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The TASCAM US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface features 2 XLR phantom-powered mic inputs with inserts, 2 line-level ins switchable to guitar level, 16 channels of MIDI I/O, and adjustable zero-latency monitoring! Includes Cubase LE recording/sequencing software, 2 line outs with level controls, and headphone out with level control. Self-powered through USB, making it perfect for mobile recording with a laptop. Features rugged steel construction and includes ASIO, WDM, GSIF, and Apple Core Audio (OS X) drivers. This is your one-shot, low-cost studio.
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I'm reading these reviews and I'm getting a bit worried that this box is going to fail on me. I got it for Christmas 2004. I went to Tascam's website that day and downloaded...Read complete review
I'm reading these reviews and I'm getting a bit worried that this box is going to fail on me. I got it for Christmas 2004. I went to Tascam's website that day and downloaded the latest driver. I did not even bother with the cd, knowing that updates are inevitable. The driver installed with no problem in XP Home. It seems like a sturdy little box but I find the silver knobs a bit flimsy. They not only wiggle in their pots, but they turn too fast without any give (I like Makie pots). The sound, I am impressed with. It sounds quite clear and makes an SM47 really shine. I have not used the MIDI I/O's yet. I have tested both the left and right XLR inputs and find them to have exactly the same headroom, nice and upfront. I really like that they included inserts and the Direct Monitoring feature is a track-saver. I'm using a Sony VAIO laptop. I am recording with SONAR 3 and have never had a crash. I have not bothered with the Cubasis software they give away (you get what you pay for). I am excited about its portability and hope that I will avoid all these horror storys that I am reading. It has great features for what I need. So far, it works just fine and I have cut some very clean tracks. But if it fails, I expect Tascam to replace or repair it.
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Can't help but note that a lot of the negative reviews are based on software and/or on general lack of digital audio expertise. That in mind, I teach a course in music tech...Read complete review
Can't help but note that a lot of the negative reviews are based on software and/or on general lack of digital audio expertise. That in mind, I teach a course in music tech to music majors at a Research 1 school. We purchased a lab full of US-122s to go with brand new dual-core Dell Optiplexes. When using audio applications and actively streaming audio to/from to the 122s, particularly (but not limited to) Cubase SE3, we are getting a lot of blue screen errors EVERYWHERE in the lab, particularly (but not always) when using lots of softsynths. This has been very frustrating for the students. The BSODs are typically traced back to the USB bus, on which nothing else is sitting but the keyboards and mice. We were also utterly unable to get the included version of Gigastudio to work on our lab config and emails to Tascam tech support were of no help. As part of our longstanding attempt to resolve the BSOD problems, we discovered that as of this writing in 7/06, Tascam/Teac has seemingly not updated the drivers for the 122 since the summer of 2004 (!!!!). The 122's mic preamps do seem of acceptable fidelity for such a cheap device, and output is respectably clean (although the headphone amp doesn't get quite as loud as I'd like). Ultimately, unless you're using a laptop, I still think you'd be an idiot to choose ANY USB audio interface over a Firewire box or, better still, a PCI card and an outboard mixer or preamp (something I tried to tell our lab admin when we ordered the gear). All of the USB boxes in this price range are still pretty dodgy.
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Now becoming obselete & limited to only 48khz recording, there are better options for sure. But i bought this unit at the start of 2005 & have had nothing but good times with it. To me? it's been extremely durable & the recording quality has been crystal clear, No problems with the driver version 3.30 & the midi tasking has worked like a dream. Vocals have been the only issue due to the lack of a pre amp but besides that? for the price? it has served me really really well. Kudos tascam
Wow. You cannot seriously buy a worse deal. The sound is TERRIBLE. Yes, It is easy to use, but it is a complete hassle to get the sounds you want out of this. Even the low price is way too much for this. I'm sorry, but its the truth. save up your money and invest in something else because spending even 5 times as much on something else will be completely worth it.
Bought it just few days ago, installed latest drivers and installation was very easy (few minutes). Seems that drivers kind of overrule windows system but I don't care at all. Indeed computer freezes in case its going into standby, but that doesn't concern me at all; just keep working with it or disable standby when working on battery! No blue screens for me and the device is working without problem on windows XP home. I appreciate the sound quality and have no klicking noises or whatever. No noise on headphone or line output, even with the volume full open! To me it seems to be very stable as long as you treat it right and when I unplug it, the internal soundcard of my AMD (turion dual processor) laptop just takes over immediately. I use Adobe Audition 1.5 and it works fine. Note that you connect the mics to the mic inputs, they are more sensitive than the line/guitar inputs... Don't understand all the negative reviews, I'm just glad I could still buy a new one... Very good quality for the price!
This is my second one. It is true, you get what you pay for. My biggest complaint is OUTPUTS, ONLY TWO. If you don't mind mixing via your computer than its ok. I don't. So I'm looking at the motu ultra lite 10 by 14. I've had my second unit for almost a year and its holding up so far. Believe everything being said about this unit, And think outputs and even firewire. I will be up grading and passing this unit on to a friend. (Is that truly what a friend would do)? chuckle..and then even go as far as to add a control surface.
Being new to home PC recording I purchased this unit just a little over two years ago. I wanted to make my first Guitar recordings ever, and this unit did just that.The only draw back of this little gem is that the noise can be a little high on both channels sometimes and it will take a little tweaking to get this right. My right hand channel would not apply and VST effect to the associated recordings either. Other than that I am happy with this unit as it proved its worth to a beginner in recording. Get kick start into the world of recording for any enthuastic hobbyist or novice, even for a professional it is a good piece of Auxilary equipment for the hardened music pro.
I got this about two years ago, and have used it a lot. To be honest, it doesn't really perform well. The recordings sometime seem, not good...Also, right after my warrenty was over, the headphone jack broke. If I could do it again, I'd get something else
Do NOT buy this unit!! The drivers are impossible, the tech support is way beyond lousy (thank you TASCAM for all the help), and it WILL break on you. It may work fine for a while but you will regret your purchase.
If you have the time/patience to tinker with this device, you may find the value here. Otherwise, if you want to plug in and go, this IS NOT the unit for you. It was a complete pain. And DO NOT expect any love from the manufacturer.I fought this device for 2 months before reselling it.
I bought the us-122 about two years ago, i really liked the idea of a usb-powered interface, because i really have enough wallwarts already, and it's mobility is quite nice. I've recorded in the middle of the woods with my laptop, came out great. As far as preamp quality, not the best at all. I generally don't go directly in, i guitar to tube-preamp to tascam. Sounded great with the right mics, i really liked this product for about a year and a half.Then, for no apparent reason ( i didn't drop it or anything...) it became super glitchy. any signal with any power at all would fart out. the low-quality hardware, loose knobs etc, finally caught up with it. I would spend a little extra money for the higher quality model, with usb2.0 if you're thinking of purchasing this product. Or get something totally different. If you decide to buy this, don't ever touch it, breath on it, look at it, or anything because that might just send it over the edge.
OK so it's not a recording studio, but at 24/96 it's clean; monitoring is easy, setup is easy with W2K using the ASIO driver and no latency problems. For two track simultaneous recording it's reliable. Better luck with SONAR and disabling the plug-in effects when recording keeps from overloading. Gonna buy another one for the road!