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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 19 reviews )
 12 reviews63 %
 5 reviews26 %
 1 user review5 %
Value For Money : Excellent

JeffTadashi's review"Can't record drums without it!"

Tascam US-1641
The Tascam US-1641 is a 16 input, 4 output usb midi recording interface. It includes 8 mic inputs with phantom power and 60db of gain, two balanced TRS line/guitar inputs, four more balanced inputs on the back of the unit, digital input and output via S/PDIF, separate monitor output, separate headphone output, and midi in and midi out capabilities. Although this is an older, discontinued product, in some ways I prefer it over the newer version. One reason, is that the US-1641 has a simple power cord connection, whereas the newer recording interface uses a special power adapter (not sure why they made the change).


Although this unit is older and discontinued, it works flawlessly on my Windows 7 system. For recording drums and recording live sessions, you cannot beat this unit, for a small home studio. I use it every week to record my band's practice, and even when I use it with my older Windows XP system (that I keep in our practice room), my computer can easy handle all of the inputs at once.

Mainly, this unit is invaluable for recording drums, where more than two inputs (which is what my main audio interface has) in necessary. With the ability to hook up 8 phantom-powered mics directly, plus 6 additional 1/4 line-leve inputs, you have the capacity to record any standard drum set. The gains are fairly easy to set on the device, as there are light indicators to let you know when a channel is receiving input, and when the input is too hot. However, even if the indicator doesn't turn red, I find that sometimes the input still gets a bit clipped and distorted if you are not careful with the volume levels. This happens in particular with large diaphragm condenser microphones, which I find myself turning the gain all the way down to prevent clipping.


Installation is relatively easy, but it always seems necessary to download new drivers from Tascam's website directly. The Tascam US-1641 is fully compatible with 64-bit and 32-bit Windows systems. I have not tried it yet on a Mac OS computer (but usually, it's the Windows systems that tend to lack support, not Mac).


Overall, this is a great audio and midi interface that any small studio should pick up, certainly if they need to recording drums or live sessions.

ericthegreat's review"I really like it"

Tascam US-1641
The Tascam US 1641 was the first audio interface I bought when I wanted to get into digital recording with my computer. I was running it with a Hewlett Packard lap top with a 3 Ghz processor and 2 GB of RAM and using Cubase SX as a sequencer. It has eight XLR input based pre amplifiers and then has eight more ADAT inputs and outputs and also has a AES/EBU connections.


Setting up the US 1641 was quick and painless. I had no compatibility issues and was able to have the unit up and running with my machine within minutes. The general configuration of the unit is simple and easy to follow, which makes it easy to manipulate and to learn what everything does. The manual is complete and through and is useful when setting up and using this audio interface.


I ran the US 1641 with Cubase SX without any problems. The drivers were stable and are updated pretty often. I was able to record without any latency, as this machine does all of its processing within the unit, freeing up space on my computer. I was able to record at least ten tracks at once, sometimes more, which has more to do with my computer I think, but being as fast as this interface is, it definitely helps to run everything quickly and smoothly.


I bought the US 1641 about four years ago, but I have since switched to a Pro Tools based system with a different audio interface. The reason I switched had nothing to do with this unit, as I think this is better than the audio interface I have now - a Digidesign Digi 002 rack version. The reason I switched was simply because I need to run Pro Tools. If you don't use Pro Tools, this is one of the best home studio audio interfaces you can get. The preamps aren't the best sounding, but are definitely usable and will get a pretty clean sound. One of my favorite parts about this is the metering, as it is extremely clear and looks great! This interface worked great for me while I had it, and if I could run Pro Tools with it, I would still have it. Highly recommended for those looking to put together a computer based home studio with an audio interface like this one.

Anonymous 's review

Tascam US-1641
The Tascam US 1641 is probably, next to its newer, more attractively shaded successor, the US 1800, the greatest deal when it comes to inputs and outputs for the price in an interface. 16 inputs and 4 outputs for under $300 is quite a steal, and nothing on it screams that it is cheap at all. It is a very solid, very robust looking unit, and it does not slack in the latency department either. I have not even bothered with universal ASIO drivers for these because the 1641 is not terribly inhibitive when it comes to recording and monitoring. It can record in 96 k at a 24 bit depth, which means you get 144 dB of headroom, a lower noise floor, and much less incentive to use compression for sources that just happen to be too dynamic, such as classically trained singers. Being one, that is a huge deal to me.


The drivers for this device are a little old and antiquated, but they serve their purpose and have never failed on me. Usually, I found that whatever program I was using was the culprit. The nice thing about this is that just about everything is on the front, and while it lacks monitorning capabilities, lacking meters, and lacking any sort of specific signal indication, this is, remember, a device that is here to just help you record, real fast, for real cheap. The preamps for what you are getting are unreal. Consider the fact that this interface has 10 preamps on it, and while they do seem a little distant and unsaturated, they get the job done cleanly, and can be messed with ITB.


It is set up just like any other interface. Nothing much to say here. There is nothing distinctive about this one.


