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Tascam US122MKII USB Audio/Midi Interface

3.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
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  • (2) XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
  • (2) 1/4" balanced line inputs with switchable guitar input
  • MIDI input and output
  • Aluminum case construction
  • Steinberg Cubase LE4 48-track recording software included
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Product Description

TASCAM has refreshed its best-selling USB interface with better audio specs and a fresh new look for the US-122mkII. The US-122mkII starts with two great-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones. There's also a pair of balanced line inputs and a guitar-level in for direct recording of electric guitar or bass. The stereo signal is sent to your computer at up to 96kHz/24-bit audio quality. The US-122mkII connects to Mac or Windows computers using USB 2.0, and the unit is powered over the USB cable. Zero-latency monitoring is available for recording without the delay going to a computer and back. MIDI input and output jacks allow connection of synths and drum machines. Connect the US-122mkII to monitors through the line output or use headphones with the front-mounted stereo 1/4" jack. The US-122mkII makes a perfect portable interface with metal components and solid construction built for the road.The US-122mkII includes a copy of Cubase LE5 from Steinberg. This full-featured recording software captures up to 48 tracks of audio with another 64 MIDI tracks. You can edit your tracks to perfection using a variety of modes and tools. Automated mixing is included to create the perfect master. Cubase LE5 supports VST effect and instrument plug-ins, which an assortment included with the application.

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Whether you're getting started with computer recording or adding a portable interface to your road rig, the Tascam US-122mkII USB audio interface is the affordable choice for professional results. Refreshed with improved audio specs and a fresh new look, the US-122mkII starts with two great-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones. There's also a pair of balanced line inputs and a guitar-level in for direct recording of electric guitar or bass. The stereo signal is sent to your computer at up to 96kHz/24-bit audio quality.

The US-122mkII connects to Mac or Windows computers using USB 2.0, and the unit is powered over the USB cable. Zero-latency monitoring is available for recording without the delay going to a computer and back. MIDI input and output jacks allow connection of synths and drum machines. Connect the US-122mkII to monitors through the line output or use headphones with the front-mounted stereo 1/4-inch jack. The US-122mkII makes a perfect portable interface with metal components and solid construction built for the road.

The US-122mkII includes a copy of Cubase LE4 from Steinberg. This full-featured recording software captures up to 48 tracks of audio with another 64 MIDI tracks. You can edit your tracks to perfection using a variety of modes and tools. Automated mixing is included to create the perfect master. Cubase LE4 supports VST effect and instrument plug-ins, which an assortment included with the application.

Key Features

  • Bus-powered USB 2.0 audio interface
  • (2) XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
  • (2) 1/4-inch balanced line inputs
  • Switchable guitar level input
  • 1/4-inch stereo headphone output
  • MIDI input and output
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit audio resolution
  • Zero-latency hardware monitoring
  • Mac and Windows drivers included
  • Steinberg Cubase LE4 48-track recording software included
  • Aluminum case construction


The US-122mkII USB audio interface.


Product Information

Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5 x 2.5 inches
Shipping Weight 2.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B002TTOJUC
Item model number US-122MK2
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3.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #46,526 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
Date first available at Amazon.com October 22, 2009

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By D. Gimenez on April 5, 2010
I had enough problems with this when I was using Windows XP, but it worked "well enough." (Problems with WMD not ASIO which is what I used for work). Should've returned it immideately. When I upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit, well then forget about it. Even though I have the Win 7 64 drivers, it won't work for longer than 20 minutes. Just stops making sound (though sometimes I get a strange bit crunching going on before it stops).

Tech support wasn't very helpful, and they won't RMA, and if I return for repair I have to pay for labor (I purchased over 90 days ago), even though I don't know what there is to fix and I don't think it is hardware issue at all.

Avoid this.
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In September, Tascam "officially" certified all of its audio interfaces for use in Snow Leopard, saying the devices were "fully functional" in the operating system. They lied. Neither the Tascam US-122l nor the Tascam US-122MKII is fully functional in Snow Leopard.

