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TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle  

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        Make top-quality recordings anyplace!

        Enjoy the freedom to make top quality recordings anywhere you want with this conveniently mobile recording interface and microphone bundle. It features TASCAM's US-144 USB 2.0, 4x4 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface, MXL 990/991 recording mics, and two Musician's Gear Low-Z mic cables (20 ft. each). Small enough to fit in a laptop bag for on-the-road recording, this inexpensive gear is also good enough to provide outstanding results in a home studio environment too.

        TASCAM US-144 USB 2.0 4x4 Audio MIDI Computer Interface

        Designed alongside the US-122L, the TASCAM US-144 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface adds S/PDIF digital I/O while maintaining the same easy functionality. It lets you record two tracks at a time with zero-latency monitoring, high-quality mic inputs, better-than-CD-quality 24-bit/96kHz recording, and MIDI I/O. It also has a headphone jack with level control and a redesigned aluminum case.

        MXL 990/991 Recording Mic ............. Package

        The MXL 990/MXL 991 Recording Mic Package is a 2-microphone kit with the latest in MXL's range of studio condenser microphones. The 990 has silky, sweet high end and a tight solid bass, perfect for recording vocals. The 991 is a superior instrument microphone designed for recording acoustic guitar and drum overheads. Both have gold-sputtered diaphragms (20mm) creating a professional sound perfectly suited for digital and analog recording. The MXL MXL 990/MXL 991 Recording Mic Package includes a high-impact carrying case and mic stand adapters.

        Features TASCAM US-144 USB 2.0 4x4 Audio/MIDI Computer Interface
        • 2 XLR mic inputs with phantom power
        • 2 analog line inputs (1 switchable to Hi-Z/guitar input)
        • MIDI I/O
        • S/PDIF digital I/O
        • USB 2.0 equipped (supports USB 1.1)
        • Up to 24-bit/96kHz recording quality
        • Zero-latency hardware monitoring
        • Headphone/level control
        • Bus powered for use with PCs and Macs
        • Support for Windows 98 up to Vista
        • Support for Mac OS X
        MXL 990/991 Recording Mic Package
        • 990 for vocals with silky highs and tight, solid lows
        • 991 for acoustic guitars and drum overheads
        • 20mm gold-sputtered diaphragms
        • Carrying case and mic stand adapters
        • For digital and analog recording
        • Champagne finish
        LO-Z Mic Cable
        • 2 x 20 feet
        • Durable
        • Flexible
        • Black

        A terrific portable recording setup. Order today.

         

        US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle Specifications:

        • MXL 990/991 Recording Mic Package
        • MXL 900
        • Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 20mm gold diaphragm capsule Frequency Range: 30Hz — 20kHz
        • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
        • Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa
        • Impedance: 200W
        • S/N Ratio: 80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
        • Equivalent Noise Level: 20dB(A weighted IEC 268-4)
        • Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 130Db Max SPL with -10dB cut: 130dB
        • Power Requirements: 48V Phantom Power (+- 4V)
        • Current Consumption: <3.0mA
        • Size: 60mm x 130mm
        • Weight: 1.2 lbs
        • MXL 991
        • Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic with 20mm diaphragm
        • Frequency Range: 30Hz — 18kHz
        • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
        • Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa
        • Impedance: 110W
        • S/N Ratio: 78dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
        • Equivalent Noise Level: 20dB (A weighted IEC 268-4)
        • Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 137dB
        • Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V ±4V
        • Current Consumption: <3.0mA
        • Size: 22mm x 134mm
        • Weight: 0.35 lbs
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        TASCAMUS144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle
         
        4.4

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        Works great with Garageband

        This package works just as described. I have it hooked to a macbook pro running snow leopard. I simply downloaded the ver 2.0 driver for mac from tascam's website and installed the driver....Read complete review

        This package works just as described. I have it hooked to a macbook pro running snow leopard. I simply downloaded the ver 2.0 driver for mac from tascam's website and installed the driver. Once the install was complete, I plugged in the usb cable running from the tascam unit and the macbook pro instantly recogized the unit and asked if I wanted to change the default system setting to use this device. Those settings flowed into Garageband. Just remember to turn the monitor setting on in garageband and select the correct channel or channels for the instrument or mic you are recording. I have recorded electric guitar through the switchable line input and vocals using the mxl 990 microphone. It worked great for stereo recording from a keyboard as well. I notice no letency with this unit; no problems at all.

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        No Leopard Support

        On Tascam's website they state that the US-144 has a driver that is compatible with Mac OS X Leopard. I bought it. After experiencing much difficulty, I e-mailed Tascam customer support and...Read complete review

        On Tascam's website they state that the US-144 has a driver that is compatible with Mac OS X Leopard. I bought it. After experiencing much difficulty, I e-mailed Tascam customer support and got the reply, "at this time the US144 is not compatible with the Leopard Operating system." Oops. Rather confusing, eh? I bought a piece of gear that is just sitting there looking cool.

