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Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

You Pay: $149.99
Product Highlights
  • 6 Input / 4 Output
  • 4 Microphone Preamps
  • Instrument Input
  • MIDI I/O
  • S/PDIF Digital I/O
  • Phantom Power
  • LED Signal and Overload Indicators
  • Cubase LE Recording Software
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The US-600 from Tascam is a 6-input/4-output USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface housed in a lightweight, portable chassis. The interface is the perfect choice for portable recording of multiple sources from a laptop computer and functions under both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. The unit is powered via an external adapter.

Four high-quality microphone preamps with TRS/XLR Combi connectors can supply phantom power for use with condenser microphones. Two rear panel, unbalanced RCA outputs are provided, as well as a MIDI input and output for controlling synthesizers and drum machines. Stereo S/PDIF digital in and out is available on the rear panel.

Input 1 will also accept an instrument input for plugging in an electric guitar or bass. Individual gain controls are available for all analog inputs. A direct monitoring path avoids the inherent delay that is otherwise caused when monitoring through computer software. The interface records audio with up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. All channels can be passed to the computer with full resolution.

Cubase LE 5 software is included allowing for immediate recording to take place. This version of Steinberg's workstation software features 48-track and VST plug-in support, automated mixing and MIDI tracks allow you to craft large productions without adding any other software. The US-600 supports most other software for Mac and Windows, including Logic Pro, Live, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Fruity Loops, and Pro Tools 9.

Six input/four output USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface
24-bit/96 kHz audio resolution
Four microphone preamps with phantom power, XLR/TRS combo jacks
Two unbalanced RCA outputs
S/PDIF stereo digital input and output
MIDI input and output
Direct Monitor function allows zero-latency monitoring of the input
Signal Present and Overload LED meters on each input
Line Out/Phones level control
Monitor mix level control and mono/stereo switch for direct input monitoring
Mono/stereo monitoring switch for input 1/2 and 3/4
Instrument (high impedance) switch for input 1 with indicator LED
Includes Cubase LE 48-track workstation recording software
Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz
Analog Input 4 x XLR/TRS combo Microphone/Instrument/Line
Input Impedance Mic: 2.2kΩ
Line: 15kΩ
Inst: 1MΩ
Input Level Microphone
Nominal: -14 dBu (0.15 Vrms)
Minimum: -57 dBu (0.001 Vrms)
Maximum: +2 dBu (0.98 Vrms)
Line
Nominal: +4 dBu (1.2 Vrms)
Minimum: -39 dBu (0.008 Vrms)
Maximum: +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms)
Instrument
Nominal: -13dBV (0.22 Vrms)
Minimum: -56 dBV (0.001 Vrms)
Maximum: +3 dBV (1.41 Vrms)
Analog Output 2 x RCA phono
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Output Impedance 200Ω
Output Level Line
Nominal: -10 dBV (0.316 Vrms)
Maximum: +6 dBV (2 Vrms)
Headphone
Maximum: 49 mW + 49 mW (1 kHz, 0.1%, 32Ω
Digital Input 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Digital Output 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
MIDI In/Out 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
Headphone Output Yes
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.0 dB (44.1/48 kHz, JEITA)
20 Hz to 40 kHz, +0.5/-1.5 dB (88.2/96 kHz, JEITA)
SNR 98 dB or higher (Line In to Line Out with Gain at minimum, 44.1/48 kHz, JEITA)
THD 0.0045% or less (Line In to Line Out with Gain at minimum, JEITA)
Power Requirements
5 VDC via included adapter
System Requirements Mac OS X
Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
USB 2.0 port
Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.7 x 6 x 1.6" (222 x 151 x 41 mm)
Weight 1.3 lb (580 g)
Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface
  • External Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Drivers CD-ROM
  • Software DVD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    TascamUS-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface
     
    4.3

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Compact (10)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Good audio (9)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (13)
      • Amateur recording (11)
      • Professional recording (6)
      • Performances (5)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Never a bad time for an upgrade

