The Tascam US 2400 is a MIDI based control surface designed for use with various digital audio workspaces. While it looks like a console, it merely controls what you would control inside of the box with a sequencer. This is helpful for those who want the feel of real faders and knobs but don't have a real console. I believe the US 2400 is compatible with just about any type of DAW, but I have used it primarily with Cubase SX. While this unit is a bit big for smaller or home studios, it is nice to have 24 faders and channel strips to control any and all tracks you might have within your sequencer. If 24 is not enough you can shuffle between whatever tracks you would like to control. Each virtual channel has a fader, as well as buttons for mute, solo, and record ready. Each also has a knob on top that is programmable. On the right side of the controller, there are transport buttons like play and record, as well as a master fader and a number of buttons to control various options, some of which are programmable. The overall look of the US 2400 is nicely laid out, which makes everything easy to access and even easier to understand. Learning this control surface is quick, and its capabilities are wide. A lot of us out there don't always like controlling our DAWs with our mouse, and the Tascam US 2400 can make that a thing of the past. While this is bigger than other control surfaces like the Mackie HUI
or the Digidesign Command 8
, it doesn't get as in depth in terms of what you can control as these other options. For me, this is fine as I prefer to control a lot of things in the box, and the US 2400 covers all the ends that I would like to control outside of my DAW. The price of the US 2400 is quite reasonable, and is a lot cheaper than you might think. Overall, I highly recommend the Tascam US 2400 for home studio owners looking to get a control surface of this nature.