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Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface

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Product Highlights
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Audio Interface
  • 1/4" Guitar Input, XLR Mic Inputs
  • MIDI I/O
  • Phantom Power for Condenser Mics
  • S/PDIF Digital Inputs & Outputs
  • Sturdy Aluminum Construction
  • Includes Cubase LE4 Audio Software
  • Mac and Windows Compatible

The US-144MKII from Tascam is a compact, high-speed USB 2.0 audio and MIDI interface that's compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. When the US-144MKII is plugged into an Apple or Windows computer, it acts as the computer's soundcard and features inputs for microphones, a guitar, and line-level devices like CD players and keyboards. It features durable construction and a very budget friendly price.

The included Cubase LE4 is a powerful audio and MIDI recording application that allows you to record and mix up to 48 tracks. You can automate your mixes, sweeten the sound with plug-ins, and create elaborate MIDI sequences, as well as take advantage of the built-in MIDI inputs and outputs. Cubase LE4 is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.

The US-144MKII features individual inputs for either XLR or 1/4" sound sources, and can provide phantom power (which enables you to use professional microphones). Its construction is both attractive and sturdy. The compact size of the US-144MKII makes it ideal for studio and field recording, and the USB bus powering capability means that you never have to plug it into the outlet on the wall or fuss with a power cable.

US-144MKII

Bus-powered USB 2.0 audio interface
Two XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
Two 1/4" balanced line inputs
Switchable guitar level input
1/4" stereo headphone output
MIDI input and output
S/PDIF stereo coaxial input and output
Individual line and headphone out level controls
Up to 96kHz/24-bit audio resolution
Zero-latency hardware monitoring
Mac and Windows drivers included
Aluminum case construction

Cubase LE4

48-track recording software
Digital mixing with plug-ins and automation
MIDI sequencing, notation layout and much more
Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates Up to 96 kHz
Inputs 2 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TRS (one can switch to guitar level input)
1 x MIDI Input
Outputs 1 x 1/4" Stereo (Headphone Output)
1 x Stereo RCA Output
1 x MIDI Output
Digital Input 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Input
Digital Output 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
MIDI In/Out Yes
Connectivity USB 2.0
Sync In/Out S/PDIF
Power Bus Powered Through USB Port
Compatibility Mac OS X 10.4.11, 10.5.6, or later
Windows XP 32-bit (SP2, SP3), XP 64-bit (SP2), Vista 32-/64-bit (SP2), and Windows 7
THD + N <0.006%, 1kHz sine, +20 dBu input, Trim = minimum (ADC to DAC)
Dimensions 5.91 x 1.6 x 5.03" (150 x 40.6 x 127.7mm)
Weight 17.11 oz (530 g)
Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Cubase LE4 Recording Software (Mac & Windows)
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    TascamUS-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface
     
    3.6

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    79%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Versatile (17)
    • Compact (11)
    • Excellent sound (11)
    • Consistent (9)

    Cons

    • Limited features (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (18)
    • Home studio (18)
    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Performances (8)
    • Professional recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (17), Novice (7), Professional musician (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome USB-Audio Interface

    Lived up to my expectations of the interface.
    Very straight forward and easy to understand manual of operation. I use it professionally as a portable audio/recording studio for my clients. I...Read complete review

    Lived up to my expectations of the interface.
    Very straight forward and easy to understand manual of operation. I use it professionally as a portable audio/recording studio for my clients. I record a lot of voice over material for editing video. It's always easier on the client, for me to go to their place of business and record. This unit along with the audio accessories and my laptop make it possible. I spent a lot of time researching a unit that would meet my specs and yet not be overlly expensive.
    So, I highly recommend this unit for its portability and ease of use.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not a 100% satisfied.

    The 32bit drivers don't work with Windows 7; no matter how I set the latency I get stutter, pops... you name it. I tried reinstalling the W7 drivers from Tascam website several...Read complete review

    The 32bit drivers don't work with Windows 7; no matter how I set the latency I get stutter, pops... you name it. I tried reinstalling the W7 drivers from Tascam website several times (even in safe mode) and got the same results. I tried 64bit drivers with W7 in 64bit partition and it worked just fine! I really like the devise so I hope Tascam will update the 32bit drivers.

    Reviewed by 32 customers

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    4.0

    Recording Can Be easy

    By Twang C

    from TO, Ontario

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Professional Features
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Drivers

    Best Uses

    • Decent Recordings

    Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

    I use the Tascam US-144MKII to record my MIDI Synthesizer, the great thing about this interface is it has an unbalanced 1/4 Guitar input so you can record your guitar setting up is fast and easy recoding is a fast with the right software, monitoring inputs with headphones is a nice experience with the Tascam US-144MKII and controlling inputs is decent,
    But the place were the US-144MKII will loose points is the drivers are not very good and because of that some programs will not work the right way overall It does the job I need it to do and for the price I would recommend

    thank you.

