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Tascam US-2000 USB interface

tascamTascam has unleashed theĀ US-2000 – a new 16-input audio interface condensed into only one rackspace.

Eight studio-grade microphone preamps welcome condenser microphones, and two of the mic inputs are on the front panel for easy access. An additional six balanced 1/4″ line inputs are provided, as well as four balanced line outs and stereo digital I/O. The front panel features a 100-LED meter bridge for setting input and output levels. The US-2000 connects to a computer through high-speed USB 2.0, and is priced about the same as less-capable 8-channel FireWire interfaces.

US-2000 specifications:

  • 16-in / 4-out USB 2.0 audio interface
  • 96kHz / 24-bit audio resolution
  • (8) XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
  • (6) 1/4″ balanced line inputs
  • (4) 1/4″ balanced line outputs
  • (2) 1/4″ instrument inputs (chan. 7 & 8 on front panel “combi “jacks)
  • Stereo S/PDIF digital in and out
  • 100-LED meter bridge (5 segments for each input and output)
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring with mono/stereo switch for each pair of inputs
  • 1/4″ balanced stereo monitor output with its own volume control
  • 1/4″ stereo high-powered headphone output
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • Steinberg Cubase LE4 48-track recording software included
  • High-tech, attractive aluminum case design

Included with the Tascam US-2000 is Cubase LE4 – a 48-track workstation for Mac or Windows computers. It includes flexible hardware controls for zero-latency monitoring during recording.

The Tascam's US-2000 is available now at a projected street price under $500.

More information about the product: Tascam

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R

We talked about the Fast Track series some time ago with the Ultra model and now M-Audio releases a new device for those who need a medium-size interface for recording from more than 2 sources simultaneously with professional quality in a computer-based studio. The M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R is a USB and MIDI recording interface for those who need a big powered device spending the little home studio price.

The features of the M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R are 8 channels, 24-bit audio resolution, 96 kHz sampling rate, MX Core DSP (allows to monitor with effects while recording), 8 Octane preamps (with +48V phantom power and 20 dB pads), 8 combo XLR/TRS (mic line) and 2 1/4″ (instrument) inputs, 8 analog balanced TRS and 2 independent headphones (with volume controls) outputs and USB 2.0, S/PDIF and MIDI connections.

This recording device comes in a 1U rack-mountable format and a durable but light metal chassis, and is compatible with ASIO 2.0, WDM, MME and Core Audio drivers. The M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R is now available and its price is $499.95.

Behringer U-Control UMA25S Keyboard Controller

Behringer U-Control UMA25S Keyboard Controller

Behringer expands its recording product line with a keyboard controller, the U-Control UMA25S, that can be used for studio or live tasks with a computer or another device like a sampler or a synth because its USB and MIDI connections. A very compact device useful for carrying it anywhere you are and although its size you won’t play a small-scale keyboard, the keys are full sized.

The Behringer U-Control UMA25S Keyboard Controller features 25 velocity-sensitive half-action keys, 21 assignable controllers (including 8 knobs, 8 buttons, 2 pitch-like wheels and 1 fader), 2 pedal inputs and drum triggering and control inversion functions.

This device comes with a strap, quality headset,a transport soft bag and some interesting software like (energyXT2 compact, Audacity editor, podcasting software, over 100 virtual instruments, and more than 50 effect plug-ins). The Behringer U-Control UMA25S Keyboard Controller is now available and its price is $150.

Korg Nano Series USB Controllers

Korg Nano Series USB Controllers

Another set of products, this time released by Korg, the Nano Series USB Controllers are the small brothers of the already existing micro controllers that helps you to create or mix your own music anywhere you want because its small size, perfect to use it with laptop computers, let’s take a look.

There are 3 models, by now, available on the Nano series, the first one is the Korg nanoKey USB Controller a compact-sized 25-key keyboard with velocity sensitive keys and octave shift function. The device has 2 working modes, MIDI notes or control change messages.

The second model is the Korg nanoPad USB Controller 12 responsive trigger pads and a big X/Y pad that can be used to create your own drums patterns. The pad has 2 modes, roll and flam, and each pad can be used to trigger one chord.

And the last one is the Korg nanoKontrol USB Controller a device to customize any parameter in your recording software using 9 faders, 9 knobs, 18 switches and transport controls. The controls ca be used for any task, like adjusting your effects, filters, …

The Nano Series USB Controllers include a Kontrol Editor software that allows you to change any parameter of the device using the USB connection. Their price and availability have not been announced yet.

Edirol UA-25EX USB Audio Interface

Edirol UA-25EX USB Audio Interface

This week will be full of new products and press releases advanced to the Summer NAMM show and one of the first brands to announce a new model and this is the Edirol UA-25EX USB Audio Interface, a recording device based on the UA-25 model that will convert your room in a pro studio with only a USB compact audio interface.

The specifications of the Edirol UA-25EX USB Audio Interface are 2 channels, 24 bit audio resolution and 96 kHz sampling rate, professional quality mic preamp, analog compressor / limiter, +48V phantom power, 20 Hz to 40 kHz frequency response and a huge number of connections (XLR/TRS combo, guitar input, S/PDIF, MIDI, stereo 1/4″ TRS, RCA and headphones outputs and, of course, USB connection) and knobs (sens for each channel, direct monitor, output level and compressor controls).

