TASCAM US-16x08 USB Audio Interface

TASCAM US-16x08 USB Audio Interface

Record 16 analog sources over a USB cable! This single-rack-space interface packs in 8 XLR preamps, 2 front-panel line/instrument inputs, plus 6 line inputs.

TASCAM FW1884 DAW Controller/Audio/MIDI Interface

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Includes Cubase LE. Comprehensive mixing, automation, editing and navigation tools for DAWs.
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 read more 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
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(148 ratings)
Submitted August 19, 2005 by a customer from aol.com
"Exceeded my expectations"
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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.
Sound
Sound quality is very good. Mic pres are clear. Added a ton of sonic improvement over my Audigy 2 :-D
Features
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.
Musical Background:
Professional Pianist/Recording Engineer/Computer Musician
Musical Style:
Classical, Contemporary, Showtunes
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