TASCAM has unveiled the US-2x2 and US-4x4, two new USB Audio Interfaces that they say combine great-sounding audio, solid drivers and innovative, functional design. Here's the details directly from Tascam:
The US-2x2 is a 2-in/2-out USB interface, bus powered from your Mac or Windows computer. A pair of Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide up to 57dB of gain and the best noise and distortion specs in their class. The audio design features high-performance, musical components like NE5532 op amps for rich sound quality without coloring the source. The US-4x4 adds two more Ultra-HDDA preamps and two more balanced line outputs for a total of four inputs and four outputs.
Both interfaces include class-compliant drivers for use with tablets like the iPad when using a power supply (included with the US-4x4, optional on the US-2x2.) The units require no driver installation on Mac OS X, and all-new high-performance drivers are being written in-house for Windows ASIO use. Each of the interfaces includes MIDI in and out, as well as two DAW applications to choose from – both Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9.
The all-aluminum case was designed by The Box design studio in Germany, and includes a pair of removable "bio-cell" side panels. In addition to their striking design, the side panels angle the interface towards you on a desktop. This angle makes the switches and knobs easier to read without twisting your neck around.
With solid audio specs, iOS compatibility, and an easy-to-read angled design, the US-2x2 is the perfect choice for desktop and mobile studios.
Two high-quality Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps with up to 57dB of gain
Two-in/two-out USB 2.0 interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution
XLR/1/4" combination input jacks
Zero-latency Direct Monitoring
High-quality audio components like NE5532 op amps for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio
USB Audio Compliant 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility
Independent line out and headphone level controls
MIDI Input and Output
Aluminum body with angled design for better desktop visibility
Optional power supply
Includes SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9
Four high-quality Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps with up to 57dB of gain
Four-in/four-out interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution