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Tascam FW1804 Firewire Audio MIDI Interface

18-in/12-out rackmount audio interface. 24-bit / 96kHz digital audio. (45) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Tascam FW-1804 Firewire Interface

The latest computer interface solution from Tascam brings many of the audio and MIDI interface features of the FW-1884 to a rackmountable format with the new FW-1804. It features four great-sounding XLR microphone inputs with analog inserts and phantom power for professional condenser mics. An additional four line inputs are provided, plus ADAT and S/PDIF digital connection for a total of 18 inputs and 12 outputs. Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs round out the interfacing with pro touches like word clock and a guitar-level input.

The FW-1804 includes Tascam's latest software bundle, including 48-track/96k Cubase LE recording software, GigaStudio 3 LE software sampler and dozens of Nomad Factory plug-in demos. The FW-1804 is the solution for anyone looking for a universally-supported audio/MIDI interface without the room for a control surface.

Features
18-in/12-out audio interface

Records at up to 96kHz/24-bit

Four balanced XLR / 1/4 in. TRS mic/line inputs with phantom power

Four balanced 1/4 in. TRS line inputs

1/4 in. TRS insert jacks for channels 1-4

S/PDIF and ADAT digital input and output

Word clock in and out

Balanced 1/4 in. TRS monitor outputs

Headphone output with level control

Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs

Assignable Footswitch jack

Includes GigaStudio 3 LE

Includes Steinberg Cubase LE 48-track 96kHz workstation software

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If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-726-0303
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4.5 out of 5 (45 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"Tascam still delivers . . ."
Sound: Not too bad for 500 bucks. Feature: 18 ins and a bunch of outs! 'nuff, I'd say Quality: Good quality. 500 buck quality. Value: I cannot complain about the price/value ratio on the FW 1804. Have to say, it is certainly worth the price. Manufacturer Support: Prepare to wait a while with Tascam. Seems they are quite busy. Could be because they are a HUGE outfit, and have to deal with a bunch of questions? The Wow Factor: I have seen some units that "look a little snazzier" but this one is no slouch, either. It's cleanly designed, and well thought out. I wish the phantom power switch had a light indicator though. Overall: It will take a mighty nice unit (with a price to match) to coerce me into buying something else. I looked for two years before finding this"just right" unit.
Style of Music: Chamber music
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"Tascam's secret gem."
Sound: I've had this unit for a while now and it sounds great. This unit gives you that "what you hear is what you get" feeling. The preamps and A/D conversion is actually pretty good. I'd say you would have to jump to something over $1000+ before you get any noticeable improvement. The D/A is fine at this price point. Feature: For less than $400, you cannot get an 18x12 FireWire interface that has 4 preamps and ADAT. Sure, it lacks some outputs, but you can always add an 8 channel A/D D/A box via ADAT if you need it. The software package is alright--it will get you started if you don't have any. However, I would invest in something a bit newer. Ease of Use: Very easy to install. Just make sure your computer or laptop has the right FireWire chip. My motherboard uses a TI chip and have had zero problems -- no gliches or pops at 256 sample latency (medium usage) or even 128 (light usage). The drivers are a little old, but ASIO work fine. Just make sure you don't use multiple audio programs at a time (ASIO cannot handle more than one program at a time). Quality: Pretty decent unit. It's a little heavy and bulky, so it really belongs on the rack at your studio. Build quality is better than most interfaces at this price range. Some people have complained that the trim knobs are little loose. They are, but if you push in a little while turning them, the action becomes much better ... and it becomes a lot easier to make fine adjustments. Value: Excellent value for the number of inputs. The sound quality is pretty much like everything I've heard in the $300-$1000 range. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone on a budget looking for something a step up from those 2x2 $100-200 soundcards. Manufacturer Support: I've yet to contact support since the unit works as expected. However, I've heard that their support can be "hit or miss". I did a ton of research before buying this unit thought and most of the problems seem to stem from poorly built computers (no TI firewire chip). The Wow Factor: Very nice looking unit. Looks "pro" on the rack. I also love how the ins/outs are on the back. It is a lot easier to manage cable clutter back there than with wires hanging from the front. Overall: Again, this is an excellent product. I believe that SoS reviewed this unit a couple of years ago and what they mentioned is pretty accurate. I don't see too many units that can give you a rackmounted, 18x12 unit at this price.
Style of Music: Electronic, Alternative, Classical
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