Tascam US-122L
Tascam US-122L

US-122L, USB audio interface from Tascam.

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Average Score:3.4( 3.4/5 based on 23 reviews )
 8 reviews35 %
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Value For Money : Excellent

Pjones9's review"Good quality for the cost, great for demos!"

Tascam US-122L
I bought the Tascam US-122 looking for an affordable audio interface to record demos of my songs, and I wasn't disappointed! Since it's powered via USB, it's very useful for anyone who works on a laptop, light and portable.
It has two phantom-powered mic inputs and two line-level inputs, so if what you need is to record a single source or a guitar and a microphone the US-122 will get the job done.


I work on Logic Pro mostly, and I did find some issues regarding the interface's compatibility. I had to download the drivers and although they were compatible with Apple Core Audio sometimes the software would not recognize the US-122 so I had to unplug it and set up again, but that would fix the problem most of the time. Also I had some minor latency issues, however as I said before, those were probably happening because of the lack of compatibility with the software I used.


The configuration is very simple, after the installation you can start recording right away. All the typical functions are at hand. I stated above some of the compatibility issues that I had with the Tascam US-122.


This was the first audio interface I bought. Since at the time what I wanted from this audio interface was just recording demos, I found it very useful for that purpose and I'm happy with the work I did with it; however if you want to do audio work that requires great quality this would not be my choice. The Tascam US-122 is great for beginners, mobile recording systems and hobbyist musicians, etc. I still believe that it is a great interface to begin with. It's easy to use and affordable. But if you are serious about producing music with professional audio quality you should consider upgrading.

MGR/ShackMan's review"Tascam US-122L USB 2.0 Interface"

Tascam US-122L
It's the power behind my home studio right now, which isn't that much, but it's a solid Cubase setup that gets my tracks from 'Point A' to 'Done.' I've been using this for a few years now and I doubt it has a scratch on it. Solid metal grey chassis with plastic bumpers. It's really ruggedly built and rather hefty for it's size. I do sound effect recordings and samplings for various plays, musicals, movies as well as the usual full band recordings.

I needed a cheap way to record. This came with a copy of Cubase LE for less than $100 from Pianos 'n' Stuff in Blawnox, PA, and it's been all I really need since.

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I think it's an absolute bargain for a two track recorder. It'll process MIDI, RCA, two mics or a single direct guitar/instrument at a time. I can layer them afterward in Cubase to do a whole band direct. For the combination off software and the features of the unit, I don't think there's a better cheap setup out there, and it's USB 2.0, so there really isn't any chance of latency. It's also powered by that USB cable, so there's really only one wire you need to mess with to your PC. 24-bit, 96kHz quality keeps the music clear and clean, too. And if I ever need more tracks, I can simply go out and get an un-powered mixing board and run it into the two front inputs of the unit.

I just sat here for about 10 minutes and tried to think of something. I guess I'd like it more if it made orange juice, too. equals)

As I said earlier, it's all-out steel and heavy duty plastic construction. Mine doesn't have a scratch on it, mostly because I've taken care of it, but it seems to be pretty darn rugged. None of the connections have ever seemed flimsy or in any way loose, and I've never had reason to suspect a problem with the unit.

It's an absolute best buy. It gets my award for best budget product and best entry level product for recording interfaces hands down. The US-122mkII is really just the same thing in a new color with slightly better hardware. Either one will keep you happy for a long time.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Derek Mok01/19/2005

MGR/Derek Mok's review"Tascam US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface"

Tascam US-122L
I bought this unit at Guitar Center in Hollywood for $199. I needed a means to input audio into my computer for film work.

Solidly built, simple interface, good input options. Attractive in appearance -- so it looks good beside your computer. My computer setup doesn't have space for a full-sized mixer, so the compact size of this unit is a major plus.

When I first acquired it, the US-122 was guaranteed to work with Macintosh computers. It didn't -- at least, not for awhile. Tascam tech support responded quite promptly, to its credit, but I had to download a new driver from their website several months after the purchase, and then suddenly the unit started working. Now it does a fine job, but I felt I shouldn't have had to go through the hassle. Most of the bonus software that comes with the box (Cubasis, GigaStudio 24) couldn't be installed on my Mac G5. Finally, you obviously don't get the number of channels as on a real mixer -- it's not what this thing was designed for.

Looks and feels very well built. The metal chassis feels like it can withstand a beating, even though it shouldn' t have to.

