Tascam US16X08 Audio Interface

Tascam US-16X08 - USB 2, 96 kHz, 24 Bit, 8 Mic Pre's , 16 / 8 Analogue I/O

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Product Overview The US-16x08 offers 16 mic and line inputs for your computer with clear sound quality and advanced features to manage big sessions. Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps provide clean and quiet operation while delivering up to 56 dB of gain. An additional eight balanced line inputs are provided, two of them switchable to instrument level for direct guitar or bass recording. Eight balanced line outputs are also available, two with a level control on the front panel for monitoring.

Built into the US-16x08 is a DSP Mixer for low-latency digital mixing. Each channel has four-band EQ and compression for polished-sounding monitor mixes. In addition to interface mode, the US-16x08 can be used as a standalone mic preamp. Windows and Mac drivers are provided, as well as USB Class Compliant 2.0 drivers for tablets like the Apple iPad. MIDI input and output are also available on the rear panel.

Whether using the ergonomically-designed angled desktop stand or mounting with the included rack ears, the US-16x08 includes enough I/O for almost any music recording application.

Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide pristine audio quality

Our original Ultra-HDDA mic preamps allow you to input high-quality audio from any audio source just by turning a knob. These are the same mic preamps that are in our HS-P82 professional recorders, which are popular in the broadcast and film industry. These versatile preamps can handle both condenser and dynamic mics, and will allow you to enjoy high-quality recording even if you are not an expert. These versatile preamps also feature line-level inputs for keyboards and other equipment.
• Built-in Ultra-HDDA mic preamps have discrete construction that achieve -125 dBu EIN (Equivalent Input Noise)
• Guitars can be directly connected enabling the use of 3rd-party plug-in effects
• Wide dynamic range that can handle the sound pressures of drum recording easily

16 analogue inputs to process vocals, instruments and drums simultaneously

With 8 XLR and 8 TRS inputs, a total of 16 simultaneous analogue signals can be input. Record an entire band during a live performance or rehearsal with ease.
• 8 XLR inputs with 48 volts phantom power
• 8 line inputs switchable between –10 dB and +4 dB
• Can also be used as standalone microphone preamp

Advanced DSP mixer paired with a new USB driver

An obstacle with computer-based recording is latency (delayed audio signals). New driver software has been developed to eliminate latency issues and driver set-up problems.

The built-in mixer utilizes the high-performance BlackFin DSP processor making it possible to offer 4-band EQ and compression on each channel.
• High-resolution recording up to 96 kHz/24-bit
• USB 2.0 computer connection
• Advanced DSP mixer with 4-band equalizer and compressor on each channel
• Driver software can be installed without connecting the interface

Support for iPads and other iOS devices

You will not need another audio interface if you decide you want to make music using an iPad or other iOS device. The performance of these interfaces has been tested with not only the bundled digital audio workstations (DAW), but also with other popular recording software – you can continue to use them even if you change DAW software. Since these units include MIDI inputs and outputs, they can also be used as MIDI interfaces.
• Connect with an iPad or another iOS device
• Tested with Sonar, ProTools, Cubase, Live, Studio One, and Garage Band
• MIDI input and output enable connection with keyboards and other MIDI devices

