Tascam’s US-4x4 combines great audio quality and ergonomic design for a powerful 4-in/4-out USB 2.0 audio interface.
Four 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-4x4 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 Abelton Live Lite 9.
With solid audio specs, iOS compatibility, and an easy-to-read angled design, the US-4x4 is a great four-channel interface for home, project, and mobile studios.
Discrete Ultra-HDDA Mic Preamps Deliver Low Noise and Low Distortion
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.
XLR and TRS Accept Balanced Mic and Line Level Signals
The mic input features a professional XLR connector, which supplies +48V phantom power for condenser microphones. The US-4x4 is built from heavy duty metal throughout, so it stays on your desk even when moving mics around.
An additional TRS input jack is provided for balanced line-level signals from professional processors and synthesizers. Finally, the first 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.)
Wide Gain Range Supports Dynamic and Ribbon Microphones
Non-powered mics like dynamic and ribbon designs can sound great, but they also have a lower output level than condenser microphones. The US-4x4'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.
Rock Out with Amp Simulator Software using the Guitar Inputs
The first two channels can be switched to direct guitar inputs. They're 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.
High Resolution Recording up to 96kHz/24-bit
The US-4x4 records all four channels 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.
USB 2.0 Computer Connection
USB 2.0, found on nearly any computer, is used as the interface for the US-4x4. Simply connect the interface to any available USB port to supply plenty of bandwidth, even for multichannel 96k work. (The US-4x4 is also compatible with USB 3.0 ports.)
Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring Function
Even the most efficient computers and DAW software can produce a slight delay before reaching the outputs, which can distract some vocalists and instrumentalists. A Direct Monitoring path is included to monitor the input signal before it is sent to the computer. This allows musicians to concentrate on their performance instead of adjusting for latency delay.
Driver Software can be Pre-Installed Without the Interface
The US-4x4 Windows driver software can be installed without connecting the interface. Simple on-screen instructions walk you through the installation. These interfaces can be used on a Mac without installing a driver, but installing the software is recommended to use the control panel.
Angled Orientation is Ideal for Desktop Use
The angled design makes desktop viewing and operation much more comfortable for tabletop use.
Separate Volume Controls for Headphones and Line Outputs
The US-4x4 includes both headphone and line output volume controls. Even when both powered monitors and headphones are connected, the user can set an optimum level for each during operation. And when you want to work on headphones, you don't need to reach around to switch off your monitors.
Class-Compliant Drivers for use with iPad and Other Tablets
The US-4x4 is built with class-compliant drivers built into the units. Not only does this mean that they can be used with many computers without first installing a driver, they also open the possibilities of with tablets such as Apple's iPad. Tascam has tested the interface operation with all leading DAW software, such as SONAR, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Studio One and Garage Band. Use the interfaces with your favorite Mac or Windows recording applications, not just the bundled apps.
MIDI Input and Output Included
Standard MIDI input and output connectors allow connection with the thousands of keyboards, drum machines, controllers, and other sources that employ MIDI connectors. The interfaces can also be used for synchronized operation of multitrack recorders and other external recording equipment.
Built for Multi-Mic Recording
The four Ultra-HDDA mic preamps on the US-4x4 handle anything from rehearsals to studio recording, to live performance. Capture an entire band, or just mic up a drum kit. The four TRS jack outputs can feed monitors, signal processors, or video cameras.
The US-4x4 includes an AC adapter which is required for use with iOS devices. By using an audio interface with iPad sound sources like a synthesizer app, a richer sound quality can be heard as opposed to using the headphone output alone.
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