TASCAM US-1800 16-in, 4-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface
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- The US-1800 audio interface from TASCAM offers more inputs than any interface in its class.
- Up to 16 inputs and 4 outputs are transmitted to Mac or Windows over high-speed USB 2.0 connection.
- The US-1800 features eight XLR microphone inputs with phantom power and 60dB of clean gain.
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The US-1800 audio interface from TASCAM offers more inputs than any interface in its class. Up to 16 inputs and 4 outputs are transmitted to Mac or Windows over high-speed USB 2.0 connection. The US-1800 features eight XLR microphone inputs with phantom power and 60dB of clean gain. Six balanced line inputs are also provided, as well as stereo S/PDIF digital and MIDI in and out. Included with the US-1800 is Cubase LE5, the latest workstation software from Steinberg. This 48-track audio workstation includes must-have features like automation, plug-ins, mixing, editing and MIDI tracks. Cubase LE5 uses standard VST plug-ins for adding virtual instruments and effects. If you want the most inputs into your computer for the minimum amount of cash, TASCAM's US-1800 is the only choice!
From the Manufacturer
US-1800 rackmountable 16x4 channel interface
TASCAM's US-1800 packs 8 mic, 6 line and two digital inputs into a single rackspace, more inputs than any interface in its price class. The 16-in / 4-out interface works with nearly any recording software from budget to pro, including such as Logic Pro, Live, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Fruity Loops, and Pro Tools 9. Its compact enough to carry to live gigs, or mount it in a rack in your studio.
In addition to the digital input and output, a MIDI input and output is included for interfacing with synths and drum machines. Included with the interface is Cubase LE5 recording software to get you started right out of the box.
Eight microphone inputs are provided right on the front panel for easy access. Phantom power is available for condenser microphones, and plenty of gain is available for recording virtually any source. Also on the front panel are a pair of 1/4" inputs. Each of these can be switched to instrument level for direct recording of your guitar or bass.
A direct monitor path is available during recording to prevent the delays that can occur when recording to computer. This allows the musician to hear the input directly to the output without any delay so that timing isn't distracted by echos.
A total of six balanced line inputs can be attached using the front and rear panel jacks. A set of balanced line outputs are provided to connect to monitors, and a S/PDIF digital input and output is provided for use with high-end synths and processing gear. A stereo 1/4" headphone jack is also provided for monitoring.
Cubase LE5 Included
Included with the US-1800 is a copy of Cubase LE5, a 48-track workstation application with the features to create polished productions. VST plug-in support, automated mixing and MIDI tracks allow you to craft large productions without adding any other software. If you want to use your own software, the US-1800 supports most Mac and Windows software such as Logic Pro, Live, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Fruity Loops, and Pro Tools 9.
Full Feature List
- 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
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1) My unit has had no problems of any kind. I have used it A LOT for project work over the two years
2) I have used it effectively with a 32-bit Dual Core Intel laptop with 2 Gb of RAM (performance was not ideal) and more recently with a 64-bit ASUS Zenbook with an i3 and 4 Gb of RAM.
3) The software is flexible and very easy to use. I added the Steinberg mp3 encoder and it is flawless and flexible.
4) The preamps are very good and quiet, but not great for vocals. I use a Tube MP through channel 9 for vocals and it sounds great.
5) There are 5 Million VST plugins that are good and free.
6) I really haven't run across a single thing that this doesn't do relatively well and you can get near professional results with some know-how and decent mics, instruments etc...
7) I consider this the best value purchase BY FAR in the recording/MIDI interface area.
8) If you want to use this rig to do notation and transposition using the midi inputs YOU CAN! This is a big-time feature for such a low price. The score editor is pretty flexible but of course not what I would call "full-featured"
9) My little Zenbook has run 24 channels with up to 14 simultaneous (!) VST plugins running as either inserts or sends. The processing overhead is very efficient. It never stalls or skips with this laptop. Ever. I'm not sure the upper limit to the track/VST count that I can run.
10) I remember when a Tascam 424 cost $400. Think about that for a second...
Go get it. You won't be sorry.
On the 'plus' side, the preamplifiers are indeed very quiet right up until you turn the (individual gain) knob to the 3 o'clock position, above which point they get noticeably noisier. That's pretty much to be expected though, and frankly, if you need that much gain from that particular microphone, you probably should use a different microphone with higher sensitivity.
It's pretty spartan, but then again, there's a reason why it's at this price point, and as long as you can live with the lack of metering, then you might want to think about this one.
Tascam is great!
The sound is just great for a new one and don't sound like the oldie one as reference, if you want to hear it for recording and reference, Tascam do the Job, just like it manifests in your pumping and juggle sound response.
For only one star it do not includes a Virtual Mixer for tuning the sound on your own environment. The great problem, I'm sad about that... but I still have hope for the future, if it's not my own condition.
Still now, for the support, Tascam has not responded, the product has been discontinued and I have no recording features accepted to work in my operational system and drivers installed, still waiting! I feel like I got kidnapped without can work to what I have accerted!
I'm very glad I did decide to get this unit. The preamps are surprisingly clean. On top of that, I had no issues with drivers, latency, or noise as some of the other reviews stated.
I have my drums going into the unit (6 mics via line in), 2 mics for guitar amps (ran through a -40 dB attenuator into xlr), and a synth (ran stereo into 2 xlr). I do most of the recording and Reaper, and it works like a dream. Easy to use, quick to get it going, no problems.
Based on price point alone, this guy is worth 5 stars. Throw in the quality and the ease of use, it's definitely worth 5 stars.