Tascam HS-4000

The HS-4000 is Tascam’s studio solution for professional recording and playback based on solid-state media. The HS-4000 includes SMPTE timecode and all connections required by professionals including RS-422 serial control. Also true to Tascam tradition, audio is top-quality throughout with up to 96 kHz / 24-bit recording formats available.

Audio files are created on secure CompactFlash media in Broadcast WAV format, and since a pair of CF card slots is available, data mirroring or extended recording times are possible. A remote control available as an option allows flash start operation from a separate room over RJ-45 connection.

The HS-4000 is the ideal solid-state recorder for professionals, with the instant access, ease-of-use and sound quality recording, broadcast and post production studios demand.

Main Features

  • High-quality 4-track audio recorder for professional broadcast and recording applications
  • Two operation modes:
    • Timeline mode: Use the unit like a tape recorder
    • Take mode: Record/play separate audio takes, use playlists and flash start
  • Ideal replacement for current DAT, MD, MO or other recorders
  • Fast boot time
  • Dual Deck mode operates as two separate stereo recorders
  • Easy to read and operate through TFT colour touch screen interface
  • Dual CompactFlash slot with UDMA support
  • Mirroring and continuous recording between two CFs
  • Uses broadcast wave format (BWF) with mark function
  • Sample rates: 96/88.2/48.048/48/47.952/44.1 kHz at 16/24-bit resolution
  • Pre-recording up to 5 seconds (audio is captured before the record button is actually pressed)
  • Flash start with optional flash start controller RC-HS20PD or RC-SS20
  • Locate marker function (auto/manual)
  • Online function with dedicated outputs for pre-listening and on-air playback
  • Confidence monitoring
  • Editing functions (divide, combine, erase)
  • Projects can be exported in AES31 format
  • Auto Cue, Auto Ready, Incremental Play and Repeat
  • Playlist function
  • Jog/Shuttle function
  • 2U rack-mount size

Inputs and Outputs

  • Balanced analogue inputs and outputs (XLR)
  • Additional balanced monitor output (XLR)
  • AES/EBU input, main output and monitor output
  • Parallel control port
  • RS-422 serial control port
  • RS-232C serial control port
  • SMPTE Timecode input/output as standard
  • Word sync input/output (BNC)
  • Video sync input (BNC)
  • Gigabit Ethernet connection for data transfer, remote control or remote monitoring
  • Remote connector for optional flash start controller
  • USB connector for data exchange with external storage devices
  • Computer keyboard (PS/2) connector for easy naming of files and folders


