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Tascam FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface Condition 4 - Needs Repair 889406666993

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The TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface features a comprehensive control surface with moving faders for powerful, intuitive control. A great choice for small studios, it has four microphone inputs”two with analog insert jacks”have phantom power for professional condenser microphones. Four additional line inputs and a S/PDIF stereo input add up to 10 inputs simultaneously, each at 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution. Two MIDI inputs and outputs are provided for 32 channels of MIDI synth playback or control. The control surface has nine 60mm touch-sensitive moving faders for silky-smooth control over channel level, pan or aux settings. Four encoders are also available for mix control, as well as transport and jog/shuttle controls. Stereo monitoring is included, and the FW-1082 even mixes signals internally for stand-alone use.

It includes Cubase LE recording and mixing software and GigaStudio 3 LE software sampling software, a 64-voice version of the streaming sampler application. It works well with Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo, Apple Logic, Apple Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro and Motion, Cakewalk Sonar, MOTU Digital Performer. It also works as a HUI control surface and MIDI interface for Digidesign Pro Tools.

FEATURES
  • 10-in/4-out audio interface
  • 24-bit/96kHz digital audio quality
  • 4 balanced XLR/TRS combo mic/line jacks with switchable phantom power
  • 4 balanced TRS line inputs
  • TRS insert jacks for channels one and two
  • S/PDIF stereo digital input and output
  • TRS monitor outputs
  • Headphone output with level control
  • 2 MIDI inputs and outputs
  • Assignable footswitch jack
  • 9 - 60mm, touch-sensitive moving faders (one master fader)
  • 8 channel strips with solo, mute, select, record arm indicator
  • 4 assignable encoders control pan, aux level and EQ parameters
  • Transport controls, jog/shuttle wheel, and many other surface controls
  • Emulates Mackie HUI and Mackie Control in addition to the included native mode control plug ins
  • Includes GigaStudio 3 LE and Steinberg Cubase LE 48-track 96kHz workstation software
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TASCAMFW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

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Very Nice

I ordered this to upgrade from my Lexicon Omega (which is an awesome unit for the money) primarily for the control surface features and additional inputs. The unit is very well made,...Read complete review

I ordered this to upgrade from my Lexicon Omega (which is an awesome unit for the money) primarily for the control surface features and additional inputs. The unit is very well made, nice, heavy, sturdy and larger than I expected...I was pleasantly surprised.Since I had never used firewire, I also had to install a firewire card into my computer. I didn't need to install Cubes LE since I was already using it. I connected things up and after about 30 minutes of making some setting changes I was able to get it to work...somewhat.I then did more reading on configuring the MIDI control functions, was excited to see how easy it was to program custom functionality for the F-keys, and within about an hour I was recording, mixing, and having a blast watching the sliders magically move when I used my mouse on the computer screen,and vice versa.Then I ran into a few problems. For some reason I couldn't get sound to play through it, even though it had been working fine a few minutes earlier. I check all connections, etc. I also started having problems with my firewire connection and Cubase was losing my configuration settings. After several reboots and 4 hours of frustration, I found the problem and learned the following things (hints to potential and new users):1. Sometimes when the unit is turned on it doesn't make a firewire connection. I turn it off and back on and the 2nd time seems to work.2. If you do not have a firewire connection and then start Cubase, Cubase will not find the unit and default to different configuration settings.3. If Cubase has some invalid or faulty VST Plugins, it may freeze when you try to load it, forcing you to reboot your PC and start the whole nasty cycle over again.4. My problem with the sound not working was a simple "Duh!" moment. Because the 1082 has the ability to switch between "Computer" mode, "Monitor/Mix" mode and MIDI mode, if you go to Monitor/Mix mode and select to only monitor your inputs, then click back to computer mode (the normal mode for tracking and mixing), you will NOT see that you have selected to only hear inputs, and may not understand this. Now that I do understand, all is good and this unit ROCKS!

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Worst experience ever

This item never worked out of the box. I could do basic recording and playback, but the control surface never worked. The motorized faders would go berserk, vibrating back and forth. The...Read complete review

