Tascam US-122MKII
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Average Score:3.7( 3.7/5 based on 13 reviews )
 4 reviews31 %
 3 reviews23 %
 3 reviews23 %
 1 user review8 %
 1 user review8 %
Value For Money : Excellent
mrjason03/07/2013

mrjason's review"Clean sounding preamps"

Tascam US-122MKII
The Tascam US 122MKII is a USB 2 channel interface. It has switchable phantom power right on it. There are two XLR inputs for mics and 2 low noise microphone preamps. It comes with Cubase LE 4 and works great with multiple DAW software programs so you do not have to use it with Cubase LE if you do not want to.

UTILIZATION

This interface was pretty easy to set up, the preamps are quiet and have headroom. On Mac operating systems is where I ran into some issues with it. I had a fast processor and I was running a newer version of Macs OS X but for some reason it would not recognize it all of the time. It only would about 50 percent of the time and I would have to unplug and plug it back in for it to recognize it.

GETTING STARTED

On my Windows computer running XP 32 bit service pack 3 it ran smoothly every single time. I have even run it on a Vista system before and it never had any issues.

OVERALL OPINION

This interface gets its power from the computers USB port and it is very lightweight making it portable. There are MIDI ins and MIDI out 5 min connections. The sampling rat is 44.1 48 kHz, 88.2 and 96kHz. This interface did come with a manual (book) and I also had a PDF manual for it as well but never really needed to look at it. If you are a Mac user, I would not recommend this interface because there are some compatibly issues that can arise. Windows users will love this interface and the preamps in any software they choose to use it with.
This interface was pretty solid and could withstand a lot of use, the side panels where made of aluminum and it never let me down. I recommend it (to Windows users).
theaudioandvideoguy07/25/2012

theaudioandvideoguy's review"Inexpensive "

Tascam US-122MKII
This is a really small interface, the Tascam US 122 can be purchased online used for really really cheap. I was surprised by how cheap a used one was, so I looked to see how much it was brand new and it wasn’t much more. After seeing the prices on them, I was curious on how it sounded, after getting one I can say that the sound was great, the latency was basically absent and the quality was very clean and precise. I also noticed when I used a cheaper mic with it that the quality was not so good at all. So it really comes down to the daw and the mics that you will use with interfaces. That is my theory, so paying a lot of money for an interface really isn’t necessary , only reason I will pay a large amount of money for an interface from this point forward is for the ability to record multiple mics and instruments at the same time, and to have a rack able unit.


UTILIZATION

I didn’t find anything wrong or negative to say about the Tascam US 122. I have been using Tascams products for years now and they always hold up and never cause me any problems. Between them and Behringer, those are the two best small interface providers in my book.


GETTING STARTED

No manual was needed everything is labeled and very easy to understand.


OVERALL OPINION

You will love using the Tascam US 122, its easy to use, and small. It will give you great recording quality as long as you have a good mic or at least a decent mic to plug into it. Invest more of your money into a good mic and good cables and get the Tascam US 122 used for around 45 dollars and you will have a good setup.
10/31/2011

Anonymous 's review

Tascam US-122MKII
The Tascam US 122 MK II is a very affordable small interface made by Tascam, and it accompanies the US 144 MK II. Both of these interfaces offer two microphone and two line inputs each. They are both very affordable and very portable, and they both include midi, headphone monitoring, and line outs. What the US 144 MK II has over the US 122 MK II is its inclusion of digital. This US 122 MK II does not. Another strange limitation that seems to both me is the lack of separate knobs for headphone and line outputs, which the 144 has. This bothers me because I find this lack of inclusion very convoluted, and nothing but a way to upsell the customer to the 144. Either way, the line and phone output situations should not affect a recording situation too much, especially since this device probably will not be used in a situation where the lines and headphones will both be used anyway.

UTILIZATION

The drivers for this are very stable, and the latency is very low from when I used it. I have heard some strange things about them being incredibly unreliable on 64 bit systems though, so if that is true, and this is a universal complaint, so maybe it is, then it would mean that this product is practically unusable, since most people have already moved to 64 bit systems. Buyer beware, and test this out before you commit to this unit.

GETTING STARTED

Personally, I have found that the drivers on the computer I tried this on to be very simple and run with incredibly low latency. The preamps on this machine were also very pristine, oddly enough. I found them to be entirely sufficient, especially for the use that I know this machine will see. So I am not worried by this. Again though, the drivers seem to not work on 64 bit machines, so be careful!

OVERALL OPINION

I love this interface for what it is. I has a couple of silly limitations like the lack of separate knobs for headphones and line outputs, and the strange driver issue on 64 bit systems. The truth is, while this is a good unit in its own right, I cannot really recommend it to anyone for these annoying problems!
Vovin05/31/2011

Vovin's review"64-bit Windows 7 RUN AWAY FROM THIS"

Tascam US-122MKII
Since the first day I used this until today, I have gotten every updated driver and firmware and does not fix this terrible buzzing problem that happens every 20 minutes.

Sorry I don't have an in depth review I just wanted to warn people to stay away from this. Nobody knows how to fix this and TASCAM will not return my emails.