      I had a guitar pedal with an audio interface built in, but has unfortunately stopped working. I picked this one up for the amount of inputs it has. I only need 4, but...Read complete review

      I had a guitar pedal with an audio interface built in, but has unfortunately stopped working. I picked this one up for the amount of inputs it has. I only need 4, but the extra 2 inputs are a nice to have. Now I can record 4 different instruments or 2 stereo instruments at the same time. This is perfect for me for when my cousin and I record ideas. I did have a bit of trouble with it in the beginning, but it was my fault for not reading the directions. I couldn't hear any playback through my headphones because I didn't think to turn the knob to USB mix. The audio quality is top notch. You might have trouble recording with the lowest latency setting. Sometimes it seems to crack, but that could be my computer. It doesn't affect the actual recording, but the noise is not so cool when you are playing to an already recorded track. I just put it on the low latency setting which is very hard to notice a difference because it is still 10ms or under.The controls are awesome. I love the ability to adjust each individual channel. The input jacks seem pretty stable, though this thing is plastic it still seems sturdy. Very lightweight. Would be awesome if it was USB powered, then I could have a mobile studio. Overall, this product is great. Works as it should. I would recommend to anyone.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Depends on what you use it for

      I've bought six of these mixers for my purposes, and so far they seem pretty decent. I like that there is no power button, once you plug it in, it's on. That's...Read complete review

      I've bought six of these mixers for my purposes, and so far they seem pretty decent. I like that there is no power button, once you plug it in, it's on. That's one less thing to remember when you are out on a shoot. The audio quality is ok, but the drivers are a bit scatterbrained. If you connect this to a computer, make sure it isn't too old, because you are going to need the extra power to keep this guy from failing.

      I would have liked if they included a mic out, as of now there are only line outs. But I guess you only get that if you step up in price. The powdered coating on top scratches super easily, so don't put anything on top of it if you want the mixer to look new.

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      4.0

      The Tascam US-600

      By Esteban 310

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Plastic And Not Sturdy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

      Wanting to record three/four tracks simultaneously, I tried the US-600 out. This does the job, however, I found that the plastic chassis, tiny knobs, inputs on rear and "lightness" of the product left me wanting. Also, I lost all hearing in my left ear and am no longer recording.

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      5.0

      Use all the time

      By JM

      from Addison, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

        We use this all the time in our software and services business and recommend it to all of our clients and resellers. It is the best mixer for the price.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not Mac OSX Lion Compatible

        By DLove

        from Bronx, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

              Unfortunately, Tascam failed again. I followed their instructions, asked for their assistance, but they were not much help. Contrary to their specifications this product does not work with Mac Lion OSX 10.7.5. This is the second Tascam interface that I have tried that does not work with Mac Lion. They really need to work harder on creating drivers that work with Mac Lion.

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              5.0

              Great Interface

              By Lucas Luis

              from Belo Horizonte , MG

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                just a great interface, good and easy!

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                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                First external sound card and loving it!

                By Soloteer

                from Bellingham, WA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                  I am an electronic dance music (edm) producer, known by the name of Soloteer. I wanted to take my production to the next level by recording as well as my work inside my digital audio workstation. the Tascam US-600 has given me all I'll need for a while! with 4 combo xlr/quarter inch jack inputs, it is easy to set up and use.

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                  5.0

                  I love it

                  By Josh Daniel

                  from Lynnwood, WA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                    I am using this for my personal studio and I already had an analog mixer. I had bought a cheap 1/4" to USB cable...Don't do it if you are looking to convert analog to digital. It was terrible. There was no volume it was tiny and weak. I purchased a 100ft XLR cable cut it into smaller pieces soldered the other XLR ends onto it and now I go into my mixer with my mics and instruments and from there out to the Tascam then to the computer. All I have to say is Awesome. I recorded a song...once I figured out that I was using the wrong input...and bam, there was volume and clarity. There was no hiss just crisp, clear music coming out of my computer. I did this using Audacity since I hadn't loaded the cubase software that came with the interface. I will be using that in the future to see how it works.

