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TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface  

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A versatile 16-in/4-out, 24-bit/96kHz interface bundled with Cubase LE5.

The US-1800 audio interface from Tascam offers a high amount of inputs for a minimum amount of cash. The US-1800 features up to 16 inputs and four outputs that are transmitted to your Mac or Windows computer over a high-speed USB 2.0 connection. There are a total of eight XLR microphone inputs with phantom power and 60 decibels of clean gain, as well as six balanced line inputs, stereo digital I/O and MIDI in/out. Also Included with the US-1800 is Cubase LE5 workstation software from Steinberg. This 48-track audio workstation includes must-have features like automation, plug-ins, mixing, editing and MIDI tracks.

US-1800 rackmountable 16x4 channel interface
TASCAM's US-1800 packs 8 mic, 6 line and two digital inputs into a single rack unit, more inputs than most interfaces in its price class. The 16-in / 4-out interface works with nearly any recording software from budget to pro, including Logic Pro, Live, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Fruity Loops, and Pro Tools. It’s compact enough to carry to live gigs, or mount it in a rack in your studio.

In addition to the digital input and output, a MIDI input and output is included for interfacing with synths and drum machines.

Full-featured inputs
Eight microphone inputs are provided right on the front panel for easy access. Phantom power is available for condenser microphones, and plenty of gain is available for recording virtually any source. Also on the front panel is a pair of 1/4" inputs. Each of these can be switched to instrument level for direct recording of your guitar or bass.

A direct monitor path is available during recording to prevent the delays that can occur when recording to computer. This allows the musician to hear the input directly to the output without any delay so that timing isn't distracted by echos.
A total of six balanced line inputs can be attached using the front and rear panel jacks. A set of balanced line outputs are provided to connect to monitors, and a S/PDIF digital input and output is provided for use with high-end synths and processing gear. A stereo 1/4" headphone jack is also provided for monitoring.

Cubase LE5 Included
Included with the US-1800 is a copy of Cubase LE5, a 48-track workstation application with the features to create polished productions. VST plug-in support, automated mixing and MIDI tracks allow you to craft large productions without adding any other software.

If you want to use your own software, the US-1800 supports most Mac and Windows software such as Logic Pro, Live, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Fruity Loops, and Pro Tools.

FEATURES
  • 16-in / 4-out USB 2.0 audio interface
  • Eight XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
  • Six 1/4" balanced line inputs, ideal for guitars and other instruments
  • Four 1/4" balanced line outputs
  • Digital S/PDIF coaxial I/O
  • MIDI in/out for interfacing with synths and drum machines

More inputs, more sources, less hassle. Order the US-1800 today.