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    5.0

    Bang for your buck!

    By Kyle

    from New Zealand

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Professional Features
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

      I use this for Foley and ADR, and I find the output to have decent latency and excellent SNR. It's generally sturdy, aside from the slightly plasticy dials. Installed perfectly on both a Win 8.1 and Win 7 64bit machine.

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      5.0

      Simple & Effective

      By Steve

      from Fishers, IN (Indianapolis)

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Professional Features
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Knobs A Little Wobbly

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

      Does what it is supposed to do, and is reliable. Having individual headphone and line out levels is great, along with real-time direct monitoring. Also bus powered is a big plus so you don't have to drag around a wall wort!

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      1.0

      Great Design, Doesn't Work with Mac Lion

      By DLove

      from New York, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

      • Inoperable With Mac Lion

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

        Tascam's US-144MKII looks aesthetically pleasing to the eye and is compact for those lacking the space needed to create a home studio. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with Mac Lion. Tascam claims the Mac drivers they provide for this unit are backwards compatible, but contrary to what they say their drivers are not. The support they provided to with this unit was lacking. I contacted them via phone and e-mail. Their suggestion to uninstall and reinstall the Mac drivers they provided did not solve anything. I'm totally disappointed.

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        1.0

        US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Review

        By DLove

        from New York, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Nice Design

        Cons

        • Mac Drivers Don't Work

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

          I really love the US-144MKII's design. It's compact and promises to work on both Windows and Macs operating systems. Unfortunately, it did not work for me. I followed the instructions, installed the drivers and firmware, but the unit did not operate with my Mac. I then uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers and the firmware several times and it still did not work. Contacting Tascam via phone, or e-mail was not helpful in any way. Contrary to what Tascam says, the Mac drivers they provided for this unit are not backwards compatible.

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          4.0

          Simply efficient

          By Yoann

          from Stamford CT

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Features

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

            I didn't know what to expect as I never used such tool.
            I plug and play right away.
            Nothing to say complicated

            Note that i'm using it on stage, no loss of quality nor lag at transmission.

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            1.0

            Not for Mac users!!!

            By oLy

            from Montreal, Canada

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Limited Features

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

              Not compatible with Mac OSx Lion or Mountain Lion, be careful. Feels cheap and putting the buttons on the top was not the best ideas.

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              4.0

              So far, so good -- well worth the money

              By See Rike

              from Maryland

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • A Lot For The Price
              • Comes With Cubase 5le
              • Consistent
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Weak Internal Amps

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

              I'm still new with this unit, and am just getting used to it and the Cubase software that came with it. The 144 itself was pretty easy to set up and use. It's also versatile, with plenty of input and output options. The line-outs are maybe a little quiet -- I send them to a digital recorder and it's a bit of a weak signal. No noise issues for me.

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              5.0

              What A Good Machine

              By emessary

              from Sydney AUS

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Professional Features
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                The US 144 Mk11 is the ideal audio interface. It has all the right functions, sounds really good, compact & portable & reasonably priced.

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                4.0

                UA SATISFACTION

                By LAURIE

                from TUSCALOOSA, AL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Professional Features
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                  WE HAVE NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT IT. WE USE FOR AUDITIONS AND CLASSES. IT'S EASY TO USE AND WAS VERY USER FRIENDLY.

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                  5.0

                  First time DAW creation

                  By black_ronin1228

                  from Binghamton, NY

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Go with ASIO option
                  • Professional Features
                  • Versatile
                  • Very flexible options

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                    Professional Musician/Private Recording Studio, used as an interface for myself via MIDI and audio, along with guitarist. Utilizing Native Instruments Session Strings Pro, Damage, Evolve, Evolve Mutations 1 and 2, and many other VST's. Pros, everything. Cons, works very well with near zero latency regarding MIDI and near or less than 3 milliseconds of latency with audio (guitar, with effect, being monitored on track) with ASIO driver. Program I'm using comes equipped with WaveRT but that puts more lag/latency time into the equation all the way around (MIDI/AUDIO)Otherwise, the unit works flawlessly 100% it's just the software that messes with it.

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                    3.0

                    Works well, but...

                    By Fish

                    from Gainesville FL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                      I use this in voice over work, and find that it is better than the integrated audio on my computer mobo... it has a good sound and was easy to install and simple to use...
                      however, it seems to slow down my computer... since i use the computer for more than just audio production, browsing the internet, email, opening other programs all get really really sloww... the only fix is to go into control panel settings and choose "do not use this devise" and revert to the built in audio... as soon as i do this, the computer returns to its normal perky self... a pain but i can live with it until it can be addressed... so far, no real help from Tascam other than "uninstall and reinstall" which has no effecet on this issue...

                      with that said, it seems to be a better prodcut (for me at least) than the Mackie Onyx Black Jack which was very hissy...