I bought the Tascam US-122l based on Tascam's "certification." I have a mid-2009 iMac (not the brand new version) and am running Snow Leopard. After receiving the interface I downloaded the most up-to-date drivers and firmware. However, the interface was not recognized as a in/out sound device in either Snow Leopard's "system preferences" or its "Audio MIDI Setup." I called Tascam customer support and talked to a very friendly and informative representative who basically told me that there was nothing that I could do about it, and that a driver might (eventually) be released that offers full support. I asked if the US-122MKII was fully functional in Snow Leopard (it had been released right after I bought the US-122l), and he said that on his computer it showed up in both system preferences and audio midi setup. Based on this information, I bought the US-122MKII, only to come across the same exact problem.

IMPORTANT: Both audio interfaces are fully functional in the audio programs I have (Ableton Live, GarageBand, Audacity). If all you want to use the interface for is audio in-out for such programs, you won't have any problems. However, if you want to be able to use the interface as your computer's main soundcard (ie:, to output all sound through the interface) you should not buy either interface for use in Snow Leopard. This ability is a big plus: for example, your iTunes music will likely sound much better coming through an audio interface than straight from your onboard sound card.
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Now I know this isn't a $400 device, but it is Tascam, a very reputable brand for several decades. This device does a good job but every now and then I would have reinsert the usb into the computer because for no reason that I can see it starts to distort the audio. Once I replug it, it works fine. ....until tjr next time. I can deal with this but it is annoying a little.
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I was an owner of the original US122, which was a nice and well-built piece of hardware. Actually I still own it, but I can't use it anymore.

Tascam hasn't bothered to update drivers for any OSX system since Leopard, and it also never got updates for any Windows system beyond XP. I think we can reasonably infer that this more recent US122, which is currently supported, will also become a brick before you want it to.

My original US122 sits here next to my desk, unused, as a reminder to me that I should never buy anything again from this company.
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I use a fairly high end system with 24 channels of conversion in my studio. I needed something to do some remote overdubs on a project. For the $90 I paid, I think this is a great value. It was much heavier and sturdier feeling than I expected. The knobs are a little flimsy feeling, but for the price I am not complaining.

Installation was very easy. I didn't install Cubase LE, since I already have the full version. I found the features on this unit very easy to use and understand. Good job Tascam. (btw, I am running XP SP3 on a 6 year old laptop.)

I still may use an outboard preamp with this since I have the option to do so, but I think the preamps are fine.

I like that it is bus powered... meaning it does not require a power supply.

You get a lot for your money with this unit: Two preamps with phantom power. A direct input for bass or guitar. Two channels of conversion up 96khz. A headphone amp. Cubase LE recording software.

Now I am starting to look at Tascam's units with more inputs. Check out the US-1800. At $199, I don't think anyone else out there is offering this much. Wow!
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My second Tascam USB interface. This thing is a tank, works well with Windows 7. I have recorded an full length album using this, without any issues. Simple to use, 2 Mic or instrument ports. Several knobs that are well labeled, and easy to understand. I have my studio monitors plugged straight into this unit, and a MIDI controller as well.
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High quality construction and easy to use. Excellent sound quality.

I was able to go from un-boxing to recording in about an hour. I'm on an Intel powered iMac with Snow Leopard using Garage Band for my audio. I did need to install that drivers which are included, and I'm fairly sure OSX updated them automatically. Either way, the unit was quickly identifiable in garage band. I found online forums for my questions, as the included literature is weak.

By the end of my first session, I was able to run a line in directly from my POD 2.0 and set up a second line in with a condenser mic picking up the live sound from the amp (the phantom power works great) and record two tracks at once and mix them down in garage band. The end result was a very high quality home recording that would be more than adequate for a demo or even a first album for an aspiring band as a sound board out could be run directly into this unit with ease.
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