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Tascam FireOne FireWire audio and control interface   

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Intuitive digital music control and a high-resolution audio interface in one unit.

The TASCAM FireOne is a FireWire audio interface with shortcut keys and a weighted, illuminated jog wheel that let you interact more creatively and intuitively with your computer and your music. The FireOne records using two mic inputs and provides two outputs overhigh-speed FireWire at 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution. The FireOne's most unique feature is its large, weighted, backlit jog wheel that allows musicians to zip through their song while the backlight provides useful feedback such as a visual metronome. In addition, the FireOne has easy-to-use tapedeck-like transport keys and eight shortcut keys to control functions in most popular DAW applications.

The FireOne features a pair of mic inputs with phantom power and pad switches. A front panel guitar input allows convenient direct recording of guitar or bass. MIDI input and output are also provided for 16 channels of MIDI. FireOne comes with Ableton Live Lite TASCAM Edition multitrack recording software, so you'll be set to begin creating music right out of the box.

FEATURES
  • 2-in/2-out FireWire audio interface
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution
  • 2 XLR mic inputs with phantom power and pad
  • 1/4" high impedance input for recording guitar direct
  • Two 1/4" stereo headphone outputs
  • Weighted, backlit jog wheel
  • Transport control keys: rewind, fast-forward, stop, play, record
  • Headphone output with level control
  • Eight DAW shortcut keys
  • Stereo LED meter
  • MIDI in and out
  • 1/4" footswitch input
  • Powered by FireWire bus or included power supply
SPECIFICATIONS

FireOne FireWire audio and control interface

  • 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution (192kHz support planned for a future software update)
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3.7

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Killer

I bought this without really being able to find many reviews about it, but I was attracted by the jog wheel and the basic simple layout. I have not been dissappointed. I use...Read complete review

I bought this without really being able to find many reviews about it, but I was attracted by the jog wheel and the basic simple layout. I have not been dissappointed. I use Sonar 5 Producer and if you have ever used it you know it is allot of mouse and keyboard work to do just about everything. But this thing basically eliminates the need to use the mouse at all, and in many cases the keyboard as well. The shortcut keys are very useful for reducing editing time, and the jog wheel makes finding your spot and setting it a magical experience comparitively speaking. The installation and initialization worked perfectly, and overall, I am very pleased with the performance. For the small home studio where you are recording by yourself, this is a great unit, and makes your recording experience seem much more simple and controlled! For instance, just set up your mic, arm your track, and set one of the short cut keys for "Edit/Undo". And you can stand right under the mic the entire time, hitting record, performing a vocal track, and undoing it over and over again, with the pressing of but two buttons. Very nice!

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Could not use it

I purchased it to use on my MacBook, The black one made late last year, and when I loaded the drivers and software that has the control panel, it would load but when...Read complete review

I purchased it to use on my MacBook, The black one made late last year, and when I loaded the drivers and software that has the control panel, it would load but when I went to do the install as instructed, it would not do anything. My mac also could not see it when plugged in. Useless piece of plastic. I loaded the other software package, Live Lite 6 and it was kind of cheesy. I was able to hear my mic thru but had to turn up the gain all the way up. Tried kicking in the phantom power and that made it worse. I have original Shure SM58's made in the seventies that work flawless and sound amazing. Made in USA. I don't know where they are making the new one's now.The unit itself was made out of light plastic and the supposedly weighted control knob is very cheap, scrapes the case as you turn it and it is Not Weighted. Sorry Tascam, but this is not a weighted control knob.Would not buy it again. Do not recommend. No wonder Tascam discontinued it.

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5.0

Great!

By Mikell128

from NY

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I am using this with Sonar and in Vista and it works flawlessly. It took me a little to get it configured right but since then recording has been a breeze and all the controls have worked great. The phantom power always works nicely and is great for recording with a condensor mic.Everything about this interface has worked flawlessly, too bad Tascam decided to discontinue it as it really is one of the best in its class

 
5.0

Unique find!

By lildanbassman

from MO

This little item has worked great for me over the past several months. The jog feature works really nice. The only downside I can see is that I have to crank the gain almost all the way up to get a decent level on my mics (w/ phantom power enabled even).

 
3.0

Could not use it

By John-Z5Mom

from California

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I purchased it to use on my MacBook, The black one made late last year, and when I loaded the drivers and software that has the control panel, it would load but when I went to do the install as instructed, it would not do anything. My mac also could not see it when plugged in. Useless piece of plastic. I loaded the other software package, Live Lite 6 and it was kind of cheesy. I was able to hear my mic thru but had to turn up the gain all the way up. Tried kicking in the phantom power and that made it worse. I have original Shure SM58's made in the seventies that work flawless and sound amazing. Made in USA. I don't know where they are making the new one's now.The unit itself was made out of light plastic and the supposedly weighted control knob is very cheap, scrapes the case as you turn it and it is Not Weighted. Sorry Tascam, but this is not a weighted control knob.Would not buy it again. Do not recommend. No wonder Tascam discontinued it.

