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Tascam US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface   

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The lightweight TASCAM US-800 interface adds great-sounding multichannel recording and MIDI to your laptop. With 8 inputs (6 analog, 2 digital) and 4...Click To Read More About This Product

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8 in x 4 out, 24-bit/96kHz interface that works as a standalone mic preamp.

The lightweight TASCAM US-800 interface adds great-sounding multichannel recording and MIDI to your laptop. With 8 inputs (6 analog, 2 digital) and 4 outputs (2 analog, 2 digital) for recording dynamic soundscapes and performances, the US-800 also has 6 XLR microphone inputs with phantom power for use with condenser mic. The TASCAM US-800 interface's premium 24-bit/96kHz converters capture every detail.

The US-800 also includes S/PDIF digital audio in and out as well as MIDI in and out for linking up to your studio. The rugged, lightweight I/O package is ideal for mobile or desktop recording. Other features include stereo RCA analog output for monitoring, standalone-only mode for use as a microphone preamp, and 1/4" and 1/8" stereo headphone outputs.

TASCAM bundles the US-800 USB interface with Cubase LE4 48-track recording software.

  • Provides 8 audio inputs and 4 audio outputs (two analog, two digital) plus one MIDI input and output for a Windows or Macintosh computer
  • Can be used as a standalone microphone/instrument/line preamplifier
  • Up to 96kHz sampling rates at 16/24-bit resolution for superb recording quality
  • Built-in DSP mixer for flexible routing and monitor mixing
  • 2 mic/instrument inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors on front
  • 4 mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors on rear
  • Stereo digital input and output (SPDIF, coaxial)
  • 48-volt phantom power available on each mic input
  • Input level control and signal/overload LEDs on each analog input
  • Analog stereo output (RCA)
  • 2 headphones outputs (3.5mm and 6.3mm)
  • Separate controls for output level and headphones volume
  • USB 2.0 equipped (also supports USB 1.1)
  • Can be USB-powered

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TASCAMUS-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface

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For a review of the Tascam US-800, I must preface by saying that computer interfaces tend to get a bad rap due to the inconsistencies in operating systems, software and OPERATORS. Reviews...Read complete review

For a review of the Tascam US-800, I must preface by saying that computer interfaces tend to get a bad rap due to the inconsistencies in operating systems, software and OPERATORS. Reviews are usually written on the basis of extreme satisfaction or vice versa. They are rarely objective. There is no useful information given by frustration rants in other reviews and operator error is no reason to blame the product. I try to provide the need for informative, comprehensive and neutral product evaluation.The first requirement for successfully employing the US-800 and this type of equipment is thorough knowledge of your DAW software parameters and the driver settings. First, the driver has a separate control panel which must be configured. Then, your device parameters must also to be established in the recording software (DAW) preferences. These items must be set properly. Read! Read! Read the manuals!Now about the Tascam US-800 ; This is a fine unit. I wish this were available sooner. I wouldn't have purchased some of the other units I have. It is also a great contender to the Fastrack Ultra Pro which is significantly more expensive and has fewer inputs. The US-800 has six combo inputs which can operate as independent tracks in your DAW. They are monitored in pairs at the output and headphone jacks. Odd numbers are routed to the left channel and even are on the right. This is the same configuration used in the stand alone mode (simply not connected to a computer). There are no pan controls. Stand alone means this device can be used as an analog preamp providing six extra mic/line inputs to a mixer.I've read complaints of the USB device not being recognized when the computer is re-booted. I have experienced this as well. I found applying power (there is no switch) to the unit after connecting to the USB port each time, corrects the problem. That being said, the US-800 is probably not the interface for casual daily stereo application. I'll still use my Cakewalk for that. If you need to do serious simultaneous multitrack recording, The US-800 is a very worth-while investment. Plug it in to the (always the same) USB port, turn it on, set your DAW device parameters properly and you have a very good portable studio. There is unlimited potential and flexibility. It works great and provides excellent sound quality. It's lightweight and is about ten by six inches. I think it's pretty tough plastic so I'm confident it will hold up well. There are no moving parts beside the controls so there's little concern for mechanical wear. I hope I gave you useful information and some which is hard to find elsewhere. Again, Knowing your device settings is key to solving compatibility issues. It isn't all that complicated. I'm just an average guy and I figured out what I needed to do. I'm using Reaper so I don't see a need to review the included Cubase LE which in my opinion is just a bonus. My Tascam US-800 is definitely a keeper.


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Good basic input

The unit itself (8) - performs great, does everything it should. You should note that it is NOT bus powered, no matter what some online sources say.

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The unit itself (8) - performs great, does everything it should. You should note that it is NOT bus powered, no matter what some online sources say.

