Tascam US-20x20 - USB Audio Interface with Mic Preamps/Mixer

Tascam US-20x20 - USB Audio Interface with Mic Preamps/Mixer

Tascam US-20x20 - USB Audio Interface with Mic Preamps/Mixer

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Product Highlights

  • 20 Input/20 Output
  • 8 Ultra-HDDA Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • DSP Monitor Mixer
  • 4-Band EQ, Compression, Reverb
  • ADAT and Coaxial S/PDIF I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • Wordclock I/O
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz Resolution
  • Mac OS X, Windows, iOS Compatible
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Version: US-20x20

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Tascam US-20X20 overview

  • 1Description

The Celesonic US-20x20 from Tascam is a single rack space USB audio MIDI interface that delivers twenty channels of analog and digital inputs and outputs. Eight of the analog inputs feature Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps that provide 56 dB of gain, suitable for a wide range of microphone types. Up to ten channels of digital I/O can be accessed via ADAT and S/PDIF connectors, while Wordclock is available for use with external clocks. MIDI I/O allows use with controllers and synthesizers, and sample rates up to 24-bit/192 kHz are supported.

The unit features three operation modes for maximum flexibility - audio interface, digital mixer, and eight-channel digital microphone preamp. The USB 3.0 interface uses class-compliant drivers for future-proof use with computers and tablets, while a built-in DSP mixer includes parametric EQ and compression on every channel, and a stereo reverb send for enhancing monitor mixes. The DSP mixer can store up to ten snapshots as scenes, making it easy to recall mixer settings, and can also be used as a live mixer or sub-mixer with computer control.

Two instrument-level inputs are provided for direct input of guitar or bass. The angled design of the interface makes desktop viewing and operation much easier than a flat box sitting on a table, and the separate headphone and line output volume controls allow for setting an optimum level when both powered monitors and headphones are connected. For users who prefer rack mounting the unit, the company includes adapters and hex keys.

  • Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) microphone preamps with −125 dBu EIN
  • Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps with XLR/TRS connectors, plus two TRS inputs
  • Ten 1/4" balanced analog outputs
  • Three-mode switching between interface/microphone preamp/mixer
  • Up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording
  • 48V phantom power for all microphone inputs
  • High-impedance inputs available
  • Input level specifications boast a range of 56 dB for using dynamic microphones
  • Two standard TRS headphone output jacks with 70 mW + 70 mW output power
  • Separate controls for line and headphones output volumes
  • MIDI input and output
  • Low-latency monitoring via on-board DSP mixer
  • DSP mixer with 4-band EQ and compression on each input channel (can be used in interface/mixer mode)
  • On-board reverb effect ideal for monitoring on interface mode or PA/SR on mixer mode
  • Patch bay allows outputs to be assigned freely (can be used in interface/mixer mode)
  • Scenes can store DSP mixer settings (up to 10 + 1 scenes can be stored and named_
  • S/PDIF coaxial digital input/output connectors
  • TOSLink optical digital multi-channel input/output connectors (supporting SMUX2 and SMUX4)
  • BNC word clock input/output connectors
  • Support for Mac and Windows OS
  • USB 2.0 class compliant
  • USB 3.0/2.0 computer connection (USB 3.0 requires Windows 10)
  • Connect with iPads and other iOS devices
  • Tough metal casing for durability
  • Angled design provides for efficient usability on a desktop
  • Rack-mount adapter included
  • RoHS certified
UPC: 043774031184
In the Box
Tascam US-20x20 - USB Audio Interface with Mic Preamps/Mixer
  • External Power Suply
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Rackmount Adapter
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tascam US-20X20 specs

    Sampling Frequency 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    Bit Rate 16-/24-bit
    Analog Audio Inputs
    Microphone Input Front Inputs 1 to 8, Balanced
    Connector: XLR-3-31(1: ground, 2: hot, 3: cold )Input Impedance: 2.4 kOhms
    Nominal Input Level, Maximum 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 Front Inputs 1 and 2, Unbalanced (When Set to "INST" at LINE/INST Switch)
    Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS-jack (T: hot, S: ground)
    Input Impedance: 1 MOhms or more
    Nominal Input Level, Maximum Gain: -68 dBu (0.0004 Vrms)
    Nominal Input Level, Minimum Gain: -12 dBV (0.2512 Vrms)
    Maximum Input Level: +8 dBV (0.2512 Vrms)
    Gain: 56 dB
    Line Input Front Inputs 3 – 8, Balanced
    Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS-jack (T: hot, R: cold, S: ground),
    Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Nominal Input Level, Minimum Gain: +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
    Maximum Input Level: +24 dBu (12.182 Vrms)
    Gain: 56 dB 

    Rear Inputs 9-10, Unbalanced (When Set to "INST" at LINE/INST Switch)
    Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS-jack (T: hot, S: ground),
    Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Nominal Input Level: -10 dBV (0.3162 Vrms)
    Maximum Input Level: +10 dBV (0.3162 Vrms) 

    Rear Inputs 9 – 10, Balanced (When Set to “+4 dBU” at LEVEL Switch)
    Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS-jack (T: hot, R: cold, S: ground),
    Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
    Nominal Input Level, Minimum Gain: +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
    Maximum Input Level: +24 dBu (12.182 Vrms)

