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US-800 USB Audio/MIDI Interface

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The lightweight TASCAM US-800 interface adds great-sounding multichannel recording and MIDI to your laptop. With 8 inputs (6 analog, 2 digital) and 4 outputs (2 analog, 2 digital) for recording dynami... Read More

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Overview

The lightweight TASCAM US-800 interface adds great-sounding multichannel recording and MIDI to your laptop. With 8 inputs (6 analog, 2 digital) and 4 outputs (2 analog, 2 digital) for recording dynamic soundscapes and performances, the US-800 also has 6 XLR microphone inputs with phantom power for use with condenser mic. The TASCAM US-800 interface's premium 24-bit/96kHz converters capture every detail.

The US-800 also includes S/PDIF digital audio in and out as well as MIDI in and out for linking up to your studio. The rugged, lightweight I/O package is ideal for mobile or desktop recording. Other features include stereo RCA analog output for monitoring, standalone-only mode for use as a microphone preamp, and 1/4" and 1/8" stereo headphone outputs.

TASCAM bundles the US-800 USB interface with Cubase LE4 48-track recording software.

Features
  • Provides 8 audio inputs and 4 audio outputs (two analog, two digital) plus one MIDI input and output for a Windows or Macintosh computer
  • Can be used as a standalone microphone/instrument/line preamplifier
  • Up to 96kHz sampling rates at 16/24-bit resolution for superb recording quality
  • Built-in DSP mixer for flexible routing and monitor mixing
  • 2 mic/instrument inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors on front
  • 4 mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors on rear
  • Stereo digital input and output (SPDIF, coaxial)
  • 48-volt phantom power available on each mic input
  • Input level control and signal/overload LEDs on each analog input
  • Analog stereo output (RCA)
  • 2 headphones outputs (3.5mm and 6.3mm)
  • Separate controls for output level and headphones volume
  • USB 2.0 equipped (also supports USB 1.1)
  • Can be USB-powered
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3.5

(based on 17 reviews)

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Excellent interface at an affordable price

I bought this interface a couple weeks and, despite only having time to record with it for 2 days, I must say that it is quite the little power house. Using a $20...Read complete review

I bought this interface a couple weeks and, despite only having time to record with it for 2 days, I must say that it is quite the little power house. Using a $20 cardioid and an equally cheap dynamic mic recording into separate, respective tracks on Logic Express, I was able to achieve semi-high quality recordings of drums. Plugging a guitar or bass into the Tascam US-800 is really quite simple, and the instrument sound is reproduced truly and with clarity on the DAW you're using (or should be using). When paired with professional software like Logic or Pro-Tools, the software amps sound amazing when applied to the guitar/bass. Vocals were also very crisp when I used the cardioid and dynamic microphone to record into one track. The interface unit itself is also quite small, which helps it fit into the small niche available for it in my home studio. One minor minor gripe: I wish there was a power switch for it instead of manually plugging it in and then unplugging it for every recording session. I can't really say anything for the included Cubase LE4 software as I use Logic Express, which far surpasses Cubase LE4, for all of my musical recording needs. All in all, the Tascam US-800 is an awesome interface that will serve you well for making demos of songs and even professional quality songs, provided you spend a fortune on the other equipment needed for recording. Bottom Line: The US-800 is a great recording tool for any musician looking to break out into recording their own music without breaking the bank. P.S. When I acquire better microphones, I will update this review with the new perspective they will give me on the US-800. Thanks for reading!

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Over priced and the driver is flakey, but it sounds ok

I own many interfaces, and this one has a poor driver and is way over priced. But it sounds ok and it is easy to use. The driver blue screens my computer now...Read complete review

I own many interfaces, and this one has a poor driver and is way over priced. But it sounds ok and it is easy to use. The driver blue screens my computer now and then and it says right on the blue screen its the US-800 driver that caused the error. I doubt Tascam will do the right thing and rewrite this driver into something that works. So my interface in back in the box and I am using my US-1800 as a USB interface. The US-1800 is solid and the driver is very different. The two interfaces are not from the same design teams to be sure. I like the US-1800 and use it daily. I dont like the US-800 and dont use it. So there you go.

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5.0

Tascam US 800 small band

By jonathan fretwell

from Orlando

The unit is built to work. The unit will route 6 instruments / Mics to the computer for individual recordings. This Unit WORKS with Garageband and will allow a band to separate each input as a separate track in garageband. This will allow for effects, cleanup, etc to be applied only to voice, bass, guitar, etc respectively without interfering with the other instruments. In garageband, all tracks can be assigned to a slot on the Tascam US 800, and all tracks can be recorded at the same time and blended / cleaned individually later on. This Unit has been a blessing to the small band without having to invest $500 plus dollars in a similar unit. Great Unit and you will love the ability this unit will give you without the high price tag.

