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TASCAM US-144 USB 2.0 4X4 Audio MIDI Computer Interface  

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    Gives you digital I/O in addition to rock-solid recording performance.

    Designed alongside the US-122L, the TASCAM US-144 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface adds S/PDIF digital I/O while maintaining the same easy functionality. It 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. The US-144 also comes with Cubase LE4 software.

    Features

    • 2 XLR mic inputs with phantom power
    • 2 analog line inputs (1 switchable to Hi-Z/guitar input)
    • MIDI I/O
    • S/PDIF digital 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 PCs and Macs
    • Support for Windows Vista

    Ready to go 2.0? The US-144 is here. Order yours now!

     

    US-144 USB 2.0 4X4 Audio MIDI Computer Interface Specifications:

    • Support for Windows XP to Vista
    • Support for Mac OS X
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    3.7

    (based on 23 reviews)

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    Very good and solid for the price

    I use this for recording guitar, voice and percussion. the US-144 is bigger and more solid than I thought it would be from the pictures. You can record two channels at once...Read complete review

    I use this for recording guitar, voice and percussion. the US-144 is bigger and more solid than I thought it would be from the pictures. You can record two channels at once which is a good feature for the price. One issue I have to deal with is having to download the firmware and the drivers from the TASCAM site. I usually have to do this about twice a week. this may have to do with our computer using Vista. Although this is not my favorite task I've gotten used to it and basically look at it like changing oil in a car. In other words, don't let this disuade you from getting this product. I use the Cubase LE that it was bundled with and it works well for what my needs are. I hope to get a Midi controller someday so I can take advantage of the software that is part of the bundle. I also use this to convert the cassettes that I previously used to record my ideas on. You may want to get some quarter inch jacks and adapters if you plan to do anything like that. There are some interesting effects on the Cubase LE like the step filter and the metalizer that I've found useful. I'd like to upgrade to a higher version of Cubase eventually.

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    Drivers for Mac Stink

    I bought this after trying my friend's TASCAM 122. The driver worked great with most things. (It only gave left channel with mono turned on in Camtasia:Mac.) But, it made sense...Read complete review

    I bought this after trying my friend's TASCAM 122. The driver worked great with most things. (It only gave left channel with mono turned on in Camtasia:Mac.) But, it made sense to me that the next gen version would be better. So I got it in and anxiously installed the drivers and plugged it in. It would not record ANY audio and conflicted in a major way with my built-in iSight (Macbook Core Duo- 10.5.8). I mean, there was NO picture at all and the light would not even come on. Somehow, it was disabling the camera.I called TASCAM's support and they proceeded to tell me that that was how it was supposed to work (no input control) and that basically there are some conflicts with some software. The problem was there was not a program that I had that did work with it. One caveat, Garageband did pick it up but the level was very low. The agent told me that it was the dynamic mics fault, even though it had worked great with the US-122 driver. It did not function with iShowU or Camtasia:Mac. The rep told me that perhaps I should try to use it with a different program. I don't remember if I tested it with Screenflow or not. But I did call and MF was great at getting me a RA. I shipped it back to them today.So what did I buy? I bought the Lexicon Omega. I plugged it in and POOF, it worked. No driver installed. No fuss. And it is awesome! Worked great with all my programs. Woo Hoo! So don't bother with this one anymore (No, the european 1.13 drivers do NOT fix this problem!!), just get the Lexicon and start recording. I wasted two days trying to get the TASCAM to work. *sigh*Hope this helps someone make a better decision than I first did.

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    1.0

    This will break your heart

    By rstuartcpa

    from Jacksonville

    Horrible experience with the software. Too bad it doesn't work as promised.
    I can't even get the software to playback on my PC. I've read the instructions twice and it's like reading the book for the recently decesed. Makes no sense....well maybe if it worked. But, this is so frustrating, I may be off trying to record on the PC for another three years...or get a MAC. But, if your like me, save your time, money and heart and buy an old port-a-studio that you know will work.
    Waste of money. I feel totally ripped off.

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    5.0

    Works, good features and values

    By OutWest-Di74X

    from Out West

    I'm using the US-144 with a Powerbook G4 running 10.5.8, an older one without a ton of memory. The US-144 works as does Cubase LE. Audacity crashes when I try to record, but I'm using the older "stable Audacity." I haven't had any latency issues, but then I'm not trying to record at 24/96 either. I run my SM57 straight in and/or use the line out from my mixer without any trouble. You need to download the latest drivers and firmware off of Tascam's site. The drivers on the CD are always old and out of date, no matter the product. If you insist on being lazy and not downloading the latest drivers, well then expect problems.