The DRIVERS: (2) SO not ready for prime time (even the most current version).
-To use it in your DAW, you have to have the US-800 application open for stable performance (not minimized to your taskbar or system tray - OPEN).-while you DAW is starting, do NOT hit any notes on any connected midi device. You'll blue screen your computer - the instructions say this in the fine print.
-You CANNOT use this as your day to day WDM driver for Windows. Huge memory leak, you can't fix it. You can work around it by running an analog input from the headphone out into 2 channels, or spdif output from your computer to spdif input.

Overall (5): if you want a nice recording only interface for a great price, and are willing to live with quirky drivers (which work well - IF you do everything just right), this is great. If you can't figure out that computery stuff, get a MAC and a PreSonus. US-800 works well for me, though I'm not proud of it. **I owned a Tascam US-122 for years - after several years, they finally got totally stable drivers. I'm hoping it doesn't take that long.
Phantom works well, no problem with inputs. Actually decent recordings of acoustic guitar straight through condenser mic. Recorded 5 tracks simultaneously with no problems. Wish it had 1/4" outs, but a little extra money in adapters and I'm there.

Latency is GREAT for virtual keyboards. I can get it down to 6ms without any dropout. This beats MAC performance on firewire inputs with a stick.
Solid feeling plastic. Pretty lightweight. If you put it on your desk and leave it there, you should be fine.
At what I paid for it, acceptable. On sale - sceamin deal.

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Stay clear. Really.

By Amek Kearik

from US / PA

Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

I never thought I'd ever write a bad review about a piece of equipment until I ran across this unit. Good luck if you get one and for those that have it working correctly (and reliably), I'm envious since the US-800 has enormous potential. I'll keep it in case I see a driver or firmware update that addresses these issues (plus I'd feel bad subjecting another human being to this frustration), but until then, I'll stick with my old, beat up Lexicon Omega that does perfect two track recordings, works with the rest of my hardware, and operates as a perfect local mixer with a switch to go two track mono or stereo).
I'd give this a 10 if the unit was usable on a standard computer. Like many here I was attracted to the number of tracks that could be recorded simultaneously since I wanted to record drum tracks by mic'ing individual drums vs. just the entire kit with one or two mics. I know the secret of latency free recording (local monitoring, + adusting track latency post recording) so I wasn't concerned about some of the reviews here. Alas, the drivers on anything but a pristine Windows OS are so unstable I never finished a single recording after months of trying. Drivers would hang up or outright die and as others have mentioned the only way to get the unit recognized by the OS is to play this weird timing game of plugging/unplugging the unit. Too early in the boot process and the control panel doesn't work. Too late and the driver hangs frequently with a loud, constant "BUZZZ". This had nothing to do with my DAW, since the driver would stop responding whether I had it loaded or not.
Again, if the drivers worked I'd have given it a 8. The only thing I didn't like was that the unit behaved differently (when the drivers worked that is) when not connected to a computer than when fully booted up and the US-800 control panel was loaded and configured. The only way to have the unit act as an independent L/R out is by having the computer connected and the driver responding. Once disconnected the unit reverts back to a pure stereo mix. There was no way to save your routing settings to the unit.
If the drivers were even halfway stable I'd give this unit a 10. As it is now it's in a box in my closet and I've put back the old Lexicon Omega I was using (and those drivers are not a picnic to set up either, btw!). The Tascam US-800 has a TON of promise but is just unusable in my opinion. You may get lucky and have no troubles but my computer runs other units flawlessly, just not this one. If you have Windows XP, good luck if you get it working the way it's supposed to you're a better IT tech than I.

I gave up on it after several months of persistant trying.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


great deal

By coot ingram

from alabama

Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

as above its a great deal if you know what your doing. by the way im running sonar xone on a hp desktop. six gb of ram, windows seven dual core processor.
there has been alot of mixed reviews about this product saying it had horrible drivers and such. that is so far from the truth. yeah so its not a straight plug in and start recording. the driver software that came with the interface works just fine. obviously many people dont realize u have to go to the driver control board once downloaded and adjust the settings you need required by your daw. once that is done everything works without a gliche. so if u dont know your butt from a hole in the ground then dont get this but if u have common sense and a little bit of know how then grab it. i was convinced that there were no driver issues so i bought this used and is working great. the guy that traded this in probably has the same driver issue that everyone is com/plaining about

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Tascam US-800

By Jonathan d'Augereau

from Louisiana

Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

I did a lot of looking before I purchased this interface. I read that most of the Mac users had trouble with this but I bought it anyway. I have not had any trouble with this, as soon as I turned the power on my Macbook pro found it and asked if i wanted to use the US-800 as my input. 30 minutes later my band had its first song done.


