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TASCAM Introduces US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface

Created in conjunction with development partners Frontier Design Group By DMN Staff Writer
TASCAM has introduced the US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface at the Musikmesse International Trade Fair. Designed as an affordable solution for musicians and recordists who need to send audio and MIDI to and from computers, the US-122 continues TASCAM's development legacy with partners Frontier Design Group.

"The US-122 is an excellent solution for several levels of computer recordists," states Jim Bailey, TASCAM product development manager. "Since it's self-powered via USB and features phantom-powered preamps, a person with a laptop and a couple of condenser mics has a great portable recording rig. A desktop recordist with limited space will really appreciate the US-122's sleek, ergonomic design and features like analog inserts for working with outboard gear. Beginning musicians can get into the US-122 with its affordable price point and easy-to-use design."

The US-122 ($269 MSRP USD) is a Mac- and Windows-compatible USB audio and MIDI interface. It features two XLR-based, phantom-powered mic inputs with analog inserts that allow hardware devices (compressors, etc.) to be placed into the recording signal chain. Two line-level inputs on balanced 1/4" TRS jacks are included, and are switchable to guitar-level for direct instrument recording. Its two line-level outputs provide control for levels, and a dedicated headphone output is also included. The US-122 also offers 16 channels of MIDI I/O for use with synthesizers and other MIDI equipment.

The US-122 also provides a dedicated control for adjustable zero-latency direct monitoring, providing a sonically pure reference point before entering DAW processing. Since the US-122 is self-powered via USB, no separate power supply is required for operation, making it suitable for mobile recording systems based around laptop computers. Drivers for the US-122 are provided for compatibility with ASIO, WDM, GSIF and Apple Core Audio (OS X) software systems.

The US-122 is packaged with two music production software tools at no added cost: TASCAM's GigaStudio 24 sampling workstation software and a special version of Steinberg's Cubasis recording/sequencing software. With its compact design and steel chassis, the US-122 is designed for users ranging from hobbyist musicians through advanced professional recording engineers and producers.

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