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Audio Midi Interface - Tascam US-2x2 High-Resolution USB Audio/MIDI Interface
Audio Midi Interface - Tascam US-2x2 High-Resolution USB Audio/MIDI Interface
Audio Midi Interface - Tascam US-2x2 High-Resolution USB Audio/MIDI Interface
Audio Midi Interface - Tascam US-2x2 High-Resolution USB Audio/MIDI Interface

Tascam US-2x2 High-Resolution USB Audio/MIDI Interface

  • SKU: W-REB191B
£110.50
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Tascam US-2x2 High-Resolution USB Audio/MIDI Interface

All-rounder for the demanding

The US-2x2HR is a member of the Tascam US-HR series of high-resolution USB audio interfaces. It provides two mic/line/instrument switchable inputs and two balanced line outputs as well as MIDI I/O to your Windows or Mac computer or your iPhone or iPad. This interface is ideal for music creation and home recording with high demands on simple operation and studio-quality sound. The included loopback function and support for Open Broadcaster Software (OBS Studio), however, makes it also an excellent choice for podcast creation and live streaming.

Lower noise and distortion – better sound than ever

The compact US-2x2HR incorporates a wealth of features, including high audio resolution up to 24-bit/192 kHz, ultra-low latency with a Windows buffer size starting at four samples, Ultra-HDDA mic preamplifiers with 48-volt phantom power for superior sound quality with ultra-low noise, a robust USB Type C connector, and a rich assortment of included software to start producing audio right away. This interface can also be used for mobile production or live streaming using your iPhone or iPad* with the included Cubasis LE. Simply put, the US-2x2HR helps you create and distribute great-sounding audio wherever you go.

Usability is key

All US-HR models offer a unique die-cast aluminium honeycomb structure on the side panels with a slight upward tilt. This design not only results in a sleek, eye-catching design, it also provides just the right amount of weight so the interface won’t move when cables are connected or disconnected. Equally important, the upward tilt offers the ergonomic benefit of being angled in such a way as to make the interface easy to work with.

If you’re a musician, producer or home-recordist who needs a solid, uncluttered, easy-to-use audio interface with superb sound quality, the Tascam US-2x2HR can be your reliable partner for many years.

* An optional battery pack or AC adapter is required when used with an iPhone or iPad.

Details

All our Knowledge for that Natural, Crisp and Clear Sound

The Ultra-HDDA (High-Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps used on the US-HR series feature a discrete construction. They have a higher number of components and are far away from mass-produced preamps. Their EIN (equivalent input noise) rating, which measures the absence of noise, is truly low for the US-2x2HR and US-4x4HR. Combined with a newly improved audio circuit and support for sampling rates up to 192 kHz, our in-house developed microphone preamplifier delivers enhanced audio performance with the most transparent and low-noise sound, reflected in a signal-to-noise ratio of 110 dB.

Highlights

  • Ultra-low-noise mic preamps achieve -128 dBu EIN (Equivalent Input Noise)
  • XLR/TRS jacks allow the input of condenser mics and the balanced connection of synthesizers and other equipment
  • The wide gain range ensures sufficient level even with dynamic microphones
  • Guitars can be directly connected enabling the use of 3rd-party plug-in effects


Simple, Easy-to-Understand Setup and a Low-Latency USB Driver

One issue when recording using a computer is latency, which is when audio signals are delayed through digital circuitry. Another is setting up the driver software that is used when connecting an audio interface to a computer. To eliminate these problems, our driver software introduces only very little latency and is easy to install. Furthermore, by making the external structure of these interfaces as simple as possible, the Tascam US-2x2HR and US-4x4HR allow users who are not expert users of audio equipment to operate them without concern.

Highlights

  • High-resolution recording up to 192 kHz / 24-bit
  • Robust USB Type C computer connection
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring function (can be set to mono or stereo for each input pair)
  • Windows buffer size can be set from 4 samples up


Support for iPads and other iOS devices

Instead of a computer, you can also use an iPad or iPhone together with the US-2x2HR/US-4x4HR to make music. Performance has been tested with not only the bundled digital audio workstation (Cubasis LE3) but also with other popular recording software – you can continue to use them even if you change DAW software. Since these units include MIDI inputs and outputs, you can connect MIDI keyboards, drum computers etc. to play sounds on the iPad or computer and thus expand your personal orchestra.