Pretty good

By Vitzi Shaingarte

from middle east

Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

I had some initial difficulty in making it work with cubase 5 in my windows 7 64 bit laptop. But now that it works I enjoy bringing it to gigs to get good recordings from each instrument to a separate channel, something that helps making good mixes to give as demos and clients. The latency is there and mostly bothers when recording percussian. All in all for the price a good clear interface.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Not Worth it

By blast-shredder

from Chicago

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Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

If your looking at this interface thinking its too good to be true, well you're right, it is. I tried this on my laptop (i5, 6 gigs of ddr3) and my PC (overclocked I5 with 8 gigs of ddr3) with acid 8, acid X1 and cube base LE5 and I couldn't get the latency to go under 4.5 ms. 4.5 ms of latency sounds like you are playing with a delay effect. Also I should mention 4.5 ms on this unit creates audio drops which can ruin your tracks so you must play on higher latencies if you want a decent take. I figured I could try playing without the use of monitor mode on the DAW. What I found was that the head phone jack plays everything on tracks 1 3 5 and the left and 2,4,6 on the right. Playing drums with head phones will make you want to vomit.

The TASCAM drivers are horrible. Everytime you want to use this interface you HAVE to make sure its not plugged into the USB port, unplug the power cord (no power switch) then plug in the USB and finally plug the power cord back in. This interface WILL NOT work if you don't follow these steps exactly as I mentioned. Took a couple of hours skimming through forums to get the proper procedure just to get this to work.

Even if you are just a beginner I wouldn't recommend this as its plagued with unavoidable latency and terrible driver support. I returned mine within a week.
6 XLR inputs, 2 analog spidf for the price seems like a steal. No power button switch I will get to later.
Physically, the unit seems solid. I little lighter than I imagined. The drivers on the other hand are a mess.
This would be a great value if the latency didn't render the US-800 completely useless.


Great Value

By byron gore

from Los Angeles

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Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

I'm very pleased with this unit. It has plenty of inputs and easy to use controls. It comes with it's own software mixer that is very handy. I'm using it with Cubase and haven't had any problems. I updated the drivers via the Tascam website although the CD drivers worked just fine. It even looks good. I recommend this for anyone that want's to do home recording or portable recording be you novice or advanced.
6 1/4 inputs & 6 XLR inputs. 2 midi inputs. Phantom Power,, 2 headphone jacks, One 1/4 inch and one 1/8, Line out and Digital out.
Very well build & sturdy
It does what it says on the box. I haven't noticed any buzz while recording. Everything so far has come out very clear. The only thing I don't like is that Windows 7 doesn't detect the device when you restart the system. You have to pull out and plug back in the AC power each time. But this really hasn't been very much of a problem. There is no power switch on the unit

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great little interface.

By Ryan Benham

from Lee, MA

Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

I suppose the only downfall is lack of features, but it does what I need it to do perfectly.
Pretty basic features.. 6 XLR connections with their own personal controls. Phantom power. Best you are going to get for the price..
I had bought a Focusrite Saphire 6 prior, but it had arrived DoA.. so after looking around I chose this item right here after careful research, and I don't regret my choice one bit.

Don't get me wrong, this is my first interface I've ever purchased, and first time setting up a home recording studio, so I'm in no way an expert.. here's my experience with the product thus far.

When I took it out of the package, I really liked the simple look it had. Seems well built, mostly made of plastic, but had a good weight.

Installation; read over all the instructions, followed the installation instructions exactly, and had absolutely no problems. Quick install, had it up and running in no time at all.

It's extremely easy to use, I have had 0 problems with this interface, I got this paired with the MXL 990/991 condenser mics, and I'm very happy with the quality of sound that I get from this product, at such a great price.

If you're interested in computer specs, this is what I'm running : Windows 7 64-bitIntel Core-2 Duo 2.13GHz
4 GB Ram
Creative EAX Advanced HD 4.0 audio card,
I was worried I would possibly run into some of the problems others have, but it was simply read instructions, install, and play. That simple, had no issues what so ever.

For the price, this is a steal. So happy that I chose to purchase this item.
As stated above, best bang for the buck in my opinion.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Not good with Cubase

By Graeme Swallow

from Kansas City

Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

Not happy
This device worked great with the Cubase LE5 bundled software. Then I made the mistake of upgrading to Cubase 6 (full version). Totally unusable. Every time I launch Cubase, I get a message from Windows saying the US-800 suffered a failure and can no longer be recognized by Windows. AWESOME! Even got the blue screen of death with a message pointing the finger at the US-800 drivers. (And yes, I was completely up-to-date with the latest driver versions.)

So I email tech support and all the support people are out at the NAAM convention, so I have to wait a minimum of 5 days for help. SCREW THAT! Send sales people to a convention and keep your support people doing their job of SUPPORTING customers.

I'm returning my device and buying something other than Tascam.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Tascam US-800: forget linux

By Steve Franks

from AZ

Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

Looks like a nice unit, but whoever said it works on unix was flat wrong. Tried all linux kernels from 2.6.35 up to 3.1.18, and zero joy. This covers, for example, ubuntu versions 10.10 thru 11.10. Too lazy to send it back, probably gonna collect dust...

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


everything as promised

By jemc

from ga

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Comments about TASCAM US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

works as advertised

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