Tascam US2X2

US-2x2 2 In/2 Out USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface with HDDA Microphone Preamplifiers and iOS Compatibility

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  • Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) micpreamps with -125dBu EIN
  • NE5532 op-amps used at the audio input and output stages
  • Up to 96 kHz/24-bit recording
  • Support for Windows and Mac OS X operating systems
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The Tascam US-2x2 combines great audio quality and ergonomic design for a powerful 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 Audio interface.

Two of Tascam’s Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps provide up to 57dB of gain with nearly inaudible noise and distortion specs. The audio design features high-performance, musical components like NE5532 op amps for rich sound quality without coloring the source.

The US-2x2 includes class-compliant drivers for plug-and-play operation on Mac OSX and iOS devices like the iPad, and a simple driver adds ASIO compatibility for Windows. MIDI in and out are also included for connecting synths, drum machines, and controllers. The interface includes two DAW applications to choose from – both Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Ableton Live Lite 9.

With solid audio specs, iOS compatibility, and an easy-to-read angled design, the US-2x2 is the ultimate 2-channel interface for home, project, and mobile studios.

Tascam's own Ultra-HDDA mic preamps are the cleanest, quietest, and best-sounding from any interface in their range. A gain range of 57dB makes them ideal for any type of mic – dynamic, condenser, or ribbon. With preamp performance well beyond any interfaces in their price range, the Ultra-HDDA preamps on the US-2x2 makes your tracks sound like a record.

Tascam's Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamp design is based on discrete components, just like classic professional gear. They achieve an incredible EIN rating of -125 dBu, meaning their noise level is practically below the range of hearing. Other impressive specs include a signal-to-noise ratio of 101 dB, out-speccing anything in its price range. But instead of judging the design merely by test measurments, key components were selected following extensive listening tests.

Tascam uses proven, great-sounding components throughout the US-2x2. One example are NE5532 op-amps, famously used throughout classic recording consoles and signal processors due to their sweet, musical sound.

The mic input features a professional XLR connector, which supplies +48V phantom power for condenser microphones. The US-2x2 is built from heavy duty metal throughout, so it stays on your desk even when moving mics around.

The combo input jack includes TRS inputs for balanced line-level signals from professional processors and synthesizers. Finally, the two inputs can be switched to high-impedance for direct recording of electric guitar and bass. (Only the XLR or 1/4" input can be used, not both at the same time.)

Non-powered mics like dynamic and ribbon designs can sound great, but they also have a lower output level than condenser microphones. The US-2x2's Ultra HDDA mic preamps not only feature 57dB of gain, but also a low-noise design so you don't crank up the noise at the same time. Plug in modern or classic mics and still get plenty of level on your tracks.

The two inputs can be switched to direct guitar inputs, ideal for direct recording of electric and acoustic guitar and bass without the need for a preamp. Use them with amp modeling software, like the TH2 effect included with SONAR X3. (Guitar effect plug-ins sold separately. The TH2 amp simulator is not included with the bundled SONAR X3 LE. An upgrade fee may be required.)

Tascam makes installing the US-2x2 a snap, whether using the built-in class-complient driver or the high-performance ASIO or Core Audio drivers. Tascam started from scratch on the software, developing them in-house through extensive testing, resulting in our most robust drivers ever. Also included with the driver software is a simple-to-use on-screen control panel, which monitors and adjusts critical interface settings.

USB 2.0, found on nearly any computer, is used as the interface for the US-2x2. Simply connect the interface to any available USB port to supply plenty of bandwidth, even for multichannel 96k work. (The US-2x2 and US-4x4 are also compatible with USB 3.0 ports.)

The US-2x2 records at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. Even if your target is CD or MP3, recording at higher resolutions gives you more to work with in the mix and can result in a smoother sound. The mic preamps and A/D converters work together to capture the clearest signal path, whether you work at 96k or at lower sampling rates.

The US-2x2 is built with class-compliant drivers built into the unit. Not only does this mean that it can be used with many computers without first installing a driver, it also opens the possibilities of use with tablets such as Apple's iPad.

Use Apple's Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) to connect the US-2x2 to an iPad or other iOS device. Utilitze the multichannel audio and MIDI functions with any of the thousands of iOS audio apps, like GarageBand or Tascam's Portastudio app. Class Compliant drivers also allow the interface to be used with Android and Windows-based tablets. Playback from the iPad, such as synthesizer apps, sound bigger and smoother through the interface than going through the headphone output alone. (A TASCAM PS-P520 AC adapter (sold separately) is necessary to power the US-2x2. When connected, the US-2x2/US-4x4 will not provide power to the iOS device.)