This item never worked out of the box. I could do basic recording and playback, but the control surface never worked. The motorized faders would go berserk, vibrating back and forth. The buttons to change sample rate, the transport buttons, the EQ, and, in fact most of the buttons never did anything at all.As usual, tech support (if you could actually get through) said, "Oh you have to update the driver," even though it was obvious that there was more wrong here than any driver that would be released to the public could have. So they emailed drivers, but not the ones they said they would. Hours more on the phone, over several days. Finally got the new drivers, but they made no difference. Too late to return to Musician's Friend.Now Tascam tech support essentially disappeared. They had a rude recorded message, something like "We're busy, call back," and then hung up. No chance to leave a message. Or I'd be on hold for 2 hours, THEN it'd hang up. For 2 months, I couldn't get through. I stuck the thing in my attic, and went back to my old interface.Recently, I got two new computers, a Mac and a PC, and decided to try again. I got all the latest drivers, installed them, no difference, either machine. On my third try to tech support, I got through. At least this rep had a brain. He fairly quickly diagnosed, "Your 1082 is defective." Yeah, I knew that since I bought it. Out of warranty, they wouldn't do anything. Repair costs approach cost of a new one. I bought an Alesis MasterControl, and I LOVE it. Everything works!DON'T BUY TASCAM PRODUCTS!!!

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1.0

Worst experience ever

By Larry Bellinger

from Albany, NY

Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

This item never worked out of the box. I could do basic recording and playback, but the control surface never worked. The motorized faders would go berserk, vibrating back and forth. The buttons to change sample rate, the transport buttons, the EQ, and, in fact most of the buttons never did anything at all.As usual, tech support (if you could actually get through) said, "Oh you have to update the driver," even though it was obvious that there was more wrong here than any driver that would be released to the public could have. So they emailed drivers, but not the ones they said they would. Hours more on the phone, over several days. Finally got the new drivers, but they made no difference. Too late to return to Musician's Friend.Now Tascam tech support essentially disappeared. They had a rude recorded message, something like "We're busy, call back," and then hung up. No chance to leave a message. Or I'd be on hold for 2 hours, THEN it'd hang up. For 2 months, I couldn't get through. I stuck the thing in my attic, and went back to my old interface.Recently, I got two new computers, a Mac and a PC, and decided to try again. I got all the latest drivers, installed them, no difference, either machine. On my third try to tech support, I got through. At least this rep had a brain. He fairly quickly diagnosed, "Your 1082 is defective." Yeah, I knew that since I bought it. Out of warranty, they wouldn't do anything. Repair costs approach cost of a new one. I bought an Alesis MasterControl, and I LOVE it. Everything works!DON'T BUY TASCAM PRODUCTS!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

No Windows7 drivers...

By Mr, B

from Nashville, TN

Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

This was a cool interface and daw controller. I was using it with Vista 32 and had no problems with it. Unfortunately, my pc died and I'm looking at a new laptop with Windows 7 64. Tascam is claiming that no Windows 7 drivers will be created. Sad.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good for light use

By spook23

from Portland, OR

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

I've used the TASCAM 1082 for four years. It's a professional studio, so the mixer has been used almost daily. The software setup to Cubase SX was not a simple plug n' play, but stable once all the parameters were set correctly. As I recall, it took me four hours.If you're a heavy user, you can buy more reliable hardware. Two motorized faders on the 1082 "lost traction" and had to be replaced. The power supply failed as well. With lighter "weekend warrior" type of use, this unit would perform well.The quality of the input/output has been excellent.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product for Price

By DOC-TYxWo

from Philly

Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

The Tascam 1082 is a great controller for the price. The control options in a DAW are great. I use it for SONAR 6, and it does everything I need it to do. The only issue with the device is that setting it up takes a little time and be careful during this process. If you set it up wrong to begin with, it is easy to redo, but can be very frustrating if you do not know how to do it. Also, customer support for Tascam is AWFUL!!! You will learn much more about the product and how to trouble shoot by going to the Tascam or your DAW's forums and researching. I hope you enjoy it because I certainly have.

 
5.0

Great deal for the $

By StudioMan

from Mantua, OH

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

This unit can't be beat for the money. Nice clean preamps, quit motorized faders, Solid feeling in& out jacks. Set-up a little complicated but really not back considering what this setup will do (I had around 6 hrs in setting up a new computer with SX3, stream-line windows and getting the FW1082 interface & controls working perfectly).You will be happy, even in a higher end pro project studio.

 
5.0

Coerce the MOVIE is the HEATS

By Alphonso Sanchez

from Moreno Valley, California 92557

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

I am currently a movie maker person and made a movie. The thing I needed,however, was music. This FW-1082 was right for me as it had two midi outputs along with eight smackin rockin badankidankin good mic pres. So If I wanted to record the music I could or if synthesizing was my idea I would. Either way, it would be great quality 24 bit which is DVD quality for my movie. So Coerce was made much better with the fw-1082 music.It is expensive though, I should've got a smaller one with less inputs. I had to sell nearly a hundred shirts for $10each to buy this piece.