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        5.0

        Works great with Garageband

        By Glenn Henry

        from Columbus, OH

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        This package works just as described. I have it hooked to a macbook pro running snow leopard. I simply downloaded the ver 2.0 driver for mac from tascam's website and installed the driver. Once the install was complete, I plugged in the usb cable running from the tascam unit and the macbook pro instantly recogized the unit and asked if I wanted to change the default system setting to use this device. Those settings flowed into Garageband. Just remember to turn the monitor setting on in garageband and select the correct channel or channels for the instrument or mic you are recording. I have recorded electric guitar through the switchable line input and vocals using the mxl 990 microphone. It worked great for stereo recording from a keyboard as well. I notice no letency with this unit; no problems at all.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        good product

        By Nski

        from Detroit

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        I recintly purchased the tascam us 144 package. I had to buy mic stands also, but it was the most economical way to go. The set up was difficult. I took a while to get the software to work. The 3rd party software did not have a license so one had to be downloaded from another site. I knew nothing about recording,so it took me a very long time to get everything set up. after a few days of playing with the settings i am very happy with the results. I would suggest this product to anyone who uses a laptop, and wants portability for recording. (however i am looking in to getting better software)

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        5.0

        No complaints

        By Brian-afj2O

        from Oregon

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        A common statement you'll read in the reviews for this bundle is that it's "great for beginners" and "a good starter kit." And it's all true. But it should be noted that if you have a basic grasp on mixing and mastering audio, and understand the fundamentals of mic placement, this package can go far beyond "beginner" status. My cousin and I both own one of these kits, and we use them almost daily. He makes country music and R&B, and I make acoustic and electronic music, and we're generally very pleased with the results. Yes, there is superior (and more spendy) hardware out there, and I was concerned that my small budget would mean getting stuck with low-performance equipment, but I don't regret this purchase one bit.(using WinXP SP3)

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great starter, easy to upgrade.

        By The_UTP

        from California

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        The Tascam box is a great way to get started in digital recording. It's easy to use and is perfect for quick demos or capturing a jam so you can remember the ideas later. And because of the SPDIF pipe, you can keep using this as you move on up in the world.First, the bad. The mic pres are serviceable and about what you'd find in a entry-level mixer. They've got enough gain to bring most mics up to a usable level, but you'll still benefit from the better noise floor of recording in 24-bit wherever you can. The analog-to-digital converters are usable but nothing to write home about -- but that's not a fatal flaw, as you'll see in a second.Now, the good. The unit is small, bus-powered and easy to set up and use, making it the perfect mate for a laptop to make on-the-go demos on the tour bus, in your rehearsal space or in your bedroom. The low-latency monitoring and monitor mix options make it workable for tracking overdubs, though the headphone output could be stronger. The best thing, though, is the SPDIF in. This means that when you upgrade you to a really high quality mic pre-amp strip that has its own A/D converters, you can used the US-144s SPDIF input to by pass the US-144s converters and use the nice fancy converters that you just bought with your preamp strip. In other words, this little interface will stick with you as you upgrade but remain a great option for quick demos.

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        4.0

        It Works

        By OutWest-Di74X

        from Out West

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        It works, is USB 2, and has phantom power. Is it pro quality? No, but it's good for demos, song ideas, and recording practice sessions. Before you use it, go to the Tascam website and download the latest drivers and firmware (the drivers on the CD that come with any device are old and usually outdated). If you use Snow Leopard, the new drivers do work. Who knows about Vista. I've used it with the included Cubase LE package, Garage Band, and Audacity as well as QuickTime and iTunes with good results. The case is quality. The knobs are easy to use, though not to everyone's liking. I've gotten good results from this for basic recording (two or three tracks). I like the dedicated line out and headphone volume controls. The manual could be a bit better.

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        5.0

        Works perfect with snow leopard

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        I bought this to hook up to my MacBook running snow leopard. After downloading the new driver from the website, it worked flawlessly with garageband. I have only used it a few times and so far it has had zero latency and runs perfectly with my computer. I must point out however that I have 4 gig of ram. One thing I just want to let people know because it took me a while to figure out; the us 144 is USB 2.0 which is actually faster than firewire, especially if you have a laptop most laptop firewire is firewire 400 not 800 which means it goes much slower than usb 2.0 (which is faster than 800, it transfers 12 mb/sec while firewire 800 is 8 mb/sec) Additionally firewire 400 will also require a separate ac adaptor. Most usb interfaces are 1.0 unless it says 2.0 explicitly. This is the most affordable usb 2.0 interface. So far it has been extremely easy to use, and has been 100% stable. I am sure that most of that will have to do with how powerful your computer is.I think the mics sound pretty great and you can get a great sound using both on an acoustic guitar as left and right stereo inputs.

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        3.0

        Don't BUY THIS!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        i bought this recording package. turns out this tascams clips alot and pause your monitoring everytime it clips. it has very poor volume. you have to restart it almost everytime you use, and ater you record several tracks it will shut down your rec software. mics aren't bad though. really good mics for beginners and hobbyists.

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        5.0

        Amazing Product

        By Tyler-keyboardt17

        from Mount Vernon.Texas

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        I received the TASCAM Us 144 about 3 days ago and I am so happy with it.IT makes recording on my laptop easier, because it takes a load off of the computer. My favorite feature is the Zero-Latency monitoring. I was able a to record an awesome sounding full length song in less than 3 hours and it sounded amazing.

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        5.0

        Great Starting packadge!

        By Thomas-anKAL

        from Georgia

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        I recently purchased this bundle so I could start recording songs I've been writing. I have had ZERO problems and everything is working great. I did a lot of reading, etc in making a decision and since budget was also a factor this seemed to be a great solution.... and it is!!!

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        2.0

        No Leopard Support

        By Straight Dope

        from Oakland, CA

        Comments about TASCAM US144 Interface and 990/991 Mic Pack Bundle:

        On Tascam's website they state that the US-144 has a driver that is compatible with Mac OS X Leopard. I bought it. After experiencing much difficulty, I e-mailed Tascam customer support and got the reply, "at this time the US144 is not compatible with the Leopard Operating system." Oops. Rather confusing, eh? I bought a piece of gear that is just sitting there looking cool.

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