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Tascam US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface   

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Offers superior performance in a smaller package.

The Tascam US-122 MKII seamlessly continues the worldwide success of its predecessors, the US-122 and US-122L, offering improved recording quality from a USB MIDI interface further reduced in size. Since it doesn't require an additional power supply, this portable audio interface is perfect for creating stereo recordings with a laptop computer wherever you go. Or use it to substitute the on-board soundcard of your Windows or Macintosh computer to play back music or video files with better sound quality.

XLR microphone inputs with switchable phantom power and high-quality preamps are the basis for good-sounding recordings while input signals can be listened to by headphones with zero latency. Line-level sources or an instrument can be connected as well. The Tascam US-122 MKII has a mono switch, one MIDI input and one MIDI output, and a line output on RCA connectors.

The US-122MKII USB MIDI interface supports sample rates up to 24-bit/96kHz at resolution. While commercial audio CDs are produced at 44.1 kHz/16-bit, this interface offers you more than double the sample rate which means more detail for your recordings. (If you need four instead of two channels of simultaneous recording or playback and an additional digital I/O, have a look at the Tascam.

FEATURES
  • Provides two audio inputs and two audio outputs for a Windows or Macintosh computer
  • Two XLR mic inputs
  • Switchable phantom power (48 volt)
  • High-quality, low-noise mic preamps
  • Two analog line inputs (one switchable to high impedance for use with guitars, basses, etc.)
  • One MIDI input, one MIDI output
  • USB 2.0 equipped (also supports USB 1.1)
  • Up to 96-kHz/24-bit for high quality recordings
  • Zero-latency hardware monitoring with level control and mono switch
  • Level control for headphones and line output
  • USB-powered, no AC adapter required
  • Solid aluminum side panels
  • Cubase LE4 included

Get a versatile, powerful Interface for your room!

SPECIFICATIONS

US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface

  • Host computer compatibility:

    Windows
    Operating systems: Windows XP 32 bit SP2/SP3, Windows XP 64 bit SP2, Windows Vista 32 bit SP2, Windows Vista 64 bit SP2
    or later
    Computer: Windows compatible computer with a USB port (USB 2.0 is recommended)
    CPU/clock: Pentium 4 1.4 GHz or faster
    AMD Athlon 1.4 GHz or faster (or equivalent processor)
    Memory: 512 MB or more for Windows XP 32-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit
    1 GB or more for Windows XP 64-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit

    Macintosh
    Operating systems: Mac OS X 10.4.11, Mac OS X 10.5.6, or later
    Computer: Apple Macintosh series equipped with a USB port as standard equipment
    CPU/clock: Power PC G4, 1 GHz or faster, or Intel processor
    Memory: 512 MB or more

    Analogue audio inputs and outputs
    Mic input: XLR, balanced
    Nominal input level
    ”58 dBu (INPUT control set to MIC), 14 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
    Maximum input level: +2 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
    Headroom: 16 dB
    Input impedance: 2.2 kOhm
    Line input: 6.3-mm jack, unbalanced
    Nominal input level: ”40 dBu (INPUT control set to MIC): +4 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
    Maximum input level: +20 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
    Headroom: 16 dB
    Input impedance: 15 kOhm
    Guitar input (LINE/GUITAR IN R, GUITAR position): 6.3-mm jack, unbalanced
    Nominal input level: ”51 dBu (INPUT control set to MIC)
    -7 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
    Maximum input level: +9 dBV (INPUT control set to LINE)
    Headroom: 16 dB
    Input impedance: 1 MOhm
    Line output (LINE OUT): RCA, unbalanced
    Nominal output level: ”10 dBV
    Maximum output level: +6 dBV
    Output impedance: 200 Ohm
    Phones output (PHONES): 6.3-mm stereo jack
    Maximum output power: 18 mW + 18 mW (32 Ohm)

    Other inputs and outputs
    MIDI IN and MIDI OUT: 5-pin DIN connector (conform to MIDI specification)
    USB port: USB series B connector (4-pin)
    Format: USB 2.0 High speed (480 MHz), USB 2.0 Full speed (12 MHz, USB 1.1 equivalent)