 
5.0

Computer Recording

By Brian--j.HE

from Hillsboro, NH

Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

I am very happy with this unit. It comes bundled with Cubase LE that works great, very intuitive and more than anything I'll ever need. I was considering purchasing the FW-1804 but I'm glad I went with the FW-1082 for the control surface.It was, however, a bit of a challenge to get it configured, but it works great now!

 
3.0

Nice to have CS and Mixer in One

By MercyTribe

from Graham, WA

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

Although I certainly have enjoyed my Tascam for the past several months, the support is absolutely awful (open 8 to five M - F pacific time with an hour for lunch). Long wait times and I actually never got a hold of anyone. It

 
5.0

Awesome control/interface

By Sly Monkey

from Norwich, NY

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

I switched from a MOTU 1224 system to this Firewire based system and I have nothing but great things to say about it. I have had this system for nearly 2 years now and I have recorded several bands and countless demo songs. The preamps sound very good and they compare to preamps in the $500 price range. Much more detailed than the preamps in cheap mixing boards. The ability to record 10 tracks at once (by using another dual channel pre with SPIF output) makes this unit perfectly suited to most small studio tasks. You can live record a full standard band.I wish it had a couple output channels so I could reamp a track or two, but at this price range, I can't complain.I've never had latency issues because I made sure to get a firewire card with a Texas Instruments chip set as recommended by everyone. I haven't had a single hardware related issue in 2 years and counting.

 
5.0

Exellent and reliable

By Pablo-Zsy_T

from Chicago

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

Great Great Gear! For those who are just no into pro-tools. I used with Adobe Audition latest edition and it synchronized great through the "mackie control" or "midi" options in the software. Automotive-faders are lovely. I have record above 48bit all my sessions and still accurate response and real time effects with almost 0 noise. I had M-Audio similar interface before and the only difference is the LCD panel which I don't use much because I tend to look to the computer all the time. Better buy this one if you are tied in budget. I love my tascam FW 1082.

 
3.0

Latency Problems

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

I purchased one locally, followed all set-up instructions and simply couldn't obtain decent recordings on my notebook computer due to latency problems. My computer has more than the required clock speed and RAM, but the sound was terrible regardless of the latency buffer. I returned it and bough a HD recorder...you don't have to worry about latency!! Well built and cool, but not right for my needs.

 
4.0

Good For Beginners

By Dr. Raman

from India

Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

It is a Lovely Product for someone who puts his feet in this field of recording. I feel that for such low price it is absolute value for money. The recording quality is excellent, Given no problems till now, Firewire is the best way to go in recording. It gives excellent control to the engineer. However it lacks the qualities that we need as a Pro Engineer like 5.1 surround monitoring, Has only 4 mic ins, no talkback support, no expansion scope, no LCD, no headphone routing functions. How can you expect all this for such a low price though. It's definitely a excellent deal if one is tight on budget. no regrets but as u grow you'll want to upgrade. so either save more and buy something like 1884 later or work with this for a while and when u understand all the needs and issues of recording aim for the Pro ones.The latter is a better thing to do. Tascam products are really worth buying. once you buy it, don't expect everything to run smoothly. you'll have to give time to understand intricacies of recording and using the interface. but soon everything will be crystal clear. Keep the Patience and Good Luck !

 
5.0

Very Nice

By Jeff

from Petersburg, IL

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

I ordered this to upgrade from my Lexicon Omega (which is an awesome unit for the money) primarily for the control surface features and additional inputs. The unit is very well made, nice, heavy, sturdy and larger than I expected...I was pleasantly surprised.Since I had never used firewire, I also had to install a firewire card into my computer. I didn't need to install Cubes LE since I was already using it. I connected things up and after about 30 minutes of making some setting changes I was able to get it to work...somewhat.I then did more reading on configuring the MIDI control functions, was excited to see how easy it was to program custom functionality for the F-keys, and within about an hour I was recording, mixing, and having a blast watching the sliders magically move when I used my mouse on the computer screen,and vice versa.Then I ran into a few problems. For some reason I couldn't get sound to play through it, even though it had been working fine a few minutes earlier. I check all connections, etc. I also started having problems with my firewire connection and Cubase was losing my configuration settings. After several reboots and 4 hours of frustration, I found the problem and learned the following things (hints to potential and new users):1. Sometimes when the unit is turned on it doesn't make a firewire connection. I turn it off and back on and the 2nd time seems to work.2. If you do not have a firewire connection and then start Cubase, Cubase will not find the unit and default to different configuration settings.3. If Cubase has some invalid or faulty VST Plugins, it may freeze when you try to load it, forcing you to reboot your PC and start the whole nasty cycle over again.4. My problem with the sound not working was a simple "Duh!" moment. Because the 1082 has the ability to switch between "Computer" mode, "Monitor/Mix" mode and MIDI mode, if you go to Monitor/Mix mode and select to only monitor your inputs, then click back to computer mode (the normal mode for tracking and mixing), you will NOT see that you have selected to only hear inputs, and may not understand this. Now that I do understand, all is good and this unit ROCKS!

