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Tascam US1800 USB 2.0 Audio Interface

Need more channels? The Tascam US-1800 USB interface packs 16 inputs -- including eight high-quality XLR phantom-powered mic preamps -- into one rack space. (37) Read 23 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Tascam US-1800 is truly one of the best values around for USB audio interfaces. With 16 simultaneous input channels -- eight of which are +48V phantom-powered XLR mic preamps -- the US-1800 is an excellent choice for recording everyone all at once: a fully-miked-up drum kit, a vocal mic, a couple of guitars, and a MIDI keyboard. In addition to its eight XLR inputs, two guitar/line inputs, and four dedicated 1/4" TRS line inputs, this interface has two-channel digital S/PDIF I/O and 16 channels of MIDI via the standard 5-pin MIDI I/O. And all this I/O lives in just one rack space -- compact enough to fit into any setup. Paired with the included Steinberg Cubase LE 5 48-track recording software, the Tascam US-1800 is one killer box to build your studio or portable recording rig around, at a surprisingly affordable price.

See a quick overview of the US-1800 in Tascam's video:


16 Inputs in Just One Rack Space

With so much I/O in one rack space, you might be wondering what Tascam left out of this 16 x 4 box. The answer: not much. All eight balanced XLR inputs are located right on the front panel -- perfect for easy access, if you're expecting to do a lot of cable patching and re-patching in your studio. And you can turn on phantom power on preamps 1-4 or 5-8 individually, so your Tascam US-1800 can accommodate condensers, dynamics, or ribbon microphones. Doing guitar or bass overdubs in your home studio? Plug your instrument straight into the front panel's two 1/4" inputs, and hit each channel's "guitar" button to turn on its Hi-Z instrument-level input. Or toggle the inputs to Line level to plug in a keyboard, drum machine, or other line-level source. Your total of 14 analog inputs, plus the S/DPIF digital ins and MIDI, are all transmitted to your Mac or PC over high-speed USB 2.0.

Easy-To-Use Zero-Latency Hardware Monitoring

On the back panel of the US-1800, you'll find a pair of 1/4" TRS analog labeled "Monitor." These outputs are set up for worry-free zero-latency hardware monitoring -- so the musicians you're recording will be able to hear themselves directly, with no delay or echo. Simply turn the front panel's Mix knob fully to the left. This assigns the mix of signals from your 14 analog inputs directly to the Monitor output pair. Feed a headphone amp with this signal -- or plug in monitor speakers -- and you're monitoring with no latency. The front panel's Mix knob lets you adjust the balance between the unit's inputs, and the stereo signal coming back from your computer over USB channels 1 and 2. You can adjust the overall level of your Monitor with a level knob on the US-1800's front panel. There's also a separate level knob for the front panel's 1/4" headphone jack. It's a simple, yet very usable setup that lets you set up monitoring without dealing with a separate mixer.

Four Analog Outputs + Mirrored S/PDIF Output

In addition to your Monitor output pair, you'll also find that the Tascam US-1800 has four 1/4" TRS analog outputs. While some interfaces in this price range only have a stereo output from the DAW, the US-1800 gives you a full four outputs along with your 16 inputs. That means you can send four channels of audio from your DAW to your US-1800 over USB -- ideal for feeding outboard gear, like reverb units or compressors, or even setting up an alternate headphone mix from outputs 3 and 4. Assign your US-1800's S/PDIF digital output to mirror either analog output pairs 1-2 or 3-4 -- perfect for connecting digitally to an external mastering processor, or capturing a "safety" to a separate recorder for high-pressure live recording situations.

