The Tascam FW-1082 is a digital mixer and audio interface combined. It is firewire based, containing eight channels of faders and inputs, and four built in microphone preamps. It also has two MIDI channels and 1/4 inch outputs for stereo monitors and a headphone jack. Each of the channels has a fader, a gain knob, as well as solo, mute, and selection buttons. There is a three band assignable EQ built in, which can be applied to any of the channels, as well as built in panning.
I find the Tascam FW-1082 to be quite easy to use, as you've really only got the basics to work with here. This unit is aimed at making it user friendly, as there isn't anything more than what you would need to do some basic recording and mixing. Having said this, it still has a lot of features to work with, and it will take a bit of use to understand everything and to use everything to its full potential. However, the typical function are right in front of your face and easily accessible. Unless you're a beginner with interfaces and mixers, I think everything can be figured out on its on for the most part without the use of a manual, but it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to have it around anyway.
The sound of the mic pres on the Tascam FW-1082 is about average, and while it will definitely get the job done for small home studio recording, don't expect all too much from them. They come through pretty clear, but they are bit too transparent and lack the depth that I would look for in a set of good pres. However, considering this price and the overall make up of the unit, I would imagine that users aren't looking for the world when it comes to the pres. The EQ is of course assignable, so it doesn't actually make any sound without linking it to a plug-in. For building a small home studio around and getting some demos and basic recordings done, the Tascam FW-1082 will certainly do the job...
Recently, the price of the Tascam FW-1082 has dropped in further than it was in the past, as it looks like they are trying to get rid of these to make room for the newer products that Tascam has to offer. This is definitely your gain if you're in the market for an audio interface and mixer combination, as this is a great deal as of right now. While it does not have the best sounding pres in the world, if you're just looking to get started making recordings and want to build a home studio, this would be a perfect place to start in my opinion. Definitely a unit worth looking into for those who want to start up a small studio...
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kossilate's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I find it very well I only have one cares, when I put it with my PowerCore after a few minutes, and I have no sound and I do not separate my two veus
Although it have the width of a rack unit, rack ell t is not on.
4 XLR inputs, 8 line inputs, one SPDIF es, headphone 2 firewire 400.
24-bit (44.1 / 48, 88.2, 96khz)
8 faders, 3 modes: console, mode controller, midi mode.
Motorized faders, protocol "tascam", "HUI mode" or "Cubase" (selectable via the "control panel")
Automation works with Pro Tools LE. It is a little less that spoussé with digidesign command 8, but has sfaders, mutes, solos, the record track arming in the transportation, shuttle, selection of Marchen great tool (the What essential!)
The control also works very well in audio logic and cubase but more importantly, tascam works beautifully with FINAL CUT! a shuttle, great to edit the video, and the eIntegration agestion special effects very well explained in the pdf tascam!
Brief hyper versatile machine: A control surface HUI mode that takes the match without the essential functions of the command 8, but can also be ordered Final Cut, which has a stand alone mode, and an audio interface 10 entries!
The only missing ADAT connectivity.
No I have had no trouble in configuring the tascam mac OS 10.5 (beware, there are drivers for SNOW leopard and after, finished ... For there are drivers windows XP, VISTA, Windows 7 AND there is no pa sexclu that they still work with windos 8 to see so ...)
Automation in cubase be sfacile to install, ditto in logic and final cut.
He must be careful to be in the correct mode.
Pro tools for the control passes through the fire wire even if you do not use the audio interface.
24 bit 96 khz ... the mic preamps are not the best in the world, I still haven aps compared with those of my digi 002 or those of the 03D. Fe Anyway, a channel strip plugged into spdif overcomes the problem at a lower cost ... (kind VoiceMaster focusrite ...)
I've tested that the 24-hour day affinerais notemment this notice with a test laptop with a mini firewire interface. Tascam deconseille this kind of connection, in fact we eprofite spas n d ela full band firewire, and probably only for seesions heavy, it could be a problem ... I'll tell you more ...
Before acquiring the studio for a B, I've used and still uses the torque command digi 002R + 8 and Yamaha 03D. In the past days I worked on HUI, and command 24.
ThE only two flaws are the lack of connectivity ADAT, and the lack of drivers for the new OS mac.
But its rating used is a bargain! with pro tools 10 in snow leopard, it could well be the best value in secondhand ....
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manux's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
So simple (so simple a q m-audio)
perfect (adjusting the eq not great in cubase)
I use it for a month before I had had no sound card as standard (without control)
In other words, it changes the life its a real pleasure to be able to control everything (especially automation) I had to take an m-audio but when I saw the price of the playback on FW 1082 (499 euros) j I quickly compare the two the tascam least 60mm fader complete against 100 mm on the m-audio, not adtat, and saw no meter but less than 650 euros for tascam?
The preamps are very good handling very simple really a very good product
then at this price I would do without this purchase hesitate