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Tascam US-122L USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface   

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TASCAM's follow-up to their mega-popular US-122 is the US-122L USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface. The US-122L lets you record two tracks at a tim...Click To Read More About This Product

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The faster, sleeker offspring of the popular US-122!

TASCAM's follow-up to their mega-popular US-122 is the US-122L USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface. The US-122L lets you record two tracks at a time with zero-latency monitoring, high-quality mic inputs, better-than-CD-quality 24-bit/96kHz recording, and MIDI I/O. It also has a headphone jack with level control and a redesigned aluminum case. Comes with Cubase LE4.

FEATURES
  • 2 XLR mic inputs with phantom power
  • 2 analog line inputs (1 switchable to Hi-Z/guitar input)
  • MIDI I/O
  • USB 2.0 equipped (supports USB 1.1)
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz recording quality
  • Zero-latency hardware monitoring
  • Headphone/level control
  • Bus powered for use with any PC or Mac
  • Support for Windows Vista
SPECIFICATIONS

US-122L USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface

  • Support for Windows XP to Vista
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3.2

(based on 18 reviews)

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Good Unit

Bought this unit cause it was cheap but in spite of that the performance is excellent. Latency is very low with the packaged drivers and firmware. Reliability is good, the interface has never...Read complete review

Bought this unit cause it was cheap but in spite of that the performance is excellent. Latency is very low with the packaged drivers and firmware. Reliability is good, the interface has never failed on me integrates smoothly with all the software I have tried it with. Good sound quality too, no noticeable noise. Only problems to note are: 1 .Construction is mostly solid but dials and switched seem a bit flimsy and 2. There is a cross-talk issue wherein the activation of the signal light on either input causes a tiny pop. Since the light generally activates on the transients, there is virtually no audible effect during normal recording with a mic. However when significant gain is applied to the signal, such as when using guitar rig, it can be problematic. Still, this unit fulfills all the basic needs for solo work on a laptop so I definitely have to recommend it for anyone looking for basic audio/MIDI I/0

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US-122L

I got this thing since 1 year now. I'm not very pleased with it.The negative: It's very unstable. I plug it on a laptop and I can get the 96khz but when I...Read complete review

I got this thing since 1 year now. I'm not very pleased with it.The negative: It's very unstable. I plug it on a laptop and I can get the 96khz but when I plug it on my office computer, it won't go farther than 48khz. If you buy it, don't lose the CDs because cubase LE is not available on the net easily and the driver can be find on the Tascam website but it don't works.The positive: The preamps works good and don't make much noise until 3 o'clock. It got a phantom power for condenser microphones and a guitar input for high impedance.Finally, hardware is good but software have to be worked.

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3.0

US-122L

By techtotem

from Gatineau, QC

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I got this thing since 1 year now. I'm not very pleased with it.The negative: It's very unstable. I plug it on a laptop and I can get the 96khz but when I plug it on my office computer, it won't go farther than 48khz. If you buy it, don't lose the CDs because cubase LE is not available on the net easily and the driver can be find on the Tascam website but it don't works.The positive: The preamps works good and don't make much noise until 3 o'clock. It got a phantom power for condenser microphones and a guitar input for high impedance.Finally, hardware is good but software have to be worked.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Total Junk.

By OFAxeMan

from St. Cloud, MN

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My computer meets the system requirements, I followed the setup instructions exactly, and all that happens when I try to record guitar through the guitar input is a bunch of digital-sounding beeps and static. The installation also screwed up my existing sound drivers on my computer somehow, and the instructions for updating the device through firmware are so vague that I could not figure out how to do it. I haven't tried any of the other inputs, but I don't plan on it. Anything that messes up your computer should be avoided at all costs.

 
5.0

A great value for project studios/demo work.

