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
Summary: Very good interface, do what it need to do. For its price range is some of the best options. Good preamps, I used whti a shure Sm7b and works very good, much better than the preamps of fast track for example.
Excerpt: I received this product fast and in new condition. No bumps to the box. Any ways, This is a awesome interface for the money. 8 mic ins xlr, 2 line in/Guitar channels in the front (channel 9 and 10) and 4 additional line ins from channel 11-14) spdif in and out, midi in and out, and connects via usb to your computer. Clean preamps that hit 60 db on the gain, easy to follow interface. Once you get it set up for multichannel recording, it works great.
Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Powerful, Versatile
This thing is a work-horse and great addition to a small home-based studio.
12 February 2013
Summary: I learned studio recording technique on analog equipment and after a very long vacation from recording music I took the plunge and started recording again. Riding the learning curve of digital recording without breaking the bank, I researched and decided on the US-1800. I generally use multiple microphone set-ups and decide later which tracks to keep and blend to get the true sound of the recorded instrument and this interface allows me enough microphone set-ups along...