Standalone use as an independent mic preamp

By turning the unit on without a USB connection, it can be used as a microphone preamplifier in standalone mode. After passing through the Ultra-HDDA circuits, the signals from the XLR inputs on the front are output from the TRS jacks on the rear of the unit. This allows it to be used for a variety of applications, including with interfaces and PA/SR mixers that do not have their own or less good preamps. Features • High-quality Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) microphone pre-amps with ultra-low noise (EIN: –125 dBu)
• Recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit
• Support for Mac and Windows operating systems
• 16-in/8-out audio streaming from a PC connected via USB 2.0
• Selectable operation mode between audio interface and standalone mic preamp
• On-board DSP mixer for monitoring
• Low-latency monitoring via the DSP Mixer
• Compressor and 4-band EQ for each input channel on the DSP mixer
• Eight XLR inputs with phantom power
• Two TRS (balanced) inputs selectable between line and instrument level
• Six TRS (balanced) inputs on rear panel
• Eight TRS (balanced) analogue outputs
• Standard headphones output
• MIDI input/output
• USB Audio Compliance 2.0 for iOS connection
• DAW compatibility (Sonar, ProTools, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Garage Band)
• Rack-mount adapter included
• Dedicated AC adapter included
• Angled industrial design for desktop ease-of-use
Computer Interface Type USB 2
Analogue Inputs (Total) 16
Analogue Outputs (Total) 8
Connections (Input)
  • 8 x 6.35mm (1/4") Jack
  • 1 x MIDI
  • 8 x XLR
Mic Preamps (Max) 8
Instrument Inputs (Max) 2
Phantom Power Yes
Sample Rate (Max) 96 kHz
Bit Resolution 24
iPad Compatible Yes
Dynamic Range Not Specified dB
Connections (Output)
  • 8 x 6.35mm (1/4") Jack
  • 1 x Headphone (TRS 6.35mm Jack)
  • 1 x MIDI
Dimensions (mm) 445x59x219 WxHxD
DSP Processing Yes
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Tascam US-16X08 - USB 2, 96 kHz, 24 Bit, 8 Mic Pre's , 16 / 8 Analogue I/O is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap, cheerful and does the job well. What can i say, great price and it does what it says on the tin. I recently bought a new electric drumkit and i wanted to record the drums on my computer. The drumkit has 8 separate outputs and the only way i was getting those into my computer was to get an 8 input (minimum) PC audio device. I looked at several, all doing pretty much the same thing, but the prices went from anywhere between £500 and £1500. Then i spotted the Tascam 16x8.. It had 16 inputs, 8 outputs, midi in and out and finally USB out. Perfect for what i needed (i wanted to record the 8 outputs + midi) all at about £220 Its very easy to set up, there is a little instruction leaflet which explains the basic setup, but all i really needed to do was... Connected all the cables from my drum kit to the Tascam, Go to the web site the leaflet tells you to go to (to get the drivers + audio software) once you have the drivers installed, you just plug the USB cable into your computer and turn on the Tascam. It should suddenly detect as a new device. It's now ready to go.. I just had to set my audio program (adobe audition) to use the tascam audio hardware drivers instead of the standard pc drivers, then it was able to record all 8 channels of audio as separate files all at the same time... Using several microphones and guitars in some of the other inputs would work exactly the same, you just need to tell the recording software to record more channels.. The results are great! With nice clear sound recordings, no fuss setup and use with a pc and at THAT price.. You really cannot go wrong. If you are not some fancy studio, just some guys at home and you need a way to record up to 16 things at once on a computer, without having to sell a kidney to pay for it. Then i highly recommend you get the Tascam US 16x8.. Oh yeah... Don't forget to buy your audio cables at the same time :) Nothing worse than having two devices and no way of joining them together!
Date published: 2017-09-17
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Windows sound device

How do the outputs display in the Windows audio device settings? Do they show as multiple separate outputs that I can then tell applications to point to individually?
Asked by: NAnstice
They display as (i think ) two sets of ASIO sound drivers in any application. Tascam 16x8 and Tascam 16x8 mixer. Either seems to work just as well as the other. To use in an application, you simple tell the apps audio settings to use Asio drivers, then pick either of the tascam options. You then set your application to record multiple channels then in each channel you tell it which input to record from. For example i record from an electric drum kit, which has 8 outputs, i use Adobe audition to record, so i go to its "Multi track editor" and make sure i have added 8 tracks to it. Then i tell track 1 to record from input 1, track 2 to record from input 2 etc. Now when you hit record in Audition it will record 8 audio channels at once. The same can be done from something like Fruity loops, just you set up the 8 inputs from within the "mixer" window.
Answered by: Nobby76
Date published: 2017-11-19
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Tascam US16X08 Audio Interface
Tascam US16X08 Audio Interface