SPECIFICATIONS

US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

  • Input/output ratings
  • Analog audio input/output
  • MIC inputs (Balanced) terminals (MIC IN 1-8)
  • Connector: XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  • Input impedance: 2.2 kΩ
  • Nominal input level: –2 dBu (0.615 Vrms)
  • Minimum input level: –58 dBu (0.00098 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +14 dBu (3.882 Vrms)
  • Guitar inputs (Unbalanced) terminals (GUITAR 9-10)
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TS Standard phone jack (Tip: HOT, Sleeve: GND)
  • Input impedance: 700 kΩ
  • Nominal input level: -6dBV (0.501 Vrms)
  • Minimum input level: -52dBV (0.0025 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +10dBV (3.162 Vrms)
  • Line input (Balanced) terminals (Line IN 9-10)
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS Standard phone jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
  • Input impedance: 10 kΩ
  • Nominal input level: +4dBu (1.228 Vrms)
  • Minimum input level: -42dBu (0.0062 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +20dBu (7.746 Vrms)
  • Line input (Balanced) terminals (Line IN 11-14)
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS Standard phone jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
  • Input impedance: 10 kΩ Nominal input level: -10dBV (0.3162 Vrms)/+4dBu (1.228 Vrms) Maximum input level: +6dBV (1.995 Vrms)/+20dBu (7.746 Vrms)
  • Line output (Balanced) terminals (Line OUT 1-4)
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS Standard phone jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
  • Output impedance: 100Ω
  • Nominal output level: +4dBu (1.228 Vrms)
  • Maximum output level: +24dBu (12.277 Vrms)
  • Monitor output (Balanced) terminals (Monitor L/R)
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS Standard phone jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
  • Output impedance: 100Ω
  • Nominal output level: +4dBu (1.228 Vrms)
  • Maximum output level: +24dBu (12.277 Vrms)
  • Headphone output jack (PHONES)
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") Standard Stereo phone jack
  • Maximum output: 50 mW + 50 mW (1kHz, 1%, 32Ω load)
  • Digital audio input/output
  • Coaxial (DIGITAL IN) terminal
  • Connector: RCA pin jack
  • Compatible signal format: IEC60958-3 (S/PDIF)
  • Input impedance: 75Ω Level: 0.5 Vp-p/75Ω
  • Coaxial (DIGITAL OUT) terminal
  • Connector: RCA pin jack
  • Compatible signal format: Selectable in the Control
  • Panel between IEC60958 Consumer (S/PDIF) and
  • IEC958 Professional (AES/EBU)
  • Output impedance: 75Ω
  • Level: 0.5 Vp-p/75Ω
  • Control input/output
  • MIDI input (MIDI IN) jack
  • Connector: DIN 5 pin
  • Format: Standard MIDI format
  • MIDI output (MIDI OUT) jack
  • Connector: DIN 5 pi
  • Format: Standard MIDI format
  • USB terminal
  • Connector: USB B type 4 pin
  • Format: USB 2.0 High speed (480 MHz)
  • Audio performance
  • Frequency response
  • 20Hz-20kHz, +1/-1dB (44.1/48kHz)
  • 20Hz-40kHz, +1/-3dB (88.2/96kHz)
  • (MIC IN-Line OUT, Gain knob set to minimum, JEITA)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio
  • 96dB or more (MIC IN-Line OUT, Gain knob set to
  • minimum, 44.1kHz, JEITA)
  • Total harmonic distortion
  • Less than 0.01% (MIC IN-Line OUT, Gain knob set to minimum, JEITA)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD)
  • Without projections: 482.6mm x 44mm x 280mm/19" x 1.732" x 11.02"
  • With projections: 482.6mm x 44mm x 300.4mm/19" x 1.732" x 11.83"
  • Weight: 3.1kg/6.834lb.
  • Operating temperature
  • 5 to 35°C/41 to 95°:F
  • General
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz
  • Quantization bit rate: 16/24-bit
  • Power: Exclusive AC adaptor (TASCAM PS-1225L, included)
  • AC input: 100-240 V, 1.0 A DC output: +12 V, 2.0 A
  • Power consumption: 7.2W
  • Computer requirements
  • Windows
  • Supported Operating system
  • Windows XP 32-bit SP2 or later (Excluding Media Center Edition)
  • Windows XP 64-bit SP2 or later
  • Windows Vista 32-bit SP2 or later
  • Windows Vista 64-bit SP2 or later
  • Windows 7 32-bit
  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Supported computer system
  • Windows compatible computer with a USB2.0 port
  • CPU/clock: Pentium 4 1.4GHz or faster AMD Athlon 1.4 GHz or faster (or equivalent processor)
  • Memory: 512MB or more for Windows XP 32-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit
  • 1GB or more for Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows 7 32-bit
  • 2GB or more for Windows 7 64-bit
  • Macintosh
  • Supported operating system:
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 for Intel processor, or Power PC G4 Mac OS X v10.6 or later for Intel processor
  • Supported computer system:
  • Apple Macintosh series equipped with a USB port as standard equipment
  • CPU/clock: Intel processor, or Power PC G4
  • Memory: 1GB or more
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TASCAMUS-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface
 
3.8

(based on 96 reviews)

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    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (41)
  • Easy to use (38)
  • Versatile (22)
  • Compact (20)
  • Lightweight (18)

Cons

  • Unreliable (14)
  • Not durable (9)
  • Limited functions (7)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (42)
  • Amateur recording (40)
  • Professional recording (15)
  • Performances (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Professional musician (21), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Value Out There!!!

Picked up the US-1800 to record my band's demo on (as well as get my home studio up and running). So far I've had the thing for one day and my mind...Read complete review

Picked up the US-1800 to record my band's demo on (as well as get my home studio up and running). So far I've had the thing for one day and my mind is blown.16 inputs, 8 xlr with pre's, 2 digital ins, 2 guitar/bass ins. WHAT???!! Simply put there is NO other interface out there that can get you that many inputs for this price. You'll spend $500 at least for mediocre equipment (like presonus stuff)...not only is this thing cheap (which makes it perfect for our low budget demo), but it performs really well.So far I've had this thing running just about every type of mic and instrument we could throw at it today and it really impressed me. I figured for the price the thing would be really noisy...no noise at all and not a single problem with latency despite the USB connection. Had it all hooked up in less than 5 minutes with my MacBook Pro and was recording in Logic a few minutes after that.Now that the good part is out of the way...time to address the bad things (which are rather minimal):1. The phantom power switch was not designed very well. It gives you the option to run +48v to either inputs 1-4 or 5-8. Biiiiigggg issue if you're recording drums that require more than 4 dynamic mics. You would have to run any other dynamics through an external pre-amp into one of the line inputs. Luckily, I play a 4 piece kit so I was unaffected, but I can see this being a serious issue for someone, phantom power should be selectable per input, it'll blow out dynamics real quick.2. Headphone output could be better. Then again that's a quick fix with a quality headphone amp through one of the outputs in the back, a lot of interfaces skimp on the headphone out quality.Overall this interface is absolutely killer for the price. There's literally no other way to properly record drums for under this price. You will not be disappointed. Build quality is even good, all metal casing, gain/volume knobs have a solid, expensive feel to them, all the inputs are solid connections as well. For those of you having issues: maybe you should be looking at your COMPUTER AND DAW instead of the interface. I'm running a MBP with 4gb of RAM. No issues here....your interface can only run as good as your computer can.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth the trouble.

