Reviews and Problems with Tascam US-1800 16-in, 4-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface
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Randolph, B&H Photo
1 January 2015
Excerpt: This interface does exactly what its suppose to. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but the preamps are nice enough to get a good signal for production on my DAW. 8 xlr inputs and 6 balanced 1/4" inputs for the price was pretty hard to beat. Recording a whole band, no problem.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Versatile
Excerpt: Great interface for the money! Does what it's suppose to. If you want to record a band live, no problems. Headphone output is a little low. I bought a headphone amp and that solved the problem.
Excerpt: Although I didn't buy from B&H, I wanted to comment on my experiences with the US-1800. I have had it going just about everyday for a tear and a half with absolutely no issues. I use windows 7 and the ASIO4ALL drivers, Reaper is my DAW. I bought because I was planning on recording drums from time to time and needed inputs. I mainly just record guitar and vocal tracks though.
Pros: Easy To Use, Low Distortion, Powerful, Versatile
Excerpt: I love the hardware--rack mount, balanced I/O; the price is right, but the Windows drivers really destroy what should be a perfect device. For analog audio, Windows only sees one device. So, if your software doesn't interface with the US-1800 directly, you're stuck with only outs 1-2 and the first two mic ins being usable. As I write this in Nov 2014, the current driver version is 2.02 from 2011. I bought two of these for use in radio studios 6 months ago.
Summary: I was looking for some easy way to multitrack a band in a live situation. Short of buying a new digital console with multitrack software, I thought I would give the 1800 a try. It does have a lot of inputs, and for the money, it has the most I've seen. There are a few issues, mostly being not 16 XLR ins that I would have like to have seen, and not all inputs are preamped with gain adjustments.
Excerpt: I received this unit a week ago, and have had a few opportunities to use it to record live gigs. So far, it's worked flawlessly, with 8 nice sounding preamps, 6 line inputs, and 1 stereo digital input. My only complaint? The knobs are black, without any marks, so in a dark environment you have to feel them to know where they are set. Small brush and a bit of paint solves that bit.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Versatile
Excerpt: I'm a first time user of recording and mixing. Learning how to use the US-1800 was relatively easy, this is aside from the DAW. I found Cubase very difficult to understand. I decided to try Reaper and found it much more in line with how I think. This is just me and not a criticism of Cubase. I still rate this Tascam at 5 stars. It is a fantastic value. As others have said, no other audio interface provides this many mic inputs. It does everything I need it to do.
Excerpt: I use this interface to record 7 mics on my drum set It has more mic inputs by far over any other interface in the market within its price range. This is the first time I've used an audio interface and I found it easy to configure. However, perhaps because I'm a newbie, I found the included Cubase LE 5 very difficult to learn. Thus, I decided to try Reaper, which so far, I have found to be much easier to learn.
Pros: Best Value On The Market, Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Versatile