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Tascam US-2x2 USB Audio Interface
|Price:||$149.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
- XLR 1/4" combination input jacks
- Zero-latency Direct Monitoring
- High-quality audio components like NE5532 op amps for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio
- Independent line out and headphone level controls
- Aluminum body with angled design for better desktop visibility
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Features at a glance
- Two Ultra-HDDA mic preamplifiers
- Two XLR/TRS (MIC/LINE) inputs with full +48V phantom power
- Two TRS analog balanced outputs
- USB bus-powered for mobile recording
- Optional AC adaptor available for use with iOS devices
USB Audio / MIDI Interface
TASCAM’s US-2x2 combines great audio quality and ergonomic design for a powerful 2-in/2-out USB 2 Audio interface.
Two of TASCAM’s Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps provide up to 57dB of gain with nearly inaudible noise and distortion specs. The audio design features high-performance, musical components like NE5532 op amps for rich sound quality without coloring the source.
The US-2x2 includes class-compliant drivers for plug-and-play operation on Mac OSX and iOS devices like the iPad, and a simple driver adds ASIO compatibility for Windows. MIDI in and out are also included for connecting synths, drum machines, and controllers. The interface includes two DAW applications to choose from – both Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9.
Ultra-HDDA Mic Preamps Deliver Low Noise& Low Distortion
TASCAM's Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamp design is based on discrete components, just like classic professional gear. They achieve an incredible EIN rating of -125 dBu, meaning their noise level is practically below the range of hearing. Other impressive specs include a signal-to-noise ratio of 101 dB, out-speccing anything in its price range. But instead of judging the design merely by test measurments, key components were selected following extensive listening tests.
XLR and TRS Accept Balanced Mic and Line Level Signals
The mic input features a professional XLR connector, which supplies +48V phantom power for condenser microphones. The US-2x2 is built from heavy duty metal throughout, so it stays on your desk even when moving mics around. The combo input jack includes TRS inputs for balanced line-level signals from professional processors and synthesizers. Finally, the two inputs can be switched to high-impedance for direct recording of electric guitar and bass. (Only the XLR or 1/4" input can be used, not both at the same time.)
Angled design provides excellent usability on a desktop
The angled design desktop viewing and operation much more comfortable for tabletop use. All other interfaces have their controls on the front or the top of the device, causing you to crane your neck to read the knobs and switches. The US-2x2 and 4x4 are at a natural angle, making operation easier to keep you creative.
Separate Volume Controls for Headphones and Line Output
The US-2x2 and US-4x4 include both headphone and line output volume controls. Even when both powered monitors and headphones are connected, the user can set an optimum level for each during operation. And when you want to work on headphones, you don't need to reach around to switch off your monitors.
Sleek Industrial Design Inspires Creativity
These powerful new interfaces are housed in modern industrial designs that are as ergonomic as they are stylish. TASCAM was the first company to offer a USB audio interface, and we have fused our years of experience with acclaimed German from designbox.
TASCAM's new US series satisfies the needs of musicians from an aesthetic as well as ergonomic perspective. With its unique honeycomb structure on the side panels, the main body has a sense of weight while also maintaining a delicacy that matches the user's needs. Honeycomb structures are a feature of modern architecture, but are also a vital resource whose exceptional technical structure we can use in design. As this structure is found in nature, it has a stability and flexibility which comes with being an organic form.
-Axel Hartmann@ designbox
designbox : A German audio design company founded by Axel Hartmann and Stephan Leitl in 1995, designbox has worked on famous music industry products such as synthesizers, effect pedals and amp simulators.