Worst interface I have ever purchased. Not worth the trouble.

I've bought this on March 20th. Five months in. Interface light stays on. Looking online I found that it...Read complete review

Worst interface I have ever purchased. Not worth the trouble.

I've bought this on March 20th. Five months in. Interface light stays on. Looking online I found that it was a known issue. Called Tascam directly for the warranty department. The guy sounded annoyed as soon as he answered the phone. I could hear a tv in the background and felt like he didn't care to help.

Rep: " it is a known issue, you will have to send it in, it will be hundred for the labour"
Me: "It is a known issue and you will still charge me to get it fix?"
Rep: "Yeah but it won't happen again"
Me: "and if it happens again?"
Rep "it won't"(sounded annoyed)
Me: "but if it happens again, will I have to pay a hundred for labor."
Rep: "It won't happen again." (sounded even more annoyed)
Me: "that is not what I'm asking"
Rep "It won't happen again but if it does you will still have to pay hundred dlrs for labor"
....

I baby the hell out of all the music equipment. I'm a broke college student. So it is not fun to deal with this......

I've never done a review. This is the first time I've felt like I had to. I been recording music on the computer for the last 8 years at home.
I've started with little 1 input interfaces by m-audio (which still works.) then moved to a better one (still works.) Just a background on it.

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4.0

Definitely does record in 96k

By pd

from New Haven, CT

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

    Had to jump in to correct some erroneous reviews on this thread. I've owned this interface for 2 years and it will absolutely record at any sample rate you set your DAW to, up to 96k. The fact that the control panel in the picture is displaying 44k simply means that that's what you've set it to (or that it's running in shared mode, acting as the default audio device for the PC). Admittedly, the control panel is not the sleekest, and would be improved by a pull down menu to adjust sample rate. Another problem I've run up against is glitching audio unless the internet connection is disabled. I only just found out that they released a new driver, so now that I've installed that it seems like this problem may have been fixed, but the jury is still out.

    But in its intended function as an interface for use with DAWs, I have no real complaints about the 1800. I've tracked 10 channels simultaneously at 96k, low latency with no problem (AMD FX 6300, 8 Gb RAM, Win 64) If you're getting audio drop outs recording at high sample rates, it's more likely to be your latency settings and/or underpowered CPU than a problem with the interface.

    And let's be real, 48k is just fine. Unless you are a bat or a dolphin, you can't hear the difference between 48k and 96k. If your computer can't handle 96, it's okay to swallow your pride and turn the sample rate down a little.

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    1.0

    Tascam? Never again

    By RAZEREYE

    from Cleveland Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Limited Functions
    • Pricey / Poor Value
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

    I bought this on sale with a free mic in Feb 2014. It is now Feb 2015 and I just got it back from repair for the second time. The interface itself is actually pretty nice, and DOES WORK WITH 96K (up to a certain number of channels (8), only on a high quality computer, with certain DAW's like studio 1) There are a few known issues with this interface that SHOULD be covered according to the warranty, but according to the only 2 people working on Tascam's phone lines (in india) these issues are not covered and will cost more than the cost of the interface to fix after your shipping costs (also not covered). Good thing I purchased the MF additional warranty or this thing would have been thrown out a long time ago. Issue 1: the interface locks in 44.1k and is not recognized by DAW. This is a known issue where the usb chip in the unit fails and needs to be replaced by Tascam to the tune of a hundred green presidents plus international shipping. Issue 2: Distortion, jumping, skipping, sample rate errors in DAW, clicking noises. Also a burnt out usb chip requiring the same replacement. Also it is Tascam custom to automatically replace the power supply in any broken unit at the customers expense. Can you say SCAM!? It took 3 weeks to get ahold of Tascam the first time and they were useless, rude, incompetent, and knew nothing of the music industry or the products they are "supporting". MF got everything taken care of right away (although asurion did sell my personal info to telemarketers). Still, buy the MF warranty for anything, it's a life saver. But save yourself the time and trouble and DO NOT EVER BUY A TASCAM PRODUCT. With business ethincs like these MF should really consider dropping Tascam from their brand roster. I've been a musician for 13 years and been recording for 9. This product is ok when it works, but the company's practices of handling customers is absolutely unacceptable. The almost double priced similar spec Presonus usb interface should tell anyone that this Tascam is cheap asian slave labor made garbadge. If you want an interface with a dozen or so inputs that actualy works when you need it and performs as advertised plan on spending almost double the price of this box of foil and trash if not more. OVERALL: Interface quality 4/10 Tascam Support? Big fat ZERO. It took me sending the unit to the MF warranty company asurion TWICE to get it fixed. A total of 3 months in the repair shop. DO NOT BUY. and DO NOT BUY THE NEW US SERIES. It's the same cheap junk in a pretty looking modern case.

