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The US122 MkII updates one of Tascam's most popular interfaces ever with better specifications and a sleek new case design. The US122 mkII records at up to 96kHz sample rate (24 bit) for professional quality sound. We think it looks a lot more pro now too!
This is a great interface for bedroom recordists, or anyone looking to record up to two mics at a time. It interfaces using USB for universal compatibility and is self powered making it quick and easy to set up, especially for location recording.
Here's what Tascam say about the US122 MK2
TASCAM has refreshed its best-selling USB interface with better audio specs and a fresh new look for the US-122mkII. The US-122mkII starts with two great-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones. There's also a pair of balanced line inputs and a guitar-level in for direct recording of electric guitar or bass. The stereo signal is sent to your computer at up to 96kHz/24-bit audio quality.
The US-122mkII connects to Mac or Windows computers using USB 2.0, and the unit is powered over the USB cable. Zero-latency monitoring is available for recording without the delay going to a computer and back. MIDI input and output jacks allow connection of synths and drum machines. Connect the US-122mkII to monitors through the line output or use headphones with the front-mounted stereo 1/4" jack. The US-122mkII makes a perfect portable interface with metal components and solid construction built for the road.
The US-122mkII includes a copy of Cubase LE4 from Steinberg. This full-featured recording software captures up to 48 tracks of audio with another 64 MIDI tracks. You can edit your tracks to perfection using a variety of modes and tools. Automated mixing is included to create the perfect master. Cubase LE4 supports VST effect and instrument plug-ins, which an assortment included with the application.
Whether you're getting started with computer recording or adding a portable interface to your road rig, the TASCAM US-122mkII is the affordable choice for professional results.
- Bus-powered USB 2.0 audio interface
- (2) XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
- (2) 1/4" balanced line inputs
- Switchable guitar level input
- 1/4" stereo headphone output
- MIDI input and output
- Up to 96kHz/24-bit audio resolution
- Zero-latency hardware monitoring
- Mac and Windows drivers included
- Steinberg Cubase LE4 48-track recording software included
- Aluminum case construction
Chris | Purchase date: 12 June 2013
Good and easy to use yet some of the knobs are a little loose.
Tomasz | Purchase date: 30 September 2012
It's really good interface, well build, apart from knobs witch are a bit wobbly, but when i wanted to use it on a windows 7 pc it started to make all sorts of diffrent noises. I am glad i have exchanged it for something else.
Matt | Purchase date: 11 October 2011
The Tascam US-122 is probably the best audio interface you can buy for the price bracket in question. It is sturdy, so can be thrown in a rucksack or laptop case between gigs or sessions. Low profile pots and a metal case make this unit very transportable too. It allows two track simultaneous recording without effecting latency. It has phantom power to both mic inputs. It runs straight out of the box. The added software bundle - a fully registered copy of Cubase 5 LE (somewhere between the "Essentials" and "Studio" editions) - means you can get straight to recording.
Highly recommended - tougher and better sound quality than the rivals in a similar price bracket, although the Novation NI02 is very close.
Mihai | Purchase date: 21 January 2011
It came with a Cubase LE license, which made it better :)
I love the volume mix knobs. They help a lot during recording.
J Hurley | Purchase date: 04 October 2010
This is an okay piece of equipment, quite cheap and cheerful, and easy to use. I only use it to create demo tracks of guitars over programmed drums, and for that it's fine. The audio quality is so-so, although after messing around with plug-ins you can get quite decent guitar tone, if that's what you are looking for. Overall, if you are looking to make a musical masterpiece with perfect audio sound quality, you may want to invest a bit more money. However, if you're just looking to get your ideas down or even learn how to work with audio then this is rather handy.