Features:

- Affordable 16x4 USB 2.0 audio interface
- Eight XLR microphone preamps with +48V phantom power
- Six 1/4" balanced line inputs, including two front-panel inputs individually switchable to Hi-Z, for plugging in guitars or basses directly
- S/PDIF digital I/O
- 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
- Included 48-track Steinberg Cubase LE 5 DAW software
- Compact 1U rack-mountable design
- Zero-latency hardware monitoring

A Truly "Pro" Multichannel USB Interface

It's clear that Tascam has come up with one USB audio interface that truly belongs in a serious recording setup. With its no-nonsense all-black case, the US-1800 looks professional in your rack -- and at this price point, it's economical to stack multiple US-1800s, adding more I/O to build a studio with 16, 32, or 48 inputs. You're limited only by how many USB devices your computer can handle and the number of tracks your DAW software supports. The Tascam US-1800 gives you pro-level details like switches on the 1/4" line inputs to toggle between -10dBv or +4dBu depending on the gear you're plugging in. And of course, each of your eight preamps have red LEDs that blink on 2 dB before clipping, so you can back off the gain before your signal distorts. Dollar for dollar, the US-1800's most impressive spec is its low price. If you need the highest number of inputs for the least amount of money, this USB interface is the ideal balance.

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- 16 simultaneous inputs
- 4 simultaneous outputs
- 14 analog inputs
- (8x) XLR Mic inputs with phantom power
- (2x) 1/4" TRS LINE/GUITAR inputs on the front panel
- (4x) 1/4" TRS LINE inputs on the rear panel
- Stereo S/PDIF Digital Input/Output
- Zero-latency Hardware Monitoring
- Independent Monitor and Headphone Outputs
- Stereo monitor output (DAW return (stereo) and input (mono))
- 16-channel MIDI Input and Output
- USB 2.0 connection to Mac/Windows
- Up to 96kHz/24-bit Audio Resolution
- Cubase LE 5 48-track workstation software included
- ASIO and Core Audio support
- Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS X compatible
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 16 x 6 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-727-7617

Product Description

The US1800 from Tascam is an affordable interface for recording up to 16 sources to your computer. Based on high-speed USB 2.0 technology, the US1800 has eight high-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power on the front panel for easy access. An additional six balanced line inputs are included on the rear panel, as well as S/PDIF digital I/O and MIDI I/O. The US1800 is bundled with Steinberg's Cubase LE5 48-track recording software. For Tascam-quality recording live or in the studio, you can rely on the US1800.

Features:

- 8 high quality XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
- 6 balanced line inputs, S/PDIF digital I/O and MIDI I/O connections
- Bundled with high quality and very popular Steinberg Cubase LE5
- Compact and rugged rack mountable design
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Overall: Since my purchase of the Tascam US-1800 audio interface, i have had limited time to pursue my recording endeavors. However, I have had plenty of opportunities to record bits and pieces of my music and i must say i love the new interface. it allows me to record multiple instuments and vocals as well as record more than one mic at a time. The cubase software that came with the interface is great as well. Although i am still learning to navigate around cubase, i like it a lot!
Style of Music: All types of music but it i were to generalize it, i would say that i play more classic/southern rock type of music!
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Sound: The tascam faithfully reproduces exactly what you put into it, no hum, hiss, static, etc. just a true representation of your equipment you plug into it. Zero Latency is a HUGE plus for me after my previous interface. Feature: 8 xlr inputs, midi, digital i/o, line/trs, and cubase 5, this thing has everything to get you started recorded a full band. That's the main reason I bought it was to have a way to record drums. Ease of Use: Very basic very simple straight forward design just some volume knobs, inputs, and outputs. Very easy to use Quality: Chassis seems solid and protective. I don't have any hesitations travelling with it. Value: Best value for the most features I love this interface Manufacturer Support: I have not had to deal with the company so I have no idea The Wow Factor: I don't know about its "sex appeal"...but it's very attractive in the sense that it offers everything you need for basic home studio operation. Overall: I don't foresee any problems with this product, I'm told it will be compatible with pro tools 9 so hopefully when I get that I won't be disappointed but even if it's not compatible with PT9 I'll still have cubase 5 which works just as well.
Style of Music: Everything minus country and most hip hop/rap
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