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arrowReleased: 2003 fall  arrowVersion: 0.00
arrowRated: 5.8/10arrow User reviews: (6)
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Anonymous writes:
The FW-1884 is a professional DAW control surface and audio/MIDI interface that uses the FireWire high-speed data transfer protocol. With FireWire's high-bandwidth capabilities, the FW-1884 provides audio and MIDI interfacing to computers as well as control of DAW parameters via eight 100mm motorized touch-sensitive channel faders, one master fader, and controls for pan, solo, mute and select functions on each channel. Tactile control for four bands of parametric EQ, a jog/shuttle wheel and a variety of shortcut keys for various popular software applications are also included.

Co-designed by TASCAM and Frontier Design Group, the FW-1884's DAW control capabilities include comprehensive mixing, automation, editing and navigation tools. In addition to its surface control capabilities, the FW-1884 provides eight balanced XLR analog mic/line inputs with high quality mic preamps, phantom power and inserts on every channel. Using 24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters, the FW-1884 offers full 96kHz operation on all analog I/O channels with compatible DAW software. In addition to its two FireWire (IEEE 1394) computer interfaces, the FW-1884 gives users eight channels of ADAT lightpipe as well as stereo S/PDIF inputs and outputs. Perfectly suited to multi-channel surround production as well as standard stereo mixing, the FW-1884 provides eight analog outputs for simultaneous connection to L/R and 5.1 surround matrices. A headphone output is also provided.

Four MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs on the FW-1884 allow users to connect with a wide variety of MIDI sound generation and timing tools. Its Word Clock in and out jacks allow computer systems to maintain accurate clock synchronization in digital recording environments. Also, its assignable footswitch jack can be used for tasks such as hands-free punching or MIDI control. In use, the FW-1884 allows up to 18 audio inputs to be accessed at once. As a DAW controller, the FW-1884 is compatible with a wide variety of popular applications including MOTU Digital PerformerTM, Emagic LogicTM and Cakewalk SonarTM. By emulation of HUITM and Mackie ControlTM the FW-1884 can be used as a comprehensive control surface for DAW applications that support those protocols such as Steinberg CubaseSXTM, Steinberg NuendoTM, and more.

For people who require simultaneous control of more audio channels, the FE-8 (available later this year) expands the FW-1884 with eight additional channel control strips (100mm motorized faders and dedicated control buttons). Up to 15 FE-8's may be added to an FW-1884 system as needed for big console functionality. ,

Good Points
good all in one unit, sounds good to me,
Bad Points
without computer it is reduced to expensive metal box mixer lost its head

 Tascam FW-1884 Specifications:

Digital IOs:
Analog IOs:
Midi IOs:
Other IOs:
Maximum Resolution:24/96kHz
Software supported:
DP, logic, sonar, cubase, nuendo

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