 
4.0

not completely universal but an excellent value

By espii

from Co.

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

First of this is a pretty big piece of hardware.2 excellnt quality no noise. Works quite well with Sonar. Even in its mackie emulation mode I have not gotten it too work with Acid or Vegas. That was not an issue I thought that might be the case when I got the pannel. It works nearly flawlessly with Sonar. Setting it up with Sonar is a no brainer. For the money it seems to be a very good value. I would highly recomend it for use with Sonar. Be aware when you think of this product you understand what it is actually doing. It is using midi to control a motorized mixer. It then writes your touch control mixer motions to your audio envelopes in Sonar. You then rerender the project. It saves a lot of accidental mouse messes that are possible in a big complex video project. I am not sure why these devices are not more standardized and broadly compatible. They are a bit pricey. Beyond a 20 minute Video project they begin to be real handy. It also seems to crash on occaision ,but at an acceptable level and I relly don't know fully how to use it yet. Written manual with it is basicly worthless , but with Sonar you do not need it.

 
2.0

Tascam FW 1082

By Rawhide

from Midland Texas

Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

Lag time with my computer was bad. The Tech. support was very bad. I had to wait 45 Min. to get help on a long distance call (NO 800 NUMBER).They would not take a call back number. My computer would keep dropping out during recording THIS WAS A PAIN. So boxed it up sent it back got an Yamaha HD recorder and love it. We don't drop out during recording or play back.

 
5.0

The Best I Have Used

By Trey Coffia

from Pell city. Al

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

I have been recording on a limited budget for 6 years now. It didn't take much time to save up for this and now that I have it, I have to say this the best I have used. It easy to understand and works with Cubase perfectly, along with the high quality preamp this machine has revitalized by love for recording. I have recorded c.d. quality tracks with this machine will using pretty cheap mics. I would recomend the Tascam fw-1082 to anyone beginner to pro

 
5.0

Great Product

By Musicman Wolf

from NC

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

I have been recording since 4 track tape. Before buying the Tascam Fw-1082 I was usuing HD recorders with a yamaha digital board. The FW-1082 with cubase SX3 is the best system I have ever used. It took about 6 hours to get everything working. I did have to download a new driver for the unit, but once I got it running I love it. I have a P4, 2.2 GHZ with 1gb of ram and I can record 8 tracks with effects thru Cubase with only 3ms of latency. I have had zero problems with drop-outs or anything else. I have mixed up to 42 tracks with no problems. I can't recommend this product highly enough.

 
4.0

Buyer Beware

By Floydian

from Chattavegas, TN

Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

This unit is pretty solid. The ability to control levels and recording from the unit is nice. This eliminates fumbling with a mouse. It takes sometime setting up though. You?ll need to set sometime to sit down with the instructions and read them before getting started. The Giga studio drivers are not compatible with the new Windows Vista OS. There doesn?t seem to be any compatibility issues with Cubase and Vista. THE CUSTOMER SEVICE IS ?BS?. The C.S. number is a long distance number and be ready to wait if you call. I called about the Giga drivers and I stayed on hold for over 30 minutes before I hung up. If someone has a lot of problems with this thing their phone bill alone would cost more than the unit. I would suggest purchasing and extended warranty and let the dealer deal with them. For the money it?s decent, but there are better things on the market for a few more bucks.

 
5.0

great product, great price

By Sky Studios

from Roslindale, MA

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

i got this when it was only 600 but i would pay 800 in a second. rock solid. great pres. great control surface. my only wish is that it had more outs, and adat io.

 
4.0

Great features for the $, despite quality issues

By Snowbound

from Bow, NH

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Comments about TASCAM FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface:

I have had this unit for approximately 5 months. It took a lot of effort with drivers, firewire cards, & settings manipulation to get it working smoothly on my PC with SONAR 5. Once everything was working the unit sounds good, & the integration with SONAR is solid. I had an issue with my unit where the faders would vibrate & buzz after moving. I have sent the unit to Tascam for repair under warranty. As others have noted, their customer service is not great, but it does have a 1 year warranty. For the money, you simply can't get the same set of features in any other unit. That said, if I had to do it again, I'd spend more money & get a higher quality board.

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