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A versatile 16-in/4-out audio 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' 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
Includes a copy of Cubase LE5 49-track workstation software

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

SPECIFICATIONS
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 kÎ
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 kÎ
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 kÎ
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 kÎ 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: 100Î
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: 100Î
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%, 32Î load)

Digital audio input/output
Coaxial (DIGITAL IN) terminal
Connector: RCA pin jack
Compatible signal format: IEC60958-3 (S/PDIF)
Input impedance: 75Î Level: 0.5 Vp-p/75Î

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: 75Î
Level: 0.5 Vp-p/75Î

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 35C/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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (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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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Value Out There!!!

By Unnamed User-K6648

from Philadelphia, PA

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

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.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not worth the trouble.

By LO FI

from Texas

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Works For 3 Months

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Known Issues

Best Uses

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

    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.

    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Value, Exactly As Expected

    By James Dewit

    from Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Tascam impresses yet again with another great product. I got exactly what I was looking for, and more! With this, in conjunction with my DP-02, I'm excited to see what I can get accomplished.*

    *I have 0 affiliation with Tascam, besides being an extremely loyal and impressed customer. If you take anything away from this review, take this. If you're looking to isolate each source in your DAW, you'll accomplish it with this interface, and short of 9 XLR mics it's going to handle anything you throw at it.
    I was extremely apprehensive going into this purchase. I was looking for, very specifically, a USB interface that would allow me to assign individual channels on the interface to their own unique tracks on my DAW (Acoustica Mixcraft 5). At first, it didn't seem that I was going to end up happy, until I did a little digging. Using the left and right sources from each source from the interface, you can assign each channel to its own mono channel. You also have to make sure you switch your driver to ASIO, or you're going to end up with no functionality. Once I puzzled past these, however, it did exactly what I was looking for. One of the first tests I performed after setting the system up was trying the metronome on my computer with the interface to look for latency. Everything lined up perfectly, which was not something I expected to end up with, I had actually already made plans to deal with it. If I had to make a complaint, I'd say that the preamps leave a little to be desired, especially for vocals. 9.5 would be my vote, but without that option, I'm more inclined to round up to the 10.
    A little bit of plastic where I would prefer it wasn't, but all in all nothing that I'm too worried about. I feel good about my chances with it, Tascam has a great history with me.
    14 simultaneous channels of isolated recording, midi in/out, digital in/out, USB 2.0, with 0 latency problems for 300 dollars? Value doesn't get much better than that.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid interface, plenty of inputs

    By TheCheapCassettes

    from Big Island Hawaii

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • 16 Inputs
    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Phantom Power

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    I bought the US-1800 about a year ago and absolutely love it. I have a small make shift home studio and this interface is perfect for me. I record in a long distance band( I am in Hawaii the other guy is in Chicago) and record the drums and bass and mix everything down. I bought this interface mainly to have more inputs for my drum mics( I upgraded from my alesis multimix8). Straight out of the box the US-1800 worked seamlessly with my imac and Logic pro 8. NO problems with the drivers what so ever. I noticed a few people have problems with the headphone output/monitor outputs etc. I don't get it. The headphone out is PLENTY loud and I have no problems recording super loud drums while listening to guitars and vocals in my phones. My studio monitors are a pair of M Audio cx5's and they crank. I will say that what I record/mix is really simple no frills loud pop stuff so I can't comment about any midi stuff etc.

    My only complaints so far is that the volume knobs are kind of hard to read(like many others have said). And while the interface seems well built and sturdy I really feel it should be mounted in a rack space. I just ordered a desk that has a few rack spaces in it and will mount the interface as soon as I set it up. For the past year I have been plugging/unplugging moving it down the hall to record and then back to the mixing room etc. While nothing has been broken or anything I just feel it needs to be mounted in my opinion.

    All in all I HIGHLY recommend this interface for anyone who is just starting to record or even for pros. You can't beat the amount of inputs for the price. Some will argue that it's USB and not Firewire etc. but I haven't noticed a difference in performance from my old firewire mixer/interface to the US-1800.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Definitely does record in 96k

    By pd

    from New Haven, CT

    About Me Experienced

    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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Does what it Says

      By SMW14042

      from Florida

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        I suppose the difference between a high end interface and the Tascam US 1800 is the quality of the mic preamps. But, I have to say, this unit works pretty well in all respects. The sound is good enough for my ears. It has zero latency. It works seamlessly with Logic Pro and my MacBook Air. It does what I need it to do: it makes nice sounding recordings with Logic. Oh yeah, it has 8 mic preamps so I can record my drum kit with all mics I need. Not bad for the price. Buy it, use it and, if you ever get to the point where you need something better, money will not be much of an object.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        great device, great price

        By chuff

        from lynchburg, VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          we were recording with an analog mixer into a laptop soundcard. after switching to the Tascam the quality difference was instantly apparent. an equivalent number of inputs from any other brand might cost three times as much, so i think this one is a great value. uses standard drivers so any DAW will work, uses USB 2.0 so pretty much any computer will work. i'm definitely happy with this purchase!

