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Tascam US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface   

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The fast, flexible, and affordable center of your computer music setup.

The 16-channel TASCAM US-1641 MIDI-enabled interface is one of your best choices for getting audio into your computer properly. Equipped with USB 2.0 and enough I/O to record your entire band, the US-1641 audio interface is always ready when you lay down some tracks. Use it to capture live performances, like the fruit of your church choir's hard work. 16 inputs plus and 4 outputs offer enough channels to give every instrument and voice a chance to shine. TASCAM even includes Cubase LE Version 5 with the US-1641 for enough state-of-the art recording power to get the mix just right.

Small enough to fit in a single rack space, the TASCAM US-1641 interface is ideal for both studio and portable computer recording. Since the mic and line inputs are on the front panel, there's no need for crawling behind a rack to get going. The rear panel is armed with 4 balanced line inputs for interfacing with synths, effects, mic preamps, or anything with a line level out. With the TASCAM US-1641 you also get up to 96kHz/24-bit audio resolution without having to lower the input/output count. The US-1641 interface's zero-latency monitoring prevents distracting delays for your performers during recording.

Naturally, the TASCAM US-1641 is ASIO, GSIF2, and CoreAudio compatible for use with Logic Pro, Digital Performer, Cubase, SONAR, Nuendo, Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack, Vegas, Live, GigaStudio, and most other audio recording software.

FEATURES
  • 16 inputs and 4 outputs
  • 8 mic/line inputs with phantom power on front panel
  • Lets you record 10 simultaneous inputs
  • Two 1/4" balanced line/instrument inputs on front
  • 4 balanced line inputs on rear panel
  • Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O
  • 16-channel MIDI I/O
  • Separate monitor and headphone level controls
  • Zero-latency hardware monitoring
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution without lowering input/output count
  • Includes Steinberg Cubase LE5
  • Built-in power supply with an IEC connector
SPECIFICATIONS

US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface

  • Dimensions: 21.75"L x 15.8"W x 5.7"H
    Weight: 11.5

    Supports Windows XP, Windows Vista 32, or Mac OSX 10.4 & higher
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TASCAMUS-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface
 
4.3

(based on 61 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Almost as good as possible for the price

I upgraded to the Tascam from an M-Audio FastTrack Pro. The main reason for the upgrade was that AvidForce no longer made drivers for Mac; it was completely unusable. Fortunately the Tascam works...Read complete review

I upgraded to the Tascam from an M-Audio FastTrack Pro. The main reason for the upgrade was that AvidForce no longer made drivers for Mac; it was completely unusable. Fortunately the Tascam works without any hitches on El Capitan!

Before I begin keep in mind I'm learning! Newbie commentary may be said, but I think what I have to say is useful nonetheless!

An obvious upgrade are the 8 XLR ins, four of which are Phantom Power compatible. This makes the interface extremely versatile for a home studio in the amount of instruments/voices you want to record; even an 8-peice drum set can be recorded individually.

Second, there was a huge improvement in the signal level coming from the mics compared to my previous interface. I get a much more satisfying input level with this interface.

HOWEVER, there is one warning I want to let El Capitan users know. If I leave my interface on, fully connected to my laptop and speakers, after too long of being idle, my computer completely bugs out and has to restart. Not to worry, there are zero lasting repercussions, my laptop is exactly the same, but it has to restart due to some bug. I've also never ran into this problem while actually using the interface and related software. Making this nothing more than a small annoyance.

I still couldn't take away a star because of this, as I feel it is about the El Capitan OS, not the Tascam interface itself. Absolutely amazing value in this interface, and I highly recommend it for any amateur or home studio.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Choose carefully...

Getting right to the point, my unit was defective right from the start. What do I mean by "defective"?...either the USB cord was defective or the unit itself was...Read complete review

Getting right to the point, my unit was defective right from the start. What do I mean by "defective"?...either the USB cord was defective or the unit itself was defective because the interface was showing up as not being connected by my computer. FYI...I had ALL the updated drivers and software loaded properly and all connections were in place. Fortunately this sites return policy allowed me to return the unit without hassles. I'd also like to mention that the Steinberg recording software is a nightmare to try and understand! Reading the user's manual is painful to say the least and the software itself is exceedingly complex...then again, I'm new to home recording using a computer based software. I researched an audio interface, I saw many mixed reviews for the Tascam 1641. It seems this unit either works or it doesn't and from the other reviews it sounds as if Tascam's customer service leaves a lot to be desired...I'd advise anyone considering this unit to choose carefully. By the way, I bought the M-Audio Fasttrack Ultra 8 along with Sonar 7 recording software as a replacement. I'm still getting things set up but so far so good. I'll write a review on those items at a later date. I'm just starting out setting up a home studio, so I hope my input helps anyone who is doing the same...Todd in Michigan.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this interface!

By Steve-O

from Canada

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    I have owned a Tascam US-1641 for about 2 years now and it is absolutely amazing for the home studio. I have recorded a few full albums with it so far and it has been great. I have recorded up to 12 tracks at a time with Zero latency & a very clear sound. Comparable to the Firepod & a great substitution if you don't have firewire!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Had high hopes for it....

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    This would have been an awesome set-up for me if the unit didn't malfunction. Worked good for about 6 or 8 months, then I started noticing a 20-30% load on my CPU with nothing running. It got much worse when I tried to mix in a DAW. While it still worked for tracking, I could not mix with it because the CPU load was too great. Turned out to be a defective unit. Thanks to MF for their extended warranty. Too bad about the unit. It had some decent pres and good features for the money. I decided not to get another one as Tascam products are iffy.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BALLER!

