Designed alongside the US-122L, the TASCAM US-144 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface adds S/PDIF digital I/O while maintaining the same easy functionality. It lets you record two tracks at a time with zero-... Click To Read More About This Product
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Designed alongside the US-122L, the TASCAM US-144 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface adds S/PDIF digital I/O while maintaining the same easy functionality. It lets you record two tracks at a time with zero-latency monitoring, high-quality mic inputs, better-than-CD-quality 24-bit/96kHz recording, and MIDI I/O. It also has a headphone jack with level control and a redesigned aluminum case. The US-144 also comes with Cubase LE4 software.
2 XLR mic inputs with phantom power
2 analog line inputs (1 switchable to Hi-Z/guitar input)
S/PDIF digital I/O
USB 2.0 equipped (supports USB 1.1)
Up to 24-bit/96kHz recording quality
Zero-latency hardware monitoring
Bus powered for use with PCs and Macs
Support for Windows Vista
Includes Cubase LE4 software
Support for Windows XP to Vista
Support for Mac OS X
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This unit looked interesting with the controls on the top thought it may be easier to access. Notice on this unit there is no right or left 1/4" input for your monitors you need to get an adapter for the single 1/4" headphone. Also there is no on/off switch it is on all the time if you leave it plugged in to your computer. Would reccomend the M-Audio Fast Track Pro same price more capability. The version of Cubase that comes along is not the full blown version you need so don't rely on the software.
If you use vista this is the only interface that is going to work right. Dont waste time, start recording now. Tascam is the way to go. Easy setup and a product that works. Lexicon and M-Audio did not work with Vista. Your welcome.
I use Pro Tools LE 8.0 for my work. However, I needed and audio interface for some of my students who could afford Pro Tools. The Tascam US-144 works well with the Sonar 6.0 Producer Edition. The installation was very user friendly and the recordings sound great. The size and design of the interface makes it easy to travel with. I have found the Tascam US-144 is just what I needed.
Well, where do I start. I have owned this piece of gear for a little over a year now, it is a very versatile unit. Currently, I am using it as an audio interface for mixdown from Cubase LE 4, through the studios' Yamaha MC3204 II console(for that warm, fat analog sound), to another computer for editing and mastering, and as a monitor matrix for the studios near field monitors. This unit is also very good for live 2 track recording. I plug it into my laptop and record to Cubase LE 4(which is a simple but powerful DAW). I will soon be purchasing another unit because I have gotten such good performance from this one. Basically, one should not shoot this product down until reading the instruction manual, or speaking with a qualified Guitar Center tech to find out how it works(including the software!).
Pros: Looks really spiffy, dual ins cons: Did not work with vista home premium 64bit I tried updating the drivers and the firmware and I kept getting errors. What's weird is that I was getting errors in all of my programs including opera, firefox, reason, cubase, winamp, etc. basically anything I tried to open up. When I unplugged it from the usb port all of the errors went away. I'm not saying you shouldn't buy this(unless you have vista hp 64), I'm sure it's a great piece of equipment and I just wish I had a chance to try it out. P.S. GC was awesome with the exchange, I got the m-audio fast track and it works great, plus I only needed one input anyways.
The Tascam set up was easy. Just follow the directions for loading the drivers off the included cd. After changing the Audio Settings in XP control panel to have "recording" and "playback" occur through the tascam instead of the computer sound card, I was ready to go. I hooked up a mic and was immediately able to record in Sonar and Vegas. I have had trouble in the past with getting an M-Audio audio interface device to work. I have spent hours trying to tweak settings with limited success on the M-Audio. The Tascam audio interface was truly "Plug and Play/Record".
Dose what it does pretty well but it does very little. I usually record at my buddies home studio but I wanted something at my house to record some simple demos and stuff and for that it works very well. There are glitches every now and then but it has not been a huge problem for me. The gains are fairly clean. You can switch from listening to a monitor inside of the computer to the inputs on the computer which is useful. My biggest problem with it is that it only has 1 1/4 inch headphone jack and a lot of the times the monitor is not loud enough for my taste but other then that is a great starter or back up interface.
This was the first audio interface that I bought for my home studio. For $200 you get features that are usually only offered on higher end equipment. A huge one for myself was the zero-latency monitoring. This is huge when recording because you don't want any delay of any sort on your monitoring. Overall, this is a very solidly built interface and I plan on using for years. Oh, did I mention that it is bus powered so it is EXTREMELY portable. Cool eh?
I actually went into the GC for a different, more expensive unit. The salesperson showed me this unit instead. I saved money and am pleased with my purchase. All my instruments run easily to the Tascam via a Mackey mixer. The phantom mike jacks seem to pick up some feedback, so I use the mike jacks on the Mackey(My only complaint, but works fine). The guitar input works great, and Midi I/O works fine. In reading alot of the comments on the different units, I saw alot of negative feedback about working the software, but I installed the Tascam first, than Cubase software, and it worked without a hitch. I need to educate myself more on operation of the software, but that is the fun of it. I am pleased with my purchase.
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