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Tascam FW-1082 10-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

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The TASCAM FW-1082 gives you powerful, intuitive control for the home or pro studio at an astonishingly low price. Features 10 inputs, including four balanced XLR mic inputs with phantom power. Two MIDI inputs and outputs, plus S/PDIF digital I/O. Eight channel strips feature 60mm touch-sensitive moving faders with select/solo/mute buttons, plus a ...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The TASCAM FW-1082 gives you powerful, intuitive control for the home or pro studio at an astonishingly low price. Features 10 inputs, including four balanced XLR mic inputs with phantom power. Two MIDI inputs and outputs, plus S/PDIF digital I/O. Eight channel strips feature 60mm touch-sensitive moving faders with select/solo/mute buttons, plus a master fader. Includes the following software: Cubasis LE 96kHz/48-track recording software, GigaStudio 3 LE streaming sampler, and Nomad Factory plug-in demos.

Going far beyond the capabilities of similarly lower-priced budget interfaces, the FW-1082's 10 inputs are rated at 96kHz. Combined with 48 tracks at 96/24 resolution from the bundled Cubase LE software, consummate pro-quality recording becomes a reality. The faders, encoders, and transport controls are smooth and precise. The value for anyone breaking into home recording.

The FW-1082 is a great choice for small studios, whether someone is just starting out or if they're upgrading their equipment. Its four microphone inputs, two with analog insert jacks, have phantom power for professional condenser microphones. Four additional line inputs and an S/PDIF stereo input add up to 10 inputs simultaneously, each at 96kHz/24-bit audio resolution. Two MIDI inputs and outputs are provided for 32 channels of MIDI synth playback or control. The control surface has nine 60mm touch-sensitive moving faders for silky-smooth control over channel level, pan, or aux settings. Four encoders are also available for mix control, as well as transport and jog/shuttle controls. Stereo monitoring is included, and the FW-1082 even mixes signals internally for stand-alone use.


  • 10-in/4-out audio interface at 96kHz/24-bit
  • 9 - 60mm touch-sensitive moving faders
  • 4 balanced XLR/1/4" TRS mic/line inputs with switchable phantom power
  • 4 balanced 1/4" TRS line inputs
  • 1/4" TRS insert jacks for channels 1 & 2
  • S/PDIF stereo digital input and output
  • Balanced 1/4 in. TRS monitor outputs
  • Headphone output with level control
  • 2 MIDI inputs and outputs
  • Assignable foot switch jack
  • 8 channel strips with solo, mute, select, record arm indicator
  • 4 assignable encoders control pan, aux level and EQ parameters
  • Transport controls, jog/shuttle wheel, and many other surface controls
  • Emulates Mackie HUI and Mackie Control in addition to the included native mode control plug ins
  • Includes GigaStudio 3 LE and Steinberg Cubase LE 48-track 96kHz workstation software
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Manufacturer's Warranty
Tape machines - 90 day warranty; one year parts warranty.
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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


On Point and on the money!

By Souloperator

from Brookyn, NY

I just bought this a few days ago after doing a lot of reading on it. Some felt the set up took some time, but I literally set it up in under an hour. Just read the set up guide and manual before hand and little directions like "reboot, before connecting after installing software" will save you questions and time. Otherwise, this baby is so sweet. No more mouse and track pad mixing. You can also control Final Cut which is reason #999 why I bought it since I video edit also, but I haven't tried it with FC yet. Will get back to you on that one. But it works wonderfully with Logic! Also, when I bought it direct from the store in Brooklyn it was $499 not $599 which was just icing on the cake. It is a nice controller to work your way up to a full mix board, if that's your goal; otherwise, whatever man the thing gets the job done whether working with Logic, Live, Reasons and Wave files! I am excited beyond the 1000 word limit GC gives you to review. :D Get it and enjoy!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Does it all. Great Value. Cool.

