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Tascam US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface   

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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 ch...Click To Read More About This Product

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Turn your USB-equipped computer into a recording workstation!

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.

FEATURES
  • 2 XLR phantom-powered mic inputs with inserts
  • 2 line-level ins switchable to guitar level
  • 16 channels of MIDI I/O
  • Adjustable zero-latency monitoring
  • Includes Cubase LE software
  • 2 line outs with level controls
  • Headphone out with level control
  • Self-powered through USB
  • Rugged steel construction

Now for less than the cost of a good 4-track tape multitracker, you can have the full power and brilliance of computer recording. Don't hesitate, DO IT!

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3.4

(based on 125 reviews)

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So Far, So Good...

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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Questionable

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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5.0

AMAZING

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This thing is unbelivable, me and my band got this at guitar center for about fifty bucks cheaper, w/ mics and stuff. We used it to record our first short demo ting in a garage and it sounded amazing i would definately buy this thing if i were u. BUY IT

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4.0

Best move i made

By jonathan bruno

from Sydney Australia

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

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2.0

Review

By Sneeks-Jeyg7

from Texas

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

 
4.0

So Far, So Good...

By scottie rawx

from Alexandria, VA

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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 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.

 
5.0

I have owned 2

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have a MOTU 828MKII and the TASCAM. I'm about to sell my MOTU. The sound is the same, IVE COMPARED THEM. I had to get a new US122 because I acidentally used a preamp into the mic/line with 48V power turned on. That is why my left channel quit working. I have read many reviews about how it has broke on them. Make sure you pay attention to the settings! I do and I have never had a problem with my US122 and I have had it 6 months now. You get a big package, great features at a low price. Just pay attention to settings!

 
1.0

Garbage

By True Original B-boy Apostle

from Quaker Hill, CT

The drivers for XP are terribly written. I went from a stable system to having my system freeze fairly regularly after installing the US-122. Just take a look at the install file on the webpage for XP to get an idea of how incompatible this thing is with the OS. You have to go through the installation process 4 times in a row before you can use. Unbelievable. This thing is garbage.

 
1.0

Forget the support

By Nucci1960

from Laguna, CA

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I have to say this is a quality unit and it was easy to hook up. Too bad for me it wasn't compatible with my motherboard (2 weeks to realize on my own). If it worked for me it would have been a great device. That brings me to Tascam's support (or lack of). I tried for 3 days to get through to someone but got nothing. You couldn't even leave a message?? The phone hangs up on you. On the third day the receptionist said "We are shorthanded and too busy, you should probably call in a couple of days." Item went the way of Ebay.

 
5.0

glad I bought it

By soundwizah

from Rotterdam

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!

 
5.0

Learn To Love It

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Like one reviewer said If you learn how to use it you won't have problems!!!It was a little tricky for me to figure out how to get my triton songs into Sonar but once I figured it out it was a peice of cake. P.S. If you are using Y-Jacks disconnect everything and start all over. There are more than enough Scenerios without them. I Love the US122.

 
5.0

Great Toy

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

After many years of studio recording, I decided to experiment with home studio recording. After a little research, I bought the US-122. I will say I am very pleased and have had no problems with any of it. After about an hour of trying to figure out how it worked, I get EXCELLENT results (us-122 with Cakewalk HomeStudio).For all the whiners out there, DON'T USE XP!!! USE WINDOWS 2000 Server for a stable recording enviroment. I had no problems with installation or recording.

 
3.0

USER

By Buckwheat-_FlH4

from Pennsylvania

Not talking much about the product overall its allright but why buy it when u can just get a USB-MIXER >? or if u dont got a MIXER with USB u can plug your mixer into the TASCAM US-122 then the mic quality will even out but other then that yea when i run my MIC threw the interface the quality isnt that good and it CLICKS N POPS N DISTORTS MY MIC but nothing PRO-TOOLS CUBASE,Adobe Audition SONY-SOUNDFORGE cant fix so other then that for starters like me its a WONDERFULL INTERFACE if u know how to install the drivers n use the programs lol

 
1.0

Close but no cigar

By Tico

from Tyler Texas

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Unlike a lot of users of this product, I had no problem with the installation of this product, but that is when the "no problems" ended. First my laptop kept "finding new hardware" and I would have to re-install the drivers. On the 1st trial recording I got occational pops. Now, the left and right record levels are either a: equal b: one side or the other suddenly jumps 20 db untill I touch that mic and then it drops back to normal, or not. I believe this is a issue with the USB phantom power. Also with a tone gen. @ 1k, and the input levels just below clipping, there still isn't enough signal to get the record levels up to O db, or even close. Finally, those loose knobs scare me to death. If this thing worked it would be great.

 
5.0

Confusing.

By The coolest person ever

from Boca Raton, FL

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I got it installed after I had turned all my things like the hardware wizard back on. (pretty important). It works great, for at least the first track. I get it to record perfectly for the first track, but when I move to the next track, it won't record. I think there's just something in the settings I need to change. Can someone help me out here?

 
5.0

US-122 USB Interface Does The Job

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I use this interface with my laptop running Cubase SE, Acid and Cool Edit Pro. I have had no problems. The performance of this inteface meets all expectations. I like the features of: Direct Monitoring, Line, Mic, Guitar inputs and LED display of Midi in-out and input overload. I run this on a USB 1.1 port and it gets power from the USB bus with no AC adapter. I wish it had SPDIF in/outs.

 
4.0

Great for beginners

By Regret

from Little Rock, AR

I'll tell you all this piece of equipment is great for beginners (just make sure you install it exactly per the manual, after that you can ditch the manual) I've dropped it a couple of times and it's still great, mic-pre's are pretty good and i've had no problems getting crisp audio quality out of this unit. My only problem is lack of individual of input volumes on the outputs (if direct monitoring) and a distinct electrical hum on the monitor outputs (RCA outs only). Other than that it's a great unit, especially if your just starting out.

 
4.0

great

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

i use this with a laptop running xp recording guitar with a shure 57 into wavelab. this thing is GREAT. crystal clear recording. i have NOT been kind to mine and it works fine. recording in mono, you have to record with the right input, which is probably what some people haven't figured out. there is no noise and it's great quality. GREAT product.

 
5.0

Great box, small price

By Dupree

from Mansfield, MA

Solid little unit. Direct Monitoring for "zero-latency". Like the fact that it has 2 inputs plus a Midi in. The Mic pre's stink, but you oughta get a Joe Meek or something for your pre-ampage anywho.

 
1.0

good for beginning, but terrible quality

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

i own this product and I don't really like it. it does not have good sound quality and I don't know if it's me or the software that I have or if it's the US-122, but i can only record one instrument at a time and it gets very frustrating and is a lot harder than having everyone play at once. i advise getting something of a little better quality. i'm sure other tascam products are better, but this one i do not like.

 
2.0

Eek.

By Matt-CJwOJ

from orlando, fl

I bought this product in september 05. Around December the output jack began cracking, and the cord wouldn't stay in place. i opened it up and the plastic shell holding it in place had completely broken off. Then, last week, after doing some heavy recording there was a fuzzing noise that started loud and faded out, as i looked at the lights on the interface, they were fading out. it seems as though the power supply (which is strictly USB from laptop) is has died, 6 months after i bought the product. very disgruntled. go with a firewire interface.

 
5.0

Tascam US-122 USB

By Geekheaven

from Elbert, CO

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!

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