TASCAM Celesonic US-20x20 USB 3.0 Audio Interface

20-in/20-out USB 3.0/USB 2.0 Audio Interface with 8 Microphone Preamplifiers and Onboard DSP for Mixing and EQ/Compression/Reverb - Mac, PC, iOS
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Big Value in This Interface for Mac, Windows and iOS

The TASCAM Celesonic US-20x20 USB audio interface gives you the connectivity and versatility you need for a wide range of recording applications. It includes eight Ultra-HDDA mic preamps, an additional pair of line inputs, 10 analog outputs, digital expandability, and built-in DSP for EQ, compression, and reverb. Capture great takes with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution, with ultra-fast performance via USB 3.0 (also supports USB 2.0). Connect directly to your iPad or other iOS device for a studio-like recording experience anywhere. You can even use the TASCAM Celesonic US-20x20 as a standalone mixer, making it one of the more flexible interfaces in its class.

TASCAM Celesonic US-20x20 USB 3.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Built-in DSP for EQ, compression, and reverb
  • Digital patch bay makes I/O management easier
  • Save mixer Scenes for instant recall
Built-in DSP for EQ, compression, and reverb

Make mixing easier on yourself by using the Celesonic US-20x20's built-in DSP to add EQ and compression to inputs when tracking. Cut out excessive low end, add some air to dull sources, and prevent clipping from signal spikes, all without adding any latency. Use the built-in reverb send to give musicians a better headphone mix. Many recording engineers at Sweetwater believe in finalizing your sounds as much as possible when tracking, and the built-in DSP in the TASCAM Celesonic US-20x20 makes that easier to achieve.

Digital patch bay makes I/O management easier

The TASCAM Celesonic US-20x20 allows you to route any input to any output, analog or digital. You can also select which outputs the headphone outs are monitoring. Leave all your gear connected, and simply re-route your signal flow from within the mixer software.

Save mixer Scenes for instant recall

Once you have your signals routed the way you want and have added EQ, compression, and reverb to taste, you can save your setup as a Scene for instant recall. You can save up to 10 Scenes, allowing you to recall your workflow for tracking, editing, mixing, and any other applications you need.

TASCAM Celesonic US-20x20 USB 3.0 Audio Interface Features:
  • Audio interface for Mac, Windows and iOS, with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • Can be used as an audio interface, 8-channel mic preamp, or as a standalone mixer
  • Fast USB 3.0 connectivity (Windows 10 required on PC), also supports USB 2.0
  • Dual headphone outputs can independently monitor any outputs
  • Expandable via S/PDIF and optical I/O
  • 8 Ultra-HDDA mic preamps, plus hi-Z inputs on the first 2 channels for guitar or bass
  • Built-in DSP for adding EQ and compression to any input or output, plus a reverb send
  • Digital patch bay allows you to route any input to any output
  • Comes with 2 sets of ears: angled for desktop use, straight for rackmount use
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 cables included
For small- to mid-format recording sessions, the TASCAM Celesonic US-20x20 offers a lot of bang for your buck!

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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 3.0
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 20 x 20
Number of Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes, EQ and Compression
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR-1/4" combo (2 Mic/Instrument, 6 Mic/Line), 2 x 1/4" TRS
Analog Outputs 10 x 1/4" TRS, 2 x 1/4" (headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x Coax (S/PDIF), 1 x Optical (S/MUX)
Digital Outputs 1 x Coax (S/PDIF), 1 x Optical (S/MUX)
Clock I/O In, Thru/Out
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number US-20X20

Customer Reviews

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Massive sound

next generation thinking , USB 3.0 in this kind of price range is unbelievable .Preamps are massive and real in this class of solid-state . Windows 10 , 8 supporting USB 3.0 but win 7 is still very useful for South Asian musicians for vsti support . This is the only issue with Tascam now , including the us 1608 driver is not well for Windows user . Sound is extremely good . Looking for stable driver from Tascam .

Great software interface

I own two other audio interfaces in this price/feature range (Focusrite, PreSonus) and when I started shopping for a third - for a new computer - I made the software interface a priority. (I'm referring to the software that sits between the audio interface hardware and the computer; usually this includes a virtual mixer of some kind, and some routing capabilities.) The Tascam won out because its interface software is extremely intelligible and logically laid out. I would recommend downloading the Tascam manual for a better look at the software, as well as a rundown on its functions; I think you'll be impressed. Note also that the Tascam hardware can be configured as either a computer interface, a digital mixer, or a mic preamp. This is true of several other interfaces in this class, but again, the Tascam software interface makes it much more straightforward to utilize these functions. Speaking of mixers: while shopping for an audio interface, I considered the option of getting an analog mixer that could also serve as an audio interface (the Soundcraft Signature MTK line is worth a look) but most in this price range offered only a 2-in, 2-out USB-2 configuration (as opposed to Tascam's 20x20 USB-3) and none had MIDI in/out or ADAT in/out - both of which I use extensively. Depending on the primary uses you have in mind, these functions may not matter much, but to me they're essential. Regarding audio quality - which really ought to be the bottom line (who cares about the software interface if the unit sounds bad?) - I would say: whatever "perfect" is - equipment costing many thousands of dollars - I'm willing to bet the Tascam is pretty close in quality - close enough that, to all but the most discriminating, well-trained ears, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference. For my purposes as a "working-class" engineer and audio guy, this unit sounds excellent.
Music background: musician, video/audio production

Hard hitting

The Tascam 20x20 is really awesome. It has all the right features for the front end of any recording set up. The EQ,COMPRESSOR and REVERB are perfect with clean pristine pre amps. The Adat allows me to add eight more inputs into the system which gives me the 20 into the DAW recordiing. Abeautiful peice of equipment for the price.
Music background: Wrting,playing and recording since the 60's

Lots of bang for the buck

I've been playing with my new Celesonic for a couple of months now and like it a lot. To summarize: Pros 1. The pres seem open and clear. 2. Lots of volume from the headphones. Two headphone outs, which is perfect for me. 3. 3 modes of operation-mixer, interface, and preamp. I find this very handy. 4. Intuitive software package with a lot of flexibility for routing and other tasks. 5. Word clock BNC connections. My last interface lacked these. 6. USB3 support with Windows 10. 7. Latency seems to be low. I'm running a sample rate of 64 with no issues so far. 8. A very solid build. Everything works smoothly and feels tight. 9. XLR inputs up front. For my setup, this is great and saves some wiring and patchbay real estate. 10. 10 line outs, two are used for monitors. 2 additional line ins out back for my Integra 7. 11. MIDI DIN in and out. 12. ADAT support. I use a UA 4-710D as the front end and need an interface with ADAT. SPDIF in and out as well. 13. Rack and desktop ears included. 14. iOS support for working with my iPad. Cons (room for improvement) 1. Phantom power for channels 1-4 and 5-8 rather than per channel. 2. The gain knobs are very small due to the XLR inputs being in the front. However, this is more than offset for me as stated above. 3. Wall wart instead of an internal transformer. 4. Metering-there is one lamp for each channel that changes color as clipping is approached. Not a huge deal, but a band rather than a single lamp would be better. I feel that cons 1, 2, and 4 are due to the fact that real estate on the front of the interface is limited due to the XLR inputs being up front. Originally I thought that there was no clock lock indicator except in the software, but this isn't really the case. A mode indicator will blink if the clock isn't locked.
Music background: Guitarist and keyboardis
See also: USB Interfaces, TASCAM, TASCAM USB Audio Interfaces, TASCAM iPad/iPhone Interfaces