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Tascam FW-1884 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface and DAW Control Surface

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Rule your DAW.

A professional control surface, the TASCAM FW1884 FireWire Controller Audio/MIDI Interface provides an audio and MIDI interface for computers and control of DAW parameters. It has 8 - 100mm motorized, touch-sensitive channel faders; one master fader; and controls for pan, solo, mute, and select functions on each channel. 4 bands of parametric EQ, a jog/shuttle wheel, and shortcut keys for various popular software applications are also included.

DAW control include mixing, automation, editing, and navigation tools with full 96kHz operation on analog I/O channels, with compatible DAW software, using 24-bit/96kHz A/D/A converters. Provides 2 FireWire ports, 8 channels of ADAT and stereo S/PDIF inputs and outputs, 8 analog outputs, 8 balanced XLR analog mic/line inputs with high quality mic preamps, phantom power, and inserts on every channel. A headphone output is also provided.

The FW1884 is more than just a DAW controller, providing simultaneous connection to L/R and 5.1 surround matrices making it perfectly suited to multichannel surround production as well as standard stereo mixing.

4 MIDI inputs and 4 MIDI outputs allow connection with a wide variety of MIDI sound generation and timing tools. Its Word Clock jacks allow computer systems to maintain accurate clock synchronization in digital recording environments. Assignable footswitch jack provides handsfree punches and MIDI control.

The FW-1884 is compatible with a wide variety of popular applications including MOTU Digital Performer, Steinberg Cubase, Steinberg Nuendo, Cakewalk Sonar, and more.

FEATURES
  • Comprehensive mixing, automation, editing and navigation tools for DAWs
  • 8 - 100mm motorized, touch-sensitive channel faders
  • One master fader
  • Dedicated controls for pan, solo, mute, and select functions on each channel
  • 4 bands of parametric EQ on each channel
  • Shortcut keys for various audio software applications
  • 8 balanced XLR analog mic/line inputs with high-quality mic preamps
  • Phantom power and inserts on every channel
  • 24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters; full 96kHz operation on all analog I/O channels with compatible DAW software
  • 8 channels of ADAT lightpipe, stereo S/PDIF inputs and outputs
  • 8 analog outputs for connection of L/R and 5.1 surround matrices
  • Dedicated headphone output
  • 4 MIDI inputs, 4 MIDI outputs
  • Word clock in and out jacks
  • Assignable footswitch jack
  • Up to 18 simultaneous inputs
  • Compatible with a wide variety of popular DAW applications

Order today and gain unbelievable tactile access to your DAW features.

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4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

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Solid

Im running a 2 year old MDG pentium dual core @ 3 gHz with only 1MB of ram. When I first got this I was constantly pulling my hair out to get it to...Read complete review

Im running a 2 year old MDG pentium dual core @ 3 gHz with only 1MB of ram. When I first got this I was constantly pulling my hair out to get it to work. If you're having problems, It can easily be solved through wordclock and making sure your sampling rates are right (or youll get latency, clicks, pops, and a finicky mixer). I found that when I turn it on AFTER my computer finishes booting up, then run the program, then I have no problems. Every once in awhile (maybe 1/10 times I use it) it stops working (just the faders). Dont know why, don't care, big deal. save, restart the program and it's fine, takes all but 10 seconds of your time. this thing is ridiculously convenient and still saves you alot of time with the motorized faders and perfect control, I rarely use my mouse now that I'm mastering it. If you know what its like recording a bunch of tape channels, or even a digital system without a controller, then you'll notice this is a thousand times more efficient.People complain its only 24 bits because of the new HD stuff, but your CD burns and plays at 16 bits anyways, so I dont see what the big deal. I wouldnt go as far as to say its a great value, as I got mine used at half this price, but it's definately a good buy, and there are comparable models that look cooler for way more cashola!

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Overpromises on features, underdelivers!