    Audio performance
    Sampling rate: 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz / 96 kHz (USB 2.0, High-speed only)
    Bit depth: 16/24 bit
    Frequency response (MIC IN to LINE OUT), 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate: 20 Hz “ 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/”1 dB
    Frequency response (MIC IN to LINE OUT), 88.2/96 kHz sampling rate: 20 Hz “ 40 kHz, +0.5/”1.5 dB
    Signal-to-noise ratio (LINE IN to LINE OUT, INPUT control set to LINE, 20 kHz LPF), Through ADC and DAC: 98 dB(A)
    Signal-to-noise ratio (LINE IN to LINE OUT, INPUT control set to LINE, 20 kHz LPF), Through direct monitor: 107 dB(A)
    Total harmonic distortion (LINE IN to LINE OUT, INPUT control set to LINE, 1 kHz, +20 dBu input, 20 kHz LPF), Through ADC and DAC: 0.0045%
    Total harmonic distortion (LINE IN to LINE OUT, INPUT control set to LINE, 1 kHz, +20 dBu input, 20 kHz LPF), Through direct monitor: 0.002%

    Power supply and other specifications
    Power supply: via USB (5 V, max. 500 mA)
    Operating temperature: 5”35 C
    Dimensions (L x W x H): 7.04" x 5.35" x 1.85" (179 x 136 x 47 mm)
    Weight: 0.7 kg
    Included accessories: USB cable, Cubase LE4
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TASCAMUS-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface
 
2.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's been passable for me

I have had one of these for at least two years. I have used it with multiple machines under both XP and Win7 x64. It seems to me that most of the complaints here...Read complete review

I have had one of these for at least two years. I have used it with multiple machines under both XP and Win7 x64. It seems to me that most of the complaints here are coming from Mac users or Win7 users. To the Mac people, I can only respond that maybe you ought to pick a platform that is more cost effective and practical for hardware devs to support; you'd think you'd start to get it when your complaints clog up every Internet review forum from free VST plugins to just about every low-cost USB interface out there.

As for the Win7 complaints, I'm here to tell you that the 122mkii *does* work just fine under Win7. Occasionally, and I do mean OCCASIONALLY, the interface *does* go a little nuts, creating the funky ASIO-buffer-related noises that a few other users cite... but this is a rare thing and easily resolved by unplugging the interface / plugging it back in. (As such, I guess I'd have a harder time recommending the 122mkII for live applications.) It's also worth noting that I had a harder time with the SPDIF-equipped 144mkII in this department; for whatever reason, it seemed a lot more glitch-prone than the 122.

Most of the time, my 122 works well for hours at a stretch. The mic preamps don't sound fantastic but they do get the job done for quick project recordings. It would be nice if the headphone amp had a little more oomph, which is a complaint I also have about the US-1800 I own. But overall, I have reasonable expectations for a unit at this price, and the 122 meets them just about as well or better than any other USB interface I've tried in the price range... and I've tried quite a few.

I do note that recently, there are some new options from the likes of Focusrite for a bit more that might be worth looking at for the supposedly better preamps alone. But at the time I bought the 122mkII, it was the best luck I'd had with any USB interface in the price range, and it has served me well on a lot of projects in the last few years.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Legacy hardware, USE ONLY WITH XP

IF you use windows XP AND ONLY WINDOWS XP, and you find this item on clearance, then it's worth messing with.

But DO NOT attempt to use it in...Read complete review

IF you use windows XP AND ONLY WINDOWS XP, and you find this item on clearance, then it's worth messing with.

But DO NOT attempt to use it in Windows 7. Get a unit that's up-to-date instead.

I originally had it running on windows XP, only minor issues, some latency etc.

Later I built a new system.
With a clean install of windows 7 and updated drivers etc. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE DRIVER FAILURES, TERRIBLE PERFOMANCE SPIKES, AND EVEN BSOD's due to Tascam completely botching the windows 7 drivers for this device.

I thought it might be my PC's hardware. I was convinced that MUST be the case.

I was wrong, I wasted 2 days thinking I could solve the problem I've seen hundreds of forum posts begging for help on.

I attempted it on several windows 7 machines. Same or similar issues. The windows 7 drivers are HORRIBLE, they crash spectacularly.

Do not get this interface if you have a choice between it and a more modern unit!
YOUR EXPERIENCE WILL BE A NIGHTMARE.

The funny part?
Every forum post on this claims Tascam support told them they've never heard of this issue before.
Nice...

It pays to check reviews on these things, and I hope I just saved you from a horrible nightmare.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Legacy hardware, USE ONLY WITH XP

By Johnsky

from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

IF you use windows XP AND ONLY WINDOWS XP, and you find this item on clearance, then it's worth messing with.

But DO NOT attempt to use it in Windows 7. Get a unit that's up-to-date instead.

I originally had it running on windows XP, only minor issues, some latency etc.

Later I built a new system.
With a clean install of windows 7 and updated drivers etc. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE DRIVER FAILURES, TERRIBLE PERFOMANCE SPIKES, AND EVEN BSOD's due to Tascam completely botching the windows 7 drivers for this device.