The driver problem is what I had been really concerned about. Looking back, I think I might have been better off spending double the money and getting the Digidesign Mbox bundle, which is tried and true with Mac-based film-production systems. Still, after some hassle, this unit now does work with my computer and is doing its job, so at least I'm finally getting my money's worth.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
YoucasteY production09/12/2012

YoucasteY production's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Really for beginners! Provide a good hardware configuration."

Tascam US-122L
I'd buy this little machine to get lower latency and also to discover at the time, recording with a microphone.

It also motivated me was the connection by USB, all digital anything, something that would make my job easier and with less breath.


The installation went without problems for me, although I have seemed long.
Regarding updates to drivers in 3 years I do not see any change.

Now move on to the problem:

Since my purchase I run the install and try it directly and big crunches big surprise or even audio processor overhead.
I stay calm, change hard disk with Windows brand new
reinstall everything.
The I a little better, but pushing the lowest latency, you can not go below 256 ms without big cracks.
I must content myself with a 512 ms 1024 ms project lean and with a more consistent.
Result to make a recording with a guitar amp simulator must not only activate it with just a metronome to stall and play with better latency.
For me it was doable but a colleague with whom I started producing it has been more difficult.
In addition I changed my computer from a small Asus with whom I can walk when I'm not in the studio and compose the tascam Well I am no longer of any use, I said, I can with the sound card in my computer to get a latency up to 256 ms, whereas with the tascam 512ms is already finished for him.
I think I must still be a big setup in order to enjoy a decent latency.

Another test:
My ear and my equipment is evolved from my years of practice and it is that I wanted to use the tascam to record a music concert Reunion.
Basically I made up all my equipment balances all the settings, and then I plug one of the dual outputs of the mixer to the XLR inputs tascam
and I understand the quality of the preamps and converters, big loss of low frequencies, heat well attenuated but not breathing why he is doing well.
The headphone output is a bad quality that it also pushes the gain, treble distorted coming for you gun down the ear.


I returned to the driver of this sound card is not really "adjustable"
On to the choice between 1024 512 256 128 96 ms if I'm not mistaken on the latter.
So you'll understand if problm in low latency bin you switch to a large latency.


Used for more than 3 years he has rendered great service and allowed me to record my own Compos guitar and started producing other artists.
For the beginning I thought it was great because it there's still quality but to experience it the more you realize what was in his hands.
I do not have that choice again if I had to leave such a product there must be much better.
However, it is highly portable and self-powered so it can be used in full secondhand.
I added that was sold with Cubase 4 so it was a small matter anyway.

cedricfourn-78's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Do not buy"

Tascam US-122L
On board of a seller for the price.
Use voice recording.


The utisation is simple I never had any problems, use with Cubase.
No worries at latency.
Regarding the number of tracks that can simultaneously record, no idea, knowing that I recorded the voice.
I do not remember against by having an update?


The installation, no problems, and configuration is fairly simple.


I used it for 2 years, it was my first audio interface for the price and therefore I did not hesitate.
To start it's not bad, and again.
It can quickly be totally discouraged by the preamps that are really poor. It blows, occasionally crackling.
I think you can do better but much better at the same price (maybe slightly more).
I recommend to summarize, even for beginners.
For example, my record was better with a sound blaster audigy, a small mixer, and an SM58.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good"

Tascam US-122L
PC use .... ableton, soundforge, .... a little scratching at the Cygnus (rather rare)


Easy to install, but a small annoyance, disconnect the cable from the PC after the install (when the progress bar is at the bottom if I remember correctly) if it has the st juqu'a glin glin ;) ( the install did not finish).


this is my first map.
The MIDI files have motivated my choice.

I can not compare, but I find acceptable.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam US-122L
Use PC .... ableton, fl, soudforge, .... a skyscraper in Cygnus (rather rare)


Easy to install, but a small annoyance, you must disconnect the cable from the PC after install (when the progress bar is at the bottom if I remember correctly) otherwise it's a juqu'à st glin glin;) ( the install will not be finished).


this is my first card.
MIDI files have motivated my choice.

I can not compare, but I find acceptable.

Titris06's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Dcevant"

Tascam US-122L
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?
I bought in a shop in central Brussels on the "advice" from a vendor. The motivation for the purchase price mostly silent

- For what purpose?
Home recording studio with computer music

- Config
I used it on multiple computers, the latency silent identical in all cases.
Computers taient quips the latest firmware from windows 7 and I always used Cubase (3, 4 and now 5) pro versions.

I use a sm57 regarding guitar amp and wind instruments, sm58 for voice, and I use the DI my bass amp for bass pramplis because of the sound card is really bad quality .
So all through the XLR, I also use the afternoon to an electronic keyboard or a battery


They are relatively stable, I had a few crashes dj but it's really not a problem rcurent.