  • Connect with an iPad or iPhone
  • Tested with many popular DAW applications
  • MIDI input and output enable connection with keyboards, drum computers and other MIDI devices

Ideal for Podcasts and Live Streaming

The Settings Panel, which is installed on your computer, comes with a variety of functions. You can choose whether direct monitoring is done in mono or stereo and adjust the balance between input and computer signals. You can also switch the hardware inputs on and off individually and set the Windows buffer size according to your working environment.

For online broadcasting, Internet communication and other live streaming applications, the US-HR series interfaces offer a Loopback function which can merge input signals 1/2 with signals 1/2 coming from the computer (each can be set to mono or stereo) and send that mix to the broadcasting or other software on the computer. A software slider allows adjusting the final “broadcast” volume independently from the unit’s line output level setting.

  • Inputs can be set on/off individually
  • Line output signals can be selected
  • Loopback can be set on/off, and each of the merged signal pairs can be switched mono/stereo
  • Slider for setting the Loopback master level (broadcast volume)


Bundled Software enables Music Creation Right out of the Box

The US-HR models come bundled with world-renowned software that will enhance your production workflow. At the core of music production, Steinberg Cubase LE (including Cubasis LE3) gives you everything you need for composing, multitrack recording, sequencing, editing, and mixing. IK Multimedia Sample Tank SE 4 comes free of charge with a massive 30-Gigabyte sound library encompassing more than 2,000 different musical instruments. And a free 3-month subscription to Auto-Tune Unlimited from Antares, a comprehensive suite of industry-standard pitch correction and vocal effects and allows you to create those famous sounds of the pros.

Note: Upgrades may require a fee.

Robust Metal Casing

The US-HR models share a solid and practical design intended to withstand years of hard use. Its robust metal jacket not only improves durability. Combined with dye-cast aluminium side panels, it also provides a sleek, eye-catching design. Moreover, the metal structure results in each model having just the right weight, so it won’t move too easily when cables are connected or disconnected.

  • Solid metal enclosure
  • Angled design provides excellent usability on a desktop

What is Direct Monitoring?

When recording audio with a computer, input signals are usually routed through the interface, the computer, and then back to the interface’s outputs. While signals pass the A/D and D/A converters in your interface without any noticeable delay, audio processing by the computer can lead to a clearly audible, disturbing time lag. As a result, you hear your voice or instrument later than the backing tracks played back on the computer and you are hardly able to perform in sync with the playback signal.

By using direct monitoring, input signals are not only sent to the computer but also directly to the outputs of your interface. This allows you to hear your input signal with virtually no delay (or latency) and always in sync with the playback material when recording or performing.

Tip: When recording the signal, mute the track you are recording to. Otherwise, you would also hear your performance delayed from the recording track.

Features at a glance

  • An advanced version of our popular US-2x2 with even better sound quality
  • Provides two audio inputs and two audio outputs as well as a midi interface to a Windows or Mac computer or iOS device
  • Audio resolution up to 192 kHz / 24 bit
  • USB Audio Compliance 2.0 for iOS connection


Hardware features

  • Two analogue mic/line inputs on XLR/TRS balanced combo connectors
  • High-quality Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) microphone pre-amps with ultra-low noise (EIN: –128 dBu)
  • Wide input gain range of 56 dB, ideal for dynamic microphones
  • Switchable 48-Volt phantom power on XLR inputs
  • TRS inputs 1/2 can each be switched to instrument level for direct recording of guitar or bass
  • Two line outputs (balanced TRS)
  • Direct monitor option for low-latency monitoring
  • Monitor mix control for adjusting the level balance between signals from external devices and signals from the computer
  • Headphones output delivering 18 mW per channel
  • Independent level controls for line and phones outputs
  • MIDI input/output
  • Standalone operation as a simple preamplifier for practice sessions and more
  • Rugged aluminium body
  • Angled industrial design for ease-of-use on a desktop

Software features

  • In-house developed driver for Windows devices ensures stable operation with low latency
  • The buffer size for Windows can be selected up from 4 samples to facilitate a recording environment with ultra-low latency
  • Each input can be switched on/off individually
  • Input monitor mode can be selected between stereo and mono
  • A loopback function allows two audio channels from the computer to be merged with the input signals and send this mix to the streaming or communication software
  • Input and computer signals can each be selected between stereo and mono
  • A slider lets you adjust the broadcast level
  • Switchable auto power save mode to reduce battery consumption on the laptop/tablet computer in mobile use
  • Automatic update function available for software, driver and firmware updates (you can install new updates with the press of a button)
  • Compatible with major DAW software
  • Bundled with Cubase LE and Cubasis LE3, IK Multimedia SampleTank 4 SE and Antares Auto-Tune Unlimited (free 3-month subscription)
  • USB cable (type C to type A) included as standard

