Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Audio Interface for Online Broadcasting

Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Audio Interface for Online Broadcasting

Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Audio Interface for Online Broadcasting

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Product Highlights

  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Computer Interface
  • For Gamecasting, Podcasting and More
  • 24-Bit/96 kHz
  • 2 HDDA Mic Preamps with XLR/TRS Inputs
  • 48V Phantom Power Support
  • Auxiliary Input and Guitar Input Support
  • Stereo RCA Outputs & 2 Headphone Outputs
  • DSP, Samples and Included Software
  • 3 Trigger Pads for Samples and Effects
  • On-Board Level Meter and On-Air Button
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Tascam US-42 overview

  • 1Description

Designed for gamecasters—i.e. those who broadcast their gaming prowess over the web—as well as podcasters wishing to expand their horizons, the Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 is a high-speed USB 2.0 interface. It's capable of capturing 24-bit/96 kHz audio, compatible with Mac and Windows computers, works with most DAW software, and can even interface with iOS devices using an adapter (available separately). With its intuitive layout and various inputs for recording the human voice, it can give you the tools to introduce many elements into the milieu of your podcast, such as the ability to record guitar directly, as well as the support for two microphones at once—should you have guests coming over to chat.

For inputs, the US-42 sports two High-Definition Discrete-Architecture preamps, two combination XLR/TRS connections, a 3.5mm jack suitable for headset mics, and an auxiliary 3.5mm stereo input most agreeable for introducing the signal of consumer-grade audio equipment. In addition to the stereo RCA outputs for connecting to monitors, the unit offers two headphone outputs-one 1/4", one 3.5mm-as well as 48V phantom power for condenser microphones and support for 4-pole headphone/mic configurations.

Hardware Overview
The US-42 features an efficient hardware layout that clearly displays its various features. Glancing at the tabletop interface, you'll see the sizable level meter in the middle for monitoring incoming signal. It sits between two combination XLR / 1/4" TRS jacks for accepting your microphone signals. Below this row of features, a reverb-blend knob sits prominently between two input-selector switches.

The lower portion of the interface clearly shows two output knobs—one for monitors, one for your various headphones—three pads for triggering on-board sound effects, and an effect on/off pad. Thus, while creating your broadcast, you'll have the tools you need to keep the show running at your fingertips.
Included Software
This device comes with software for better utilizing the hardware component of the US-42. The software features two panels, giving you an Easy view into the system and an Expert peak behind the curtain, so to speak.

The Easy panel breaks down your options for manipulating signal into three overarching categories: Sound (presets for your particular sonic setup), Effect (presets for manipulating your vocals upon pressing the effect on/off pad), and Reverb (types of ambiance with which you can effect your vocal). Beneath these knobs, you can assign the sounds of the trigger pads, and set their volume as well.

The Expert panel, on the other hand, gives you comprehensive controls of the US-42's compressor, equalizer, and reverb. In this panel, you also have control over buffer size, as well as the ability to manipulate the trigger pad's settings further; for example, you can set the rate of fade-in and fade-out for the sample being triggered.
Notable Features at a Glance
  • 2 x HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) Preamps
  • 2 x XLR/TRS input jack for balanced inputs 
  • 1 x 3.5mm input for headset microphones
  • 1 x 3.5mm stereo aux input for connecting portable audio players, game devices, etc.
  • 48V phantom-power support for condenser microphones
  • Support for connection of 4-pole earphone with mic
  • Support for direct guitar input
  • Support for low-level dynamic-mic input signals
  • On-board DSP effects, including equalizer, compressor, several types of reverb, and special vocal effects
  • Input monitoring allows you to hear incoming signal before it's transmitted
  • 3 x self-lighting, velocity-sensitive trigger pads 
  • Reverb knob allows you to manually adjust amount of wet signal 
  • Voice Effect on/off button
  • Clearly labeled "ON AIR" button to start transmission to your computer
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack 
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • Separate controls for line- and headphone-output volumes
  • BROADCAST/CREATOR mode switch
UPC: 043774032419
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Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Audio Interface for Online Broadcasting
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Tascam US-42 specs

