AES/EBU or SPDIF) is automatically detected.


This 3.5 mm jack is used to connect the optional RCD45 remote control unit. Do not use this jack to connect any remote control unit other than one designed especially for use with the tape deck.

[36] Power cord

Make sure that the power supply voltage matches the voltage requirements of the tape deck as marked on the rear panel. If there is any doubt, consult your TASCAM dealer.


This 15-pin D-sub connector is used for connection to a suitably-equipped controller. As well as the mode described in the table below, this connector can also be used as a serial connector. Please contact your TASCAM distributor for details of this facility. The pinouts of this connector are given below:

* D a t a *

3.11Auto rewind

A t - R e w

This menu item determines whether the tape will be automatically rewound when the end of the tape or an END ID is reached in play mode. The two options available are: off (the tape will not be rewound when the end of the tape or an END ID is reached) and on (the tape will be automatically rewound when the end of the tape or an END ID is reached). The default value is off.
Resets all menu values to their default settings except for the head time, (see 3.1, "Drum time (head time)"), which cannot be reset. To reset the values to default, turn the DATA dial [19] so that the display shows Init. and press ENTER [26]. If the screen shows error, turn the DATA dial again so that the display shows ----.
3.15Viewing points at which block errors have occurred

3.12Fast forward mode

3 2F # 1

F F - K e y

This menu item determines whether the F FWD and REW keys will act as cue and review keys, respectively, if they are pressed while the tape deck is in play mode. The two settings are Normal (the unit will go from play mode to fast wind) and Cue
This display is shown if the MENU key is pressed once more following the reset screen above. This displays up to ve points in ABS time format where the block error rate has increased, and error correction is used. Turn the DATA dial to view the ve points at which these errors have occurred. Turning the dial clockwise after error #5 will show the
total number of such errors (up to a total of 99 errors). While a block error time is shown on the display, pressing the LOC 2 key will write the error location to the second location memory and start locating the tape to that point. While any of the locations or the total number of the tape errors menu is shown on the display, the information can be cleared by pressing the MARGIN RESET key. Ejecting the tape will also clear this data.
These functions of the tape deck are typically accessed by pressing SHIFT [31] so that the indicator is lit. While the indicator is lit, the command keys take on their shifted function, labeled in blue above the key.
4.3 INS/+ and DEL/These keys may be used in addition to the data dial to increment and decrement values in the menus (see 3, "Menu functions").


Repeated presses of the REPEAT key [20] cycle through the following: A-B repeat the display shows REPEAT A-B playback is repeated between the two location memory points (A refers to location memory point 1, and B refers to location memory point 2). The points must rst be set (see 4.6, "Location memories"), the tape located to a position between the two location memory points, and playback started from there. Single repeat the display simply shows REPEAT a program will be repeated; use the DATA dial or the INS/+ and DEL/- keys to select a program number, and then press PLAY to start repeated play of that program. While the program is being played back, the word REPEAT will ash in the display. If the REPEAT setting is being made while the tape is playing back, the program which starts with the next START ID encountered during playback will be repeated. All repeat the display shows ALL REPEAT the complete contents of the tape will be repeated If the REPEAT setting is being made while the tape is playing back, ALL REPEAT will start as soon as an END ID or the end of the tape is encountered. No repeat the display does not show any repeat information The number of times that the selected portion (A-B, program or tape) is repeated is set by the repeat menu option described in 3.8, "Repeat mode".

NOTE All these IDs are written in the subcode of the tape they may be written and erased freely without affecting the audio portion of the tape in any way.
4.4.1 Selecting an ID mode
Repeated presses of the ID SELECT key will cycle through the following options: START WRT a START ID will be written SKIP WRT a SKIP ID will be written END WRT an END ID will be written START ERASE the START ID immediately before the current location will be erased SKIP ERASE the SKIP ID immediately before the current location will be erased END ERASE the tape will move forward to the next END ID, which will be erased CHAR ERASE the character information immediately before the current location will be erased RENUM the tape will be rewound, and all START IDs will be renumbered in sequence, starting at 1.
NOTE Do not press the STOP key while writing subcode IDs. This will cause the IDs to be of indeterminate length, resulting in possible future operational problems.
4.4.3 Writing a START or SKIP ID (ii)
Use the ID SELECT key to choose either a START ID or a SKIP ID to write at the selected position, if the display does not already show the desired ID type. With the tape playing, press the POSITION key. The current tape location in ABS time will be displayed, together with the characters Posit, showing that the POSITION key has been pressed.

