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Tascam US-2x2 USB Audio Interface
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- 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
I started recording about 5 years ago, and have been using an Ayre Acoustics QA-9 2 channel ADC (Analog to Digital Converter, otherwise known as a digital audio interface) for about 3 of those years. Needless to say, the QA-9 sounds absolutely incredible, but has the limitation of only having two inputs and no outputs. This was fine for recording my overdubbed songs because the most channels I'd simultaneously record was two, say for a stereo pair while recording acoustic guitar.
Within the last year I have begun recording other artists more frequently. It soon became apparent that I would need more inputs. So after researching for a while I decided to purchase this Tascam 16x08 - mainly because it was a great price for so many inputs.
After using it for almost three months, I can say that I am very happy with my purchase. The sound quality is not nearly as good as the QA-9, but unless you have a very keen ear you are very unlikely to notice the difference. Having 16 inputs is huge. It's amazing, really. I can now run 4 drum mics, a stereo pair on a guitar, two vocals, an electric guitar DI, and a bass DI all without an external mic amplifier. Since there are 8 mic inputs, two line/instrument inputs, and 6 line inputs, you would need to have an external mic amp to run more than 8 mics.
Additionally, this unit does not have a wordclock input or output, meaning that you cannot sync it with another digital audio interface.
DRIVERS AND SOFTWARE:
Some other reviewers have complained about driver incompatibility with Windows 7 and 10. I have mainly run this unit on a Windows 8.1 machine, and have had no issues at all. I use Mixcraft 7 Pro Studio as my main DAW, and the 16x08 works great as my audio I/O using the ASIO driver.
Up until about a month ago, this unit would not work with my Windows 10 machine. Windows would recognize the MIDI I/O, but not the audio. However with Tascam's recent driver update (v 1.03), the Windows 10 compatibility issue was resolved. Now it works perfectly, just like on 8.1
The Windows software that comes with this device is pretty good - It has a clean, usable interface, runs smoothly, and has some good options. The mixer functionality of the software is rather confusing though. Basically, the signal goes from the input, through the volume controls (channels 1-10), through the ADC, through the compressor and EQ, and then are split off to the USB chip before continuing to the mixer (faders), then to the DAC (Digital to Analog Converter), and finally to the main output buss. So what it boils down to is that the software mixer only affects the analog output buss, not the USB output. The downside of this configuration is that YOU CANNOT HAVE LEVEL PRESETS WHILE USING THIS AS A DIGITAL AUDIO INTERFACE - you have to physically set the gain pots on the mic channels.
Having 8 reroutable analog outputs means that you have lots of flexible routing options. For example in my setup, I have channels 1 and 2 going to my booth monitors (1 and 2 have a dedicated level control on the front panel), channels 3 and 4 as my main headphone output going to my 6 channel headphone amp/distributor, and channels 5, 6, 7, and 8 as individual headphone mixes.
PROS AND CONS:
+ Great price for so many inputs
+ Works smoothly on Windows 8.1 and 10
+ 8 built in mic preamps - no need for external preamps
+ 2 instrument level inputs - no need for a dedicated DI
+ 8 outputs allow for lot of routing options
- Only goes up to 96/24 - No hi-rez 192
- Virtual mixer does not effect USB audio
- Sounds good, not great
- No wordclock I/O
Overall, this is a great digital audio interface if you need lots of channels, aren't looking for audiophile-class sound, and don't want to spend thousands of dollars.
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.