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1.0

WILL NOT LAST!

By Karen Patterson

from NYS NY

I bought this about 4 months ago. At the time it seemed too good to be true. Now it won't connect to any computer. All I can use it for is its onboard mixer, which sucks, becacuse I cant control it except for with the gain, so everything is panned weird and stuff. It has been replaced with a Avid Mbox Pro.

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4.0

What a great piece of hardware for recording at home...!

By Vincent Aumann

from Chicago, IL

I got this TASCAM US-800 (8-in/4-out) device to streamline my home recording studio and upgrade myself to a more computer based recording. 1st, I bought a brand new PC (Windows 7 Home Prem)which works extremely well w/ 6 USBs to connect to, along w/ 1 TB HD and 8 GB of RAM. I read the directions from the TASCAM box and followed the advice of other reviewers, by downloading the latest drivers for the US-800 via the TASCAM website since I am using Windows 7. Once I did this & made sure the sound card (on the PC) was using the US-800 (set US-800 as 'default'), I was able to input my Digital CD burner, & send music to my speakers & headphones! I LOVE the individual volume control for Headphones & Monitor & Individual inputs... VERY easy! (NOTE, setting US-800 as default lets me use the normal sound card of PC when I do not have the TASCAM US-800 on) After doing general audio testing, then started to do some recording into my recording software (I use Ableton LIVE). I recorded my drum track from my digital burner to the PC, and got very good quality of sound. After this, started putting down some guitars tracks via the ports 1 & 2 jest to see how it would come out, and I must say, I was very please since I was running my guitars through an AKAI Shedder distortion pedal (always have a 'hiss' when running the pedal), and 2 different electric guitars (a DEAN & an IBANEZ). HOWEVER, on the PLAYBACK of the guitar tracks, that particular 'hiss' was extremely LOW, to where I could not hear it on playback of tracks. THAT REALLY impressed me...! So overall, this TASCAM US-800 is a DEFINITE keeper, and will now be selling my TASCAM DP01 to clean up my studio from having too much clutter. I love its quality & ease of use! I think its awesome that you get Cubase LE5 as a bonus, even though I am not using it. My only gripe is when the TASCAM US-800 just shuts down/'freezes up' when not in use after a long extended period of time, so you have to reboot it (ie - power off/on). Other than that, this thing rocks & is made quite good for being plastic with such a nice ease of use with the LEDs to show connectivity along with "clipping" LEDs. I wanted to give this a 4.5 due to the "freezing up" part, but I gave it a 5 due to the ease of use & quality of this product.

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1.0

BEWARE - Hardware and drivers are BUGGY (proof in TASCAM's release notes)

By Gabriel Barteck

from Toledo, OH

I struggled with this interface with WEIRD problems for days before reading TASCAM's own release notes for the latest Windows drivers (1.08). On my Win7-64bit machine and Sonar X1, I was getting repeated Windows CRASHES (rare on Win7) and "interface not recognzed" errors galore. Well, let me paraphrase some tidbits Tascam's own release notes for Win1.08 drivers. 1. In order for the computer to recognize the US-800, you must wait until the computer as completed startup before turning the US-800 power on. (my comment... this is ridiculous, and there is no power button on the US-800 so you will be plugging the adapter or wall cord in and out every time.) 2. If you use MIDI with a DAW, don't disconnect US-800 power or USB while running or the computer may restart. (In my experience, this means "crash" and since the unit seems to require USB/power disconnection to allow a buffer rate change... guess what...) 3. If the US-800 sends a MIDI command to the computer before your DAW is started, the computer will restart. (how does this stuff get past Quality Assurance). Anyway, the above three items explain the hours of frustration I was having with the interface. Shame on TASCAM for allowing these bugs to exist on a production interface.. especially a compact one that is ideal for frequent connection/disconnection and MIDI I/O. Just be warned that doing that WILL LIKELY crash your computer. I got this at a great price (now I know why), so I guess I may keep it and work around these issues... but please TASCAM... FIX THEM! I take negative reviews with a grain of salt too... but go ahead and read the release notes yourself. At least they admit to it.

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5.0

Great Product for great price

By Harsha Wattegedara

from Laramie Wyoming

I got my audio interface last week and i should say that its one of the best interfaces i've had. It was not at all difficult to set up, had to follow the instructions and worked perfectly.I read alot of reviews and most of them said it didnt work with Windows 7 64 bit.I had no trouble at all installing it into W7 64 bit and worked instantly.I prefer if there was an on/off switch but its a minor thing. The recording was very clean and works well wit Cubase LE5. I had no regrets getting this product .Even though its non returnable i would recommend everyone to buy one and try. Awesome product by Tascam.