    Resolution and Sample Rate Up to 24-bit/96 kHz
    Driver Support Windows (ASIO/WDM), Mac (Core Audio)
    Computer Connection USB 2.0
    iOS Compatibility Yes, with Apple Lightning-USB camera adapter (available separately)
    DSP Effects Equalizer, compressor, reverb, and voice effects
    Trigger Pads 3x (triggers on-board sounds: "Yes" chime, "No" buzzer, and "Applause"), user-assignable via included software
    Powering USB bus-powered
    Inputs 2 x XLR / 1/4" TRS input
    1 x 3.5 mm input
    1 x 3.5 mm stereo auxiliary input
    Outputs 2 x RCA outputs
    1 x 1/4" stereo headphone output
    1 x 3.5 mm stereo headphone output
    Dimensions and Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.7 x 6.8 x 4.0"

    Tascam US-42 reviews

    MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 Audio Interface for Online Broadcasting is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I needed! Very solid, good sounding unit. Easy to use!
    Date published: 2016-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I have been looking for! I am a first-time Tascam user (although I have always heard good stuff about their products), and I am very impressed with this item, especially for the price! First of all, it sounds GREAT. I am using this with a Samson studio mic, and it has never sounded better and richer than when I plugged it into this unit. Here are the things I really like: Easy set up -You HAVE to download the software from the Tascam site, but the drivers are included, so it was super easy to get it set up and working. In fact, you cant use the hardware without the software running (and vice-versa). Easy to use-There is not much about this unit that is not self-explanatory (until you get to the expert mode, and thats a different beast), so when you are first firing this up in the Easy mode, everything makes sense. They even use emoji style icons on the front of the unit (studio mic icon means you use it with studio mics that need phantom power, standard mic icon means you are using a standard dynamic mic like an SM-58, etc). The PON buttons-Im not sure what PON stands for, but these are super simple trigger buttons similar to the ones on real broadcast consoles. Again, it was really easy to drag and drop music beds and other sound effects into the folder that contains the sounds (3 sounds come with the unit, but I have loaded over 50 other sound sources since then). You hit the trigger, the sound plays. EASY. Effect button-This is for doing different radio effects (deep voice, helium voice, distorted voice, etc). Again, this is super simple to operate (you just choose the TYPE of voice effect in the software and then turn the effect on and off with the button). Dedicated reverb knob-This can be used as an effect, or you can simply set it to give you a little bit of room tone so your broadcast doesnt sound so dry. By the way, the reverbs sound GREAT. Totally pro and not cheap sounding at all! Phone input-While I would not call the phone input a true telephone interface (those can start at $200 on their own), this worked just fine when using my cell phone as the call in device. The caller actually hears you from the microphone on the CELL PHONE (so they dont hear the effects that the Tascam may be generating), but it works just fine for standard interviews. In fact, I recently created a Podcast with two people (myself on my studio mic, a friend on a dynamic mic) and a call in from my cell phone. It all worked great!! Things I dont like: You have to get really picky to find stuff not to like about this unit for the price, but if I had to nit-pick, I would say-Could use more PON buttons or an easier way to have banks of sounds in the software. If you added more buttons, I know the price would go up, but it would be nice to be able to have pre-loaded banks of sounds in the softwareThat way you could change all 3 sounds at once quickly (maybe they will do that on a future software rev). Separate headphone out-Yes, you can use a headphone splitter and you can also use the headphone out from the gaming headset connection, but you have to use an adaptor for both. Again, this is not a huge deal, especially for the price. A few of the voice effects seem a bit unusableThe chopper seemed a little odd, but maybe I just dont have a use for that kind of thing. Over-all, there is nothing else like this on the market, and it works and sounds great. Its perfect for podcasts or streaming live to FB live or Youtube. I could see this being a great gaming interface for narration of game play, but I am not in that world, so I cant give a true opinion. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2016-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience! Love doing business here!
    Date published: 2017-01-12
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