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Tascam US144 MKII USB 2.0 Audio Interface

Get maximum bang-for-buck in this USB interface, which sports two XLR mic preamps, a guitar-level Hi-Z input, two line inputs, MIDI, and S/PDIF I/O. (19) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The most popular Tascam 4-channel USB audio interface has been updated with better audio specs and a fresh new look for the US-144mkII. The US-144mkII starts with two great-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones. There's also a pair of balanced line inputs and a guitar-level in for direct recording of electric guitar or bass. A pair of S/PDIF digital inputs and outputs is also included, for a total of four inputs and outputs at up to 96kHz/24-bit audio quality.

Features

- Bus-powered USB 2.0 audio interface
- (2) XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
- (2) 1/4-imch balanced line inputs
- Switchable guitar level input
- 1/4-inch stereo headphone output
- MIDI input and output
- S/PDIF stereo coaxial input and output (US-144mkII only)
- Individual Line and Headphone out level controls (US-144mkII only)
- Up to 96kHz/24-bit audio resolution
- Zero-latency hardware monitoring
- Mac and Windows drivers included
- Steinberg Cubase LE4 48-track recording software included
- Aluminum case construction

The US-144mkII connects to Mac or Windows computers using USB 2.0, and the unit is powered over the USB cable. Zero-latency monitoring is available for recording without the delay going to a computer and back. MIDI input and output jacks allow connection of synths and drum machines. Connect the US-144mkII to monitors through the line output or use headphones with the front-mounted stereo 1/4-inch jack. Separate controls for line and headphone out means you don't need to switch off monitors to work in headphones. The US-144mkII makes a perfect portable interface with metal components and solid construction built for the road.

The US-144mkII includes a copy of Cubase LE4 from Steinberg. This full-featured recording software captures up to 48 tracks of audio with another 64 MIDI tracks. You can edit your tracks to perfection using a variety of modes and tools. Automated mixing is included to create the perfect master. Cubase LE4 supports VST effect and instrument plug-ins, which an assortment included with the application.

For great-sounding tracks in your computer, trust Tascam's 30 years of recording experience with the US-144mkII.

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If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-727-7617
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Big Bang Small Buck Studio Must Have"
Sound: I want to keep this in perspective so remember; this is a $100.00 box. With that in mind, you will be hard pressed to find anything at this price point that sounds this clean. I have none of the popping or clicking noises that some other people have had. The headphone out is underpowered as they are on most of these interfaces, I use a headphone amp so for myself, it is not an issue. Feature: Since I was shopping for a box with these exact features I am pleased to say they all work as expected. Ease of Use: I read some of the stories out there and I am happy to report that none of them applied to me. I downloaded the driver from Tascam (I never launched the enclosed discs) followed the instructions and "presto" I was up and running in about 5 minutes. Quality: I agree that the pots feel soft ($100.00) but the range is good and once their set you don't need to fuss with them often. The switches also feel "Brittle". The case and connectors all feel and act solidly and overall appearance is good. Value: I was unable to find anything close at $115.00. Think about it; USB interface with MIDI and 2 SPDIF plus 2 analog ins as well as a headphone and stereo line out and some software to boot! And, that Zzounds has the lowest price in town nails the deal. Manufacturer Support: I have not had to deal with Tascam on this product but have in the past. It was a long time ago (about 10 years) but they were there for me after I fried some chips on my old Studio 8. The Wow Factor: The box blends in more than stands out. If you’re looking for eye candy this is not the spot. Overall: OK, before I bought this box I wanted The Focusrite dsp 24 pro VRM. But at $400.00 it wasn’t going to happen. So my Tascam is temporary however, I am in no rush to replace it and since Christmas, I think of the Focusrite a little less every day.
Style of Music: Rock and Roll
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Sound: The audio is clean when properly amplified before I go through the interface. The preamp is... for a lack of a better term, weak. I recommend a small powered mixer (I use a 4/8 channel) before you run inputs through the interface. I ran my MIDI synth module and directly connected them through inputs 3/4 and could barely hear them even when I had the module volume at max. This used to work perfectly on my old Lexicon Omega which had far better preamps. Feature: Having 4 inputs is nice on specs, but because of the weak preamps, it's useless. The MIDI IN/OUT is useful mainly because of the types of recording I do. The software CuBase LE 5 requires a MIDI input device if you want to record any type of MIDI, you can only edit, not create MIDI data from scratch. CuBase has a learning curve, but works well. The headphone jack works well. Ease of Use: The interface is simple to setup. When in doubt, download the drivers from their website. It works with 64-bit OS as well. The software was a definite learning curve. The manual is well written, and if you hate reading like I do, go to YouTube and search for CuBase tutorials. Quality: My first multi-track recorder was a Tascam, and I used it until it broke by use. I haven't had it long enough to give you it's life span, but I know a few friends who own the same interface and they've had it for a couple of years. Either way, I'm sure it will last longer than my Lexicon Omega which lives 1-2 years before acting funny and dies. Value: The price is cheap... but I would have settled for the US122MkII with fewer inputs for reasons listed above. It works very well for the price I paid. Manufacturer Support: Website is the easiest way to get support, but it's not always easy to navigate. I've had no need to contact them, so that's probably a good sign. The Wow Factor: It's light, and seems durable. I don't plan on throwing it around or anything. It's an interface... it's meant to be plugged in and forgotten. I wanted it because it was cheap. Overall: I'm sure this product will serve me until the interface dies. If I had to replace it, I would downgrade to the 122 instead of the 144.
Style of Music: Anything guitar
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