TASCAM US-1800 Reviews4.1/5.0 based on 9 customer reviews
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from South Jersey
January 31, 2013Music Background:
Live Sound Engineer, Pro Musician.
Great Unit, Incredible ValueI've used many other interfaces that I either owned or used/rented. This is by far the absolute best interface for the price. The preamps on tracks 1-8 are very clear and clean. The limiter lights are very helpful and responsive. The switches(power, phantom, gain) all feel very robust and I trust that I won't accidentally push one into the unit or break them. The unit is solidly built, I suggest a rack case for travel. Latency is incredibly low right out of the box, I did next to no fiddling and was satisfied. Output could possibly be expanded, but If you know what you're doing the output options are flexible enough.
from Warner Robins, GA USA
June 17, 2012Music Background:
Church Sound Engineer for 29 years, TV for 10 years
Great little boxI've only had it for a couple of months and I'm only using it to record stereo from the TV sound board at my church... for now... So far it has been flawless. I'm using it with Soundforge 10 and had no issues mapping the line inputs 9 & 10 (coming from a compressor) to channels 1 & 2. I use Outputs 1 & 2 as a return feed to the sound board. The recorded sound is almost indistinguishable from the live sound. Clean, clear, no funky coloration. Thinking of getting another one for home use with my quartet. At $300 this thing is a steal of a deal.
from North Carolina
February 9, 2013Music Background:
Pro Musician, Sound Tech, Recording Engineer
Well built and easy to use.The TASCAM US-1800 works as advertized and feels solid. The switches and knobs don't make you feel like you have to be careful with the gear. It's ready to go - simple as that.
Pots are predictable. No fussing to find a level. Everything is clearly labeled and there are no mysteries.
It came with free CUBASE DAW software. CUBASE is NOT intuitive at all and has a steep learning curve. It was free so this is not a complaint, just a heads up to anyone making a gear purchase based on getting a two-fer with the software. Starting from zero with CUBASE is like playing a Mario game with hidden features that aren't clearly detailed in any of the tutorials. I'm staying with Adobe Audition.
The TASCAM, though, is a solid piece of gear and the special pricing from Sweetwater made it a no-brainer. If you're looking for something of similar specs, look no further.
January 2, 2013Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Musician
Awesome InterfaceI purchased this interface on a whim as the Firewire one I wanted sold out. I was a bit skeptical at first of a USB interface, but this purchase has paid off hands down.
It has a total of 10 preamps (8 XLR, 2 1/4") plus 4 line inputs on the back. With two rack mounted preamps, I have a total of 14 inputs, perfect for my studio. The knobs feel a little cheap, and they're hard to see under low light, but for $250, I cant complain
Contrary to popular belief, this interface works great on mac. I connected it to a brand new Macbook Pro using Reaper as a DAW, and everything worked fine.
March 20, 2012Music Background:
Excellent for the moneyGreat interface, everything works like it should. My only complaint is how confusing it is to initially set it up with recording software. I had to look online to figure it out.
from Cambridge, MA
December 30, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Producer, & Sound Designer
Best Interface In It's Price Range.. Hands DownI've had this bad boy for almost 11 months now and I must say this is the best interface I have heard in it's price range.. Crisp, clean sound great for recording guitars as well as vocals there is quite a bit of color too it though but I've found that just a few tweaks here and there in the mix should fix that... The only things besides that is that all of the inputs are in the front and that there are no XLR outputs but that's just personal taste.. Other than that, it's a pretty solid interface... A few Mac users have had problems with compatibility issues and random buzzing coming from the interface but it works great on PC with no problem.. So if you're on a PC and can afford it, I'd say overall this is definitely one of the best out there for the price..
September 27, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, musician, composer
Best USB 2.0 Multi-Channel Interface For The Price!I searched all over the internet for weeks trying to find an interface that would let me record 8+ independant channels at once and that was USB because I dont have firewire port. Here are the pros and cons:
- Amazing price! (bought it on Labor Day special at $199.00)
- More than enough inputs for most studio applications.
- The "Mix" knob lets you route the signal either directly to the speakers from the interface or through the PC and then the speakers. This is great because for some applications you just can't afford to have that 0,5 ms of delay.
- Horrible drivers and software. I get an error each time I turn the interface on. I am running on Win 7 / 64 bit. Dosent seems to affect performance while recording or playing back though.
- The overall quality of the product isn't as cheap as I thought it would be, but obviously you cant say its top of the line.
- The preamps are kind of bad but they will get the job done without applying too much noise.
Overall, I give this interface a 4/5 stars. I would give 5 if their drivers and software where better. I am really satisfied so far, have had it for about 2 months now and its working just fine.
If you are looking for an interface with lots of inputs and support for USB 2.0, I would definetly recommend this one!
Note: Sorry for my english, its not my native language.
from Shelbyville, TN USA
March 16, 2012Music Background:
Good for USBI am very happy with the quality of recording I got. It actually malfunctioned and I am in the middle of swapping it out. The USB could longer connect to my Mac. Seems to be a problem with some of them. But, Sweetwater took sweet care of me and sent a return label and picked it up. So, I am very happy. Hopefully the next one won't break.
from Pennsylvania, US
September 20, 2012Music Background:
Vocalist, Guitarist, Hobby Recording, Professional Audio Software Development
Poor Driver; Needs A Fast PCThe unit is solidly constructed and performs the basic functions of an audio interface, so long as you have enough computing power to handle its woefully inefficient driver (only tested on Windows 7 x64, highly optimized).
The problem with this interface is that, because it uses USB to interface with the computer, the CPU is responsible for directing the input and output operations required to transfer audio to and from the machine, by responding to system interrupts. This can be a disadvantage, because it uses up resources you could be using for VSTs and the like, but normally it would be manageable. Due to the design of the driver for this interface, however, it can quickly become taxing on the CPU, inevitably leading to SEVERE audio distortion, regardless of ASIO latency and/or sample rate, essentially rendering it useless. The cause is that the driver is queuing up the operations for far too long, then flooding the CPU with interrupts to send the data to main memory. On a Core i7-920, it works just fine (though it is spiking CPU usage), but on a Core i5-2400, audio artifacts occur almost immediately and total breakdown of audio output occurs within 1-2 minutes of recording with 1 input (one!), and 2 outputs (stereo).. I suspect the reason this problem doesn't occur on my Core i7 machine, which I use for software development, is because the i7-920 has HyperThreading and 24 GB of RAM, which is massive overkill for this kind of application.
I suppose if you happen to have a very powerful computer and need a cheap interface with lots of I/O, and are not concerned about output latency, this may be worthwhile, but with that many qualifiers, you might as well just save up $100 more and get a decent FireWire interface.