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TASCAM Releases Flagship US-20x20 Audio Interface

(PRESS RELEASE): TASCAM, the brand synonymous with professional recording products, has released the US-20x20, the flagship model in its line of interfaces. With eye-catching style, a high-performance BlackFin processor and high quality microphone preamplifiers, the US-20x20 is perfect for use in any recording facility.

20 inputs and 20 outputs make for great versatility, with the US-20x20 featuring eight XLR/TRS inputs, two TRS inputs and multi-channel digital inputs via S/PDIF coaxial and optical digital connectors. High quality mic preamps have an equivalent input noise of -125dBu to ensure pristine audio quality. The versatility of these preamps enable the use of both condenser and dynamic microphones, whilst guitars can connect directly enabling the use of 3rd-party plug-in effects and a wide dynamic range easily handles the recording of drums.

Adding to the US-20x20’s versatility, it is able to be used as an interface for multitrack recording, a standalone mic preamp or a live performance mixer thanks to intelligent mode switching.

To counter latency issues occasionally found with computer-based recording, new driver software has been developed with the high-performance Dual Core BlackFin DSP processor offering high-resolution recording at up to 192 kHz/24 bit.

Tested with a range of DAW software such as Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Studio One and GarageBand, the US-20x20 is also compatible with iOS devices without the need for an additional audio interface.

With an angled, eye-catching design, the US-20x20 looks at home on a desktop, whilst a rack-mount adapter is also included for greater flexibility.

Main features:

Main features:

  • High-quality Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) microphone pre-amps with ultra-low noise (EIN: –125 dBu)
  • Recording at up to 192 kHz/24 bit
  • Support for Windows and Mac operating systems
  • USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 computer connection for 40-channel audio transmission at 44.1/48 kHz or 24-channel audio transmission at 176.4/192 kHz
    • 20 inputs/20 outputs available at 44.1/48 kHz/24 bit (10 analogue channels + 2 digital S/PDIF channels + 8 optical channels)
    • 16 inputs/16 outputs available at 88.2/96 kHz/24 bit (10 analogue channels + 2 digital S/PDIF channels + 4 S/MUX optical channels)
    • 12 inputs/12 outputs available at 176.4/192 kHz/24 bit (10 analogue channels + 2 digital S/PDIF channels)
  • Three selectable operation modes: audio interface, standalone mic preamp, digital mixer
  • DSP mixer with 4-band EQ and compression on each input channel (can be used in
  • Interface/Mixer mode)
  • Patch bay allows outputs to be assigned freely (can be used in Interface/Mixer mode)
  • DSP mixer settings can be stored in up to 10 scenes
  • USB Audio Compliance 2.0 for iPads and other iOS devices
  • Reverb effect can be added to the monitored audio
  • Low-latency monitoring via the DSP mixer

Inputs and outputs

  • Eight XLR/TRS combo jack analogue inputs with switchable phantom power (48 V)
  • Inputs 1 and 2 can be used for direct guitar input
  • Two TRS (balanced) inputs on rear panel
  • Input level range of 56 dB for using dynamic mics
  • Ten TRS (balanced) analogue outputs
  • TOS LINK optical digital multi-channel input and output (8 channels at 44.1/48 kHz, supporting S/MUX2 and S/MUX4)
  • S/PDIF coaxial digital input and output
  • BNC word clock input and output
  • Two standard TRS headphones outputs with 2 x 70 mW output power
  • Separate controls for line and headphones output levels
  • MIDI input/output

Other features

  • DAW compatibility (Sonar, ProTools, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Garage Band)
  • Rack-mount adapter included
  • Dedicated AC adapter included
  • Angled industrial design provides excellent usability on a desktop

 For more information on TASCAM's US-20x20 Audio Interface

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