In [this Dj Quik interview](http://www.complex.com/music/2012/04/dj-quik-tells-all-the-stories-behind-his-classic-records/born-and-raised-in-compton) with Complex he tells his rise to modern day legend from his humble beginning on the SP and cassette “I got an SP1200 drum machine and a 4-track Tascam recorder, a little cassette recorder. I went from making mixtapes to getting a drum machine and producing my own songs. After about a year on the SP1200, going through different tape formulations. Just listening to the way frequencies in my voice respond to certain tapes, I figured I was in there." DJ Quik also discusses the TASCAM 4-Track at 12:10 in [this video](http://youtu.be/8rHuoukXPCI).more
I'm not entirely sure how this stacks up against a similarly priced Zoom competitor, but I will have to say that the recordings from this are very nice. It's just a little bit more time consuming transferring the recordings of porn from my speakers onto my phone , rather than recording it directly onto my phone, but hey better audio quality. My only gripe is that the video sucks.
What I love about the Tascam line of recorders is they've been in business a long time and have been one of the most trusted and praised brands in the field. I have configured my settings to record in 24 bit / 96 kHz BWAV (broadcast wav) stereo format and look forward to using this in my studio and when I record my Str8 Sounds performances and other bands on stage.
When I have used this device for a few sessions, I'll update this review with more information.
I got the Tascam DR-40E Version 2 Special Edition at Guitar Center for just $179 (list price $289), which includes a 2 GB SC card, 4 GB SD card, batteries, and USB cord.