Tascam US-16x08 USB Audio/MIDI Interface
The Tascam US-16x08 offers 16 mic and line inputs for your computer with clear sound quality and advanced features to manage big sessions.
- 16-in/8-out audio streaming with MIDI I/O from a Mac or PC connected via USB 2.0
- Selectable operation mode between audio interface and standalone mic preamp
- Low-latency monitoring via the DSP Mixer
- Compressor and 4-band EQ for each input channel on the DSP mixer
- Eight XLR inputs with phantom power and eight balanced TRS inputs
- Recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit
- Support for Mac and Windows operating systems
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Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps provide clean and quiet operation while delivering up to 56 dB of gain. An additional eight balanced line inputs are provided, two of them switchable to instrument level for direct guitar or bass recording. Eight balanced line outputs are also available, two with a level control on the front panel for monitoring.
Built into the US-16x08 is a DSP Mixer for low-latency digital mixing. Each channel has four-band EQ and compression for polished-sounding monitor mixes. In addition to interface mode, the US-16x08 can be used as a standalone mic preamp. Windows and Mac drivers are provided, as well as USB Class Compliant 2.0 drivers for tablets like the Apple iPad. MIDI input and output are also available on the rear panel.
Whether using the ergonomically-designed angled desktop stand or mounting with the included rack ears, the US-16x08 includes enough I/O for almost any music recording application.
Ultra-HDDA Mic Preamps Provide Pristine Audio Quality
Tascam's original Ultra-HDDA mic preamps allow you to input high-quality audio from any audio source just by turning a knob. These are the same mic preamps that are in their HS-P82 professional recorders, which are popular in the broadcast and film industry. These versatile preamps can handle both condenser and dynamic mics, and will allow you to enjoy high-quality recording even if you are not an expert. These versatile preamps also feature line-level inputs for keyboards and other equipment.
16 Analogue Inputs
With 8 XLR and 8 TRS inputs, a total of 16 simultaneous analogue signals can be input. Record an entire band during a live performance or rehearsal with ease. The eight XLR inputs offer 48 volts phantom power and the eight line inputs are switchable between –10 dB and +4 dB. The US-16x08 can also be used as standalone microphone preamp.
Advanced DSP Mixer Paired With A New USB Driver
An obstacle with computer-based recording is latency (delayed audio signals). New driver software has been developed to eliminate latency issues and driver set-up problems. The built-in mixer utilises the high-performance BlackFin DSP processor making it possible to offer 4-band EQ and compression on each channel.
The US-16x08 offers high-resolution recording with sample rates up to 96 kHz/24-bit via a high speed USB 2.0 computer connection.
Support for iPads And Other iOS Devices
You will not need another audio interface if you decide you want to make music using an iPad or other iOS device. The performance of these interfaces has been tested with not only the bundled digital audio workstations (DAW), but also with other popular recording software – you can continue to use them even if you change DAW software. Since these units include MIDI inputs and outputs, they can also be used as MIDI interfaces.
Standalone Use As An Independent Mic Preamp
By turning the unit on without a USB connection, it can be used as a microphone preamplifier in standalone mode. After passing through the Ultra-HDDA circuits, the signals from the XLR inputs on the front are output from the TRS jacks on the rear of the unit. This allows it to be used for a variety of applications, including with interfaces and PA/SR mixers that do not have their own or less good preamps.
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This product is one of the cheapest multi-channel audio interfaces out there with mixed reviews online, so I was initially nervous about buying but the price was good so why not give it a try I thought!
It was very easy to install both physically (USB) and software/driver wise with the latest... Read More. This product is one of the cheapest multi-channel audio interfaces out there with mixed reviews online, so I was initially nervous about buying but the price was good so why not give it a try I thought!
It was very easy to install both physically (USB) and software/driver wise with the latest version easily found on the TASCAM/TEAC website. Faultless install.
After making it the default playback device and configuring the front speakers to output 1 & 2 (Windows 10) it works well as the standard soundcard.
I use Cubase pro8 and it was easily configurable as the ASIO device and I have tested the recording quality and it is very good at both 44.1 and 96 KHz sampling rates. The preamps are very quiet as is the output - no hiss even at max output volume.
Latency was virtually nothing when monitoring through Cubase (un-noticeable to me anyway) and also the direct monitoring was easy to use through the software tool provided if through monitoring is not for you.
So, all in all - great value, good quality metal construction, good service from Absolute so I'm really pleased, in spite of some initial reservations, hence the title - SURPRISINGLY GOOD!
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