0 0H 2 3M s P

o s i t
WARNING When one of the above ID modes is shown in the display, pressing ENTER may start the ID writing or editing operation. When writing or editing IDs is not required, therefore, press ID SELECT repeatedly until none of the above ID modes is shown on the display/
The ERASE and RENUM modes cannot be selected while the tape deck is recording. While IDs are being written, erased or renumbered, all transport controls except STOP are disabled.
After two seconds, the time that which the POSITION key was pressed will be shown to frame accuracy, together with an offset value of 00 at the right of the display.

0 0H 2 3M 1 7S _

1 8F 0 0
NOTE If there is no cassette inserted, or if the cassette is write-protected, the message Rec
The PAUSE indicator will light, and the PLAY indicator will start to ash.
Use the INS/+ and DEL/- keys or the DATA dial to adjust the offset backwards or forwards by up to 50 frames in either direction. Press PLAY to preview the location of the ID point. The tape will rewind to the position, with the offset added or subtracted, and start playing back from the previewed ID position. While playing back, the word Posit will be shown on the display. When playback stops after a few seconds, the offset value will replace the word Posit, and may be re-adjusted as described above. Repeat the adjustment of the ID point and the preview of the point as many times as necessary. When the ID point has been located satisfactorily, press ENTER. The display will show WR-ST or WR-SK, depending on whether a START or SKIP ID is being written. The edited point can also be used here as a location memory (use the MEMO 1 or MEMO 2 key). The writing of the ID can be canceled at any time after POSITION has been pressed by pressing STOP. After the ID has been erased, the deck will continue playing the tape.

NOTE If a START ID is erased, the program numbers will not be continuous. The renumbering function may be used to restore the sequence.

4.4.6 Erasing an END ID

Select END ERASE as the ID mode (see 4.4.1, "Selecting an ID mode"). Move the tape to a little after the END ID, and press ENTER. The tape will move back to the END ID and will erase it (the RECORD and PLAY indicators will both light). While the ID is being erased, the words END ERASE will ash in the display.

4.4.7 Erasing titles

If characters have been recorded on tape, the boxed word CHAR will appear on the bottom of the display (below the seconds digits). To erase the characters which have been previously recorded as program titles, select CHAR ERASE as the ID mode (see 4.4.1, "Selecting an ID mode"). Move the tape to a little after the end of the START ID containing the characters to be erased, Press ENTER; the display will show ER-CH, and the tape will start moving back until the START ID containing the characters is located on tape. The character information will then be erased (the RECORD and PLAY indicators will both light), but the START ID containing the title characters and the audio information will be retained. While the erase operation is taking place, the words CHAR ERASE will ash in the display.

4.4.4 Writing an END ID

Writing an END ID will stop the tape. If an END ID is written in the middle of recorded material, the material following the END ID will be inaccessible until the END ID is erased. An END ID can be written from the record, or the record pause mode. Select the END WRT option as described in 4.4.1, "Selecting an ID mode". Press ENTER. The END ID will be written at the point that ENTER is pressed.
4.4.5 Erasing a START or SKIP ID
Select the START ERASE or SKIP ERASE option as described in 4.4.1, "Selecting an ID mode". Locate the tape to a little after the START or SKIP ID to be erased or within the ID section itself. Press ENTER. The tape will move backwards to nd the rst appropriate ID, and ER-ST or ER-SK as appropriate is shown in the display. When the erase function is started, the tape will take some time to search for the ID and position itself appropriately. When the ID has been located, the START ERASE or SKIP ERASE shown in the display will start ashing, and the RECORD and PLAY indicators will light.
4.4.8 Renumbering START IDs
If START IDs have been written to a tape after audio recording has taken place, or if START IDs have been removed from a sequence, the program numbers will not form a continuous series. To renumber the programs, select RENUM as the ID mode. The right side of the display will show #01 (ashing), showing that the rst START ID will be renumbered as 01.
You can start the tapes program numbers from a value different from 01 by turning the DATA dial. The program number selected with the DATA dial will ash (the ashing will continue for ve seconds). Conrm the ashing program number with the ENTER key. If you press ENTER after the program number has stopped ashing, renumbering will start from 01. The tape will rewind to the rst START ID, and rewrite the ID in the same location as previously, but with the number selected above. When this is done, the number at the right of the display will change to the number which is one greater than the starting program number, and the tape will move forward to the next START ID and renumber it in the same way. While a START ID is being rewritten, the word RENUM will ash in the display, and the PLAY and RECORD indicators will light. If the current START ID already has a number, this will be shown to the left of the # mark on the display:

DAT cassettes loading and unloading 10 precautions 6 remaining time 14 DATA dial Locating to track numbers 13 dd setting (digital detect of track start) 18 Default parameters 20 Default settings 20 Digital audio connections 7 Digital audio input 11 Display 10 Display mode 14 Drum head time 18
Margin display mode 14 Margin reset 14 Memory locations, editing 25 Menu functions 18 MENU key 15 Meters Muting input 13 19
Number keys (on remote control) 28