Tascam US-2x2 Includes:

  • Free copy of Steinberg Cubase LE as the bundled DAW
  • USB Cable
  • SONAR X3 LE license card
  • Ableton Live 9 Lite license card
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty Card

Tascam US-2x2 Features:

  • Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) micpreamps with -125dBu EIN
  • NE5532 op-amps used at the audio input and output stages
  • Up to 96 kHz/24-bit recording
  • Support for Windows and Mac OS X operating systems
  • USB 2.0 computer connection
  • Connect with iPads and other iOS devices
  • +48V phantom power for all inputs
  • Two switchable high-impedance inputs
  • Microphone preamp gain range of 57 dB
  • Direct monitoring function for zero-latency monitoring
  • Tough all-metal casing for durability
  • Angled design provides excellent usability on a desktop
  • Balanced analog TRS output jacks suitable for connection to powered monitors
  • Standard TRS headphones output jack
  • Separate controls for line and headphones output volumes
  • MIDI input and output
  • Output sources can be selected in the setting panel
  • Input sound monitoring can be set to stereo or mono
  • Input muting function eliminates noise from unused inputs
  • USB class compliant 2.0 support
  • License cards included for SONAR X3 LE/Ableton LiveLite 9
  • Confirmed operation with major DAW software (SONAR, ProTools, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Garage Band)

Tascam US-2x2 Specifications:

  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz
  • Quantization Bit Rate: 16/24-bit
  • Mic In: In 1-2
    • Connector: XLR-3-3-1 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD), Balanced
    • Input Impedance: 2.2 kOhms
    • Nominal Input Level:
      • Gain (MAX): -65 dBu (0.0004 Vrms)
      • Gain (MIN): -8 dBu (0.3090 Vrms)
    • Maximum Input Level: +8 dBu (1.9467 Vrms)
    • Gain: 57 dB
  • Inst In: In 1-2
    • Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS jack (T: HOT, S: GND), Unbalanced (When set to INST at MIC/LINE,INST switch)
    • Input Impedance: 1 MegOhm
    • Nominal Input Level:
      • Gain (MAX): -63 dBV (0.0007 Vrms)
      • Gain (MIN): -6 dBV (0.5015 Vrms)
    • Maximum Input Level: +10 dBV (3.162 Vrms)
    • Gain: 57 dB
  • Line In: In 1-2
    • Connector: 1.4" (6.3 mm) TRS jack (T: HOT, R: COLD, S: GND), Balanced (When set to LINE at MIC/LINE,INST switch)
    • Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
    • Nominal Input Level:
      • Gain (MAX): -53 dBu (0.0017 Vrms)
      • Gain (MIN): +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
    • Maximum Input Level: +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms)
    • Gain: 57 dB
  • Line Out:
    • Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS jack (T: HOT, R: COLD, S: GND), Balanced
    • Output Impedance: 110 Ohms
    • Nominal Output Level: +4 dBu (1.273 Vrms)
    • Maximum Output Level: +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms)
  • Phones:
    • Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) stereo phone jack
    • Maximum Output Level: 18 mW + 18 mW or more (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 Ohms loaded)
  • MIDI In/Out:
    • Connector: 5-pin DIN
    • Format: Standard MIDI format
  • USB:
    • Connector: USB B type 4-pin
    • Format: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Power:
    • When Connected to PC: USB Bus Powered
    • When Connected to iOS Device: AC Adapter (Tascam PS-P250, sold separately)
    • Power Consumption: 2.5 W
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 7.32" x 2.56" x 6.3" (186 x 65 x 160 mm)
  • Weight: 2.43 lbs. (1.1 kg)
  • Operating Temperature: 5° to 35° C
  • Bundled Software: Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE, Ableton Live 9 Lite
  • Accessories: USB cable, SONAR X3 LE license card, Live 9 Lite licensecard, User's manual, warranty card
  • Audio Performance:
    • Line Out (Balanced) Frequency Response:
      • 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +0 dB/-0.1 dB
      • 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz - 40 kHz +0 dB/-0.2 dB
    • Phones Frequency Response:
      • 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +0 dB/-0.5 dB
      • 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz - 40 kHz +0 dB/-2 dB
    • THD: 0.003% or less
    • S/N Ratio: 101 dB or more
    • Crosstalk: 95 dB or more
    • EIN: -127 dBu or less
  • Windows: Windows 7 (32-bit SP1, 64-bit SP1), Windows 8.0 (32/64-bit), Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) System Requirements
    • Compatible Computers: Windows-compatible computer with a USB 2.0 port
    • CPU Type/Speed: Dual core/2 GHz or faster (x86)
    • Memory: 2 GB or more
    • Driver: ASIO 2.0, WDM (MME)
  • Mac: OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), OS X Mavericks (10.9) System Requirements
    • Compatible Computers: Apple Macintosh computer with a USB 2.0 port
    • CPU Type/Speed: Dual Core/2 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB or more
    • Dvier: Core Audio, Core MIDI

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