TASCAM launches new interfaces and handheld recorder
A fully-fledged TASCAM audio interface for iOS devices is intending to bring mobile devices into the world of professional audio. With connectively to iPads or iPhones coming via Apple’s Lightning connector, the TASCAM iXR pairs this with two Ultra-HDDA mic preamps with phantom power, mic and instrument inputs, zero-latency monitoring, Midi I/O and balanced stereo outputs. Housed in a rugged and portable enclosure, the device also supports up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution and features individual front panel level controls for each channel, mic/line selectors and signal and peak indicators.
For recording, the interface comes bundled with Cubase LE for Mac and Windows, as well as Cubasis LE for iOS.
TASCAM’s new MiNiStudio interfaces also aim to provide simpler internet broadcasting and production. The Personal US-32 can be used for internet broadcasting while the Creator US-42 draws design similarities to the MiNiStudio personal. Both products offer 24-bit, 96 kHz recording, as well as connectible interfaces using USB 2.0. They can be connected to iOS devices and are compatible with all major DAW software.
Three self-lighting PON pads allow users to add sound effects, with three replaceable sounds included, and additional voice effects.
The MiNiStudio Personal US-32 features a built-in microphone and a combo XLR mic/balanced quarter-inch TRS line input with mic preamp and 48V phantom power. An additional broadcast mode is available for the interface.
Meanwhile the MiNiStudio US-42 adds a second XLR/TRS mic input, as well as stereo RCA line-level outputs with separate level controls for connection to powered monitors. It also boasts a creator mode, where the product behaves like a USB audio interface.
The company also aims to improve the standards for portable recording solutions and meet the demands of audio professionals with its DR-100mkIII handheld digital stereo recorder. It features a rugged black aluminium chassis, offering improved durability. Delivering recordings of up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution, with a 109dB S/N ratio, the product combines precise temperature-compensated clocking and dual-mono AKM ‘velvet sound’ converters with the HDDA microphone preamps. It is also supported by SDXC cards of up to 128GB.
The DR-100mkIII boasts dual stereo mics in AB and omnidirectional patterns, two XLR/combo jacks, switchable phantom power and a dedicated input level control for faster operation. Additionally, the recorder uses a built in Li-ion rechargeable as well as AA batteries, reportedly allowing for extended recording times and offering the abilities to change batteries while on the move.
A dual recording mode is included, providing users with a means to simultaneously capture a lower level safety track as a safeguard against unexpected source level spikes.