The TASCAM FireOne is a FireWire audio interface with shortcut keys and a weighted, illuminated jog wheel that let you interact more creatively and intuitively with your computer and your music. The F... Read More
The TASCAM FireOne is a FireWire audio interface with shortcut keys and a weighted, illuminated jog wheel that let you interact more creatively and intuitively with your computer and your music. The FireOne records two mic ins and two outs over FireWire at 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution. Its most unique feature is its large, weighted, backlit jog wheel allows musicians to zip through their song while the backlight provides useful feedback such as a visual metronome.
The FireOne features a pair of mic inputs with phantom power and pad switches. A front panel guitar input allows convenient direct recording of guitar or bass. MIDI input and output are also provided for 16 channels of MIDI. It includes Ableton Live Lite 6 TASCAM Edition multitrack recording software, so you'll be set to go right out of the box. In addition to its weighted and backlit jog wheel, the FireOne has transport keys and eight shortcut keys to control functions in most popular DAW applications.
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I have purchased several units for the college where I work. The design is clean, functional and the backside inputs outputs is a distinct advantage of other low priced units as they tend to leave you with a rat's nest of wires. Pre's seem very good, not a lot of noise and I have great luck recording spoken word projects with the Blue "BlueBird" and a sE Electronics Shield. The instrument level input on the front is particularly handy as is the two headphone outputs with individual level controls. My experience has only been with Apple computers but it has worked flawlessly in high use situations. Personally, I use the Apogee Duet but it is considerably more expensive and lacks the midi input.
I didn't get to do a full experience because I unfortunately realized this thing wasn't worth the money. I was looking to get a Onyx Satellite and I got duped with this one by the salesman because they didn't have what I wanted. First thing's first, the LED for the gain levels going into the thing is awesome and I wish other makers would put this feature into their product. I didn't get to use the jog wheel and transport controls setup with Cubase, though they are really not that big of a deal and just an extra feature(mouse and keyboard work just fine). I started off recording some vocals and it went well. A good clean recording. However, I pulled out my trumpet and started getting artifacts all over the place. I set the driver buffer latency to 256 and it wasn't any better. I then tried running an orchestral score through the ASIO drivers and it was TERRIBLE! At lower buffer levels it was completely distorted...my Audigy 2 ZS runs a full orchestra sample with no problems...except it only works on 48k for some reason. So, in my frustration I dumped it back off at the store. Hopefully the Mackie or Presonus will fair better. Don't buy this if you want complex sounds because its not worth it out of the box.
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