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I use this in a pretty high-end home studio-- Mac Based, Logic Express 9, power conditioned, monitored, compressed, etc... Anyway, this Tascam US-1641 has been absolutely perfect. You can select Phantom Power for either the 1-4 or 5-8 inputs which makes condenser mics usable, as well as use the 9 and 10 slots for 1/4" jacks to plug in directly if you don't have XLRs. I mic my 7-Piece Gretsch Renown Maple with this interface with ease. The lights on the knobs easily let you know when you're redlining, providing quick and easy control over volume and mic sensitivity. Overall, this interface is GREAT for any home studio. Even professional.
I own and use this interface on a daily basis as part of a bigger recording setup. It is one of the more expansive USB 2.0 interfaces available, doing 16 tracks with no problems (after adding 8 more pres through the 4 1/4" and S/PDIF on the back and 2 line level inputs on the front). The preamps are not going to take your breath away, but they are very quiet and do have a lot of headroom. No pads though, and phantom power is switchable only in 2 groups of 4, so ribbon users beware. The knobs feel a little flimsy, and you only get 1 led to indicate clipping, so setting levels is largely dependent on your ears. One thing to be aware of is that it is very difficult to mix outside the box with this interface (only 4 outputs) and it has absolutely no method for expansion. I eventually got the interface to play nice with my system, but it involved using a custom ASIO driver and still won't work together with my mBox. For a serious system, I would recommend saving a bit and getting something that will allow future expansion. For a personal home studio or a band that wants to record a practice or a demo, it's hard to beat this thing as long as you don't want to use ProTools. The included Cubase software is little better than a demo, however. If you can't afford something better, check out Reaper (a free DAW). It works great with this interface!
Ive dabbled with this product (my friends) quite a bit and I must say it is well worth the price. However, I cannot write my own review of my very own Tascam US-1641 because it has not arived in the mail. I ordered this product a month an a half ago and it was NOT on back order and then about 3 weeks into the wait, I get an email saying that it was. Kind of shady business if you ask me..
Ok guys... I've now got several hours of recording in with this thing, and here are some observations: I'm using a PC, with XP. It's a P4, 2.8, with 1 gig of RAM; and I'm using Cubase LE4 (it comes with the Tascam, but I already had it since it came with my old interface too). I record at 48Khz/24bit. I downloaded the newest drivers AND firmware from Tascam's site before I even hooked it up. I was recording 9 tracks simultaneously with NO hiccups or glitches at all. I can't comment on latency, as everything was recorded "live". So far, I am VERY impressed with this thing... Here are the only complaints I've got: There are NO markings/graduations/detents/etc AT ALL on the gain controls, so any kind of precise recall is impossible; I'm seriously considering painting reference marks on mine. The gain controls are too close together, so it's VERY easy to bump one or more inadvertently while trying to adjust a different one, and with no markings, there's no way to be sure if you moved it or not. Other than those things, I love it.
I just testing my US 1641 so far Hardware wise no problems Drivers were Installed with no issues I had Vegas installed and all channels were detected at the first time, since I wanted to use the Midi capabilities of Cubase I installed also looks like a very good program so far I could make it work wit audio and using all channels I had some crashes when making some digital audio editing in the CuBase Internal Editor but still need to check if something needs to be tweaked so I am still in the testing mode but so far satisfied with my purchase.
I bought this product about 3 weeks ago and absolutely love it! I have an older computer that's had several major upgrades, and the US-1641 still works flawlessly! I'm running a Dell XPS 410, 1.83GHz Intel Duo Core, with 4GBs of RAM, a 512Mb ATI Radeon video card. The studio monitors I'm using are KRK Rokit 8s. Pros: Well built. Quality knobs and controls. Very nice Preamps with lots of head room. Absolutely NO latency problems! Cons: I was looking forward to switching from Sony Acid Pro 6 to Cubase; but after fighting with Cubase for about 12 hours I finally gave up and went back to Acid where everything is working seamlessly! Admittedly, part of my problem may be computing power. I may try to make the switch again after I upgrade my hardware. Other than that everything else is working exactly the way it's supposed to! A Bit Of Advice: If you do end up buying the US-1641, go ahead and budget another 20-40 dollars for purchasing an additional PCI USB card. This product performs MUCH better if it's not sharing USB bandwidth with everything else on your computer.
This interface works killer with Apple products and/or Mac Operating Systems. DO NOT try to use it with Windows Vista however, the drivers that Tascam wrote for vista (32 bit AND 64 bit) totally suck, and it doesn't look like they plan on fixing them anytime soon. I wasn't impressed with the way it worked with XP either. Buy the US-1641, buy a Mac, and melt people's faces off with this sonic weapon.
I bought this unit after having some bad luck with a presonus interface. I decided to go with this thing instead and have been pleased since the day I got it out of the box! Zero latency recording, great pres, the most simultaneous inputs for the money on the market! The only thing I would suggest is looking into upgrading the recording software that comes with it. There aren't a ton of post production options with Cubase LE 4. In short, if you're looking for an affordable but quality way to start up a project studio, buy this thing! Thank you Tascam!
this mixer is amazing! im in a band and we needed something to get us recorded, so i connected 5 mics for drums, 2 guitars, 1 bass...and we ha some ports left over...recorded flawlessly!!! if you need something to get your band recorded to get some demos out...this is your answer!
This thing is amazing! Smooth installation. Quiet. Pushed 7 drum mics and 2 guitars and a bass into it, and it didn't even flinch. If you have tried other units or looking for your first computer interface, GET THIS ONE. Love it!
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