Supported Operating Systems

Windows

  • Windows 10 (October 2020, Version 20H2) Windows 10 (May 2020 Update 2004) Windows 10 (November 2019 Update 1909) Windows 8.1 Windows 7

Mac

  • macOS Catalina (10.15) macOS Mojave (10.14) macOS High Sierra (10.13)

iOS

  • iOS 14 / iPadOS 14 iOS 13 / iPadOS 13 iOS 12 iOS 11

Specifications

General

  • Sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
  • Quantization bit depth: 24 bits

Analogue audio inputs

  • Mic input (balanced): XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
    • Input impedance: 2.2 kO
    • Rated Input Level: -7 dBu (0.346 Vrms)
    • Maximum input level: +9 dBu (2.183 Vrms)
    • Gain range: 56 dB
  • Instrument inputs (unbalanced, MIC/LINE INST switch set to INST): 6.3-mm standard TRS stereo jack (Tip: HOT, Sleeve: GND)
    • Input impedance: =1 MO
    • Rated Input Level: –6 dBV (0.5015 Vrms)
    • Maximum input level: +10 dBV (3.162 Vrms)
      • Gain range: 56 dB
  • Line inputs L/R (balanced, MIC/LINE INST switch set to MIC/LINE): (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
    • Input impedance: 10 kO
    • Rated input level: +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms)
    • Gain range: 56 dB

Analogue audio outputs

  • Line outputs (balanced): 6.3-mm standard TRS stereo jacks (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
    • Output impedance: 210 O
    • Rated output level: +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
    • Maximum Output Level: +20 dBu (7.746 Vrms)
  • Headphones output: 6.3-mm standard stereo jack
    • Maximum output power: 18 mW + 18 mW or higher (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 O)

Other inputs and outputs

  • MIDI IN Connector: 5-pin DIN
    • Format: MIDI Standard
  • MIDI OUT Connector: 5-pin DIN
    • Format: MIDI Standard
  • USB: 4-pin USB C-type
    • Transfer rate: USB 2.0 Hi-speed (480 Mbits/s)
  • Power supply (DC IN 5V): USB Micro B type

Audio performance

  • Mic preamp EIN (equivalent input noise): -128 dBu or less (150 O termination, gain knob at max.)
  • Frequency response
    • Mic input
      • 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
      • 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
    • Line input
      • 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0,1 dB (JEITA)
      • 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
    • Line output
      • 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0,1 dB (JEITA)
      • 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
  • S/N ratio
    • 110 dB (MIC input, GAIN knob at minimum, 20-kHz SPCL LPF, A-weighted)
    • 108 dB (LINE input, GAIN knob at minimum, 20-kHz SPCL LPF, A-weighted)
    • 110 dB (LINE output, LINE OUT knob at maximum, 20-kHz SPCL LPF, A-weighted)
  • Distortion (THD+N)
    • 0.0013 % (MIC IN, 1 kHz sine wave, -5 dBFS input, GAIN knob at minimum, 20 kHz SPCL LPF)
    • 0.0011 % (LINE IN, 1 kHz sine wave, -5 dBFS input, GAIN knob at minimum, 20 kHz SPCL LPF)
    • 0.0012 % (LINE OUT, 1 kHz sine wave, -4 dBFS input, LINE OUT knob at maximum, 20 kHz SPCL LPF)
  • Crosstalk: 95 dB or more (mic/line input to line output, 1-kHz sine wave, gain knob at minimum)

Host computer requirements

  • Windows
    • Computer hardware requirements: Windows-compatible computer with a USB 2.0 port
    • CPU/processor speed: 2 GHz or faster dual-core processor (x86)
    • Memory: 2 GB or more
    • Supported audio drivers: ASIO 2.0, WDM
  • Mac
    • Computer hardware requirements: Mac with a USB 2.0 port
    • CPU/processor speed: 2 GHz or faster dual-core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB or more
    • Supported audio driver: Core Audio
  • iOS device: iOS device running iOS 7 or later
    • Supported audio driver: Core Audio

Power supply and other specifications

  • Power supply
    • Used with a computer: USB bus power or dedicated AC adapter below
    • Used with an iOS device: Dedicated AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520E, DC 5V)
  • Power consumption: 1.5 W
  • Dimensions (W × H × D, without protrusions): 186 mm × 65 mm × 160 mm
  • Weight: 1.1kg
  • Operating temperature range: 5–35 °C

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