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Tascam US1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

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Looking to record your band? Unless you want to produce your next recording one overdub at a time, you'll need a lot of inputs. How many is "a lot"? How about sixteen? That's what the Tascam US1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface packs--plenty of simultaneous channels for doing sophisticated drum kit tracking, plus guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals--plenty to record the whole band at once! And at zZounds' unbeatable low price on this already affordable interface, full-band tracking has never been so wallet-friendly.

The Difference That Live-Tracking Makes
When an entire band tracks a song simultaneously, recording engineers call it "live tracking," and for rock, metal, punk, indie and jazz, live tracking is the key to laying down exciting takes. There's a certain ineffable energy that exists only when musicians play together, an organic give-and-take that makes a recording breathe with life, and can mean the difference between a forgettable dollar-bin toss-off and a recording that stands the test of time. Of course, to track an entire band in a single pass takes a lot of inputs. Drums alone hog up at least four inputs for decent recordings. Add to that a couple of guitarists, a bassist, multiple singers, a keyboard player. . . The inputs get taken up fast. But with the sixteen analog inputs that the Tascam US1641 provides, you'll have the channel flexibility you need to capture more than just a great song, but a great performance.

Zero-Latency Monitoring
Once you've tracked your first full-band pass, you're ready for overdubs. This is where the US1641's zero-latency direct monitoring capability is integral. All recording software introduces some sort of playback delay when recording. Automatic delay compensation within the software makes this a non-issue when laying down your first tracks, but when fattening up a song with overdubs this delay makes monitoring through software an impossibility. The US1641 provides direct input monitor routing, completely handled internally, for zero-latency monitoring. This means that you, or whoever is performing the overdub, will hear what's being played without being distracted by playback delay or software-induced echo. In short, a professional digital recording interface needs direct monitoring capability, and the Tascam US1641 has it.

Eight Mic Preamps For Out-Of-The-Box Flexibility
Half the inputs on the Tascam US1641 are already front-loaded with robust, transparent microphone preamps. You'll be able to plug up to eight microphones--including high-end studio condenser mics that require 48-volt phantom power--directly into this USB interface without the need for additional external mic preamps. These preamps have 60dB of gain, enough to handle hot condenser mics, medium-output dynamic mics, and even low-output, un-powered ribbon microphones. The next two inputs are balanced 1/4-inch jacks, mounted on the front face of the unit and switchable from line-level to Hi-Z for direct recording of guitars and basses (they make great inputs for amp modeling software as well). Channels eleven through fourteen are balanced, line-level, 1/4-inch inputs for direct connection of keyboards, drum machines, synth sound modules, hardware sequencers, external mixers, or the aforementioned additional mic preamps. All analog inputs feed an analog-to-digital converter stage that is capable of 96kHz / 24-bit audio conversion for well-above CD-quality digital tracking. Digital S/PIDF I/O rounds out the 16-channel input section and makes the Tascam US1641 the core of an expandable home studio. If your music tends towards the electronic, the US1641 provides MIDI I/O for synching MIDI-capable synths, sequencers, and sound modules with your recording software.

Ships With Cubase LE4-Get Tracking Right Away
Don't already own a recording program? Don't worry, the Tascam US1641 ships with a "lite" version of Steinberg Cubase 4, one of the best-selling, professional multi-tracking programs available. Even though it's a "lite" version, Cubase LE4 still offers 48-tracks of audio recording, making it the perfect match for the high channel count of the Tascam US1641. And if you've already got Logic, Sonar, Digital performer, Live, or just about any other DAW, you'll be happy to know that the Tascam US1641 runs off ASIO (Windows) and CoreAudio (Mac) drivers, so its compatibility is near-universal.

Whether you're tracking in the studio or recording a live concert performance, the Tascam US1641 gives you the high-channel count you need for making exciting, inspiring, and professional-sounding recordings. Let zZounds hook you up with more recording channels today.

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16 simultaneous Inputs

4 Simultaneous Outputs

14 x 4 Analog Input/Output

Stereo S/PDIF Digital Input/Output

8 XLR Mic Inputs with Phantom Power

USB 2.0 Computer Interface

Up to 96kHz/24-bit Audio Resolution

Zero-latency Hardware Monitoring

Independent Monitor and Headphone Outputs

16-channel MIDI Input and Output

Includes Steinberg Cubase LE4

ASIO and Core Audio support for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X

Weight: 3.2kg / 7.1 lb

Dimensions (WxDxH): 19 x 11.1 x 1.74 in. (482.6 x 280 x 44mm)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-727-7617

Product Description

With sixteen inputs, the TASCAM US-1641 is the ideal choice for musicians to record the whole band to a computer. Eight mic/line inputs plus six line inputs gives you plenty of channels for a large ensemble, drumset, live recording or worship service. It includes Cubase LE 4, Steinberg's latest version, for 48 tracks of 96k/24-bit recording power. Using the latest high-speed USB 2.0 technology, the US-1641 packs the interfacing power of a big console into only one rackspace.