By Liam-IywK-

from Philadelphia, PA

It's a stereo USB interface with 2 mic pres, phantom power, MIDI i/o, and a few flexible outs. It does and exceptional job at exactly what it's designed to do.I own 3 of these devices (for various computer-based recording setups), and I've recommended countless others to friends. Contrary to previous reviews, another mic pre is NOT needed to use this interface. The built in pres work beautifully - they don't color your input signal, and they don't have the tonal quality of a boutique tube preamp, but they're not meant to. They're very clean without sounding too sterile, and will MORE than suffice for most recording projects. Whenever I'm helping a beginning recordist/songwriter/hobbyist get acclimated to computer-based recording, the Tascam US-122L is the interface I recommend. It's SUPER easy to use, it sounds great, and you'll be happy with your purchase.

 
4.0

Great, solid interface

By Haydn-lx-wH

from Riverside, CA

It's working great for me ever since I got it. USB2 is a big improvement over my last interface. I like that this one is solid metal so I can truck it around with my Powerbook. The included Cubase works great too.

 
5.0

Good Unit

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Bought this unit cause it was cheap but in spite of that the performance is excellent. Latency is very low with the packaged drivers and firmware. Reliability is good, the interface has never failed on me integrates smoothly with all the software I have tried it with. Good sound quality too, no noticeable noise. Only problems to note are: 1 .Construction is mostly solid but dials and switched seem a bit flimsy and 2. There is a cross-talk issue wherein the activation of the signal light on either input causes a tiny pop. Since the light generally activates on the transients, there is virtually no audible effect during normal recording with a mic. However when significant gain is applied to the signal, such as when using guitar rig, it can be problematic. Still, this unit fulfills all the basic needs for solo work on a laptop so I definitely have to recommend it for anyone looking for basic audio/MIDI I/0

 
1.0

Worst pre-amps ever!

By Letdownbytascam

from singapore

I thought it would be a decent recording interface but it was horrible. I had to max the pre-amp to get a a decent recordable volume and because of that there was so much noise! Changed my cables.. reinstalled the drivers and did everything imaginable, it just wouldn't record decently. Don't know if it was just that one piece that i had but i'm definitely staying clear of this product. My m-audio audiophile USB worked so much better!

 
1.0

horrible background noise

By Wido

from Utrecht - The Netherlands

I tried to record songs with this device through the guitar line in, background noise is horrible, tried it on my laptop (vista) and computer (XP) and got no satisfactory input!

 
5.0

Great little machine

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Works great, does what it is suppose to.I've recorded various guitar amps with a sm57. It is easy to work with and sounds accurate.Cubase LE is limited software, and it is not supported by Steinberg.

 
4.0

Good for what its made for.

By Glassman

from Dallas, texas

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Bought this unit for live recording. Straight from a console's output. Works fine, give good recording. This unit does what it says and you will not be disapointed. Good value and will make a great starter interface if you're starting out into digital recording.

 
3.0

many better things for the same price range

By melodymaker19

from St. Catharines Ont.

I got this with cubase which is a good recording program but to get a good sound out of this interface is really hard, my suggestion is run everything possible through an amp then directly into the interface, don't mic your amp, for vocals theres no way you'll get a good sound without a tube preamp, overall even if your just getting an interface for a side project nothing serious at all, there are many better things than this for the same price range

 
4.0

Good box for newbies or those on a budget

By egn.alexander

from Seattle, WA

I've had this box for awhile and have good luck with the performance. After reading the other reviews, I just want to let people know that this box is NOT a preamp. So, instruments that do not have built in amplification will need to be connected to an external pre-amp and then fed into the US-122. Electric guitars and keyboards work fine on their own, but vocals and acoustic guitars (without their own amp) do not send a strong enough signal through the US-122 on their own. I have a small tube preamp and the US-122 and things have worked fine.

 
1.0

Tascam Garbage

By gtr

from va

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I bought the Tascam US-122L in 7/o7. This interface is just garbage. I too had to turn the mic line volume all the up to get a good recordable volume. But with doing that, my recording would peak and give distortion on my recorded tracks. So it was either too high or too low. Also this would bring tremendous noise. When playing back a recorded track, I could not listen through my monitor speakers and my headphones at the same time. I had to unplug the head phone jack to get sound through my monitors. What sense does that make. I thought this was just a bad factory make, but after reading other reviews, I see that that this is just Tascam Garbage! I have past my 45 days so I have to deal with Tascam. I will through this interface back at tascam!! Garbage just Garbage!!!!