UTILIZATION

It's crap

GETTING STARTED

Don't get started

OVERALL OPINION

STAY AWAY
Danbei06/19/2013

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

Tascam US-122MKII
I bought this sound card to record guitar and vocals

UTILIZATION

The drivers are stable Windows XP. I switched to Windows 7 and it's a stampede, it is often weak.

GETTING STARTED

No problem for intalation, the handling is easy

OVERALL OPINION

I used it for about 2 years. I went now to scarlett 18i6 who is superior.
The preamps are very limited, it should be used with micro that level too low output, I would say at least 13mV/Pa if there is too much wind.
The buttons can be a chip, they are people who run alone, y others who turn not alone ...
I do not like the buttons on the top, I would have preferred the group.

With the experience I will not repeat that choice, I will turn to another brand. If you are on windows 7 it is not worth it.
ExomRecords06/07/2012

ExomRecords's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good sound card"

Tascam US-122MKII
What characteristics have motivated your choice?

Royez Music

What instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtDs ...) the use and how you connect? ...

Microphone + sound card early

then tested with various preamps

UTILIZATION

The drivers are stable?

Yes

How often are updated?

I do not know

What software do you use most often?

Cubase and Live

What you get lag?

between 4 and 7 ms

How many tracks do you manage to record / play simultaneously? ...

GETTING STARTED

The installation is done it without problem?

PC or Mac without worry

Have you encountered any incompatibilities?

No.

The general configuration is easy?

Easier, you die!

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

I did not read ...

OVERALL OPINION

How long you use it?

almost 3 years

What is so special that you love the most, least?

+ Easy to use, Its more than adequate

- Lack of gain (but I quibble)

Did you tried many other models before buying it?

no it was my first!

How would you rate the quality / price?

Good especially since it comes with Cubase LE5

With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Yes, but I will leave soon on a Roland UA 55 quad capture!
josephp02/15/2012

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

Tascam US-122MKII
I needed a cheap interface to start the Input / Output noon and 2 audio inputs to match my needs ...
I do a bit composting with Logic midi and audio Percu ... I am mobile and US 122 MK II, compact and quite sturdy.

My config is: Macbook pro 15 "core i7, 4GB of RAM and 500 GB HDD;

UTILIZATION

The card works fine except with some application like imovie, but it surrounds Logic impecable.
However on windows 7, it is not even worth the try, I left there my nerves :-)

2 track simultaneous recording with no problem

GETTING STARTED

not compatible with windos 7, although the drivers are

OVERALL OPINION

I use the past 1 year
This is my first external sound card.
06/19/2011

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

Tascam US-122MKII
What has motivated my choice? Advice on Audiofanzine, 2 XLR ports, reputation of the brand, the price.

I possde a macbook pro 13 "(2010 version), and I intended to record guitar and vocals.

USE

The drivers are very stable Mac is installed, plug and it's good (for against, do not forget to days drivers for Mac on the site, otherwise noise and not very strong) .dropoff window Basically I use Logic Pro and Ableton slightly. Under Logic, nikel, he perfectly recognizes "....
Latency seemed appropriate without being exceptional. (22.5 ms and 14.8 ms in Logic without the sound card, ie the core Audio)

IMPLEMENTATION

The installation was quick and trouble t, while for the same config, the manual is small but sufficient. At the incompatibilits I the accuracy of all again, do not forget to put drivers 2.machin days.

NOTICE GLOBAL

I use it for 3 days, um, a suitable without making me jump up ... The knobs are not very sturdy, the sound seems a bit limited, I can be a little deaf but I 'like the sound up loud to fully realize certain passages.
And I'm not enough can be a connoisseur but have more latency with no sound card, I did not expect to, as this is my first sound card. Menfin short, j'diterai may be my opinion in some time after use in recording and in the long term. At least you have an opinion of someone making the mao for 4 years without sound card and keyboard, and a little skeptical about the quality of listening gain that seems to me more than minim, knowing that the purpose of rather as a sound card recording but good.
acharp05/01/2011

acharp's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Nice for a small price"

Tascam US-122MKII
Brand reputation, and advice given by sonofrance after a long search, I play live with a TH2 overloud portable asus dual core laptop on vista os

UTILIZATION

No driver problems 
Overloud TH2
not tested in recording 
2.9 millisecond latency (royal)

GETTING STARTED

No problem

OVERALL OPINION

1 month
no
good price/quality ratio 
Yes
abelouis03/21/2011

abelouis's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"watch out with 64-bit"

Tascam US-122MKII
advised by a friend, I bought it with my eyes a bit closed as I was recommended it. 
many who have Windows 7 64-bit or 64 bit vista have problems with this card.
I have problems with crackling, this is due at 64 bits.

UTILIZATION

just for windows 7 64 bit there is indeed a driver but causing crackling or creaking, I'm not alone in this case. I use fl studio but even those who have the same config as me and using another software computer music are in the same issue.

GETTING STARTED

Installation is no problem, the driver + firmware.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for some time now - for 1 month. So almost new.
otherwise the sound is good but there's always these parasite problems and apparently no new updates announced, tascam has a customer service that is very difficult to reach, they say they will call bakc and then they never do.