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                      4.0

                      Excellent Value

                      By jop

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Inexpensive
                      • Powerful
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Fragile

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                      I haven't used this piece of equipment for that long actually. But so far it works great on my Windows 7 Alienware laptop. Reproduction of course is pristine and recording is just as needed. Low latency and as clear as the mic. The many controls, inputs and outputs of this light and portable interface are very convenient as well! It just feels slightly fragile so I wouldn't move it too much. I think its best suited for a small, starting home-studio type of setting (such as mine.)

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                      4.0

                      Very good for its price!

                      By makutaku

                      from Seattle

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Limited Features

                      Best Uses

                      • Room acoustics

                      Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                      * I use it with REW to analyse the acoustic of my room
                      * Easy to set up. I like the positions of the knobs.
                      * Works with ASIO.
                      * Has phantom power.
                      * I wish it had balanced outputs and a little more gain, but those are not really required.
                      * Sounds good, though not amazing.

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                      4.0

                      Cost effective solution

                      By G. Flat Minor

                      from Connecticut

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Reasonably Priced
                      • USB powered
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording

                        Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                        I've only had it for a few days yet but I does what I need. I record and mix songs original songs using Ableton Live 8 Lite and need a way to record audio through a Mic as well as guitar and Midi. The US-144MKII fits the bill. The software loaded easily and the device was recognized and works well with Live 8. I didn't try the recording/sequencing software that came with it (Cubase). One thing that I needed to do that I didn't expect was that my mike cables all use a 1/4" male connector on the one end and xlr on the other whereas this devise has xlr mic inputs. Not a big deal but the 1/4" inputs are only for line-in. My only other gripe, and it is partially my fault, is I wanted to do some quick sketching with Garageband. Now, I'm not a mac person but my daughter was off long enough for me to jump on, load the software and try to record some audio and midi. The mac seemed to recognize the device but I couldn't get any audio record level or midi into the Mac Garageband. I'm sure I'll figure out what is up eventually but it didn't go as smoothly as on my HP laptop.
                        All things considered, I'm quite happy with it.

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                        5.0

                        A really nice Digital Audio Interface

                        By Suranjan

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Professional Features
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                          Very easy to setup and the latest driver from TASCAM website works fine with WinXP. Sound quality is great with the built in mic-inputs. Headphone output is perfect for monitoring. To have SPDIF I/O is also a big plus.

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                          5.0

                          Works Great in my XP and Vista laptops

                          By HapHazzard

                          from California

                          About Me Onsite Production

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Navigate
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Not Enough Audio Tools

                          Best Uses

                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                          Easy to install into a Windows XP sp2,3 and after down loading the newer driver 2.03 for 32 bit it even works in a Widows Vista Home laptop(still need to get Vista out of the laptop). Diver panel is made to be almost too simple. But that's the nature of this price range interface. The RME products I use are the only thing that can get to those lower latency numbers.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          1.0

                          "Guitar" input added noise.... twice.

                          By Jake MH

                          from Morristown, NJ

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bus-Powered
                          • Great features

                          Cons

                          • Noise is Unacceptable
                          • Poor Sound Quality

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances

                          Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                          I was very excited about using this product... so much so, that I was almost willing to overlook a major defect in the unit. I will do my best to explain the issue: With the input selector placed on "Guitar", the unit would introduce fuzz/distortion/clicks when the input LED turned from On to Off and vice versa. The noise was audible in both Direct and Computer monitoring. Furthermore, the artifacts were recorded.After researching the issue online, I found very few references to it. This led me to believe I had an isolated problem, so I returned the unit for another US-144mkII. Unfortunately, the new unit had the exact same problem. Back to the store it went. I plan on purchasing a similar product by a different manufacturer.[...]

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                          3.0

                          Works but conflicts

                          By ccpotter

                          from St. Paul Minnesota

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events

                            Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                            I am a mac user and use this to get analog audio onto my computer. This product works fine with the included software but causes Adobe Flash Live Media Encoder to crash. I tried uninstalling it and Flash Live Media Encoder works again. I hope that there is a software update that fixes this problem/ conflict.

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                            4.0

                            Works as expected

                            By Recording Novice

                            from Portland, OR

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Limited Features

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Tascam US-144MKII - USB 2.0 Computer Audio Interface:

                            I use it to record vocals. Small and easy to get started. Cubase LE5 that came along with it is causing some clipping. I am assuming it is my laptop and working to fix it.

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