I thought it might be my PC's hardware. I was convinced that MUST be the case.

I was wrong, I wasted 2 days thinking I could solve the problem I've seen hundreds of forum posts begging for help on.

I attempted it on several windows 7 machines. Same or similar issues. The windows 7 drivers are HORRIBLE, they crash spectacularly.

Do not get this interface if you have a choice between it and a more modern unit!
YOUR EXPERIENCE WILL BE A NIGHTMARE.

The funny part?
Every forum post on this claims Tascam support told them they've never heard of this issue before.
Nice...

It pays to check reviews on these things, and I hope I just saved you from a horrible nightmare.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

It worked but I expected better

By Jeff

from Redmond, WA

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Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

I picked this unit up at my local GC to meet some very basic needs: get (2) mics into the computer for some self produced training videos with decent sound quality while bypassing the mic/line-in ports on my laptop. The features and price point of the Tascam unit were very attractive. Install of the drivers (from their website) went w/o a hitch on an Windows XP system. Audacity and Reaper worked with the unit w/o a problem. Sound quality: built-in preamps are on the weak side. With condenser (MXL) or dynamic (EV) mics the gain had to be turned up almost to the max resulting in noticeable hiss coming into the recording. The hiss was easy to remove via software. Running a mixer into the line inputs worked perfectly as I could dial down the gain on the Tascam unit and reduce most of the noise.Recording consistency: would occasionally snap, crackle, and pop while recording. I made sure Wifi, anti-virus, and firewall features were turned off on the laptop but that made no difference. Build quality: this is where there were inconsistencies. The unit is physically larger than it really needs to be. When you flip a switch on the unit you can hear an echo in the box. I would?ve liked a smaller unit for portability and storage reasons. Although the box itself is metal and feels sturdy the knobs an potentiometers don?t measure up. The pots don?t turn as smooth as other value-priced gear (ex: Art Tube MP preamp) and the knobs feel thin and cheap. In other words, the unit does not convey a sense of build quality compared to other gear in the price range. Overall: the interface works and the sound quality is quite good if you use the line ins and bypass the mic preamps. At its current price (~$97) it?s worth it for basic needs. I returned the item simply because the noise w/mics was an issue. I replaced it with a Lexicon Lambda which performs better.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not Fully Compatible with Snow Leopard

By Ratman420

from VT

Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

In September, Tascam "officially" certified all of its audio interfaces for use in Snow Leopard, saying the devices were "fully functional" in the operating system. They lied. Neither the Tascam US-122l nor the Tascam US-122MKII is fully functional in Snow Leopard. I bought the Tascam US-122l based on Tascam's "certification." I have a mid-2009 iMac (not the brand new version) and am running Snow Leopard. After receiving the interface I downloaded the most up-to-date drivers and firmware. However, the interface was not recognized as a in/out sound device in either Snow Leopard's "system preferences" or its "Audio MIDI Setup." I called Tascam customer support and talked to a very friendly and informative representative who basically told me that there was nothing that I could do about it, and that a driver might (eventually) be released that offers full support. I asked if the US-122MKII was fully functional in Snow Leopard (it had been released right after I bought the US-122l), and he said that on his computer it showed up in both system preferences and audio midi setup. Based on this information, I bought the US-122MKII, only to come across the same exact problem: Snow Leopard's system preferences would not detect the US-122mkii.IMPORTANT: Both audio interfaces are fully functional in the audio programs I have (Ableton Live, GarageBand, Audacity). If all you want to use the interface for is audio in-out for such programs, you won't have any problems. However, if you want to be able to use the interface as your computer's main soundcard (ie:, to output all sound through the interface) you should not buy either interface for use in Snow Leopard. This ability is a big plus: for example, your iTunes music will likely sound much better coming through an audio interface than straight from your onboard sound card. Additionally, the ability to output all your sound through your interface means that you can keep your speaker cables connected to your interface at all times, without having to switch back to your computer after you've finished recording. I don't know if there are any audio interfaces out there that are fully functional with Snow Leopard yet, but Tascam's are NOT and the company should not be claiming that they are.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

HORRIBLE NOISE

By G. Bennett

from Honolulu, HI

Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

This USB interphase has given me nothing but problems. It works fine for about 15 minutes, then it starts making this horrible, terrible noise. I have followed Tascam's recommendations to reduce the noise, (including disabling anti-virus software, changing performance settings, manually turning background programs off, etc) but I still get the noise. This interphase will make you not want to record.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