OPEN/CLOSE button 10 Operating environment 6

Index P - X

Output format 19 Output levels, adjusting 17 Skip keys 11 Skip play 15 SP mode 10 SPDIF 11 SPDIF connections 7 SPDIF output 19 Specifications 30 Standard levels 11 Standard output trimmer position Output trimmers 17 Standard play mode 10 Standard rack mounting 6 START ID erasing 24 recording 23 renumbering 24 START ID, AUTO ID 15 Stop mode 12 Storing settings 20
Pause 12 PGM time 14 Phones 11 Playback 12 Position key 23 Power switch 10 Pre-roll value 19 Program number 25 Program number display mode 14 Program time 14 Programmed playback 22 26
Rack mounting 6 RCA connectors RC-D45 remote control unit 28 REC MUTE 13 Record keys (on remote control) 29 Record mute 19 Record ready 12 Recording procedure 12 Remaining time 14 Remote control unit 7 Renumbering Repeat mode Rewind 12 "Rock and roll" cueing 13
Tape and program titles 14 "Caps lock" 26 CHAR markers 23 checking deleting 27 entering and editing 26 erasing 24 recording on tape 27 Tape counter modes 14 Titling see Tape and program titles Transport logic 11 "Trimmer pots" (balanced outputs) 17
Sampling frequency 12 in LP mode in SP mode 11 indication when recording 12 with digital recording 11 SCMS 19 Shift key 16 Shuttle wheel 13 Single play mode 15 Single repeat 22 SKIP ID 24 erasing 24 recording 23
Unbalanced connections 16 selection 11 Unbalanced inputs 16 Unbalanced outputs 16 Uncalibrated input 11 Unloading cassettes 10

XLR connectors 7 11


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Technical Documentation PRODUCT OVERVIEW
TASCAM's DA-40 is a feature rich DAT recorder, bringing together deep recording and playback capabilities, plus a wealth of control functions. Controlling the DA-40 is easy through the clearly marked buttons on the front panel. The large jog and shuttle wheel makes locating cues easy. Two locate points offers a simple way to cue up to a point, or can be used for loop playback. Single play and support for program names help keep track of which program is cued up, and prevent the next track from playing in live applications.
3-U Rack Mount Design Analog Unbalanced RCA I/O Analog Balanced XLR I/O with Output Attenuation AES/EBU (XLR) Digital I/O SPDIF (Coaxial) Digital I/O Headphone Output w/ Level Control Supports Track Names in DAT Subcode
Two Memory Locate Points Single Play and Loop Play Functions Margin Counter with Reset Function Large Jog/Shuttle Wheel Selectable SCMS Status Parallel Control I/O for Custom Remotes & Tallies Optional Wired Remote (RC-D45)


DAT tapes have been a standard transfer medium in the professional audio industry since the introduction of the format. DAT is the only true non-compressed digital audio format that was intended to be a target writing media. The simple flexibility and worry-free operation of DAT recorders contributed to the initial rise of the format, and continues to support it in all levels of recording. The DAT format also supports deeper levels of recording flexibility. Multiple sample rates can be used, ranging from the long play 32kHz, to the CD standard 44.1kHz, to 48kHz for higher quality. Track names are supported in tapes, just as they are in MiniDisc. Plus, the DAT tapes are reasonably inexpensive and offer up to 2 hours (4 hours in LP mode) of uninterrupted audio. TASCAM is the leading manufacturer in professional DAT recorders. The DA-40 continues the proud tradition of excellence in studio and production DAT recorders. Personal and Project Studios - Production Studio The ability to name tracks with the DA-40 greatly helps keep track of multiple mixes of the same tune. When you are playing back the various versions of the mix, you can label them "Radio Mix", "Kareoke Mix", or whatever you want. When it comes time to come back to the DAT, you'll know exactly which mix is which whether you've got the J-card for the DAT or not. With the DA-40, you'll never have to worry about copy limitations holding you back in making your own music. The DA-40 offers complete control over the SCMS status bits. Radio Broadcast - Show Control - Live Production For broadcast and show control applications, the DA-40 offers a parallel I/O on the back panel for custom remote control. With single play, you can be sure that the DA-40 will play the cue you need, and stop at the next one. You don't need to watch the deck to make sure the next track doesn't start playing, nor do you need to worry about cueing up the next track. It all happens automatically. The DA-40 can record and play back DAT tapes in long play, or standard modes. This extended compatibility offers functionality as a high quality recorder/player, as well as an excellent logger.