This audio interface can work with PC or Mac using WDM, ASIO 2.0 or Mac OS X drivers and comes with Cakewalk’s Production Plus Pack. The price and availability of the Edirol UA-25EX USB Audio Interface willbe probably announced during Summer NAMM.

Vox JamVox Jam & Practice Tool

Vox JamVox Jam & Practice Tool

I’m sure that some of you, just like me, have found yourselves trying to play along with your favorite band’s new CD but in some cases it gets really difficult, but Vox will release a tool to make it easy, the Vox JamVox Jam & Practice Tool. This device can extract the guitar track of your favorite songs and mix your guitar into the original song… you can record yourself that song you felt that need a new guitar track.

The Vox JamVox Jam & Practice Tool system consists in a music application called GXT (Guitar XTracktion), that is the one that cancels the guitar track, and a USB monitor speaker (with guitar and mic inputs) that allows you to hear the new mix. The software also includes 19 guitar amp models and 54 effects to create almost any famous sound you want with a very user-friendly interface and 2 play-along CDs with 28 rock classics to improve your guitar technique.

Although the system includes a CD you can also import your own music from your CDs, hard disk (or removable media units) or even your portable media player. The price and availability of the Vox JamVox Jam & Practice Tool have not been announced yet.

Vestax VAI-80 USB Audio Controller

Vestax VAI-80 USB Audio ControllerFollowing the VAI-40, Vestax has released a new compact, this one smaller than the previous model, controller, the Vestax VAI-80 USB Audio Controller is a small silver device, they call it “little tank”, and combines the analog and the digital working ways.

The specifications of the Vestax VAI-80 USB Audio Controller 4 RCA and XLR and mic inputs, 4 stereo and headphones (with level control) outputs, 2-band EQ and gain and volume controls per output, LED level meter, direct PA and USB connections.

Although this device doesn’t appear as a product in the Vestax website I think it will be soon released and we’ll know the exact price, and I’m sure there are a lot of DJs that want some more details about the Vestax VAI-80 USB Audio Controller.

EKS Otus USB DJ Controller

EKS Otus USB DJ Controller

The Finnish company EKS has released what they call The next generation of digital DJ’ing and actually called EKS Otus USB DJ Controller, that looks like a very cool USB controller (with similar aim than XP5 model) which main feature is to control different channels at the same time with only one controller, let’s see how they do that.

The EKS Otus USB DJ Controller features an internal 4-channel 24-bit sound card that can be used with any DJ software, that is the heart of this controller. Other features are 16-bit/24-bit audio resolution, 44.1kHz and 48kHz sampling rates, 4Hz to 24kHz frequency response, 7.5″ touch-sensitive jog wheel (with position/speed LED displays), 4 jog dial with switches, 17 low travel and 6 touch buttons, 10 assignable control knobs and 80mm touch-sensitive pitch slider backlit controls, on-board notebook-like touchpad (that can be used for mouse or effects control), 2 stereo RCA and headphone outputs and USB and MIDI connections.

This controller will be available in June but in Autumn there will be also a Otus RAW version that is mor similar to the usual DJ controller that is meant to be the bridge between those kind of controllers and the Otus. The price of the EKS Otus USB DJ Controller has not been unveiled yet.

PreSonus AudioBox USB Interface

PreSonus AudioBox USB Interface

PreSonus worries about those who want to convert his bedroom in a “best quality possible” studio releasing affordable products that can be used with computers because the USB connection, the last one is the PreSonus AudioBox USB Interface, USB-powered, compact size and many more features that will fit your desktop.

The PreSonus AudioBox USB Interface features 2 channels, 2 mic/instrument preamps, 2 combo (XLR and 1/4″) inputs, with level control per channel, and 2 balanced TRS and headhones outputs (rear), +48V phantom power, mixer, headphones and main level controls and USB and MIDI connections.

The AudioBox USB ships complete with the PreSonus Propak software suite including Cubase LE 4 as well as a bundle of third party plug-ins, loops and drum samples.

This compact interface comes with PreSonus Propak software suite that includes Cubase LE 4, third party plug-ins, loops and drum samples. The PreSonus AudioBox USB Interface will be available in April but its price has not been unveiled yet.

Allen & Heath Xone:42 Mixer

Allen & Heath Xone:42 MixerAllen & Heath mixer product line is growing every day providing devices for any kind of musician, from beginners to professionals. Its last model is specially designed for professionals, the Allen & Heath Xone:42 Mixer includes a X-FX function that allows to send the input signal to an external effects processor and return to the mixer.

Other specifications of the Allen & Heath Xone:42 Mixer are 4 dual stereo channels, filter effects (high-pass, band-pass and low-pass filters), 1 fader and cue button per channel, mix and booth master controls, VCA crossfader, mic XLR, phono and line inputs and headphones outputs (1/4″ and 1/8″), 3-band EQ per channel, 2-band EQ for mic input and USB connection.

This mixer will be useful for live shows or to use with a DAW and its USB port allows to not only record but also play audio from any USB-capable device. The Allen & Heath Xone:42 Mixer is now available and its approximate price is $1,000.