There is actually an update from time to time

(Max 14ms, min: 3.90 ms; normal: 4.85 ms) Correct but does not allow monitoring of the recess ...

Trs mostly Cubase as said above

-Number of tracks
It is possible to record a power trio with no voice, the bass guitar a cot on the other, and by noon the battery using a battery electronic


No problem with installation

The configuration is fairly simple, the buttons all have a clear purpose. As against the ergonomics leave a little catch DSIR are not very easy accder depending on the position of the device.

Compatibilitbr-/> I do not remember incompatibility

The manual is not really as ncessaire given the simplicity of the device


I have now for over 4 years, I found the beginners trs well, I also beginners in home recording studio. J'tais trs satisfied with the product.
But now looking back I realize that pramplis are a fool quality of output is likely to grill (no longer functioning) (output "line out") which is quite problmatique.
Entries begin grsiller now I'm going to change by trs soon as this sound card does enough for me and for my use over 2 inputs is not enough ...

-Report qualitprix
I will not say it is bad but not good either, there are ways to beat for the same price.
With the exprience, I think I turned to something else, and I would take something directly from just over onreux.

trypan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam US-122L
This is the first soundcard I purchased, I was motivated by the price and complete a priori (MIDI phantom power etc. ...).
I have a MacBook Pro, 2.4 Ghz, 4 GB RAM Logic Studio 9
I use it primarily for recording acoustic guitars via micro AUDIO Technika 8022 and control by monitoring speakers (very classic what: d)


Problems arise when the first use ... On Windaube with Cubase LE 4 no problem with drivers, but not Mac! And yes, Leopard does not recognize the card! And the more inexplicable is that despite that Logic recognizes it anyway, phew ...
So for the stability of drivers eh ... we'll come back and the height of the coup is that the control panel does not control, well ... nothing! Be impossible to resolve anything at all. Indeed, it is written in the instructions for use ... thank you for giving us TASCAM warned!
I put a simple to operate Losedoze, but Mac compatibility is one crazy world!


To install the drivers fortunately it did not already planted that it does nothing ... The pilot general config is simple because extremely basic, which is a good place for a first approach of computer music.
Regarding the manual it'll be nice that translate into French TASCAM's completely manual and not just the part explaining how to connect a USB socket on a computer ...


And although the general opinion is wrong. I use it for 6 months and I will not go that choice. Usage is chaotic map eat all the PC resources, so the recording will stop regularly because of "disk overload". The preamp is bad, it is necessary to push the pots out of a microwave background to get a decent signal at the output ...
In conclusion if it's just to mumuse with Cubase LE, why not, even if that means there is a lot cheaper. But to get really computer music go your way ...

glyco_flui's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam US-122L
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?
The price ... we are not all rich recess. For me It was right in my budget! quite full for the price.

- For what purpose?
I use it in mobile card, it is very good, most is.
Unlike some Vista (integral) recognized the 2 sec. "OPEN YOUR EYES SHE CALLS" SPEAKER TASCAM US-122 L "

- What is your config (motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
Asus X61 series Intel Core 2 Duo T6400, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, ATI Radeon HD4570, 1066 MHz bus, no worries, just missing a good Firewire port but I do not care config nomad.

- Which instruments or Systmes (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...

Nothing. just the card and a master keyboard in cubase 4 Pcr M30. latency nickel 3.90m


- Installation is it without problem?
No really, even my sister shall have succeeded.

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?
Yes even if it is recognized in vista normal config (media player, when I run too many application (antivirus ...) it is a little jump in May nothing serious.
on the other hand in Cubase 4 (10/10) anything like that.

- The configuration gnrale is easy?
Too! I too used to following a set my buffer size I am lost.
usually there is 256, 512, 1024 etc. .. c the normal latency, highest latency etc. .. damage is unclear under what size is good boss c May not matter. Soon to be a Pro driver one day ..... In any case it'll be cool ...

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
I have not even opened all is intuitive!


- The drivers are stable?
Yes in use in Cubase 4.

- Are they often put day?
Yes, update driver + fimware house.

- What software do you use most often?
Cubase 4

- What you get lag?
3.90 ms latency norman c very very good.

- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
counts the number of and thoughtful ....


- How long have you use it?
Enough to the jug to my taste.

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Very good quality audio, tascam live, these are very Japanese.

- How do you report qualitprix?
I have been the manufacturer I sell more expensive: p

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
For a map or if I started wandering in the computer music eyes closed.