Tascam deserves praise for packing so many features into such an affordable unit. And it certainly looks good, with its well-designed housing and robust interface. Yet, this device is NOTORIOUS for quirky...Read complete review

Tascam deserves praise for packing so many features into such an affordable unit. And it certainly looks good, with its well-designed housing and robust interface. Yet, this device is NOTORIOUS for quirky behavior. Check out the forums for this product and you will discover hundreds of complaints about this unit. To summarize my own experience: it has blown out 2 pre-amps due to its own sensitivity (hot swapping should not blow out the preamps on a decent mixer); it has created hours of frustration with incompatible drivers; it behaves erratically, disabling key features like the shuttle wheel, edit buttons, and lights; the Tascam support team is non-existent and the documentation is pathetic. It's discouraging to learn that several key features have "known bugs" with no plans for patches until "a future release." This machine looks fantastic on paper, but it's a nightmare to use.

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4.0

Tascam fx 1884 No spdif in Logic pro 9

By Lidvicous1980

from Orlando, Florida

Pros

  • Tascam Fx 1884

Cons

  • On Logic Pro 9
  • Spdif Don't Work Properly

Best Uses

  • Perfect For Logic Pro 9
  • Tascam Excellent 4 U

I've Owned a older Tascam analog mixer and I like the features for it, So I upgraded to Tascam fx 1884... It is a wonderful Digital Mixer with 8 in's ,8 outs, 4 midi in's, 4 midi outs, spdif, Insert on every channal (works great for out board gear)...My only concern is getting the Spdif to work on Logic pro 9 for external Tc Electronic M300 reverb. "No worky".. YES-->It recieves the signal, but I can not Get it to be reconize in Logic pro 9...If anyone know how and why please help me to continue creating "Wonderful Music", Thanx for any help!!!

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3.0

Less then adequate support

By cmace

from Texas

I agree that the drivers are less then adequate but my main issue is the lack of support. I had this working with my previous system. I upgraded to Vista 64 bit with large 8 gig RAM. The quality sound was very dirty and distorted. I know it was the Tascam FW 1884 because I used it with both Sibeleus and Cubase 4. I called them and was told it does not function correctly with 4 gig and above RAM. I have followed up with two emails in the last 2 months and they will not give me even a projected date to release the driver's/download to support this issue. There is nothing on their website that even mentions this problem. Had I known about it I probably would have purchased a smaller gig of RAM on my new computer. I will never buy another Tascam anything because of this.

 
3.0

Great Idea/Poor UI

By Tim A

from Boston MA

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I bought this to interface with Logic 7.2 it would work OK but the firewire would lose sync sometimes and the pots sometimes would do what you wanted them to.A solid mixer but buried functions. After about a year it locked up and now has to be repaired.I had hoped for better.Tascam is not the best to get tech suport from either.

 
5.0

Sonar 5 Loves It...

By Rocky Lowther

from Ohio

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It took a some doing to set it up with Sonar 5 Pro but once I got it setup, boy is this FW-1884 Awesome. Any setup questions got to the Cakewalk Forum. It's all there.I could never do without this board. I have 2 FE8s also. I use just the FW-1884 with my Laptop on the road. I just can't say anything bad about it. Not had any crashes yet and I've had it for 4 months. Best investment I've made in my portable audio thus far.

 
5.0

Review

By Ron-JSPms

from Phoenix, AZ

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By far the best hard surface available for the price. I?m using the FW1884 with DP4 on a G4Powerbook and a 120G FW drive. Everything works seamlessly. It?s just great.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Routs it all

By L. Pass. Professor of guitar Berklee College

from Boston, MA

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The TASCAM FW1884 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface and DAW Control Surface routs it all. Great flexibility & my first digital console & foray into the digital DAW recording world. Especially with Logic it's an awesome set up.

 
5.0

Before this I was a monkey.

By J-Drummer

from memphis, tn

I just recently began home recording, and by a stroke of luck I got the FW-1884. I've learned more about recording in the past six months, than I learned in two years of school. This really isn't a beginer product, but if your brave and willing to have some frustratingly long nights, this is the grestest DAW ever!

 
5.0

This design REALLY stands out.