          (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Bad Product/Gold Coverage BS

          By Brother Grim

          from Minneapolis, MN.

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Ask me a question

          Pros

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

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

            Purchased this unit in December 2011 with the 2 year Gold plan. Didn't do much with it until May/June 2012 and after a short bit of use, the USB connectivity went out. I emailed musicians friend and was told I need to contact the manufacturer. After I told them this was not right, they directed me to the 3rd party repair company that handles their warranties. I was told there would be a 7-10 day turnaround. No such luck. Here I am in need of this device back to record an upcoming show and I come to find they just shipped it out to a factory in California a week after they've had it. Who will not receive it for a week and who will then take how long to repair it and ship it back to me? While I liked the features and ease of use this product has, the Gold Covergae plan is BS. Nothing but a hassle. Do not purchase it and I'd probably stay away from this product as well.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Unit

            By Cavin Dorsey

            from Palestine, Texas

            See all my reviews

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

            The only reason I'm not giving this review striaght 10's is that I don't rate anything that high, but this is a really great piece of equipment for the studio.
            All of the features on this unit are user-friendly and straigh forward. Easy set up. I'm using this interface with a custom built pc and Cubase 6. I have no problems at all. I've recorded 14 inputs simultaniously with no problems. I've been very impressed with the unit. I honestly don 't see the need for anything else on this unit. The clip lights are there for overloads and that's all I really need from the interface, all other levels are read from the DAW. I've used alot of different interfaces over the years and this is among the best.
            The quality of this unit is excellent. The pots are smooth and the preamps are clean.
            Excellent value. You'll be hard pressed to beat this unit, even with more expensive interfaces.

            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good bang for your buck.

            By metaorphic

            from Broomfield, CO

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Nice Appearance

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

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

            As a college student short on money, I wanted to purchase a multi-channel recording interface without breaking my bank account, and this product does the job. For your reference, I run Windows 8, 64-bit, and primarily use Ableton Live Suite 8 for my recording.

            Setup was not as expected, but still easy. The included disc for the interface didn't work for some reason so I had to download the drivers online.

            Once drivers were installed, I needed to go in and enable the rest of the channels in Ableton so that I could actually set each input on a different track. From there, everything else was dandy. Sound was clear, quality was good, and there was zero latency when using the interface's included ASIO driver.

            Some drawbacks:
            -Not sure what is wrong, but when I monitor directly through the headphone jack while recording, I get a weird jitter every 10-15 seconds. When I play back the music, nothing is wrong. The actual audio records just fine, but it gets annoying if you're playing to a metronome and it suddenly hiccups like that.
            -If you use combinations of dynamic and condenser microphones, you must keep in mind that the interface unfortunately cannot toggle phantom power to individual channels. You can turn it on for all channels 1-4, or all channels 5-8. I lucked out and I have exactly four condensers and four dynamics that I use in my setup. But if you aren't so lucky, beware that it is usually not recommended to put phantom power through a dynamic microphone.

            I will post updates as I continue using the product.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Worked for a week or so

            By Blake-CjWDL

            from Ravenwood MO

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

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

                I am highly disappointed. This was my second tascam product, the first one works still to this day, but only had two channels to plug into. I wanted to expand to cover a drum set. It worked for about two weeks. When I contacted tascam to fix it they wanted to charge me half the cost of the product again to repair it. I had already shipped to them so I told them to keep it.

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                TERRIBLE!!!

                By Panic's Lullaby

                from Berea, KY

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                • Compact

                Cons

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

                    I bought this YESTERDAY and right out of the box the USB light wouldn't connect right and I couldn't install the driver, I now have to send it to TASCAM which will take a while. There goes 267 wasted. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND GET A PRESONUS INTERFACE!!!!!

                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome!... With a few quirks

                    By Collin

                    from Kalamazoo, MI

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy to set up
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

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

                      I bought this interface to record drums. Installed the driver, plugged it in... and nothing. I am running it into my Macbook running OS X Mountain Lion. Googled it, and a lot of people have had this problem,uninstalled the driver, went to the Tascam website and downloaded the driver for Mountain Lion, and BOOM works like a charm.