Performance Specifications: Tape Speed: SP - 8.15mm/s; LP - 4.075mm/s Recording Time (120 DAT): SP - 120 minutes; LP - 240 minutes Recording Resolution: SP - 16 bit linear; LP - 12 bit non-linear Recording Sample Rate: SP - 44.1kHz, 48kHz; LP - 32kHz Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz 0.5dB, SP; 20Hz-14.5kHz LP Signal to Noise Ratio: >92dB Playback (SP) Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.005% Playback (SP) Wow and Flutter: Unmeasurable (<0.001%) Channel Separation: >90dB (1kHz @ Full Scale) Input RCA: -10dBV, 50kOhm +6dBV Maximum (2Vrms) Input XLR: +4dBu, 10kOhm (-16dB Full Scale) +20dBV Maximum Output RCA: -10dBV, <1kOhm +6dBV Maximum (2Vrms) Output XLR: +4dBu, 100 Ohm (-16dB Full Scale) +20dBu Maximum AES/EBU I/O: XLR-type, IEC60958 Type I or Type II SPDIF Coaxial I/O: RCA pin, IEC60958 Type I or Type II Headphone Output: 2x50mW into 32 Ohms Control Ports: 1/8" mini plug accepts RC-D45 remote DB15 Parallel I/O General Specifications: Power Requirements:

Power Consumption: Dimensions: Weight: Optional Accessories:
120V AC, 60Hz (USA/Canada Model) 230V AC, 50Hz (UK/Europe Model) 240V AC, 50Hz (Australia Model) 21W 482 x 150.5 x 364 mm 19" x 5.9" x 14.3" 8Kg, 17.6 lbs. Wired Remote (RC-D45)
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All features and specifications are subject to change without notice. Contact your local TASCAM representative for the latest information.
DA-40 Technical Documentation CONTROL I/O
Pin 15 Function STOP in PLAY in FFWD in REW in PAUSE in REC PLAY in SERIAL in GND PLAY tally out FFWD tally out REW tally out STOP tally out REC PLAY tally out PAUSE tally out TAPE END tally out Control I/O Notes: All command controls are labeled "in" on the chart at left. Commands are active when brought to ground for 30 msec or more. Tally signals are open collector, with a maximum 15V, 80mA. SERIAL in (7) offers an access to RS-232 type communication standards.


Track Names The DA-40 fully supports program titles, allowing each track to have its own name. This information is stored in the tape's subcode, and does not affect the audio quality or cause conflicts with other machines. The name can be spelled out with upper and lower case letters, numbers, and some basic punctuation. Two Memo Locate Points When working on mixes, or even running live shows, a pair of memo points comes in handy. These are separate locate points that can be used for cueing the tape to a particular location, or they can be used for looping a part for rehearsal or critical listening passes. Single Play If you are using the DA-40 in a live production, the single play function allows you to play the DAT one track at a time. The DA-40 will automatically stop at the next track ID, ready for the next cue. Margin Counter This is one of those features you typically never think about until you don't have it. The margin counter is very useful when performing transfers. You can walk away from the unit, and know if the level ever peaked out, or if the recording could have been made louder. Drum Time (Head Time) Counter For maintenance purposes, it helps to know if it is time to clean the heads. Maintenance records can be kept just like taking the odometer reading on car. Selectable Reference Level, Attenuation on Outputs Most professional gear operates with -20dB as the 0dB analog reference level, and most semi-pro gear operates at -16dB reference level. The DA-45HR offers the ability to properly match your system to the gear you are working with. There are also attenuation pots on the balanced outputs for fine adjustment of these levels.

Control I/O Legend


The DAT recorder shall be able to record and play back audio DAT tapes at the standard 16 bit, 44.1kHz and 48kHz modes, as well as long play modes of 32kHz, 12 bit. The recorded SCMS code status shall be selectable in a menu. Available options shall include Prohibit, One Generation, and Free. Other menus shall provide customization of the Auto ID parameters, controlling the threshold and times required for triggering an auto ID writing. The DAT recorder shall offer advanced tape subcode data writing and retrieval, including the ability to read and write program titles, program IDs, and markers for skip program and end of program. Advanced cueing controls shall include single play, two memory location points, and looping between memory ID points. Analog audio inputs and outputs shall be provided on balanced XLRs and unbalanced RCA connections. The XLR outputs shall offer attenuation adjustment potentiometers. Digital audio inputs and output shall be provided on AES/EBU format on XLR connectors, and in SPDIF format on coaxial connectors. The DAT recorder shall be controllable from a TASCAM RC-D45 remote control, and shall offer a Parallel I/O port for further remote control and tally functions. The DAT recorder shall be able to mount in a standard 19" rack mount, taking three spaces in height. Dimensions shall be 19" x 5.5" x 14.5" (W x H x D).
Metric measurements: 482x140.5x368mm
The DAT Recorder shall be a TASCAM DA-40.
NOTE: This text is available in a standard text file on TASCAM's Sound Contractor CD-ROM. Contact TASCAM for details.

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