I love this interface almost as much as I loved that money I would have spend on something more expensive and higher quality. It is not the greatest machine in the world, but it gets the job done. Well. It is a massive amount of inputs for next to nothing.

Patbaf's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ultra flexible configuration"

Tascam US-1641
The advantage of this machine and why I bought it:
16 inputs, 8 XLR phantom power supply with front panel: ideal for studio or home studio + all the different outputs on the back. Not to mention 8 input jack on the rear two entrees + HZ (bass guitar on the front)
NB: phantom power button on the front

In frontage: one knob to balance the mix and the singer's voice, for example, very afficace;
avoids changing the faders on the console. Excellent headphone directly facade.

Personally, for voice, I preamplified with an Avalon or UNIVERSAL M 610 and joined the US-1641 online.
Otherwise the XLR are nickel with very little breath even with the knob fully.

This is ideal for recorded several singers, a battery, a small group "live" effects hardware back into the DAW ... Everything is just connected to my USB 2. No worries or cracking in Low Latency

You can send output directly to a network and directly through headphone monitors,
More manageable entry at the rear.

In short, in connection with a Presonus Monitor Station, all is super flexible and versatile in the number of person to register (it's been 16 entered a lot of people). I never went all the way into the possibility, but so far no worries. The single USB connection 2 is quite sufficient.


No worries drivers to install: plug directly into MAC play year.


Meem not need to read the manual, for which has already done a little recording studio, all inputs and outputs are identified.


I use it for six months, after trying several digital audio interfaces to input 2: Alesis, M-Audio ...
Ben is the day you at night: no more cracking, staining, undesired compression, the signal is transparent
(It's on with Avalon before)

If need to have more input: well I do it again the same choice, for consistency.
In addition she is beautiful, even if its shiny knob are a bit cheap /

Jpr33's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Great deal!"

Tascam US-1641
Number of inputs and outputs (16x4), 1U, digital output.
I uilise to record guitar, bass and vocals before passing through an ART preamp DPSII.

Other useful features:
The Mix knob that can be used as a mixer without a PC
A volume knob and a button Monitor Phones independent


Right now no crash on win 7 64 bit and Sonar X1D Expanded.
Pb no latency.


Smooth installation.


Bought used a year ago.

I remake that choice without problem

Eladan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good Sound Card ^ ^"

Tascam US-1641
I got this sound card on his report of I / price
With 8 mic preamps, 2 line entered / instruments entered plus 4 lines, one SPDIF input (Chinch) and MIDI I can record just about anything with.
Output side, the card includes two stereo outputs (or 4 mono), the first two channels are also monitor and headphones (with independent volume control).
This card can also work in stand-alone.

I uttilise a little while (microphones, electric guitar, pedal released in SPDIF, ext ...) on a laptop lambda (Win, dual-core proc, 4GB RAM)


The drivers are extremely stable, the only problem when the PC and "forgets" that it is connected to the card ... in this case simply power cycle the card (3sec) and everything working again properly. No problems during recording.
I'm already gone up to 14 track simultaneous recording with no problem.
No problem either for playing a stereo and two mono tracks during or next recording.

I use Cubase 5 with generally but also serves as a focal point of all my audio system that is as much for everything that is read on TV that the PC goes into stand-alone on the map.

Latency is low or nonexistent (I know but I can not really play with an amp simulator without any gene).


Trouble free installation
Easy configuration
Incompatibility with linux (well, it's not like Linux OS was a well-known in the audio but it's frustrating to not be able to have my card and then when I boot my monitorings Linux ....)
Manual clear and sufficient.


I use it for about six months.
I have not tried other "real" sound cards before, except in the Alesis Multimix Firewire.

What I like most is the versatility of this card that also adapts well to use lambda for models in something that Home Studio recording a full band.
The two faults that I find are the lack of volume with respect to stand-alone (I'm almost forced to push the master thoroughly to have a volume equivalent to a quarter master for what comes out of the pc) and the lack Heat microphone preamps.

The price / quality ratio is very good.

With experience and the same budget, I would remake that choice. Roros with some more, I would take a superior model of another brand to try to overcome this lack of warmth of the meadows-amps.

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

Tascam US-1641
I need 8 preamps and a sound card at the time. I already knew for Tascam's analog consoles and multitrack (DA-88. ..) and I saw that they offered this card, so I jumped on it.

Used with a laptop ACER (Pentium M Centrino 2Ghz and 2GB RAM) running XP never crash that is due to my mistake. With the plugs in line behind and in front before I can record 14 different sources simultaneously. And then I made a headphone and network here.

The preamp has nothing to do with Focusrite RED ONE! It is incomparable. Kept all relativity, the preamps are good
That said earnings preamp are not transcendent either. Potato still missing ... but € 300!

