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Publié le 12/23/01 à 12:33
See General Appreciation.

UTILIZATION

See General Appreciation.

GETTING STARTED

See General Appreciation. So to explain what

OVERALL OPINION

bazard must go gradually:

1 ° It is USB, so it is external, and very portable. I use it on my computer and my laptop fixed.

2 is a 24-bit sound card, 44 100/48 000 Hz, 4 inputs and 2 outputs. + 2 and 2 midi in midi out (ie 2 x 16 MIDI channels)
3 is a controller. All buttons faders etc. ... are there to manage software environments cubase style.

It costs around the 4000 francs, with Cubase bonus. So knowing that it is USB, so that you can easily change your computer, this can be a very profitable acquisition in some cases (mine for example).

Short tour of the beast: no surprise, the USB is below its expectations. Although supposedly powered, tascam prefer to attach a power supply unit. Furthermore, although USB is supposed to allow you to chain multiple devices, Tascam does not recommend it. Finally, the VIA chipset (the Duron and Athlon) are not recommended. But no fault from TASCAM is the USB "fault". Knowing that, the quality on this unit.

Audio level, time is summer. The converters are good, and having an external sound card to your computer prevents lot of trouble. Some prefer the 32-bit 96 000 Hz, but my ears are not yet at that point aesthetes.

Just nothing more than small change for life: a headphone and line output with volume control!. For my part, now can not do without, and at this moment that we realize the outlier adjust headphone volume in software.

The monitoring is done directly via the map, or no latency, with the compromise of not having effects.

I have so far not encountered major problems with the registration. But tascam offers download new drivers. Only problem, we must completely uninstall the old for new. So I'm in no hurry ...

It has two XLR or jack inputs + 2 6.35 6.35. We can record 2 stereo tracks simultaneously. No phantom power. It is unfortunate, it requires a mixing desk in addition to the records.
Listed noon, no valves either, it works, and 2 x 16 channels quickly become indispensable. Nothing to add.
For the control surface, it has 8 faders and a series of buttons. It responds well and is very nice to mix with real faders in cubase. For panoramic and auxiliaries, is another story. I think there is too much running, you must do two laps of buttons for panning. Back to the mouse ...
Finally, the TASCAM US 428 is a good bike. The concept is to have an interface "but a" very portable, and excellent quality. It will find its place safely home studio, if the 24 Hz bits/48000 you enough. The defects are mostly put down to USB, Windows environment or VIA, and again, nothing phenomenal. The compatibility of the interface with other programs is underway. Flying a synth with this machine should be happy.
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