 
4.0

Killer

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this without really being able to find many reviews about it, but I was attracted by the jog wheel and the basic simple layout. I have not been dissappointed. I use Sonar 5 Producer and if you have ever used it you know it is allot of mouse and keyboard work to do just about everything. But this thing basically eliminates the need to use the mouse at all, and in many cases the keyboard as well. The shortcut keys are very useful for reducing editing time, and the jog wheel makes finding your spot and setting it a magical experience comparitively speaking. The installation and initialization worked perfectly, and overall, I am very pleased with the performance. For the small home studio where you are recording by yourself, this is a great unit, and makes your recording experience seem much more simple and controlled! For instance, just set up your mic, arm your track, and set one of the short cut keys for "Edit/Undo". And you can stand right under the mic the entire time, hitting record, performing a vocal track, and undoing it over and over again, with the pressing of but two buttons. Very nice!

 
2.0

Taking it back

By KCT Middle Man

from Baltimore

I've had the FireOne for nearly a month now and have yet to be able to output a single song. Looks great but too many issues. Everytime i get one thing figured out the next step in setting it up or recording is equally as challenging. I had a heck of a time getting my computer to recognize the hardwar and then link the software of the FireOne in the first place. Once I achieved that milestone I can now not get the software to save anything as a .wav file for output. Biggest issue may be thast it comes with real weak software (Ableton Live Lite 6) which will only record a total of four tracks (have to buy the full version seperately for more tracks and plug-ins). Also no user manual. Overall this has been an extremely frustrating buy. Nice bells and whistles but I'll trade the jog wheel for a completed track any day. I plan to bring my FireOne back this week and get a product I can perhaps figure out in under a month.

 
5.0

Fireone cooks !!

By Little Phineas

from Scranton, PA

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When the prices dropped on the FireOne, I got one because I wanted a good control surface to use with SONAR PE 6. It's been great so far.Tascam even has a plug-in for Sonar. TIP: It needs to be set up as a General Midi Controller not an ACT controller. The jog wheel works great, the labeled transport controls are easy to use. And the F-1 through F-8 buttons can be user programmed to go with your work style. I plugged a mike and a synth in to try the audio and it sounded fine, so it will also be a good back-up audio interface for me. The build is solid and it takes up less desk space than the BCR-2000 I was previously using as a controller. If this had a fader control I'd probably give it 6 stars. At the current price point, the FireOne is a great value as a Controller / Audio-MIDI Interface.

 
1.0

NO VISTA DRIVER

By AB Media Productions

from USA

I got this nice piece of hardware in November 2007 and I found out it did not support windows vista, I decided to give it time so Tascam could have a driver acailable, well, it is May 2008 and still no driver, actually Tascam had updated all firewire equipment drivers for vista but this one, and there is no answer to any of my email asking them to please at least to let us know if they will have it or not.... if you have your studion running under windows vista, beware!

 
5.0

Great deal, highly recommended!

By SPDBerkeley

from Berkeley, CA

I got a Tascam FireOne recently for my home recording setup, and I think it's a really great deal. I installed the drivers and immediately had it working with Cubase as an audio/MIDI interface and controller, and it was even very easy to customize the DAW control settings. It has replaced four pieces of gear for me: a mixer, an audio interface, a MIDI interface, and a headphone amp. And it's added outboard DAW controls to my setup -and- it can be bus powered, so it's portable! Recording quality seems perfectly acceptable, though it does seem like it's loading my CPU a bit for some reason. Still, I highly recommend it for anyone who only needs 2 audio ins.

 
1.0

Not ready for prime time

By Arcanek

from Cleveland, OH

This is made for Tascam, who promised 64 bit drivers and 192KHz sampling. They totally dropped the ball on this one, making this thing a toy. For about $50 dollars, this might be worth it. It looks good on paper, but without 64 bit drivers, it's already obsolete. A decent idea ruined by incompetent management. I'll avoid both Tascam and Frontier Design group who made this thing.

 
5.0

No Help

By Scat-Cat

from Georgia

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I have had the Fireone for about 2 weeks and love it. You had better read all of the instructions carefully and download and print all of the changes (Especially Sonar-6.) Don't bother to call Tascam for help - They will lie to you and then hang up. So your pretty much on your own. After I figured out all of the issues, It works just fine.

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