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Tascam FW1884 DAW Controller/Audio/MIDI Interface

Includes Cubase LE. Comprehensive mixing, automation, editing and navigation tools for DAWs. (157) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The FW-1884 is a professional DAW control surface and audio/MIDI interface that uses the FireWire high-speed data transfer protocol. With FireWires high-bandwidth capabilities, the FW-1884 provides audio and MIDI interfacing to computers as well as control of DAW parameters via 8 x 100mm motorized touch-sensitive channel faders, 1 master fader, and controls for pan, solo, mute and select functions on each channel. Tactile control for 4 bands of parametric EQ, a weighted jog wheel and a variety of shortcut keys for various popular software applications are also included.

Co-designed between TASCAM and Frontier Design Group, the FW-1884s DAW control capabilities include comprehensive mixing, automation, editing and navigation tools. In addition to its surface control capabilities, the FW-1884 provides 8 balanced XLR analog mic/line inputs with high quality mic preamps, phantom power and inserts on every channel. Using 24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters, the FW-1884 offers full 96kHz operation on all analog I/O channels with compatible DAW software. In addition to its 2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) computer interfaces, the FW-1884 gives users eight channels of ADAT lightpipe as well as stereo S/PDIF inputs and outputs. Perfectly suited to multi-channel surround production as well as standard stereo mixing, the FW-1884 provides 8 analog outputs for simultaneous connection to L/R and 5.1 surround matrices. A headphone output is also provided.

Four MIDI inputs and 4 MIDI outputs on the FW-1884 allow users to connect with a wide variety of MIDI sound generation and timing tools. Its Word Clock in and out jacks allow computer systems to maintain accurate clock synchronization in digital recording environments. Also, its assignable footswitch jack can be used for tasks such as hands-free punching or MIDI control. In use, the FW-1884 allows up to 18 audio inputs to be accessed at once. As a DAW controller, the FW-1884 is compatible with a wide variety of popular applications including MOTU Digital Performer, Steinberg Cubase, Steinberg Nuendo, Cakewalk Sonar, and more.

For people who require simultaneous control of more audio channels, the FE-8 expands the FW-1884 with 8 additional channel control strips (100mm motorized faders and dedicated control buttons). Multiple FE-8's may be added to an FW-1884 system as needed for big console functionality with any DAW system.

Features:
Comprehensive mixing, automation, editing and navigation tools for DAWs

8 x 100mm motorized touch-sensitive channel faders, one master fader

Dedicated controls for pan, solo, mute and select functions on each channel; tactile control for four bands of parametric EQ

Shortcut keys for various popular audio software applications

8 balanced XLR analog mic/line inputs with high quality mic preamps

Phantom power and inserts on every channel

24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters; full 96kHz operation on all analog I/O channels with compatible DAW software

8 channels of ADAT lightpipe, stereo S/PDIF inputs and outputs.

8 analog outputs, allowing connection of L/R and 5.1 surround matrices

Dedicated headphone output

4 MIDI inputs, four MIDI outputs

Word Clock in and out jacks

Assignable footswitch jack

Up to 18 simultaneous inputs

Compatible with a wide variety of popular DAW applications

Also available: FE-8 (8-channel sidecar) expands FW-1884 with 8 additional channel control strips

Includes Cubase LE

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Tascam products.
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Sound: Sound quality is very good. Mic pres are clear. Added a ton of sonic improvement over my Audigy 2 :-D Feature: So many things in one package- an all in one mixer/HUI. SoftLCD makes up for the lack of scribble strips. Faders are long and very smooth- makes for precise movement. Motorization is VERY smooth. I even have the latency extremely low without dropouts (2.7 ms.) Granted, for my general use I don't use many effects or simultaneous tracks, although I'll be testing that soon. Quality: Very sturdy. Haven't lugged it around yet so I can't comment any more on that. Value: Especially with the current rebate, this item is an absolute steal over the Digi002. The Wow Factor: After getting tired of using my internal soundcard (Sound Blaster Audigy 2), the FW-1884 simply seemed like the right choice. The price has to be the most attractive feature of this product. Overall: I've been looking for an all-in-one mixer/HUI with motorized faders for quite some time. After seeing the FW-1884, I knew, especially for the price, that I would most likely go with it. Since no other brands stepped up with another low-cost alternative, I finally purchased one, and I am definitely not disappointed. The FW-1884 is going to give Digidesign a run for their money.
Style of Music: Classical, Contemporary, Showtunes
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"Tascam's All In One Studio Solution"
Sound: A very clean sound...not at all "fluffy" sounding, which you get with cheap preamps. Feature: Brilliant. A perfect design. Plenty of Audio i/o, bass/guitar inputs, MIDI i/o,smooth motorized faders, a pro feeling jog shuttle wheel, ADAT and wordclock, and SPDIF. It works beautifully with Logic Pro. And it's expandable with the Fe8s. I wish it had a talkback system built in, though it's simple to set oneup and I also wish it had a SMPTE IN (just in case I ever have to slave off a video.) Ease of Use: It works beautifully with Logic and it is intuitive in use. The manual is well written too, though I found it hard to understand the "programming section." It would be good to be able to tweak plug-ins more easily, though I guess I could just use Logic's "learn automation" feature. Quality: It is solidly made...it certainly feels so....though I wouldn't like to take it out on the road. Ideal for studio--only use. Value: Remarkably well priced for what you get. Basically replaces audio interface, midi interface, surround matrix even analogue cabling with ADAT and SPDIF i/o. Manufacturer Support: The website has all the drivers, manuals, etc you will ever need. It is supported by Logic Pro to run natively. Haven't had to deal with Tascam directly, so can't comment on that side of things. The Wow Factor: I think it looks great. I think it looks very professional ...especially with the Fe8s. Check out these picks. www.argosyconsole.com/fw1884.htm Sexy!!!! Overall: I don't want for anything else. Okay...maybe an Argossy desk to house it...and the expanders (though I don't really need them.) I have a Behringer ADA 8000 ($400) attached to it from my booth via ADAT i/o. This replaces the need for an expensive analogue cabling setup between rooms and of course means I can convert to digital early on in the chain, without having to travel through analogue cabling, which is so prone to RF interference. The ADA 8000 as an add on is a must actually. The Fw 1884 can even route its outs to the ADAT outs so I can send separate headphone mixes through the lightpipe via the ADA 8000 to a Behringer headphone distribution box. Tips: When mixing set the thing to computer control for full flying faders. When tracking, set the control to Monmix/Both, so that you can record with zero latency (Tascam has thought of everything.) The Tascam 1884 really is the ultimate digital studio solution. It's the best piece of studio kit I have ever bought. If you don't want the surround features and flying faders and want a perfect solution to just sit away in your rack, the Fw 1804 is even more of a bargain!!!
Style of Music: Classical and Rock
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