TASCAM US-16x08 USB 2.0 Audio Interface

16-in/8-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with 8 Microphone Preamplifiers, All-analog I/O, and Onboard DSP for Mixing and Input EQ/Compression
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Killer I/O and DSP-enhanced Workflow

The TASCAM US-16x08 USB audio interface is an excellent bread-and-butter option for anyone looking for enough flexibility to handle a variety of recording setups. For starters, the connections onboard the US-16x08 lets you hook up eight microphones and leaves you with enough line-level I/O for outboard processing, monitor mixes, stereo instruments, and more. There's also MIDI I/O for keyboards and controllers. Onboard DSP takes care of essential processing and effects, as well as low latency routing, and since it's totally class compliant, you can use your TASCAM US-16x08 with your Mac, Windows PC, or mobile gadget.

Onboard DSP delivers low-latency mixing and handy onboard processing

The TASCAM US-16x08's integrated DSP equips this USB 2.0 audio interface with the kind of flexibility the home recording experts here at Sweetwater don't typically see on such a budget-friendly model. In addition to the DSP mixer, which offers you virtually latency-free monitor mixing, this onboard processor is robust enough to provide each of the US-16x08's input channels with a 4-band EQ and compression, offering you polished sound as you record.

TASCAM US-16x08 USB Audio Interface Features:
  • A versatile 16-in, 8-out USB 2.0 audio interface with onboard DSP and up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution
  • 8 Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps deliver clean and quiet operation with up to 56dB of gain
  • 2 of the 8 line inputs offer switchable instrument-level more for direct bass and guitar recording
  • 8 balanced line-level outputs accommodate multiple monitor mixes and outboard processing sends
  • MIDI I/O lets you connect keyboards and controllers without additional hardware
  • Onboard DSP mixer offers near-latency-free monitor mixing and flexible routing
  • DSP also provides a 4-band equalizer and compression on each input channel for smoother tracking
  • Class-compliant USB is compatible with Mac and Windows PCs as well as iOS
  • Includes removable rack ears for mounting in a standard 19" equipment rack
The TASCAM US-16x08 USB audio interface makes recording easy and hassle free!

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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop/Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 16 x 8
Number of Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR, 8 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4"
Depth 8.62"
Width 17.51"
Height 2.32"
Weight 6.11 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number US-16x08

Customer Reviews

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Ignore the bad reviews until you read

First off, if your computer is up to date with hardware and you know a thing or two about computers and software in the first place, you will be fine. You can download all the latest drivers and software from Tascams website. The 16x08 (saw a review of the 1800 that is a completely different product), is a FANTASTIC interface. I have used it to record studio quality tracks for vocals, drums, guitars, etc. Both via mic to guitar cab and straight input to the guitar line 9 on the interface. I have even record keyboards via the inputs on the back straight in. This little thing is PERFECT. I use Sonar Platinum and it interfaces seamlessly. I can't praise this piece of gear enough. For the price range it is amazing. Built well, tons of inputs, honestly what more can you want? Can also use it as a stand alone pre-amp. I mean... For this price, how can you not love it?

Tascam 16X8 Audio Interface

I record my drum set with 10 mics using the Tascam 16X8. 8 XLR's in 1 through 8, and 2 more from my Mackie Mixer output into the balanced 1/4" in 9 and 10. Great product at a great price from great folks at Sweetwater.
Music background: Drummer 38 years

Love this tascam US-16x8

Absolutely love this interface. I had a recording session that needed more tracks to be recorded than what I had, so I bought this. I was able to hook it up and dial it in to get zero latency quite easily. I highly recommend this.
Music background: Multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer

Excellent Unit!

This is a great little unit, and you can't beat the price point. I was trying to decide between this and the m-track eight, and several factors led me to choose this Tascam unit, and I'm glad I did. First, this one has MIDI, and the m-track doesn't. Second, you get the eight mics and eight line inputs simultaneously in your ProTools with this Tascam unit, and you can daisy chain two of these (using the second one as a mic pre) to get 6 additional mic inputs for a total of 14, which is usually enough for live drums. The driver is effortless to load (on Win 7 Pro), and there's a real nice control panel too. I have this unit running with PT9-HD on a laptop right now, so far it's working perfectly, no issues. Two things to note: first, make sure you're not connected to the internet when you're installing the driver, it tries to check Windows Update and that's a miserable experience you probably don't want to suffer through, so just do it without the internet and your machine will be perfectly happy. And second, NOTE that it says in the manual to set your Windows power management mode to "high performance", this is in fact essential, you'll suffer audio dropouts on the faster machines (like Haswells) if you don't do this. Even with these two caveats this unit has been an amazingly positive experience so far. It runs nice and cool (compared to the m-track's Heat with a capital H), the mic pre's sound great, and my mixes are coming up faithfully at any sample rate. This is a great little unit, can't beat it for the price, I'd recommend it to my friends.
Music background: Indie Producer

works great!

Have been using this product with both pro tools and sonar for about 6 months now and have had no major issues. It is flexible yet pretty simple to use. No problem with midi or multi tracking. I think, based on the negative reviews last year, some users may make the mistake of plugging this unit into the USB 3.0 port. I made this mistake early on and experienced a mess. Simply plugging into the 2.0 port, as designed, cleared up any issues..... I think this should be mentioned in the documentation.... A great tool for a fair price! I'm very glad I bought this unit.
Music background: working pro
See also: USB Interfaces, TASCAM, TASCAM USB Audio Interfaces