The eight mic inputs employ TASCAM Pro mic pres for 60 dB of gain and phantom power for studio-quality recordings. Two balanced TRS line inputs on the front panel are switchable to guitar level for direct-in recording of bass or guitar tracks. Four more balanced line inputs and outputs fill out the rear panel, along with MIDI and S/PDIF digital inputs and outputs for a total of 16 ins. A built-in power supply means there's no special wall-wart to lose, and connection to the computer is handled by USB 2.0 technology - 40 times faster than USB 1.1 and 20% more bandwidth than FireWire 400.

The US-1641 comes with Cubase LE4, Steinberg's latest version of the 48-track, 96kHz recording workstation, so you'll be ready to cut tracks right away. The US-1641 installs ASIO and Core Audio drivers for Windows XP, Windows Vista 32 and Mac OS X, with simple instructions for hooking up to Logic Pro, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, SONAR, Reason, Live and nearly all other recording software. For musicians and bands always looking for more inputs, the US-1641 is the ultimate choice.
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"Bang for the bucks!"
Sound: Preamps are relatively quiet, sound quality is good (better than my previous interface: Novation X-Station) and the A/D converter seems to do the work just fine. I've improved some of my previous recordings with this little baby. Feature: Well, with a total of 16 inputs, the Tascam US-1641 has a lot of features! The only thing I don't like is that the headphone output can only monitor the input (you won't hear what comes out of your computer through the headphones). I've bought a Behringer 4Ch. headphone amp and wired it to a line output on the Tascam, now it works like a charm! For those who doesn't own a recording software, it comes with Cubase LE which is pretty interesting. Ease of Use: Plug and play, literally... After that, if you know how to wire microphones and how to use your software, you should have no problem using the interface. Quality: The unit seems pretty solid, with a good case, I've had no problems carrying it to gigs and recording sessions. The only thing that looks a little bit weaker is the gain pots. Value: For this price, you won't get another unit with 16 inputs and the same sound quality. Definitively an excellent value for any amateur sound engineer looking to record a whole band. Manufacturer Support: Dunno, haven't dealt with them but I've heard bad comments about Tascam's customer service. The Wow Factor: Design is simple but professional, could have used better meter to monitor the inputs. Overall: This unit is perfect to record a 4-5 member band. With good sound engineering, you can get a pretty decent mix out of the Tascam US-1641, it will sound as good (or better) as any amateur recording you've heard. Can't expect a professional sound for this price but you can get pretty close to it.
Style of Music: Progressive, Alternative, Rock, ect
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"USB2.0 puts out the Firewire"
Sound: Great bang for the buck. I don't own expensive pres, so I'm sure there is bette rout there, but it sounds great -- expected to be somewhat idsappointed on sound quality given the great price, and was leasantly surprised by the musicality of the sound. Feature: All about the 8 mic ins. I didn't bother with the Cubase LE; use FL Studio and it conncted up no problems at all. Ease of Use: I decided to experiment with this as a USB2.0 after a really hard time getting FW units working with my laptop (never got Firebox to work; Saffire LE does wrok, but took a lot of time and effort to get going). I'm told the FW problems arise if you don't have the TI chipset for FW. I don't care -- that should not be my problem to deal with. This was like butter, installed in minutes, no drops or pops, have done 4 simultaneous channels so far with ease. Quality: Plastic control knobs look a bit cheap, the metering is very basic; but the overall look is nice. Bang for the buck is awesome. Value: 8 mics, nice sounding unit (equivalent to Focusrite Saffire LE) for 300+ delivered! Awesome value. Manufacturer Support: no opinion Overall: I may eventually trade up to the Echo line someday, but only if I can truly hear a diference in the AD/DA. I don't own any separate pres, and perhaps will outgrow this if those reveal weaknesses not apparent with my current set-up. I had nothing but problems with FW (Presonus and Focusrite); very happy this USB2.0 unit works with ease.
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