By Rockin Bobby J

from Cleveland, OH

The Tascam FW-1082 gives you a high quality audio interface, a control surface, hardware mixer, and midi interface all in one unit. Its built tough and the controls are well laid out. Motorized faders work super. Overall sound quality is great (pre-amps are top notch). The only negative is the lack of LCD/LED scribble strips. For those who can place the FW-1082 right in front of the computer monitor, the included SoftLCD software works great as a scribble strip.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding product

By ocarus

from CT

This is an awesome mixing console! I use it with much delight. The set up needs are as follows: Use a good firewire card, get the latest drivers(mine were included), make all the configurations to the application you are using i.e. audio ASIO config and midi input output settings. The motorized faders are flawless. Also the faders are touch sensitive with regards to track selction. Jog wheel is a time saver, no more mouse manipultions. Of course transport buttons are a plus. This unit will save you CPU power on the front end, thus freeing up speed for plugins in the application. I also have the SPDIF inputs filled from my other pc which has a Delta 24/96 card in it. This is a great solution for home recording needs. The board come with phantom power, but I prefer to use a seperate mic preamp.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By irperez

from Camden, NJ

I must say this has to be one of the best interfaces for the price. You can't find an audio interface/DAW controller for this price. Install was EASY! Sonar integration was a snap with the included sonar plugin. I was mixing in no time. Definately recommend this to everyone.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Solution! Great Price!

By Jesse Farrah

from Silverton, OR

This is a great product, M-audio offers a similar control surface/mixer at a lot more money. I bought mine slightly used and in great condition. All the parts on this seem to be quality, metal is used on a good portion of it. The sides are plastic and probably weakest part on it. My only real complaint is that the main outs are a little more noisy than i like them to be, but then again i bought this unit used and it is hard to say if all are like this (the hiss that comes in isn't really that big of a deal) The configuration of the audio I/Os is kind of funky but nothing that can't be dealt with. There seriously is not a better buy if you are serious about starting to record. For a small studio this is a great solution, get some preamps and your ready to roll. The controls are intuitive and really easy. Motorized faders are cool, I don't really need this feature but cool non the less. If your in the market for a audio interface that will get more than 2 ins/outs to your computer based daw, this is a great solution. I can keep my drum machine, synth, and preamps all plugged in and just go have fun instead of "setting everything up." This controller has its downsides but it's ups outweigh them by a lot! Buy one already and make some great music.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Stop, you've found what you're looking for!

By Metal Falcon

from Sacramento, CA

The Tascam FW-1082 is THE answer to your project studio needs. I'm just finishing up my first album using it and I'm blown away! The audio quality is amazing, and its motorized faders make mixing a breeze! Installation took only about 10 minutes from the time I got it out of the box. It's got all your preamps, mixer, audio and midi inputs right there in one unit! I cannot live without it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Strikes a Good Balance..

By AdH

from Cupertino

After years of using digital multi-track recorders, I took the plunge and went the DAW route with the FW-1082. Set up with the PC had it's issues and I spent a lot of time on downloading the latest drivers for Windows Vista 62bit. The FW works very well with Cubase LE, which albiet limited in features, does a decent job caompared to any mulit-track recorder, and it's inlcuded. Going the DAW route -I had some very specific requirements: 1.) I wanted all my cables to come out the back of the unit, not the front. 2.) I wanted the 'physical' experience of a mixer much like my old multi-track system. 3.) I had to be able to record 8 tracks at once 4). It doesn't cost an arm and leg. This Tascam does the job on all these requirements and then some, striking a nice balance between DAW, yet giving you the familiar feel of mulit-trackers for your work flow. My only negative comments: only one monitor out is limiting, drivers need to be dowloaded from, this is not an out of the box 'plug n' play' experience - patiencs is virtue though and the results will speak for themselves. I can highly recommend the FW-1082. Good job Tascam.


insane value for a quality interface/control surface

By john maurin

from pittsburgh PA

i bought mine very lightly used and i am blown away at how great this thing is. i'm using it with sonor 8 producer on a vista 64 quad core machine and it is flawless. the set up was very easy you just download the sonor plug in from the website and it easily integrates into your daw without doing all that mackie control stuff. the motorized faders are great and the mic pres. are actually very acceptable. i love the duel midi in/out i can keep my keyboard controller and my v-drums set up at the same time with out changing cables in and out. all the controls work great and are set up very well ergonomically. i was using the pre sonus firebox before this and dont get me wrong its a great interface but the tascam really took my home set up to a new level.


Tascam Fw-1082

By Young Rich M.O.B Productions

from Lemoore,ca

Had the tascam fw 1082 for about 2 weeks now, and i've been using it with sonar. Everything works good, definately would recommend this piece of equipment. Very pleased with this unit.

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