                      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Solid Pre-Amp

                      By KyleizaFox

                      from Akron, OH

                      About Me Novice

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

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

                        A nice preamp for just getting started. I'm new to recording but this was very easy to use and get set up. I would recommend this to any beginner looking to get a little home studio started, while still getting a great sound.

                        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome Interface!

                        By Josh H

                        from Wilkes-Barre, PA

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Performances

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

                          I got this for 150 when it was already on sale + they took an extra 50 off just for putting in my cart. It was WELL worth it! Heck, I'd still pay the 300 for this product! Works very well. It comes with everything you need. Power cord, your USB, Install disk and your Cubase LE 5. I get good sound quality and it works like a charm. I haven't had any problems. No latency issues, and records real high quality stuff! Highly recommend this for people that record drums, or just need a lot of MIDI Inputs. This can be a little confusing to figure out how to use at first. It took me about 2-3 hours to finally get everything setup and recording. ALSO, you can multi-track with this mixer and Cubase. Which means you can record every mic with it's own separate track!

                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great product, great value

                          By schweinhundert

                          from California

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

                          If you need more than 2 simultaneous inputs and no latency, just buy this. I looked around and didn't find anything even roughly comparable. This is one of the only products I've ever bought where I thought "wow, I should really go and write a review for this".
                          I've used up to 5 inputs simultaneously, all of which were condensers running phantom power. I had no audio artifacts at all in the recording. The preamps sound fine (not an audiophile myself). Good outputs on the back and front. I don't have a rack to put it in, but honestly it's not such a big thing; it fits fine on a shelf.

                          I upgraded from a 2-input Line 6 toneport, which had indicators on the front. While this device is missing that, it's not physically big enough to have it anyway.
                          I haven't had a single problem with it so far. Now, mind that I'm running it on 32-bit Win XP. The last interface I had started to have driver issues when I tried it under 64-bit Win7, so I cannot verify that it works under that platform (I suppose I'll have to find out sooner or later). No latency on playback that I can detect at all. All the pots are smooth, though they are quite small which limits the ease in adjusting. Hasn't been a problem so far.
                          I really don't think you're going to find a similar deal anywhere. With this many simultaneous inputs, I've done multi-mic piano, drums, guitar. All of these sounded great, without any artifacts.

                          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Nice, but Bad Connection

                          By Ben Stein

                          from NY City

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

                          I can't record anymore. It's a crying shame.
                          It'd be great, if it'd hold up for more than a couple of months. It has everything you need for recording either a full band or a thoroughly mic'd drumset without even needing a mixer. Could do with combination mic/line inputs, but that's nitpicking.
                          After about two months, the USB connection stopped working. It just doesn't hook up to my computer anymore. The direct monitor works fine, but the computer just doesn't see it (or it does for a second and then craps out). It's useless now. I tried to return it but it's out of the return period (no one's fault), and Tascam has been no help at all.
                          It'd be a steal if it worked.

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best deal around!

                          By Dex Vegas

                          from Washington state

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

                          Have recorded 9 inputs on lowest latency (need more mics), without a hiccup. Bought the unit because I was set to borrow a 'pod' unit from a friend, it blew it's FireWire (2nd time) before I could use it. Glad I made the purchase! No driver problems, or really any other problems. Have not used the software provided (I use Reaper) so no comment there. Record at 88,200, 24bit and the unit is clean and quet and has worked perfectly so far.
                          14 analog inputs (8xXLR w/pre's, 2x1/4" w/pre's, 4x1/4" line ins)
                          2 digital inputs (co-ax)

                          4xLine outs
                          Monitor outs
                          Midi in/out
                          digital out

                          So much more useful than the 4 x in, 10 x out others offer.
                          Super simple operation, straight forward.
                          A bit more plastic than say, an RME, not as much as my '78 marhall 1/2 stack (Plastic corners, jacks, ect)

                          Pretty solid build IMO.

                          Heavy metal case, decent XLR plugs.
                          Nothing close to the channel count for the price.

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          awesome interface for price

                          By Unknown

                          from Unknown

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

                          There is nothing bad about this unit if you know what you are doing. Troubleshooting information is easy to find online. It comes with Cubase 5 LE, which is a decent software for starters. There are lots of tutorials online for cubase. Highly recommended.

                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Don't blame tascam

                          By Scooter

                          from Cincinnati

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

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

                              If you are using Cubase 5 LE, take your time in studying it first. I took a 2 hour class on it before jumping right in and it helped me navigate (although I still am overwhelmed by it at times).

                              If you experience noise problems (static, etc.) like I did, do not blame the unit. Most caused by latency on your PC. Can be fixed with some honest research on the problem. There are a number of issues that can be trouble shooted online. There is a lot of information available for this unit if you would only look for it

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