By Larry G Jones

from Long Beach, CA

You can say what you want about functionality, but when it comes to DAWs design is king. You can't work with something that has a bad interface. This thing ROCKS!!!!!!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fantastic

By Rites of Ash

from Virginia

This unit kicks ass. It has all the options you could ask for, plus an option to expand (using the FE-8 expanders). If you record on your computer, then forget Digidesign's 002...it only has 4 inputs and alot less accessories (not to mention it costs much more than the FW-1884). Tascam has developed the "must-have" item of the year!

 
5.0

Product Excellent, Tascam Support Aweful!

By Blue Velvet Records

from WI

I cannot say anything bad about this unit other than if you have questions or need Tascam Support, good luck! I have no idea how a company like this has been around for years with the customer service, or lack there of, I have experienced. If you are hoping to get into 64bit computing on your DAW with this, forget it. They apparently decided they won't write drivers for it, despite much of its competition having them.

 
5.0

Tascams Best Kept Secret

By MadMaxMusic

from Vegas

If you are still contemplating purchasing the FW-1884, make the leap. Goodbye analog. The FE-8 is always available later.

 
5.0

Well thought out product

By Ganesh-pSvYn

from Chennai, India

Multiple products in one. Saves a lot of space on the desk. If only it had the scribble strip on board instead of softLCD. Still, I love the product, makes work lot easier, saves time. If one follows the installation instructions as said it is a breeze. I would recommend this product to others. Additional faders are a bit costlier, though. US2400 is not an alternative.

 
3.0

Review

By PhenomXFi

from Seattle, WA

firewire burnt out after 5 years. HUGE paper weight now. It was great before that ,however. I used it with Sonar 7 and it seemed to have a nice clear sound, near zero latency, and nice layout.

 
5.0

Works well, poor drivers

By bapu

from L.A. CA

I bought thist unit in '06. I purchased the machinator preamp mod (so as to not blow them up). Drivers are fair but not up to snuff with Sonar 7PE (fader automation requires a work around). There was fianlly a beta driver that addresses the enable record from the FW-1884 so I'm happy. Overall this unit has served me well for the price and I expect it to until such time that somone comes out with a killer preamp/control surface with an even lower latency.

 
5.0

A very flexable and expandable control surface

By MarcoR

from O.C MD

A very flexable and expandable control surface. Lots of inputs. For version 1 drivers it seems pretty stable so far.

 
5.0

There is nothing better!!!!

By P19

from Atlanta

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This is the best way to sound pro at a very low cost. The best mixer, pre-amps MIDI and DAW controller on the market. I am VERY sattisfied. I have been using the FW-1884 for longer than 1 year and never had any problem with it. Actually I wouldn't trade it for anything else. This is the BEST!!!

 
5.0

great product

By Musician-BqXWS

from Dorchester, MA

works like a dream with g5/panther/DP 4.12/protools

 
2.0

Overpromises on features, underdelivers!

By GMan-Bdks.

from Los Angeles

Tascam deserves praise for packing so many features into such an affordable unit. And it certainly looks good, with its well-designed housing and robust interface. Yet, this device is NOTORIOUS for quirky behavior. Check out the forums for this product and you will discover hundreds of complaints about this unit. To summarize my own experience: it has blown out 2 pre-amps due to its own sensitivity (hot swapping should not blow out the preamps on a decent mixer); it has created hours of frustration with incompatible drivers; it behaves erratically, disabling key features like the shuttle wheel, edit buttons, and lights; the Tascam support team is non-existent and the documentation is pathetic. It's discouraging to learn that several key features have "known bugs" with no plans for patches until "a future release." This machine looks fantastic on paper, but it's a nightmare to use.

 
5.0

A must have

By Greg B

from Burbank, Ca

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The FW1884 provided a seamlees integration to my DAW and as a control surface it's second to none. I use it with Sonar V4.01 and one FE-8 expander.

 
4.0

Be aware of what you are getting....

By Jammer78

from Hanson, MA

The Tascam FW 1884 is a rock solid DAW w/ numerous capabilities, too many to mention. I've used Tascam products for over 20 years and they've stood up to "the test of time". However, the manual needs to be re-written, extrememly confusing and lacking and this DAW is definetly not for beginner hobbyist. If you need faders and can't part with a mixer board this DAW is for you- Just be ready to take the time to figure it out.

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