There is a monitor output and 4 outputs and more. What I regret is that the outputs 1-2 are Matchee with the monitor output. So we can make 2 networks headphones but in this case do not connect the plays on Monitor, but the headphone on the front by example. Or find another hack.
Hence the 8 / 10. Sound Card


stable ultrastable! I go down to 5ms by recording 4 tracks at 96kHz and other reading 12-15 at the same time! Ultimately sessions to 30 tracks at 96kHz and not a single drop of pilots; Highway 66!
If your hardware follows behind (minimum 7200rpm HDD), the U.S. 1641 will reward you.

I use Nuendo and I could use with Reason. Apart Protools, nothing should be incompatible, as the ASIO drivers and ASIO2 walk.


By doing things in order and unhurried, there will be no worries.

For example me, for the sake of optimization, I canceled service from XP that I will not. I Gouré line actually. So the drivers do not relocate. Once corrected my mistake, the drivers are installed itself! Update available on the Tascam site for the transition from XP to Windows 7 and if like me you can not find the installation CD.

No need for manual: install drivers, connections of the card, end of install drivers, use. Point.


I for 2 years. It's been 4 months that I record an album. 10 titles on average 15-20 tracks per session.
Knowing that with the re-re, on the stroke it is currently at 15 tracks but with 3-4 taken whenever it feels pretty hefty sessions. Between 60 and 100 audio files. Over MIDI.

Again if your computer follows, everything will be better in the best of worlds.

The only concern for me now is that the US-1641 is not compatible with Linux, and I intend to use Windows less and less. I just keep a dual boot to have access to VST.

The headphone jack emits only right, it's a shame, I must verify that this is not a hardware failure. But if not behind with 4 outputs, one can tinker with another headphone.

the +:
- The number of connections for the price
- Latency!
- Stability!
- The price

the -:
- The gain of the preamp
- Outputs "Monitor" and "Line 1-2" nonseparable
- Pots a bit fragile, indecisive pr purchase, you just have to watch out

If today I had the same needs and no more money I will ever be the choice. Otherwise, putting aside the price of 2 US-1641 can buy second-hand ': a Multiface 1 preamp and a little better. must know what you need and when.
At the time I was pretty depressed and I did not regretted.

Davy78's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam US-1641
I wanted to record in multitrack without ruining myself.
Pc Fujisu-Siemens dual core AMD Athlon 64 4000 +, 2 Gigabytes of RAM, Vista and Cubase AI 4. Disk drives in external USB enclosure needed to work seriously.
Also installed in my laptop running XP ultimate this time with Cubase LE 4 that came with the interface.


The drivers are quite stable, no worries. I enregsitrement up to 8 channels simultaneously.


Installation is no problem in minutes under either vista or XP. Cubase recognizes it immediately and the config is simple to configure.


I've had a little over 6 months and I'm very happy, the quality / price is very good. I would do this choice.

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

Tascam US-1641
Q / P exceptional
IMAC 24 "4 gb ram
Snow Leopard


Perfect OS X, an ordeal as .. Windows .. cracking etc, unusable.

In OS X I put him in full of cum, but none so no worries. (I connect everything together is through Jack: Mixbus Harrison + Garage Band + + virtual samplers reaper3 + hydrogen + audacity, no problem)

While I did not even keep it when I was a PC running XP, then I do not even think about anything. I mix I plug it rules.

I love the sound of this card, really impressive for the price. So I became a fan of his TASCAM.


Install super fast as ... snow leopard. Snow specific drivers.


Q / P Excellent but to reach the top (for me) would have TASCAM looks back on ... firewire ... The same as firewire and it's nirvana. TASCAM has emerged from a 1641 "remastered" I do not see any interest. Much to offer a "1641" in firewire make a difference ...

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

Tascam US-1641
<strong>What characteristics have motivated your choice?

First, the USB port since I'm working on a laptop. Then, the entries 16 in number, no real competition at this price: 285 euros Thomann

What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk ,...)?

It is a DELL Studio 1557:

CPU: 1.6 GHz Mobile i7 and turbo boost @ 2.8 GHz
RAM: 4GB at 1333MHz
Motherboard: PM55 Express Chipset Inlcus
HDD: 320GB 7200-rpm
OS: Windows Vista 64-bit and 7

For what purpose?

Intended to make a home studio for my songs, and pre-production for the next cd of my group

With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) and you use the connection with what? ...

For the moment the guitar preamp with a Marshall JMP1 home. Soon a static microphone preamp with a first prize.</strong>


So that is where the worries come.

I can not use ASIO, I have nothing but stalls in SONAR 8 (64 bit) after 2 guitar tracks with AmpliTube VST one above.
Cubase 4 LE, as soon as I put an effect AmpliTube, it cracks.

For the moment, impossible to do anything with ASIO. I did well to update the firmware, but I think (and hope) that it comes from my PC, he left soon to SAV. But strangely, everything works fine in WDM / KS. I will try to elucidate this mystery.

For latency, I let you look at other posts. (And yes ASIO when AC not want ...)


Hassle free installation. For the rest, already explained above


I use it for 2 weeks and I referrer that choice anyway. I consider a very good card as I would not know the source of the problem.
I've used in the past a Line6 Pod Studio GX.

Value for money excellent.