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                    4.0

                    Great lil Interface!

                    By Georgio

                    from Washington D.C.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ

                      Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                      Works great, good audio levels. Great price and service here @ B&H.

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                      5.0

                      Never a bad time for an upgrade

                      By Jeremy

                      from Lynnville, TN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Controls
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Software
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                        I had a guitar pedal with an audio interface built in, but has unfortunately stopped working. I picked this one up for the amount of inputs it has. I only need 4, but the extra 2 inputs are a nice to have. Now I can record 4 different instruments or 2 stereo instruments at the same time. This is perfect for me for when my cousin and I record ideas. I did have a bit of trouble with it in the beginning, but it was my fault for not reading the directions. I couldn't hear any playback through my headphones because I didn't think to turn the knob to USB mix. The audio quality is top notch. You might have trouble recording with the lowest latency setting. Sometimes it seems to crack, but that could be my computer. It doesn't affect the actual recording, but the noise is not so cool when you are playing to an already recorded track. I just put it on the low latency setting which is very hard to notice a difference because it is still 10ms or under.The controls are awesome. I love the ability to adjust each individual channel. The input jacks seem pretty stable, though this thing is plastic it still seems sturdy. Very lightweight. Would be awesome if it was USB powered, then I could have a mobile studio. Overall, this product is great. Works as it should. I would recommend to anyone.

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                        4.0

                        A solid interface for the right computer

                        By Mr. Moonlight

                        from St. Louis

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                        This TASCAM is a useful audio interface that is true to its form and function. Just make sure you have a rig that can handle any issues of latency. I was not able to get the latency down enough to make this interface feasible for my purposes. Granted my computer is about six years old, so take that as you will. Regardless, the audio quality for the device is top notch. One thing I didn't like about it, was it only recorded in mono if you had one mic cable hooked into a port. In order to do stereo recording, it had to be with two mic cables at once. I know that my Line 6 UX1, the mic is automatically recorded with a balanced stereo signal, through one mic port.

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                        5.0

                        Just what the doctor ordered.

                        By imstillalive

                        from Northern Illinois

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                          I replaced a Lexicon unit with this. OMG, what a difference. Clear sound. No humming sound like I had on the Lexicon. I would definitely recommned this unit.

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                          5.0

                          Effective Product

                          By Ohio wedding videographer

                          from Northwest Ohio

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                            I used the device to record multiple tracks straight to my macbook. The recordings were part of a professional wedding video. I've only used it once so far, but it worked flawlessly and as advertised.

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                            5.0

                            Serves the purpose well

                            By Chris

                            from Webster City, IA

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                              Using this for podcasting

                              Very easy to use but the Cubase recording software that came with it is horrible to register & setup.

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                              5.0

                              nice interface

                              By Bob

                              from Boulder, CO

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                                I use the Tascam 600 as an interface for patching a traditional mixer to an imac. Works great. No problems.

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                                3.0

                                Depends on what you use it for

                                By Dan the man

                                from Portland, OR

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Limited Functions
                                • Unreliable

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                                I've bought six of these mixers for my purposes, and so far they seem pretty decent. I like that there is no power button, once you plug it in, it's on. That's one less thing to remember when you are out on a shoot. The audio quality is ok, but the drivers are a bit scatterbrained. If you connect this to a computer, make sure it isn't too old, because you are going to need the extra power to keep this guy from failing.

                                I would have liked if they included a mic out, as of now there are only line outs. But I guess you only get that if you step up in price. The powdered coating on top scratches super easily, so don't put anything on top of it if you want the mixer to look new.

                                Share this review

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                GREAT INTERFACE!

                                By WondaBread

                                from Santa Clarita, CA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Powerful
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Tascam US-600 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

                                  Awesome product that works like a charm. install the driver, and set your mac to it and BAM! it works! Gave it 4 stars just because initially my computer recognized it, then all of a sudden it didnt. Just updated the driver from the tascam website, and problem solved!!

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