Recording media CompactFlash (CF) card
File system FAT32 (4 GB or more)
FAT16 (2 GB or less)
File format BWF (monophonic, polyphonic)
Number of channels 4 channels (excluding playlist dual mode)
2 stereo mix channels × 2 (dual playlist mode)
Quantization bit rate 16-bit, 24-bit
Sampling frequency 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96 kHz (47.952/48.048 kHz: 48k±0.1% pull-down/pull-up)
Time code frame rate 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97NDF, 30DF, 30NDF
Analogue audio inputs and outputs
The error for nominal and maximum levels is ±1 dB for all input and output jacks except the PHONES jack.
ANALOG IN (LINE) jacks (1–4) XLR–3–31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  Input impedance 4.3 kΩ
  Nominal input level +4 dBu (1.23 Vrms) ±1 dB
–20 dBu (0.0775 Vrms) ±1 dB (selectable)
(+6 dBu when Digital Ref. Level is set to –9 dB)
  Maximum input level (selectable) +15dBu (4.36Vrms)
+18dBu (6.16Vrms)
+20dBu (7.75Vrms)
+22dBu (9.76Vrms)
+24dBu (12.3Vrms)
–6dBu (0.388Vrms)
–4dBu (0.489Vrms)
–2dBu (0.616Vrms)
0dBu (0.775Vrms)
ANALOG OUT (LINE) connectors (1–4) XLR–3–32 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  Output impedance 100 Ω or less
  Nominal output level +4 dBu (1.23 Vrms) ±1 dB
–20 dBu (0.0775 Vrms) ±dB (selectable)
(+6 dBu when Digital Ref. Level is set to –9 dB)
  Maximum output level (selectable) +15dBu (4.36Vrms)
+18dBu (6.16Vrms)
+20dBu (7.75Vrms)
+22dBu (9.76Vrms)
+24dBu (12.3Vrms
–6dBu (0.388Vrms
–4dBu (0.489Vrms
–2dBu (0.616Vrms
0dBu (0.775Vrms
ANALOG OUT (MONITOR) jacks (L/R) XLR–3–32(1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  Output impedance 100 Ω
  Nominal output level +6 dBu (1.55 Vrms)
(Digital Ref. Level= when set to –9 dB)
+4 dBu (1.23 Vrms)
(Digital Ref. Level= when not set to –9 dB)
  Maximum output level (selectable) +15dBu (4.36Vrms)
+18dBu (6.16Vrms)
+20dBu (7.75Vrms)
+22dBu (9.76Vrms)
+24dBu (12.3Vrms
PHONES jack standard 6.3-mm (1/4”) stereo jack
  Maximum output power 45 mW + 45 mW or more (THD+N 0.1% or less, into 32 Ω)
Digital audio inputs and outputs
DIGITAL INPUT connector (1/2) XLR–3–31
  Minimum/maximum input signal voltage range 200 mVpp to 10 Vpp
  Input impedance 110 Ω ±20%
  Format AES3-2003/IEC60958-4(AES/EBU)
  Supported sampling frequencies 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96 kHz(single/double)
Note: When SRC is ON, the receivable range is 32–192 kHz.
DIGITAL OUTPUT connector (1/2) XLR–3–32
  Output voltage 2–5 Vpp
  Output impedance 110 Ω ±20%
  Format IEC60958–4 (AES3–2003, AES/EBU)
  Supported sampling frequencies 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96 kHz (single/double)
Control inputs and outputs
RS–422 D–sub 9-pin
RS–232C D–sub 9-pin
PARALLEL D–sub 25-pin
  Signal voltage amplitude 0.5–10 Vpp
  Input impedance 10 kΩ
  Format SMPTE 12M–1999 compliant
  Signal voltage amplitude 2 Vpp
  Output impedance 100 Ω
  Format SMPTE 12M–1999 compliant
WORD/VIDEO IN BNC, Includes switch for enabling termination
  Input voltage 5V TTL equivalent (WORD IN)
  Signal voltage amplitude 1 Vpp (VIDEO IN)
  Input impedance 75 Ω ±10%
  Allowable frequency deviation of external synchronization ±100 ppm
  Input frequency (WORD) 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96 kHz
  Input signal (VIDEO) 24/25/29.97/30 Frame (NTSC/PAL Black burst, HDTV Tri–Level)
WORD/VIDEO THRU/OUT BNC, OUT/THRU switch included (OUT is only for WORD OUT)
  Signal voltage amplitude 5V TTL equivalent
  Output impedance 75 Ω or less
  Output frequency (WORD) 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96 kHz (47.952/48.048 kHz: 48k±0.1% pull-down/pull-up)
  Frequency stability ±10 ppm or less (Ta = 20º C)
USB USB A-type 4-pin
  Protocol USB2.0 HIGH SPEED (480 Mbps) compliant
  Power supply voltage 13 V/41 V
  Signal LVDS serial
  Transmission contents LCD display data, asynchronous serial transmission control signals, port control signals
Audio performance
Frequency response, ANALOG IN to ANALOG OUT 20 Hz – 20 kHz: ±0.5 dB (Fs = 44.1/48 kHz, JEITA, recording and playback)
20 Hz – 40 kHz: +0.5 dB/−2 dB (Fs = 88.2/96 kHz, JEITA, recording and playback)
Distortion, ANALOG IN to ANALOG OUT 0.005% or less (JEITA, recording and playback)
S/N ratio, ANALOG IN to ANALOG OUT 100 dB or less (JEITA, recording and playback)
Power supply and other specifications
Power AC 100-240 V, 50–60 Hz
Power consumption 25 W
External dimensions (W x H x D) 483 mm x 94 mm x 317 mm
Weight 5.1 kg
Operating temperature range 5–35 ºC

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

Last modified: 2015-02-12 12:33:12 UTC