    By white-y-can-woo

    from Georgia

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    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    I actually got the tascam us-1800. exact same thing, just supports windows 7 and comes with cubase le 5 instead of le 4. and it has a small external power brick instead of it being in the unit itself. best mixer ive owned so far. so much versatility. great quality sound. works great with cubase le 5. ive had no latency problems with it going through usb. i think the best feature is that you can play back the recording through the mixer. i only have one set of good speakers and it was a pain switching between the computer and my old mixer to listen. overall GREAT MIXER. i would recommend to ANYONE. if your looking for excellent sound quality on a cheap budget. this is the mixer to get. for sure!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Great Band for the Buck

    By BTLprod

    from Hattiesburg, MS

    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    You're definitely not going to find another interface with as many decent channels as this for the price. I've used this interface for multiple independent music recordings. The clarity is good and it's pretty sturdy, even despite the plastic knobs.The Bad:You're probably going to want to immediately throw away the driver disc and download the appropriate ones from Tascam's website. Also the phantom power is a continual annoyance for me, although I've learned to deal with it. For recording with a variety of different microphone types, the phantom power is grouped 1-4 and 5-8, and not available onboard for other channels. If you're recording, for example, one guitar and drumset at once and only 2 of those mics are condensers, you're going to have to either waste two channels on the front and be limited to 8 total or buy a separate preamp or two for the line inputs in the back.Overall:I would definitely suggest this interface to anyone, although I would advise them to consider their specific overall needs first. At the beginning, there were some pops and dropouts, but after some running time they're definitely gone. It's a great first interface to own and will accommodate you until you can drop a serious amount of money into a more professional recording rig.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    5 stars all da way

    By jcdrummer

    from Sonora, CA

    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    This interface is sick!!! A million times better quality than 16bit. I had alittle trouble setting it up tho, so heres a quick walkthrough for windows 7 64-bit. Since the installation disc isnt for a 64-bit os you have to download it off the website. It should put an icon on your desktop. click on it, then go down and click on the 'setup' file. This will install the driver. make sure you get the firmware off the website too! This may be kinda obvious but it took me alittle while to figure out. Anyways, great product!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Zero Complaints

    By Honest Mango

    from Texas

    See all my reviews

    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    I've had this unit for probably 6 months and I've recorded several projects with it. I should say I got it for $300, and I think it's still worth the money at $400. Many people who have latency issues are monitoring through software instead of through the unit, but all I know for sure is that there is no latency with my setup. I like the pres just fine...the only thing I don't adore about it is the plastic knobs, but none of them have broken. I had a firestudio before this, and the thing dropped out all the time. I have not experienced a single dropout in 6 months of daily use.

     
    5.0

    Almost as good as possible for the price

    By Meller

    from St. John's NL

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    I upgraded to the Tascam from an M-Audio FastTrack Pro. The main reason for the upgrade was that AvidForce no longer made drivers for Mac; it was completely unusable. Fortunately the Tascam works without any hitches on El Capitan!

    Before I begin keep in mind I'm learning! Newbie commentary may be said, but I think what I have to say is useful nonetheless!

    An obvious upgrade are the 8 XLR ins, four of which are Phantom Power compatible. This makes the interface extremely versatile for a home studio in the amount of instruments/voices you want to record; even an 8-peice drum set can be recorded individually.

    Second, there was a huge improvement in the signal level coming from the mics compared to my previous interface. I get a much more satisfying input level with this interface.

    HOWEVER, there is one warning I want to let El Capitan users know. If I leave my interface on, fully connected to my laptop and speakers, after too long of being idle, my computer completely bugs out and has to restart. Not to worry, there are zero lasting repercussions, my laptop is exactly the same, but it has to restart due to some bug. I've also never ran into this problem while actually using the interface and related software. Making this nothing more than a small annoyance.

    I still couldn't take away a star because of this, as I feel it is about the El Capitan OS, not the Tascam interface itself. Absolutely amazing value in this interface, and I highly recommend it for any amateur or home studio.

     
    5.0

    Excellent Recorder

    By bassace

    from Ruston, Louisiana

    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    I bought this recorder mainly because it has 14 analog in/6 analog out (4 Line Out, Monitor L/R). It uses USB 2.0, which is nice, but not really important to me. It is a really great recorded, completing disregarding the price. All of the XLR in have phantom power (2 banks with 4 each). I haven't noticed any noise in any recording so far. This interface now support Vista 64 with the newest drivers available on the Tascam website. The only problem I have had is a few dropouts and pops here and there, but they are fixed after adjusting the buffers. With the important stuff out of the way, here are the non-important features that make this interface even better.Volume knobs are chromeEach XLR channel has phantom powerLine In/Guitar ports on the front with padUSB 2.0 really is niceLED indicators to help with setting levels.When recording drums, the LED indicators look awesome during fill-ins or a solo.

     
    5.0

    This Rocks

    By Spence-nknTj

    from BC Canada

    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    This thing rocks i have had it for 2 weeks now and it works like a charm with cubase 4 on vista(32). Its price is great and the preamps have tons of headroom. On the lowest latency setting their almost no delay. I do not have a fancy recording computer i have a intel core 2 duo toshiba at 1.5 ghz. I would recommend this to everyone.

     
    5.0

    A real quality bang for the buck

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about TASCAM US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface:

    Great price, no problem with full multitracking up to 14 tracks at once with a Dell Latitude D800 laptop. After my initial testing period it became my small studio on the go. Then I can come back to continue mixing at my larger desk. No sync problems as with other overpriced/overranked brands. I really like this unit.

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