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All user reviews of 5/5 for the Tascam US-1641

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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
02/26/2008

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

Tascam US-1641
Hello,
I had a budget of € 400 for an external sound card with the maximum possible entry, my heart had first swung the Presonus FirePod but my order was refused because Thomann stop production made me go back to the tascam. Use home studio to record most of the groups so acoustic (drums, bass, guitar, vocals, keyboard ,...). I use Windows XP SP2 with an AMD Athlon 3500 +, 1.77 GHz and 1.5 MB of RAM. I also use external preamp (presonus and summit).
So the features

- Runs on USB (anecdote, the user manual states that it is best to place the sound card as far as possible from the screen and the PC, but he delivers with a USB cable that is 80cm! Ca really made me laugh, ca does not result in too).
- 8 XLR inputs: thomman attention it is announced with 8 XLR / LINE, it's false, they are not taken xlr traditional way to connect the jack! 48v power switachable on / off by rows of 4)
- LINE 2 inputs / instrument switchable independently via two buttons on the front!
- 4 LINE inputs on the back or switchable in 4 - 10 db
- 1 SPDIF input on the back of the beast
- 1 MIDI input and output
Outputs: THE LOW POINT OF THE MACHINE
There's there at all eight theoretical output of the machine as follows:
2 outputs Monitor (Left / right)
4 outputs balanced line out
1 stereo output SPDIF

8 out of these, only four are recognized in your sequencer ... WHY!
monitor output is only MONITOR (no way to assign them to something else)
the spdif output is either a line out and line out 2 or 3 and 4 (one chosen in the config of the card). that is to say that the use of external hardware you'll be out 2! (4 if it suits you the same stereo pair goes in two different machine) your master bus being taken by the 1 and 2 you are left with the 3 and 4 (the line out are balanced or symmetrical so biensur mono)
I find it a shame to propose as many entries for so little output (8 XLR forces). It's somewhat limited capabilities of the card but good for the price, we will not complain
- At knobs, found in facade:
the 8 knobs pre amp XLR
2 knobs for inputs 9 / 10 instrument / line
1 volume knob for headphones phones
1 knob monitor
A mix knob which is useful for direct monitoring (actually to the left of knob is the input or the signal that enters directly into the card and right is "computer" or what comes out of your PC. It is so finely adjusted y'as really means to compensate for latency in comfort (small snag when you're postion input with the headphone volume to bottom, ca lack of volume! it is imperative through a headphone amplifier)
The knobs on the air as strong for the rest of the card, it is quite heavy and trust.
I put 8.5 ...
I put 10 if he had y'avait XLR / jack, line out 4 more and a USB cable 1 meter long

UTILIZATION

Installation is no problem in Windows XP SP2
We open the manual, we put the cd you follow the instructions, it restarts, it works ... thank you!
Recognized directly in Cubase SX3, Melodyne and live 6.
The general config could not be more simple and the manual is clear (also in French)

I put the 10 because frankly it's the best of the best

GETTING STARTED

The most important!
Level stability is impeccable! I did everything for planting; anything done, it is not flinching! I just did a recording session with drums and guitar, I have not had any worries!
The machine is still very new I always use the basic drivers who have already look impeccable.
EDIT after 3 weeks of use: The drivers are very heavy CPU usage. On my machine (AMD Athlon 3500 +, 2.2 GHTZ, 1.5 GB of Ram) look at what drivers puff-> watch the video of the lighting of the tascam (
) I hope the drivers will be updated with lighter ! in the meantime I note back down to 9 mas
Latency level, I turn to 7ms in Cubase SX3, so it is very correct

I recorded 9 tracks simultaneously without any worries and more than 16 e read without problems either!

Pre amp: Frache for the price, it's good! The pre amp is neither good nor bad! no breath, no buzz ... restore what he comes! It does not make his biggest, most beautiful, hottest, coldest! They are there to do their job, amplify what they sent! and do it very well!

Converters: Again I would say, hat for the price! AC converter is not professional quality but it's not cheap either! It includes his and her's to me and at that price, the main!

I put 10 for that price because I think it is hard to beat in terms of quality

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for two weeks, I had the opportunity to use other audio interface as the line 6 tone port, and phonic helixboard presonus FIREPOD.