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3.0

GOOD UNIT, BUT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

By David Lutzow

from SC

This unit works great but they should have put in 2 more analog inputs. The cost would have been minimal. With 8 inputs you could track a scratch cut for a band, but with 6 you just can't quite get all you need. The one instrument I would never want to have to re-record is the drums, because you lose the "in the moment" magic. This unit forces you to give up something else so you have enough channels for them. So this unit would track a trio but not much larger.

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1.0

Almost Did The Job

By Norberto Luna

from Dallas TX

As a music producer and a studio owner Tascam drop the ball with this interface. The sound coming out is great!!!! But this interface for some odd reason always get bumped offline and the only way to get it back online is to reboot and for what? Just to use it for15 to 20 minutes. Hopefully Tascam comes up with a solution. And by what's posted on the internet I'm not the only one with this problem. I wouldn't advise you to purchase this interface until Tascam has solved all the bugs. A Thumbs up to Guitar Center there service has always been excellent.

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5.0

Excellent!!! Great product

By gary v

from Dallas

Now I never write reviews but I have to write one for the us-800. I have been looking for something like this for awhile. After I found it, I did what you are doing right now looking at reviews on it. Let me say all the good reviews are true and the bad ones are, well I�ۡ���ll just say it�ۡ���s their opinion. I�ۡ���m glad I went with my gut on this one. I read a lot of bad reviews on this but when you read closely it sounded to me like it might have been something they wasn�ۡ���t looking for or didn�ۡ���t understand how it works. Now I using this interface a lot and it has never failed, locked up, stopped working, or had driver issues. It has been a work horse all the way. I running windows 7 64bit 2.2dual 8gig of ram HP laptop and I get very low latency and excellent sound. I�ۡ���m using Nuendo 4, Cubase 5le, cakewalk sonar producer 8.5, all programs work excellent with it. I have used Steinberg�ۡ���s product for a long time, and have a lot of experience with their software. Now I know it�ۡ���s not the best to most people due to it not being the best in user friendliness, but once you learn it you�ۡ���ll be hooked for life. The Tascam us-800 is excellent for home studio use. I use it for the portability, I do a lot of small time recording for friends and some live recording for them as well, and this has been the best interface for that, by far. I�ۡ���ve been a sound engineer for 22 years and own a lot of high end stuff, and I love to compare and this will hang with some stuff I paid $1200 for. Is it the best thing out there, no, but it is the best for the price!! So if you are like me and thinking if you should buy this or not, all have to say is this. If it meets your needs then buy it now before the sale is over!! All in all the interface works great for windows 7 and Cubase/Nuendo, excellent sound, good build, nice look, and 6 mic inputs what more could you want for this price!!

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5.0

Awesome gear!

By Brent Long

from Costa Mesa, California

This is sort of a response to the negative reviews. I've been using this unit for about 4 months and I upgraded to Cubase 6. The blue screen message appears when you are doing something wrong. It came up on me when I was trying to run 64bit driver to 32bit cubase. This is an easy fix or you may not even get the message if you hook it up right. The clicking noise is called "clipping." Depending on your guitar pickups you'll need to adjust your gain like any other AI. I've used a mic, two guitars and electric drums hooked up to midi, recording simutaneously and no problems. The sounds I'm getting out of this unit with Cubase 6 can rival and thing out there. Yes, you Pro Tools. All in all there is a learning curve to any setup you are going to get. Don't slam a unit because you give up too early on it with the first issues that arrive. I highly recommend this unit.

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4.0

Very difficult to set up

By Harry Marinakis

from West Virginia

The Tascam US-800 comes with Cubase recording software. There were a lot of difficulties setting up the hardware and software, and getting everything to properly interface with my computer. I have a new 3.2 GHz computer with 12GB RAM. Be sure to update all of the appropriate drivers, including your sound card and the Tascam US-800. There seems to be a glitch in that my USB 3.0 port doesn't recognize the Tascam unless it was plugged in when the computer was booted. When I specified stereo inputs, Tascam defaulted to mic jacks 1 & 2 regardless of whether or not I specified other ports as being the stereo ports. The list goes on and on and on. The Cubase software manual is very poorly written and difficult to get started. I recommend getting something like the Idiot's Guide to Cubase and avoiding the manufacturer's instruction manual altogether. The manufacturer of Cubase is Steinberg, and they will not support their software if it is bundled with hardware like the Tascam. So you will need to work with Guitar Center to sort out the interface problems between Tascam and Cubase. However... Once I got all fo the initial problems ironed out, the system works great.

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