It’s crazy how we can record at home and have all the necessary means available. Now, our USB audio interface boxes give us a versatility to make our systems more modular and powerful.
Take the new Tascam Series 102i, and Tascam Series 208i. These may look like 2 channel and 4 channel mixers, but they have the ability to expand with a simple optical cable.
The 102i, for example, actually means “10 channels in, 2 out”. And the 208i can do 20 in, 8 out. You will need another interface to connect with the 102i and 208i, but for the travelling recording engineer, the amount of gear is small, and easy to set up – pack away.
This is a 1-2 channel USB interface, with sampling frequency up to 24-bit, 192 kHz. You can input line, mic, or +48 phantom power. On the back is 2 line out (balanced), MIDI in/out, and the S/MUX Optical in, for expansion to 8 more inputs.
If you need more, the 208i gives you 4 channels of native input, 2 headphone monitors, 8 balanced line out, MIDI, a BNC connected Word In/Out (with 75?
+10%). You also get 192 kHz sampling, and 2 channel Optical In with S/MUX.
Best part, you can connect up 16 additional inputs, making this box able to handle 20 channels. For most bands, that is more than enough for recording.
Software Comes with Your Tascam I Series
Not only will you get Cubase LE, you will also get IK Multimedia Amplitube 4, and Mastering software T-RackS. This gives you a whole studio setup on your Mac or PC.
The 102i will be $399, and 208i will be $499. Both models are not out yet. For more information, check out TASCAM