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    2.0

    Ok except for USB driver issue

    By VO Guy

    from Undisclosed

    This interface provides a good quality, low noise recording. But I have the mic gain turned all the way up to see a decent recording level using a dynamic mic.The real issue is that the USB driver is buggy, causing the dreaded BSOD Windows crash on my XP Pro laptop. It's not all the time, but once every day or two, which is too much in my opinion. I contacted TASCAM and here is their reply:"We have tested our driver on all operating systems and they seem to work correctly. If it is not working on your computer then it may be a conflict between the computer and the US-144. I would try uninstalling the driver and reinstalling it, if that does not work then you can try it on another computer to see if there is something wrong with the unit. If it reacts the same on another computer then there might be something wrong with the physical unit, in which case would need to be exchanged. But I assure you the drivers work correctly on all operating systems."After searching the net I see many other complaints on the USB driver.I did uninstall the driver and reinstalled ver. 1.11 that came with the unit. I had installed 1.12 from TASCAM's website before I even used the unit. I haven't used it enough to tell if this will help, but I doubt it will.

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    3.0

    It has problems...

    By DerHolleRache62

    from Bullhead City, AZ

    For recording voice -- it's fine, although the volume level on its phones jack is poor (not the cans)when running through my DAW; stand alone, no prob. Then there was the latency issue when using either guitar input or the midi I/O. I've NEVER had latency issues and this was horrible! So... I'm uninstalling and will write this one off.

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    2.0

    Drivers for Mac Stink

    I bought this after trying my friend's TASCAM 122. The driver worked great with most things. (It only gave left channel with mono turned on in Camtasia:Mac.) But, it made sense to me that the next gen version would be better. So I got it in and anxiously installed the drivers and plugged it in. It would not record ANY audio and conflicted in a major way with my built-in iSight (Macbook Core Duo- 10.5.8). I mean, there was NO picture at all and the light would not even come on. Somehow, it was disabling the camera.I called TASCAM's support and they proceeded to tell me that that was how it was supposed to work (no input control) and that basically there are some conflicts with some software. The problem was there was not a program that I had that did work with it. One caveat, Garageband did pick it up but the level was very low. The agent told me that it was the dynamic mics fault, even though it had worked great with the US-122 driver. It did not function with iShowU or Camtasia:Mac. The rep told me that perhaps I should try to use it with a different program. I don't remember if I tested it with Screenflow or not. But I did call and MF was great at getting me a RA. I shipped it back to them today.So what did I buy? I bought the Lexicon Omega. I plugged it in and POOF, it worked. No driver installed. No fuss. And it is awesome! Worked great with all my programs. Woo Hoo! So don't bother with this one anymore (No, the european 1.13 drivers do NOT fix this problem!!), just get the Lexicon and start recording. I wasted two days trying to get the TASCAM to work. *sigh*Hope this helps someone make a better decision than I first did.

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    5.0

    Good for Sonar 6.0 Producer Edition

    By ELT Guitars

    from Solon, Ohio

    I needed and audio interface to use with Sonar 6.0 Producer Edition. The Tascam US-144 was easy to load and use. Also, the recordings sound great. However, the Cubase LE4 software that came with it has problems running on my Apple iMac 20".

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    4.0

    Get's the Job done!!

    By Superstar Muzik

    from Atlanta

    I've had this interface for over a year now. And I've had no problems. The only problem I've had is dealing my my old computer. That needs more memory. I'm running it on XP. And it accepted it just fine. I plan on getting a new computer hopefully a Mac.

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    2.0

    It don't work!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought this here thingamajig at Guitar Center a while ago. I had just received an Apple computer as a gift for recording music, as I am a musician. Even though I have a friend who uses an Apple computer with a simple mixing board plugged in, the guy at the store said should use this instead, 'cause of the USB output I guess. I can't remember exactly what the problem was, but I do k-now I had trouble using it in stereo. Sometimes it would only be mono and the "MONO" switch didn't do anything. I had heard that there were lots of instructional vids online, but I couldn't find them. Everyone said that recording with an Apple would be simple, but with this it sure isn't!

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    5.0

    Perfect little interface

    By KnoxieBaby

    from Jersey City, N.J

    This interface is great, very solid!. I see a couple of people saying it is buggy, it's not buggy at all. When I first purchased this interface, I was using it with an old laptop, and using cubase Le, and cubase would always stop responding, I thought it was the interface. But it wasnt, it was my pc!so when i finally did get a new pc. I installed cubase le on it, and plugged the interface in, and bingo!... no more buggy issues!!! If your pc is slow... this is not for you. But if your pc is decent, then this is the perfect interface. GET ONE!!!

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    4.0

    Good interface with the price but USE A MAC!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I've had this interface for a few years and I've never really used it much because of the poor performance in terms of latency and quality I experienced trying to get it to work with windows Vista. I've never tried it on XP.....I recently switched over to mac with the purchase of a new MacBook Pro and WOW! It works PERFECTLY with garageband and logic pro. No noticeable latency whatsoever. I use a MIDI keyboard, connect mics, and record guitars with the interface and the performance and quality is amazing. I thought for a long time it was just not a great device or that cubase wasn't very good but just know that if you use the US-144 on a Mac you will be very happy with it! Don't have a Mac? Don't buy this product!

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