    Digital Audio Inputs
    Coaxial Connector: RCA
    Format: IEC60958-3 (S/PDIF)
    Input Impedance: 75 ohms
    Input Level: 0.5 Vp-p/75 ohms
    Optical Connector: Optical (JEITA RC-5720C)
    Format: Multi-channel optical format (S/MUX4 is available in 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz)
    Analog Audio Outputs
    Line Output Outputs 1 -10, Balanced
    Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS-jack (T: hot, R: cold, S: ground),
    Output Impedance: 100 ohms
    Nominal Output Level: +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
    Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu (12.277 Vrms) 
    Headphones Connector: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS stereo phone jack
    Maximum Output Level: 70 mW +70 mW or more (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 ohms loaded)
    Digital Audio Outputs
    Coaxial Connector: RCA
    Format: IEC60958-3 (S/PDIF)/IEC60958-4 (AES/EBU)
    Input Impedance: 75 ohms
    Output Input: 0.5 Vp-p / 75 ohms
    Optical Connector: Optical (JEITA RC-5720C)
    Format: Multi-channel optical format (S/MUX4 is available in 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz)
    Connector 5-Pin DIN
    Format Standard MIDI format
    Input BNC (permissible frequency deviation at the time of external synchronization)
    Input Voltage: 2.0 Vpp to 5.0 Vpp
    Input Impedance: 75 ohms, +/-10%
    Input Level: +/-100 ppm
    Output BNC (with OUT/THRU select switch)
    Output Voltage: 2.0 Vpp to 5.0 Vpp
    Output Impedance: 75 ohms, +/-10%
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    Connector USB 3.0/2.0 B type
    Format USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (5 Gbps) / USB 2.0 High Speed (480 Mbps)
    Power Dedicated AC adapter (GPE248-120200-Z, included)
    Power Consumption 20 W
    Frequency Response Line Out (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)
    176.4/192 kHz: 20 Hz to 80 kHz, +/-0.5 dB(JEITA)
    THD 0.005 % or less
    S/N Ratio 104 dB or more
    Crosstalk 100 dB or more
    System Requirements
    Mac Dual Core 2 GHz or faster
    OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite)
    USB 3.0 or 2.0 port
    2 GB RAM or more
    Core Audio, Core MIDI
    1280 x 800 screen resolution
    Windows Dual Core 2 GHz or faster
    Windows 7 (32-bit SP1, 64-bit SP1), Windows 8.0 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
    USB 3.0 or 2.0 port
    2 GB RAM or more
    USB Audio Class 2.0, ASIO 2.0, WDM (MME), MIDI (when using WDM driver, number of output channels from an application has a limitation of less than 8 channels)
    1280 x 800 screen resolution
    iOS iOS 7
    Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F (5 to 35°C)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.5 x 8.7 x 2.3" (445 x 222 x 59 mm)
    Weight 6.1 lb (2.8 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.417 x 11.417 x 5.354"

    Tascam US-20X20 reviews

    US-20x20 - USB Audio Interface with Mic Preamps/Mixer is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from satisfied Happy with my purchase of this unit from B&H.� Shipped quickly and arrived on time.� The dual-function front inputs are good for XLR but not so great for 1/4" TRS--the connection is loose and signal tends to get lost or sound scratchy.� Not a deal breaker for me because I use the unit primarily to mic a drum kit, plus there are dedicated 1/4" inputs on the rear.� Preamps sound good.� Stacked gain control knobs and lack of VU meters are somewhat limiting, but the unit does at least indicate signal/clipping. Windows 10 and major DAW compatible (I use Reaper)--I was able to record multiple tracks simultaneously within just a few minutes.� Overall satisfied.
    Date published: 2017-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than I could have hoped for! I use the US-20x20 solely as an interface for recording with Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 via Windows 10 (USB 3) thus far. It's awesome. I had a PreSonus Firepod (Firewire) interface that is so old that there's no longer any support offered. It doesn't even work with Windows 10 at all. Rather than downgrade my operating system (controversial I know) I decided it was time to upgrade and give the USB 3 interface a try. I'm impressed! I needed to be able to record at least 8 tracks at once for recording (my drummer has a fairly large kit); and this actually gives me 10 with the included 1/4 inputs in the back. The default interface settings proved to suit me just fine as I have less than a 2ms lag time with which isn't even noticeable. That easily competes with what I was getting with the old Firepod, plus I get two more channels. I think it has the ability to record more simultaneous tracks at once, but I'm not sure and I don't care because it does what I need it to do. It also works great as a sound card interface for my studio monitors. The mixer software is something I could see myself using for setting up monitor mixes because it includes an EQ and compressor for each individual track. It also has reverb control for each track, but it does take up the first Aux send leaving you with 3 to patch in external effects or send outputs to monitors. Anyone who tells you that USB 3 can't compete with firewire.. I'm telling you it sure does just fine with one interface. If you linked multiple interfaces together in an attempt to double or triple your available tracks, you may seem some performance issues that firewire would be better for.. but I have a small home studio and 10 tracks is more than enough to do what I want to do. Plus I can always overdub! As far as things that aren't so great about it.. there isn't much. I've read other reviews where people hate the gain knobs being so small, but who cares because once you get them set which takes very little time at all, you leave them alone. One thing that the Firepod had that this does not; a knob that lets you monitor just the inputs, just the output from the computer, or both together. That was pretty convenient to have. There's probably a way to do it in the software, but I haven't read that far into the book. Another great thing about buying from B&H is that they through in a $350 King Bee vocal microphone. Absolutely freaking awesome!
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Interface from Tascam This is just another great piece of equipment from Tascam. It's been a month now and I'm waiting for the rebate. Mike
    Date published: 2018-02-02
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