Marking its debut in the United States, TASCAM is demonstrating the new US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface at the NAB show. Introduced at Frankfurt's Musikmesse International Trade Fair in March 2003, the US-122 is now available at TASCAM retailers. 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 successful legacy of creating innovative computer recording hardware with their development 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 perfect 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 valuable 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 rugged steel chassis, the US-122 meets the needs of everyone from hobbyist musicians through advanced professional recording engineers and producers.
TASCAM is the professional audio division of TEAC Corporation and produces the most comprehensive line of audio recorders, mixers and related equipment in the pro audio industry. TASCAM has offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Japan, Mexico and Latin America