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    5.0

    Works well

    By Marauder

    from Sioux Falls, SD

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

      I bought a US-1641 several years ago to record our 3 piece band and loved the unit. When I wanted to expand to more inputs I bought the US-1800, which is identical to the 1641 except for some minor cosmetic difference's. Theoretically you aren't supposed to be able to use more than one of these units at a time, but with a little tweeking on the drivers it can be done. we are now recording live with both units at the same time giving us more than enough inputs with no issues. In the beginning I had latency issues but that was the computer I was using, not the unit itself. I started with an old Windows XP tower, then moved to a Windows 7 laptop. There were a few issues with the laptop, but again, it was not the interface, but the computer not being fast enough. I recently purchased a HP with an Intel I-5 processor and 8 Gig of ram, and it purrs like a kitten. We are just getting started on our 3rd CD recorded with these units and have no complaints what so ever.

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      2.0

      Rrturned...Again

      By bluenull

      from Orlando

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

        This was my second one and I still had issues. It seemed to run ok at 44 kHz, but I had nothing but problems when I tried to use it 96 kHz. Their were pops and stuttering. Tascam support was not at all helpful. I had to returned it.

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        5.0

        Quiet, Stable, Versatile

        By Frank Stone

        from Memphis Tn

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

          I'm a PC user and this interface works great with Reaper , Live recording 14 tracks 24bit 48kHz or multi tracking the same with pretty low latency. On a old Dell GX745 Dual-Core Processor 3.4GHz 4M 800MHz SL9QB CPU 4gb Windows 8.1 64bit
          It has never crashed and is quiet as a tomb (with all balanced cables). It works with all my gear.

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          2.0

          Not really a 96K interface

          By bluenull

          from Orlando

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

          • Inaccurate Specification
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

          This isn't really a 24 bit / 96khz recording interface in the way most users would expect it to be. If you look at the user manual from Tascam's website on page 8 you'll see a little note that the interface's digital in and out can operate at 24 bit / 96 khz. The other ins and outs are limited to 24 bit at 44.1 khz. You can even see this on Tascam's screenshot of the interface's Control Panel in the manual on page 12. Its a little hard to see unless you enlarge it. This comes very close to false advertising to me. I'm sending mine back. If you are only recording at 44.1 khz them this may be an okay unit for you. It sounded okay. But I'm not sure I'd trust this company after reading their other reviews.

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          2.0

          Broke for no reason

          By ids

          from Madison, WI

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Limited Functions
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

          This interface only works with USB 2.0, has a terribly oversimplified driver, (only a buffer length change) and stopped working after using it a couple times. I returned it.

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          4.0

          Good lil interfece

          By Lavaxtris

          from ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

            Best unit I've owned so far. The sound is clear and its made pretty well. Built-in pres are as good as there going to get. I usually leave mine plugged in 100% of the time, and use it even when I'm not recording.

            Make sure to download the updated software for this thing, as the disc that comes with it usually doesn't work with newer computers.

            The only downside to this unit is that its USB, not firewire.... which is actually good for people that don't have firewire inputs on our computers.

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            1.0

            Waste of Money

            By Stephen

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

            Don't buy! I ordered this product to use for quick recording at home. I have a recording studio, but wanted to buy something for quick demos at home, so I bought the US-1800. Worst decision of my life. Within a couple months, the USB jack stopped working and Tascam claims it is not covered under the warranty. They told me to take it to a local authorized repair shop, where it sat for 2 months before telling me that it is no longer under the 90 day labor warranty. You would be much better off spending a little more to get a focusrite interface. This is not worth the money!

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            4.0

            So far so good.

            By Slapstyle

            from Bangor, Maine

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about TASCAM US-1800 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

              Ok, so I got worried after ordering and saw some poor reviews about durability and functionality issues with pro tools. Unit is still new to me so I cant speak to durability. It took some work to get it up and running with Pro Tools 11. The tascam has it's own interface where you modify buffer size etc, and I wasn't used to that idea, normally I'd change it in PT setup menu. Some said it only works on highest latency settings. In PT 11 I got it working on both high and low latency settings so recording without a delay works, and higher latency for mixdown works as well. So far so good. All inputs tested and working fine. Preamps aren't the best but are pretty clean. Definitely not bad at all. I'm happy. We'll see about the durability.

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