USB 2.0 and iPad®/iPhone® recording interface
Our take on the Tascam US-2x2 by Crutchfield's James Ralston
Record with your Mac®, PC, or iOS® device
Because musical inspiration can strike anytime, anywhere, there's Tascam's compact, rugged US-2x2 audio interface. It outfits your home studio or portable rig with flexible recording options. A pair of combination inputs on the front panel of the all-metal chassis let you plug in microphones, electric guitars and basses, keyboards, and more. Two of Tascam's high-quality Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps deliver pristine sound with wide frequency response and low noise, for capturing the subtle details of each performance. This interface comes loaded with iPad/iPhone-compatible drivers for laying down tracks on the go. (You'll need to add an optional Apple Camera Connection Kit or USB to Lightning adapter, plus an optional Tascam PS-P520 power supply, sold separately.) Or connect it to your Mac® or PC in your home studio, where the interface will be powered by its USB 2.0 connection.
Two types of DAW software are included
If you already have digital audio workstation software you like, there's a very good chance the US-2x2 will work with it. Tascam has tested this interface with leading DAW software for Windows and Mac platforms, including SONAR, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Studio One and GarageBand®. But what if you're just getting into computer recording and you don't have software yet? No problem. The US-2x2 comes bundled with not just one, but two DAW applications. Cakewalk's SONAR X3 LE is an advanced DAW for Windows which includes a host of audio plug-ins and lets you create projects with up to 32 tracks. Or you can use Ableton Live 9 Lite, which is geared toward simpler song creation using your Mac or PC. And the US-2x2's MIDI 5-pin DIN input/output is a nice touch — it lets you use a compatible MIDI controller to trigger whatever kinds of sound samples you want in your DAW software.
- 2-input, 2-output recording interface for Mac®, PC, iPad, or iPhone
- iPad/iPhone use requires Lightning to USB adapter or Apple Camera Connection Kit and optional Tascam PS-P520 AC power adapter (not included)
- includes two bundled DAW software packages: Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Ableton Live 9 Lite
- 2 Tascam Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps offer wide frequency response and low noise
- compact, portable all-metal chassis with angled aluminum side panels (removable)
- powered by your computer via USB
- 2 front-panel combination XLR/TRS switchable mic/line/instrument inputs for use with microphones, electric guitars and basses, keyboards and drum machines
- +48V phantom power (switchable on/off for both mic inputs simultaneously)
- MIDI input/output (5-pin DIN) for use with an external MIDI controller
- left and right balanced 1/4" TRS line-level outputs for connection to powered monitors or a mixing board
- USB 2.0 (type B) port for connection to a computer or iPad
- built-in headphone amplifier with 1/4" output
- records high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/96kHz
- monitor balance fader offers both direct monitoring of analog input signals and digital signal returned from recording software
- input "signal" and "peak" LED indicators
- USB cable included for connection to a computer
- compatible with the following operating systems: Windows 7 SP1 or later and Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit versions); Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10 or later), OS X Mavericks (10.9.1 or later), and OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4 or later)
- system requirements: USB 2.0 port; dual core processor 2GHz or faster; 2GB RAM
- 7-3/8"W x 2-9/16"H x 6-5/16"D
- weight: 2.4 pounds
- warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- US-2x2 USB audio interface
- 5' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Type B USB on other end)
- Owner's Manual
- Sonar LE software manual
- Sonar LE License Card
- Ableton Live Lite Serial Number card
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96kHz/24-bit Recording: The TASCAM US-2x2 is a USB audio interface that can record at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. The higher resolution captures more digital detail in your music, making your recordings much smoother, even if you're recording for a CD or MP3 track.
Mic Preamps: The US-2x2 USB audio interface is equipped with two Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps for clean, quiet audio quality from any type of microphone. The preamps have a 57dB gain range, which makes them ideal for dynamic, condenser, or ribbon mics. Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) technology is based on discrete components. With a noise rating (EIN -125dBU) and signal-to-noise rating (101dB), the US-2x2 can deliver the best sounding audio in its price range.
Combo Input Jacks: The US-2x2 features balanced mic and line level inputs with Combo XLR/TRS connectors. You can connect XLR microphone cables or 1/4" TRS plugs from an instrument, processor, or synthesizer.
Phantom Power: The XLR connector supplies +48V phantom power for condenser microphones. A switch on the front panel turns phantom power to both inputs on/off.
Direct Monitoring: The US-2x2 has a Direct Monitoring path, which monitors the input signal before it's sent to the computer. This "zero-latency" monitor output can be used by vocalists and instrumentalists without the distracting delay.
Bundled Software: The US-2x2 features two DAW applications bundled with the interface. Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE for Windows can handle up to 32 audio tracks, including audio plug-ins, and supports VST3 plug-in effect format. Ableton Live 9 Lite for Mac and Windows operating systems can be used for live performances, dance music production, and songwriters. Up to 8 audio tracks can be played back, and both VST and AU plug ins are supported.
Computer System Requirements: The US-2x2 is compatible with computers with the following system requirements:
- Windows: Windows 7 (32-bit SP1, 64-bit SP1), Windows 8.0 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit); USB 2.0 port; Dual Core 2 GHz or faster, 2 GB or more memory.
- Macintosh: OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), OS X 10.9 (Mavericks); USB 2.0 port, Dual Core 2 GHz or faster, 2 GB or more memory
- iOS 7
Connections/Controls: The following inputs and outputs and controls can be found on the US-2x2:
- Front Panel:
- 2 XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
- Switch: Mic/Line - Instrument on each input
- Phantom Power: +48V to Inputs 1-2 On/Off
- Line Out Rotary Control
- 1/4" Headphone Output with Rotary Volume Control
- Monitor Balance: Input/Computer Mix Rotary Control
- Rear Panel:
- Two 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Outputs
- MIDI Din 5-pin Input and Output
- USB 2.0 Type B interface
- DC In 5V port (for optional TASCAM PS-P520 AC power supply)
- Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
- Quantization Bit Rate: 16-bit, 24-bit
- Frequency Response--Line Out (Balanced) and Headphones:
- 44.1kHz, 48kHz: 20Hz to 20kHz
- 88.2kHz, 96kHz: 20Hz to 40kHz
- THD: 0.003% or less
- S/N Ratio: 101dB or more
- Crosstalk: 95dB or more
- EIN: -127dBu or less
- Microphone Input:
- Input Impedance: 2.2k ohms
- Nominal Input Level: Gain: Max -65dBu (0.0004Vrms); Gain: Min -8dBu (0.3090Vrms)
- Maximum Input Level: +8dBu (1.9467Vrms)
- Gain: 57dB
- Line Input:
- Input Impedance: 10k ohms
- Nominal Input Level: Gain: Max -53dBu (0.0017Vrms); Gain: Min +4dBu (1.228Vrms)
- Maximum Input Level: +20dBu (7.75Vrms)
- Gain: 57dB
- Analog Line Output:
- Output Impedance: 110 ohms
- Nominal Output Level: +4dBu (1.273Vrms)
- Maximum Output Level: +20dBu (7.75Vrms)
- Headphone Output:
- Maximum Output Level: 18mW + 18mW or more (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 ohms loaded)
- Dimensions: Width: 7.275" Height: 2.52" Depth: 6.252"
- Weight: 2.43 pounds
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