Compared to line 6 and the helix board, there are no pictures! it's not even comparable
from the FIREPOD, it should be slightly below the level of pre-amp but the advantage of offering more entries (but less output)

What I like most:
- Sound: My first test was a listening to a cd! I have not recognized my monitor speakers or my headphones! the dynamics are impressive and the sound is very good
- 16 simultaneous inputs for € 400
- Converters
- Stability and the implementation of the product (I like it when everything works right away)
- The usb allows me to work on a laptop without Firewire
- 1U rack-mount format 19''

What I like least:
- Lack of exits
- The USB cable is too short
- I would have liked a headphone again, independent of the first and adjustable on front panel (when recording 16 tracks simultaneously, often several y'as musicos! Logic would have liked a headphone more)
- I also liked that at least four to eight XLR or XLR / LINE for greater range of possibilities

The value for money is in my opinion the best on the market today!
I would do this choice with his eyes closed

I put the 9 in 10 are advised to groups who want to easily register
Gus7.002/18/2008

Gus7.0's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tascam US-1641
Before beginning my opinion, I prciser I'm not familiar trs of such hardware. I was looking for a convenient device for models / DMOS with my group.
I first bought the Presonus Firepod in, but got home she did not work! Back to the store and APRS trials, three in stock did not work (!). So I tried something else, and I came across this Tascam. A little skeptical about the USB, I ask the seller to connect, and I make quick tests, looks ok and I take.
Be careful, it's USB 2.0, so it must be a USB 2.0 port on the PC.
on the other hand, ngatif point, there is no insert on this interface, because it is a shame, however convenient.

Leaves invest in the stuff, I wanted to serve a whole group, so a minimum of eight microphone inputs (for battery) and in this price range, there is no crowd ...
In addition to all the XLR inputs have phantom power (in groups of 4), very practical.
For CHARACTERISTICS compltes see the view from below trs full on this point.
Entries 9 / 10 switchable instrumentals / lines with SETTING THE INTERESTED gain for me are the following bass player, I can do without an amp and work piece to the headphone, and if I find the riff the shekel is all prt to be immortalized on the PC!

My computer config:
Acer centrino laptop PC 2006, 1GB RAM, 80GB Toshiba hard drive 7200 rpm / min (important), Windows XP (optimized and stable) and Adobe Audition 3 as squenceur.
An old Pentium 4 with Windows XP compltement Bugu is not my PC for music, but even when it works!

UTILIZATION

Level installation is simple, you take the supplied CD, you install the drivers, thanks to you plug supplied USB cable (mine is 1.20 meters) and it works.

The panel config is trs limit but at the same time I do not even know what are the rglages, so I did not touch at all.
I open my Audition 3, audio options, I chose the Tascam, I agree and I am a flop with input / output.
No problem reporting (on both my PC), I did not even read any manual.
I did not install bundled with Cubase, I'm used to hearing and working so I did not see the usefulness.

GETTING STARTED

Use level: never plant everything is stable, and she turned twelve o'clock the APRS entires.
The site offers Tascam dj an update of drivers and firmware of the card. Again, a nickel in my work, so I did not install the updates. In computer I usually do not touch anything as it works!

For the latency I do not know o look, but it must be trs low because I do not feel when I play (and I dj jou with devices with latency, c 'can not keep up).

I dj store up to 12 tracks simultaneously, but c'tait a friend BPS group, so no tracks play at the same time empty.
So I used the 8 mic inputs for the battery, 3 line inputs for both guitar and bass, and the digital input for vocals (the singer was out with a small prampli digital).
Their longest component lasted about 8 minutes, 12 tracks I was nervous as a plant, and although not perfect.
It also allowed me to test the digital inputs, which in fact is an entry like the others, except that a Tascam puts in 48,000 Hz, and thus the session in Audition as well. I do not know what has changed, but walked like that 44,100 Hz

Otherwise, I registered my mixer 9 tracks simultaneously (yes, Mr. Toms has 5 so you have plenty of tracks, ah ... the young) and he had read three or four tracks tmoins (click , bass, one or two guitars).
Same, everything went well the more complicated was finally good place microphones on the drums, then the gain is SETTING THE child's play.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought this card in December 2007, new in-store (Pigalle) to 389 euros.
I'm starting to have a step back, especially since I use it more than I would have thought to dpart, namely record DMOS. Now she is always with me (I rack) and it also records RPTES, it's so convenient to the parties rcouter then quietly playing by each spar ment, trs a good working tool.
Easy to use, you plug your mic / line, tone t'allume squenceur you RULES gains and place the music, the card is forgotten, a trs good for me.
Sound, pre amps are neutral, no hiss or hum, the sound that comes is the sound of the instrument, nothing less.
The few rglages: Finally, just have rgler the gain is sufficient, if there were more (eg rglage bass / treble) would be a more complicated and can be no good quality. = Increasing the rglages are in the APRS squenceur all fawns.
The quality of the case, it's heavy and well finished.
knob the "mix", send the mix in the headphones dosed between inlet port and the output of PC, a magic button for me!
Between instruments intgres

Not taken "insert"
Buttons knob is plastic trslger see durability
Dimension (depth) 28cm, which led me to buy a rack deeper than prvu

So much for 400 euros, do not be mistaken, it's not high end hardware, but for my use, it's perfect, and allows me to venture a little more far in the music, I immediately find that the computer music quietly thanks Tascam.