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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
    Compatibility

    Compact in size, but big in value and range of options, the TASCAM US-1641 is a can't miss opportunity.

     

    US-1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface Specifications:

    • 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 60 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good value, good sound, possible USB pitfalls

    I've had the US1641 for a couple of months and want to point out to a possible disadvantage related to the fact that it connects via USB. I'm using a basic setup (Dell laptop...Read complete review

    I've had the US1641 for a couple of months and want to point out to a possible disadvantage related to the fact that it connects via USB. I'm using a basic setup (Dell laptop using Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz with 2 GB RAM, Shure SM81 mics, and have recorded up to 6 inputs concurrently). The sound quality is very good, without noticeable noise. I had no dropouts until I tried to record onto an external USB harddrive (I was previously recording onto the laptop's internal drive). While I'm not a computer expert, perhaps the issue is that both the US1641 and the harddrive are sharing the USB "bandwidth". From what I've read on-line, unlike FireWire where each port has its own 400 mbps transfer rate, all USB ports in a computer share a total of 480 mbps. If this is the case, when I began to record onto an external drive, perhaps the recording process overtasked the USB bandwidth (due to 1. concurrent playback from the external drive of previously recorded tracks, 2. recording onto the external drive of the current tracks, and 3. live sound processing by the US1641). Oppositely, when previously I had recorded onto the laptop's internal drive, the USB bandwidth was being used only for the sound processing by the US1641. Well, again I'm no computer expert and perhaps am totally wrong about this. In principle, if the USB bandwidth is indeed the culprit, other users who do want to multitask their USB connections may be better served buying the PreSonus unit which connects by FireWire. That said, the advantage of the US1641 is that as a stand-alone unit it has a greater number of lines in versus the PreSonus (14 analog + 2 digital, versus 8 analog + 2 digital), and those looking to record a live band usually need more than 8 analog lines. For those looking for maximal flexibility, you can purchase multiple PreSonus or MOTU units and daisy-chain them.

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    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

    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!

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      (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.

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      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!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Zero Complaints

      By Honest Mango

      from Texas

      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.

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      5.0

      No problems here

      By Whiplash92

      from North Carolina

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

      I've had this interface for about 2 months, and haven't ran into a single issue yet. I think really, there aren't too many "bad" audio interfaces out there, you just have to know how to use a computer properly.For those interested, I'm running a pretty cheap laptop, single core 2.20 Ghz CPU, 2 gigs of memory, and running 64 bit of windows 7, and I'm using Reaper as my DAW. I installed it fine, and I use AISO4ALL as my driver for recording.I've noticed though, this thing has some fairly poor drivers written for it though, because my CPU usage is very high when its plugged in and I'm using it for listening to music through my monitors, but my computer is also pretty crappy so that might have something to do with it.The preamps are usable, which is good for an interface of this price considering the amount of inputs. The instrument inputs do what they're supposed to do fine. I've recorded several projects with it, up to 9 tracks at a time, with no problem.For the price vs the number of inputs you get, this is a great unit.

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      5.0

      solid

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

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

      picked this up to record band practices in our practice space. I needed more than 8 inputs and didn't want to have to schlep around a mixer. this is really about the only thing in its class, with the 8 mic inputs (18 total if you take advantage of the s/pdiff in and line inputs). it's about the perfect portable recording rig.in terms of sonics, i was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the mic preamps. neutral but not sterile, they get the job done without being a weak link--but at the same time they're not exactly full of stunning character. i didn't care of the sound of them overdriven, either. the phantom power grouping shouldn't matter if you're using dynamic mics, as phantom power typically doesn't affect dynamic mics. ribbons are, of course, a different case. very easy to get it up and running--as others indicate, don't bother with the included drivers, go get the ones from the website. in all, i'm very happy i bought this.

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      5.0

      Sweet and Easy

      By E-man

      from Florida

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

      I went from an M-Audio Delta interface to the US-1641 and what a world of difference. This this is so much more lush and smooth. The proof is in the end result....fantastic!!!!

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      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.

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      4.0

      Xp can be an issue, Mac rocks

      By archieaa1

      from Upstate NY

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

      I like the mike pres and the overall product but the XP drivers have given me nothing but grief. They work but, when arming multiple tracks latency becomes an issue. To record all 14 analog ins, I needed to use the highest latency setting and drop to 16 bit. This has been the case with all Xp machines. I haven tried windows 7 yet. Having said that, I can also say that I has worked wonderfully under Mac OS 10.5 leopard. I have a Mac book Core Duo machine using boot camp that I mostly use it with. When I boot Mac OS it works just like I want. Under XP....Not so much.

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      5.0

      BALLER!

      By white-y-can-woo

      from Georgia

      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!

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