Tascam US-144mkII
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yoTrakkz 02/23/2012

Tascam US-144mkII : yoTrakkz's user review

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The Tascam US 144mkII is an inexpensive USB powered external audio interface for your computer; the purpose of which is to replace your computer's built-in sound card and provide superior sound and better audio hook up options. It features two XLR mic inputs with phantom power option, two quarter inch line/guitar in jacks, two quarter inch insert jacks, adjustable input levels, RCA line out jacks, midi in/out, headphone out jack, headphone level knob, line out level knob, direct monitor level knob, switch for mono or stereo monitoring, and plenty of LED lights that help you see whats going on. The unit is solidly built and is housed in a metal case.


UTILIZATION

When I first installed this on an old Imac there where a few timing issues but I was able to resolve them by adjusting the buffer. I once tried to install this on a friend's PC laptop and was never able to get it to work. It could have been the laptop or it could have been the US-144s software.


GETTING STARTED

I only used this unit briefly to make multi-track recordings. I have never had any problems. In recent years I use it occasionally to input cassette and LP recordings into my computer for conversion to audio CDs and MP3s. The unit works nicely with no issues. I like the unit ergonomically with its knobs on top, small size, and strong construction. Its easy, clear and straightforward to use.


OVERALL OPINION

I bought this when it first came out and at the time it was a ground breaking product for its price range. But now I use a better interface, the one I use now is rack able which is what I love because it keeps things out of the way. But this little device will get the job done especially if you are on the go a lot and need to carry it with you.