TASCAM Unveils Expandable SERIES of USB Audio/MIDI Interfaces

TASCAM’s new SERIES 102i 10-in, two-out and SERIES 208i 20-in, eight-out audio-MIDI interfaces deliver 24-bit, 192 kHz recording and playback to a Mac, Windows PC or iPad. Controllable with included custom software, the two SERIES USB 2.0 interfaces feature powerful DSP input and output mixers with built-in digital reverb, compressor, phase invert and four-band EQ for each channel. TASCAM says having these processors included internally eliminates all latency issues and takes the load off the computer, allowing the PC/Mac to process the audio more efficiently.

The compact SERIES 102i audio/MIDI interface provides two analog mic/line/instrument combo inputs with TASCAM’s Ultra-HDDA mic preamps and individually switched, +48 volt phantom power. The interface can be expanded up to 10 total inputs using its Optical S/MUX port, which can accept up to eight channels of audio input from an ADAT- or S/MUX-compatible device. The SERIES 102i also provides dual headphone outputs with dedicated level control and two balanced, ¼-inch line outputs for versatile monitoring.

Designed for both studio and live recording, the SERIES 208i features four analog mic/line/instrument combo inputs with Ultra-HDDA mic preamps and individually switched phantom power. It can be expanded up to 20 total inputs using a pair of Optical S/MUX ports, each of which can accept up to eight channels of audio input from an ADAT- or S/MUX-compatible device. Eight balanced, ¼-inch line outputs enable multiple monitor mixes or up to 7.1 surround monitoring. You also get dual headphone outputs with dedicated level control. Word clock in and out ensures correct synchronization with other digital audio devices.

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Both interfaces come with Steinberg’s Cubase LE DAW software for Windows and macOS and Cubasis LE app for iPad.

The SERIES 102i and 208i interfaces’ angled tabletop design offers easy access to all front-panel controls. A large front-panel Monitor knob ensures you can quickly adjust the monitor output level, and a handy Monitor Balance control enables mixing live input with computer playback for zero-latency overdubs. Rear-panel five-pin DIN MIDI In and Out jacks allows connection of your favorite MIDI devices. A Kensington key lock helps keep your gear safe. TASCAM SERIES interfaces looks great, too, with a new silver look and modern, high-tech design.

TASCAM SERIES 102i and 208i interfaces are $399.99 and $499.99, respectively and all the specs are here.

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