Tascam US-16x08 USB Audio/MIDI Interface

Tascam US-16x08 USB Audio/MIDI Interface

Tascam US-16x08 USB Audio/MIDI Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 24-bit/96 kHz Resolution
  • 8x XLR Mic Inputs & 8x TRS Line Inputs
  • DSP Monitor Mixer with EQ & Compression
  • Ultra-HDDA Microphone Preamps
  • 5-Pin DIN MIDI I/O
  • Angled Design for Desktop Use
  • Mac, Windows, iOS Compatible
  • Includes Rack Ears & USB Cable
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Tascam US-16X08 overview

  • 1Description

Allowing you to record up to 16 channels simultaneously in up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution, the US-16x08 USB Audio/MIDI Interface from Tascam features 8 XLR microphone inputs with their Ultra-HDDA preamps and 8 TRS line level inputs, 2 of which can be switched to instrument level for DI recording. A DSP mixer allows you to route any signal to any output and gives you a 4-band EQ and compression for each channel, allowing you to tweak a monitor or headphone mix.

Its angled design allows you to use the US-16x08 right on your desktop, while the included rack ears provide the ability to rack mount the system. Not limited to audio, its 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O lets the unit function as a MIDI interface as well. It is compatible with Mac, Windows, and iOS (requires Apple's Camera Connection kit, not included for iOS use).

Discrete Ultra-HDDA Mic Preamps
Tascam's Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamp design is based on discrete components, just like classic professional gear. They achieve an EIN rating of -125 dBu, meaning their noise level is practically below the range of hearing. But instead of judging the design merely by test measurements, key components were selected following extensive listening tests
NE5532 Op-Amps
Tascam uses proven components throughout the US-16x08. One example is the NE5532 op-amp, used throughout classic recording consoles and signal processors due to their musical sound
Instrument Inputs
The first two channels can be switched to direct guitar inputs for direct recording of electric and acoustic guitar and bass without the need for an external preamp
High SPL Handling
The Ultra HDDA mic preamps and line inputs offer 20 dB of headroom for distortion-free recordings of percussive, high SPL instruments like drum tracks and guitar solos
8 XLR Mic Inputs and 8 TRS Line Inputs
The eight XLR mic inputs have switchable +48V phantom power to use up to 8 condenser mics at the same time. The two front panel TRS line inputs are switchable between instrument level and line level input with adjustable gain. An additional six TRS line ins on the rear of the unit are switchable between -10dB and +4dB. All of the jacks support balanced or unbalanced 1/4" signals
Standalone Mic Preamp
When powered on without a USB connection, the US-16x08 functions as an 8-channel microphone preamp. Mics pass through the Ultra-HDDA preamps to the eight balanced line outputs on the rear panel. Use the interface to add additional high-quality mic inputs to a mixer or audio interface
DSP Mixer and USB Driver
Digital processing features like the DSP Monitor Mixer and USB drivers make sessions with the US-16x08 comfortable for the musicians and engineer. The DSP Mixer includes processing for a polished-sounding headphone mix without latency delay from your DAW software, fueled by a Blackfin DSP processor. And drivers, re-written from the ground up, provide improved compatibility and performance on Mac, Windows and iPad recording systems
High Resolution Recording
The converters and electronics on the US-16x08 allow you to record at audio resolutions up to 96 kHz/24-bit for detailed acoustic productions
Standard USB 2.0 Computer Connection
The US-16x08 uses USB 2.0 to connect to your computer. Connect the interface to any available USB port. USB 2.0 provides plenty of data bandwidth, even when recording 16 channels at 96 kHz/24-bit. The US-16x08 will also work with USB 3.0 jacks on your computer
EQ and Compression on Each Monitor Mixing Channel
Powered by an Analog Devices BlackFin DSP processor, the US-16x08 includes an advanced digital mixer for monitor mixing. Each input includes 4-band EQ, a low-cut filer, and compressor. The DSP mixer can store up to 10 snapshots as scenes - making it easy to recall mixer settings. The DSP mixer feature can even be used as a live mixer, controlled by your PC. An additional tab opens a digital patchbay to route signals to any output
Driver Software
The US-16x08 includes a driver architecture that was written in-house by Tascam engineers. The Windows driver software can be installed without connecting the interface, with simple on-screen instructions. Mac users can use the interface without installing a driver at all. Simply install the control panel software in order to change device settings. Finally, the class-compliant driver allows it to be used with tablets like Apple's iPad. (Requires Apple's Camera Connection Kit for USB connection, not included)
Angled Design
The angled design makes desktop viewing and operation much more comfortable for tabletop use. All other interfaces have their controls on the front or the top of the device, causing you to crane your neck to read the knobs and switches. A pair of rack ears are also included for use in a standard 19" equipment rack
Independent Headphone and Line Output Volume Control
The US-16x08 includes both headphone and line output volume controls. Even when both powered monitors and headphones are connected, the user can set an optimum level for each during operation. And when you want to work on headphones, you don't need to reach around to switch off your monitors
Built-In Headphone Amplifier
The 70 mW+70 mW (into 32 ohms) headphone amp makes headphone monitoring easy even in loud situations. This assures you enough monitoring volume when recording drums, guitars, or rehearsals, live or in the studio
Standard MIDI input and output connectors allow connection with the thousands of keyboards, drum machines, controllers, and other sources that employ 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors. The interfaces can also be used for synchronized operation of multitrack recorders and other external recording equipment
Full Metal Body
The durable metal jacket is employed for heavy duty use
UPC: 043774031177
In the Box
Tascam US-16x08 USB Audio/MIDI Interface
  • Rack Mount Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Tascam US-16X08 specs