|Dimensions||7.32" W ×2.56" H ×6.3" D (186mm W x 65mm H x 160mm D)||11.62" W x 2.56" H x 6.3" D (296mm W ×65mm H × 160mm D)||52(W) ×2.32(H) ×8.62(D) inch 445(W) ×59(H) ×219(D) mm||52(W) ×2.32(H) ×8.7(D) inch 445(W) ×59(H) ×222(D) mm|
|Weight||2.43lb (1.1kg)||3.53lb (1.6kg)||2.8kg / 6.11lb||2.7kg / 5.95lb|
|Accessories||USB cable, SONAR X3 LE license card, Live 9 Lite license card, User's manual, warranty card||AC adapter(GPE248-120200-Z), USB cable, SONAR X3 LE license card, Live 9 Lite license card, User's manual, warranty card||Rack mount adapter, USB cable, User's manual, warranty card, dedicated AC adapter (GPE248-120200-Z)||Rack mount adapter, USB2.0 cable, USB3.0 cable, User’s manual, warranty card, dedicated AC adapter|
TASCAM's US 2x2 features a new ergonomic design and some of the best audio specifications available for the ultimate 2-channel interface for home, project, and mobile studios. A pair of TASCAM's Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps provide up to 57dB of gain with nearly inaudible noise and distortion specs. The 2-in/2out audio interface is powered through its USB 2.0 connection or an optional power adapter. MIDI in and out are also included for connecting synths, drum machines, and controllers. The interface includes two DAW applications to choose from - both Cakewalk Sonar X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9
Top customer reviews
As a test, I just recorded a bass track with Logic Pro X and it sounds fantastic! It's built like a tank and the knobs have a high quality feel. I bought this for the portability and I have a good feeling that it will hold up quite well.
My first multi-track recorder was a Tascam and it's good to be back!
It most often does this when I use it to stream with OBS and Sound Syphon. Both report low CPU usage and 60% of the time the Tascam works. When it does not work I can remove it and plug it back in again. Twice I have had to reset the computer in order to get it to work again.
I have had some successful sessions with the unit with Garage band. Also success with streaming coding on twitch - so it is not consistently failing.
I should be able to test it out on a Windows computer in the next week or so. The Mac drivers do not seem to have the options that the Windows ones do - at least I cannot seem to find anywhere to increase the buffer size or change the driver type.
Thing is at this price point even the alternatives seem to also have driver issues. So anyway if you are buying this to stream games or game development beware... it might be bit temperamental. The lack of information out there for usage on the Mac means I cannot tell if this is the unit's fault, Apple's fault or anything else. At time of writing I'm on OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 - which I assume is the most stable recent version I could be on considering how old the Mac drivers are. If anyone else has had similar issues and solved them please do comment.
This new one does everything that the old one did, but expands the options a bit more. Separate knobs for headphone mix and monitor mix is nice if you switch back and forth a lot.
I haven't had any issues with this at all.
There was one time where I thought a mic input/phantom power wasn't working, but I had accidentally hit an input switch from "Mic" to "Inst". That was an embarrassing day or two. Just be wary of this if you get it. If it happens, you have no one to blame but yourself.
The mic inputs seem to need a lot of volume to pick stuff up, but that was normal with the last model as well. It's not really a big deal.
If you're on a budget, I would definitely consider this one. Phantom power, 2 inputs, MIDI, etc. That's all you'll need. I've done tons of stuff with this thing.
Tascam still makes gear that is to that standard and to me this interface proves it beautifully. The all metal body is bulletproof, it is rock solid. The knobs and input jacks are all really stout too. The preamps are unreal for this price range, but that's a Tascam trademark...they always go the extra mile.
This interface is perfect for home recording demos or complete projects. It is super clean sounding with huge headroom, very low if any noise and the monitor balance control to select the PC/DAW or input is a pro level feature. Latency will not be an issue.
I'm reviewing this a good while after receiving the unit. I wanted to use it heavy for months at a stretch and then really see if it's like the classic Tascam gear. Well, it is, in spades. Everything is solid, sounds gorgeous, works with Windows, Mac AND iOS...it's a perfect 2-in 2-out interface and now that the price is even closer to an even $100, it's silly not to really consider this when shopping for an interface, for recording in any situation you can throw at it.
As some have mentioned, the input levels are pretty low for the mic. You have crank the gain all the way up for my SM57 to pick up anything through the built-in monitor. Of course you could increases the levels via software and return that to get acceptable monitor levels, but then you have a tiny bit of latency. My mackie mixer didn't have this problem so i assume it's just something with most low-end usb interfaces. Overall it's just a minor issue but something to note.