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 US1641 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

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Includes Cubase LE 4
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 read more other recording software. For musicians and bands always looking for more inputs, the US-1641 is the ultimate choice. read less
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) 726-0303
(27 ratings)
Submitted December 24, 2009 by a customer from hotmail.com
"Bang for the bucks!"
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.

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.

Features
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 read more 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.

Musical Background:
Amateur Recording Engineer

Musical Style:
Progressive, Alternative, Rock, ect
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