More noise issues

By AmateurMusician

from Sweden

Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

I bought the TASCAM US-122MKII because it had all the features I was looking for at a reasonable price. I was aware of that some people had issues with it. But there seems to be issues with every USB interface out there so I figured I might as well give the TASCAM a try. Right?Wrong! While unboxing it I found that the knobs were very wobbly and made out of thin plastic. (Note, the device is completely dead until you install the drivers, only then does the USB light come on.) As I'm on Snow Leopard I downloaded the latest 10.6 drivers for Mac and followed the instructions. Once I had it set up I plugged in an electric guitar to try it out. The signal seemed to be strong but I noticed faint digital noise mixed in with the clean signal. The noise was also present on the clean recorded signal. I tried different guitars, cables and inputs but it was still there. I downloaded Firmware update 2.01 for Mac from TASCAM thinking maybe it would take care of the issue, it didn't. I returned the TASCAM and got a USB interface from a different manufacturer.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Terrible clicking and popping

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

In theory this is a great product for a good price. In practice there is a very bad issue when recording. A noise occurs during input signal level rises and falls (i.e. when the SIG LED turn on and goes off). This renders all recordings useless, especially when you use it for guitar amp modeling with distortion. This is not a latency issue. Google "tascam us-122 mkii pops" and you will see what I mean. Lots of people are having the same issue and TASCAM offers no solution.Apart from that it is OK. Very low latency, good playback quality. As long as you don't use it to record it performs good. But I guess this is a recording interface. Shame.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Frustrating

By GRDMCLLC

from Metro NJ/NY

Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

I bought the Tascam US-122MKII with high expectations. I assumed that teamed with my fairly new MacBook Pro and Garage Band, I would be able to plug a microphone and a keyboard into my computer and record. That just wasn't the case. I was able to record using my Ovation guitar but even after several hours of continuous reconfiguration, I wasn't able to get the vocals or keyboards recognized. I don't have a lot of time to spend on configuring equipment and at this stage in my life, I surely do not need the frustration. I am returning the unit and will probably invest in a newer USB full-featured keyboard.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Failure!

By Digital Soundboy

from CT

Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

I have been using this device for about a year and just with in the past month it started doing the same thing. Horrible noise issues screaming from the Tascam even when there is zero chance of crosstalk. As a AV and IT professional, this issue drove me mad! Finally , I boiled down to a hardware issue with the Tascam.I will be sending mine back to Tascam asap!Only one good thing came out of this nightmare. I hooked my old M-Audio Delta 1010lt that i almost forgot about. With the updated UI from M-Audio, this card is simply amazing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's been passable for me

By Cinco D-Pants

from Oklahoma City, OK

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

    I have had one of these for at least two years. I have used it with multiple machines under both XP and Win7 x64. It seems to me that most of the complaints here are coming from Mac users or Win7 users. To the Mac people, I can only respond that maybe you ought to pick a platform that is more cost effective and practical for hardware devs to support; you'd think you'd start to get it when your complaints clog up every Internet review forum from free VST plugins to just about every low-cost USB interface out there.

    As for the Win7 complaints, I'm here to tell you that the 122mkii *does* work just fine under Win7. Occasionally, and I do mean OCCASIONALLY, the interface *does* go a little nuts, creating the funky ASIO-buffer-related noises that a few other users cite... but this is a rare thing and easily resolved by unplugging the interface / plugging it back in. (As such, I guess I'd have a harder time recommending the 122mkII for live applications.) It's also worth noting that I had a harder time with the SPDIF-equipped 144mkII in this department; for whatever reason, it seemed a lot more glitch-prone than the 122.

    Most of the time, my 122 works well for hours at a stretch. The mic preamps don't sound fantastic but they do get the job done for quick project recordings. It would be nice if the headphone amp had a little more oomph, which is a complaint I also have about the US-1800 I own. But overall, I have reasonable expectations for a unit at this price, and the 122 meets them just about as well or better than any other USB interface I've tried in the price range... and I've tried quite a few.

    I do note that recently, there are some new options from the likes of Focusrite for a bit more that might be worth looking at for the supposedly better preamps alone. But at the time I bought the 122mkII, it was the best luck I'd had with any USB interface in the price range, and it has served me well on a lot of projects in the last few years.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pleasntly suprprised

    By Tobias Lavely

    from Cincinnati, OH

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    Comments about TASCAM US-122MKII USB 2.0 2-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

    I have had this interface for a while now and I have no complaints, the clicks and other noise issues others have had i had at first but I was able to get it running right. I have been pleased with this product and will continue use it

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