The US-1×2 promises to deliver pro-quality desktop recording for singer-songwriters, podcasters and small home studios with a Mac or PC
Tascam has revealed the newest member of its US series of USB 2.0 recording interfaces, the US-1×2. The compact bus-powered audio interface delivers 24-bit, 96 kHz desktop recording, and is designed for singer-songwriters, podcasters and small home studios using a Mac or Windows computer. A secondary five VDC mini-USB power input is provided for iOS devices and for standalone operation in practice sessions.
The unit’s XLR microphone input employs Tascam’s Ultra-HDDA mic preamp, which features a -125 dBu EIN rating and 101 dB signal-to-noise ratio, with 57 dB gain range and switchable +48V phantom power. Input 2 can be switched between front- and rear-panel jacks. The front panel sports a switchable, 1/4-inch line/instrument input and the unit’s rear offers a pair of RCA line inputs.
Stereo line-level outputs are provided on RCA connectors, and the line outputs and 1/4-inch stereo headphone output have independent output level controls. Front-panel LEDs indicate signal present, peak/clip, phantom power active, and USB active. Zero-latency direct monitoring can be enabled with a rear-panel switch or in the included Settings Panel software for Mac and Windows. The Settings Panel also accesses the stereo/mono input monitor, input mute, and audio source output.
The interface is housed in a black powder-coated metal chassis with Tascam’s unique, detachable Bio-Cell side panels, which angle the interface from the desktop.
The US-1×2 is class compliant for Mac OSX and is compatible with Windows PCs using an ASIO driver. You also can record and play back with iOS devices such as an iPhone or iPad, using an Apple Camera Connection Kit. Steinberg’s Cubase LE DAW for macOS and Windows and Cubasis LE DAW for iOS are included free.
Tascam’s US-1×2 USB audio interface is available now for $99 (approx. £75). Further details can be found at tascam.com