NAMM 2019: New USB interfaces and handheld recorders from Tascam
Tascam has debuted two new USB audio/MIDI interfaces with DSP capabilities and three new handheld recorders that can also be used as a USB interface, at this year’s show.
The compact SERIES 102i audio/MIDI interface with up to ten audio inputs (two mic/line/instrument, eight optical) and two analogue audio outputs is designed for guitarists, songwriters and owners of small studios while the SERIES 208i with its 20 audio inputs (four mic/line/instrument, 16 optical) and eight balanced analogue audio outputs is aimed at professional studio and live recording. Both models can be used with macOS and Windows computers or iOS devices for recording and playback at up to 192 kHz / 24 bit.
Controllable with included custom software, these versatile USB interfaces are equipped with a DSP input and output mixer with built-in digital reverb, compressor, phase invert and four-band EQ for each channel.
Both models come also with Steinberg Cubase LE and Cubasis LE for iPad. With IK Multimedia AmpliTube guitar effects/modeling software and T-RackS mastering software – both provided in standalone and plug-in versions – users get the tools they need to deliver high-quality, polished recording projects.
Tascam’s DR-05X, DR-07X and DR-40X comprise a range of new handheld audio recorders building on their successful predecessors. With revamped, multilingual user interfaces and new functions like tape-style Overwrite recording and a Dictation mode, these models can be used in an even wider range of applications. Operations like recording, adjusting levels, deleting bad takes and adding markers take just a button press. By connecting the recorders to a computer or iOS device, they can serve as a high-quality USB audio interface for recording and playback with DAW or streaming software. While the microphones built into the DR-05X are fixed, other models offer the ability to set their mics in AB or XY position. The upmarket DR-40X can create four-track recordings and dual recordings at different levels, while the DR-40X can handle MS microphone configurations with external mics connected to its XLR balanced inputs and decode MS recordings.
All three models support WAV file formats up to 96 kHz / 24 bit and can also record and play MP3 files at 32–320 kbit/s bit rates. The DR-40X is compatible with the BWF file format which can hold meta data and is preferred for motion picture, radio and TV production. Other features of the series include: three different auto level modes (Limiter, Peak Reduction, Auto Level) that can help to prevent accidental distortion while recording, a Level Align function that allows to smooth out volume jumps during playback, a built-in speaker for quick check-back, six reverb effects that can be applied to the input or output signal, variable speed audition, low-cut filtering, chromatic tuner and more.
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