 
2.0

Good idea bad implementation

By Steffonic

from In the middle of the land

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I bought the Tascam US-122L so I could have a 96kHz USB 2.0 interface to use for basic editing while traveling. Since there are a very limited number of small 96k USB interfaces available I decided to go with this. Well, this one get's the job done... sort of. The concept is good but the drivers are terrible. I use it with Windows XP SP3. Even after installing the latest drivers and firmware updates this thing constantly drops out. I have to unplug and reset it every time I open Sonar or any other DAW or media software. If you let it sit for more than 30 minutes it quits responding entirely. There are times when it malfunctions to the point that the computer has to be restarted for the interface to be recognized again. For the price I don't think it's reasonable to expect a high end professional piece. However, it would be nice if it would at least play nice with the computer. I can get it to work for what I need it for (editing only) but if you want something that is going to be reliable for tracking or any other use that requires reliable functionality I would strongly encourage you to look elsewhere.For the record, I have no idea what the mic pre's and line inputs sound like. I haven't and probably won't ever use them.

 
5.0

A nice interface

By msx

from Boston

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It's a pretty nice interface - it's really simple and does what it's designed for. I use it with Acid Pro and it's great. Very solidly built, and very compact.Two channels isn't much but if it's all you need than this will work great for you.By the way, if you have USB 1.1, you'll only get 48khz. This shouldn't be a problem for most people, but some reviewer mentioned it.With USB 2.0 (which is standard now) you'll get 96khz.

 
3.0

It's OK

By Dr. Balls

from Seattle, WA

Not a bad starting point for learning how to record. It is quite noisy, but with enough time you can make a perfectly fine recording with it. If you can afford it, get something better, but if you are on a low budget, it will get the job done.

 
5.0

Whole new world of recording experience!

By Yawnny

from Arroyo Grande, Calif.

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I recently purchased this quality Tascam interface tool, along with a Mac I-Book for trying my hand at computer based home recording. I have been using a Zoom stand alone digital system for a few years. This Cubase software system opens up a whole new world of recording tools, editing possibilities, with incredible results! The Tascam unit is compact, sturdy, and works like a charm, allowing me time to learn the computer based Cubase system that is included with it. I thought perhaps the Cubase program would be some antiquated "learners" left over program, but it is more than I need, with phenomenal tools, and ease of operation. Just familiarize yourself with the included manual (or go online to the Steinberg site) and get started on superb sounding recording on a budget! - J.G.

 
4.0

very acceptable

By clbrune

from portland, OR

I bought this in Jan. 2008 to record guitar tracks onto my macbook (Garageband).I didn't like it for some of the reasons stated: notably, the recording levels were hard to manage (signal would easily spike), and there were crackles frequently.However, I loaded the latest driver--updated since my purchase--and it seems fine now. I use it to record our band (we mic guitar, bass, vocals, and 3 mics on drums through a Yamaha mixer, with the monitor channel mixing into the Tascam, then to the computer). The signal is good, low noise, no crackles.

 
2.0

Bad direct input

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This audio device, while durable and utilizing USB 2.0 connectivity, has been a significant let down. Let me be more precise: if you only need mic and line inputs this device should provide satisfactory (or near satisfactory) results. However, if you record directly through the device's right channel guitar input be prepared for unsatisfactory results. The Guitar input (selectable through a switch on the device) suffers from erratic crackling and zippering, which I have been able to repeat every time and in multiple programs such as Reaper, Tracktion, Cubase LE, etc. It is not a buffer issue. Yes, of course I have tried reinstalling the latest drivers from Tascam's website (as well as the new firmware). I even went insofar as to installing a new version of Win. XP SP2 on another partition and trying another computer. Nothing worked. Lastly, the crosstalk (bleeding) between channels is unacceptable, even for a budget device. I may have had a broken device, but why just the direct input? Avoid.

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