    Sampling Frequency 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    Bit Rate 16/24-bit
    Analog Audio Inputs
    Microphone Input Connector: XLR-3-31(1: ground, 2: hot, 3: cold ), balanced
    Input Impedance: 2.4 kOhms
    Nominal Input Level, Max Gain: -68 dBu (0.0003 Vrms)
    Nominal Input Level, Minimum Gain: -12 dBu (0.195 Vrms)
    Maximum Input Level: +8 dBu (1.947 Vrms)
    Gain: 56 dB
    Instrument Input Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS-jack (T: hot, S: ground), unbalanced (When set to "INST" at LINE/INST switch)
    Input Impedance: 1 MOhms or more
    Nominal Input Level, Max Gain: -41 dBu (0.0069 Vrms)
    Nominal Input Level, Minimum Gain: +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
    Maximum Input Level: +24 dBu (12.182 Vrms)
    Gain: 45 dB
    Line Input Set to -10 dBV at Level Switch:
    Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS-jack (T: hot, S: ground), balanced
    Input Impedance: 10 kOhms or more
    Nominal Input Level, Max Gain: -41 dBu (0.0069 Vrms)
    Nominal Input Level, Minimum Gain: +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
    Maximum Input Level: +24 dBu (12.182 Vrms)
    Gain: 45 dB

    Set to +4 dBu at Level Switch:
    Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS-jack (T: hot, S: ground), unbalanced
    Input Impedance: 10 kOhms or more
    Nominal Input Level: +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
    Maximum Input Level: +24 dBu (12.182 Vrms)
    Analog Audio Outputs
    Line Output Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS-jack (T: hot, S: ground), balanced
    Output Impedance: 100 ohms
    Nominal Output Level: +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
    Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu (12.177 Vrms)
    Headphones Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) stereo phone jack
    Maximum Output Level: 70 mW +70 mW or more (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 ohms loaded)
    Connector 5-pin DIN
    Format Standard MIDI format
    Connector USB B type, 4 pin
    Format USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
    Power Dedicated AC adapter
    Power Consumption 12 W
    Frequency Response Line Output (Balanced):
    44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.3 dB (JEITA)
    88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz to 40 kHz, +/-0.3 dB(JEITA)
    THD 0.008 % or less
    S/N Ratio 100 dB or more
    Crosstalk 100 dB or more
    EIN -125 dBu or less
    System Requirements
    Windows OS: Windows 7 (32-bit SP1, 64-bit SP1), Windows 8.0 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
    Computer Compatibility: Windows compatible computer with a USB 2.0 port
    CPU Type/Speed: Dual core/2 GHz or faster
    Memory: 2 GB or more
    Driver: ASIO 2.0, WDM (MME)
    Mac OS: OS X 10.9, OS X 10.9
    Compatible Computers: Apple Mac with USB 2.0 port
    CPU Type/Speed: Dual core/2 GHz or faster
    Memory: 2 GB or more
    Driver: Core Audio, Core MIDI
    iOS iOS 7
    Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F (5 to 35°C)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.5 x 2.3 x 8.6" (445 x 59 x 219 mm)
    Weight 6.1 lb (2.8 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.3 x 11.6 x 5.1"

