Was hoping for better support from Tascam. Good interface but manufacturer no longer provides support.,
This review is from: Tascam FIREONE Firewire Audio Interface (Electronics)
I've loved Tascam equipment for a long time, but have to say the FireOne has been a disappointment. For anyone who is getting ready to purchase this, you should know that Tascam has already stopped ongoing support for this unit. They won't be releasing new drivers for any OS past Vista. The vista drivers also don't play nice with Windows as far as setting up the FireOne as your computer's primary sound interface. Those things being said, there are a few redeeming qualities that will keep me from getting rid of mine.
I'm using it for audio and MIDI interface with Sonar 8.5 on two different machines. One is running Windows XP SP 3 Home, the other is running Vista 32 bit Home SP2. On both machines, as long as I'm only using the FireOne with Sonar, I'm getting exceptional recording results and I'm finding it to be a very useful control surface as well. The one big knob idea really works for a lot of what I need it for, like recording automation and riding levels on vocal tracks, etc. The preamps are very good and the converters are very good too, although not to the same level of satisfaction as Alesis.
I think this unit is ideal for a user who has intermediate levels of engineering experience and skill. Beginners may not be able to use or appreciate some of the more subtle but useful features. I'd also only recommend this to people who are going to stick with XP or Vista for the forseeable future, since the support has already dried up and the state of firewire is also in question. So if you're looking for something with somewhat more flexibility and features as a two channel USB Audio/midi interface, and you're sticking with the older OS and recording applications, this could be a pretty good deal for you. The transport features and assignable buttons are worth having for several common functions that you'll use all the time, like editing, setting markers and things like that. I also like that it has a footswitch jack. That comes in very handy. It's externally powered and doesn't include a cable that has the smaller mini jack that you'll find for firewire on most laptops, so if you have that kind of jack, order a firewire to mini firewire cable to go with it. I also have to say taht the ASIO drivers work more satisfactorily than the WDM.
Beginners, there are other interfaces that you'll find easier to use and that will continue to offer support for the long term.
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