    Tascam US-16X08 reviews

    US-16x08 USB Audio/MIDI Interface is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect right out of the package! When I bought it, I had Windows 8.1, no issues at all.All 16 channels plus MIDI work beautifully.I love that I can record 16 channels simultaneously.If you want to record stereo, as someone else suggested in their review, just assign 2 channels to the stereo track - perfect!I now have Windows 10 installed and it works better than ever.I am running Pro Tools 11.3.1 on a PC laptop.I can't say enough good about my purchase, you won't find another 16-channel interface near this price, and top quality with rack ears included if needed.
    Date published: 2016-02-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good set of features for the price This is a good unit for the price - heaps of connectivity - XLR and 1/4' inputs are both covered, there is a level overload LED on the XLR inputs and volume adjustment per channel on the unit. The software is also solid - lets you visually mix, and use the onboard per-channel compressors and EQs, as well as handling routing in a simple and effective way. Some complaints floating around the net that the drivers dont work on windows 10, but since these were written Tascam has updated them, and its working fine on my WIn 10 setup. Good sound quality and solidly built, this is a good buy - Ive got it hooked up to a machinedrum and a couple of waldorf synths and it has opened up possibilities on per-channel processing and routing that have much improved my workflow and sound quality.
    Date published: 2016-12-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product a little rough around the edges Added this interface to our project studio. Have about 30 hours into it over 4 very different sessions. Here my take away: The interface was zero hassle to setup (use a Mac mini in the studio not a PC!) Almost of the negatives I've seen involve Windows 7-10. Pre's are clean. Line in's are quiet. Hooked right into Logic Pro so no complaints. Would have loved to get the big presonus interface but we are in the business to make money not spend it. My one big gripe is there is no iPad app for controlling the interface so if I need to make a local monitoring change I must go into the control room to make it on the built in tascam program. Which is the only reason I did not give it 5 stars.
    Date published: 2016-05-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not sure about this product I downloaded the driver as suggested and installed everything correctly. I am running Window 7 Ultimate w/ 16 GB RAM on Presonus Studio One Pro - 2. As soon as I loaded everything, my computer's performance went from fast to shockingly slow. I've turned off everything including my anti-virus software and it still runs extremely slow. I deleted, rebooted and reloaded everything with the same results. I give this product a rating of 1 but a chance to prove this was a good purchase. I just need to figure out why my computer's performance died when I installed everything.
    Date published: 2015-12-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bad drivers on Win7 64 Using in conjunction with a number of synths/mics on a Win7 64 PC. Latest Windows driver (2/5/15) appears to be bunk for my system as half of the programs I use throw errors when trying to render audio (Zune, Foobar, Windows Media, Media Player Classic, Chrome). My DAW works decent with it (FL Studio). Relatively low latency, no pops etc. Firefox sound renders fine, so do all the system sounds. But it appears there's some missing driver that tells many programs (one's that don't allow you to manually set a soundcard) to send sound out of the Tascam. So if I want to use them I have to hook up my FocusRite 2i2. The whole reason behind my purchase was eliminating extraneous pieces of hardware. Also recently noticed I'm experiencing line bleed on a couple of synths (inputs 11 & 12) even when not linked. IE turn the volume all the way down(also tried outright muting) on channel 11 but still here the synth coming out quietly of the channel 12 output. Tascam's customer service has been practically non-existant. Emails go completely unanswered. It's a pain to get anyone on the phone and they simply take your information and tell you there may be a driver update but we don't know when
    Date published: 2015-03-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was Hoping for a MOTU killer...its Not I A/B'd the 16x08 with my MOTU 8 Pre. I *really* wanted it as a cheap replacement with even more inputs(!) since I need a few audio interfaces around for live + studio. It worked instantly w/ my 2011 macbook pro w/SSD drive running OS X 10.8.5. Everything was super quick and smooth. Easy. Instant Success. No drivers to install. Great. Sound quality wasn't bad, but a bit muddy compared to the MOTU 8 pre - which already isn't the highest end thing out there. I tried individual instruments, looping them together in ableton live - and also some Queen @ 24 bit. It was subtle but quite noticeable. My student was there and heard it too. I returned the tascam 16x08 back to my local store and plunked down an extra almost $300 for another MOTU 8pre USB. If you're a college kid building your first home studio this thing is a bargain. But if you're a pro and quality matters, it doesn't quite cut it, IMO.
    Date published: 2017-05-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the $ Used with a Mid 2012 MacBook Pro running OS10.12.1 (w/16GB memory) and Logic Pro X (10.2.4). So far it has been flawless. Download the drivers from Tascam and set the MacBook Pro audio preferences (input/output) to 16x08, as well as Logic Pro X's audio settings to 16x08. When recording to the MacBook Pro, I set Logic's I/O buffer settings (audio preferences) to 128 or 256 for best results. The volume knobs are a bit small, but once they're set they usually don't need further adjustments.
    Date published: 2016-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Interface for Win8.1x64 Works great with Sonar Plat x64 and Reaper x64. The number and variety of input types makes this interface flexible. Getting a very nice 8ms RTL ...
    Date published: 2015-04-26
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