Tascam US-4x4

As a 4-input/4-output USB audio/MIDI interface, the US-4x4 is perfect for music creation – and novice users in particular. It offers serious recording capabilities with 96 kHz/24-bit quality with easy-to-understand operation so users can make high-quality recordings as soon as the interface is connected.

Mic preamps are the key to audio quality, and the Ultra-HDDA mic preamps in the US-4x4 boasts –125 dBu EIN rating which means a very, very low noise floor. Because of the wide dynamic range, this interface can also be used with dynamic microphones in addition to condenser mics. This makes it ideal for a variety of applications from recording vocals, pianos and acoustic guitars.

The radical eye-catching angled design was crafted by a German designer, who has worked on numerous well-known devices used for music creation, and is optimized for ease of use on the desktop.

The newly designed driver software is easy to install, and easy to master by anyone. Operation has been tested with major DAW applications, so the user can choose their favourite DAW without concern. The US-4x4 can also be used as audio interface with iPads and other popular iOS devices by simply utilizing a genuine Apple Lightning-to-USB camera adapter (an AC adapter for use with iOS devices is already included as standard).

With the potential for future use with other DAWs and iOS devices, four microphone preamps for multi-mic setups and four configurable balanced outputs, the US-4x4 is the ideal choice for the novice user requiring more than two audio channels.

Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide pristine audio quality

Tascam US-4x4Our original Ultra-HDDA mic preamps allow you to input high-quality audio from any audio source just by turning a knob. These are the same mic preamps that are in our HS-P82 professional recorders, which are popular in the broadcast and film industry. These versatile preamps can handle both condenser and dynamic mics, and will allow you to enjoy high-quality recording even if you are not an expert. These versatile preamps also feature line-level inputs for keyboards and other equipment.

  • Built-in Ultra-HDDA mic preamps have discrete construction that achieve −125 dBu EIN (Equivalent Input Noise)
  • The interfaces employ NE5532 op-amps for the audio input and output stages
  • XLR/TRS jacks allow the input of condenser mics and the balanced connection of synthesizers and other equipment
  • Wide dynamic range supports dynamic microphone use
  • Guitars can be directly connected enabling the use of 3rd-party plug-in effects

Simple, easy-to-understand operation and a newly-developed USB driver

Tascam US-4x4One issue when recording using a computer is latency, which is when audio signals are delayed through digital circuitry. Another is setting up the driver software that is used when connecting an audio interface to a computer. In order to eliminate these problems, we developed new driver software and a low-latency driver that is easy to install. Furthermore, by making the external structure of these interfaces as simple as possible, the Tascam US-4x4 and US-4x4 allow users who are not expert users of audio equipment to operate them without concern.

  • High resolution recording up to 96 kHz/24-bit
  • USB 2.0 computer connection
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring function
  • Driver software can be installed without connecting the interface

Sleek industrial design that inspires creativity with a practical interface

iOS supportWe have applied the engineering expertise from years of making audio interfaces to create products that are both pioneering and practical. With its distinctive style, this interface will fit perfectly on the desktops of musicians and will stimulate creativity.

  • Angled design provides excellent usability on a desktop
  • Separate volume controls for headphones and line output

Support for iPads and other iOS devices

You will not need another audio interface if you decide you want to make music using an iPad or other iOS device. The performance of these interfaces has been tested with not only the bundled digital audio workstations (DAW), but also with other popular recording software – you can continue to use them even if you change DAW software. Since these units include MIDI inputs and outputs, they can also be used as MIDI interfaces.

  • Connect with an iPad or another iOS device
  • Tested with Sonar, ProTools, Cubase, Live, Studio One, and Garage Band
  • MIDI input and output enable connection with keyboards and other MIDI devices

Multi-mic recording – perfect for use in live performances

Tascam US-4x4The US-4x4 has four Ultra-HDDA mic preamps. Since up to four condenser mics can be used at the same time, this interface is perfect for multi-mic recording of vocals and instruments simultaneously. The US-4x4 features four TRS jack outputs, so the individual inputs can be output in parallel with the stereo output – often done for live performances. The US-4x4 includes an AC adapter as a standard accessory - recommended if the US-4x4 will be connected to an iOS device. TIP: By using an audio interface to output the sound from a commercial synthesizer app, a richer sound can be achieved.

  • MTR mode enables music production similar to using a dedicated multitrack recorder
  • Reverb gives vocal and instrumental performances a pleasing sense of space

Bundled DAW software enables music creation right out of the box

Tascam US-4x4A Software license for Cubase LE is bundled with this interface - you can start making music from the day of purchase using this DAW application which can also be upgraded to a more advanced version if desired.

Note: The upgrades may require a fee.

Listen to a sound example for US-4x4 and TM-80

Here’s a sound sample (link to soundcloud.com) of music created with a Tascam US-4x4 audio interface and Tascam TM-80 microphones. The track includes acoustic guitar and vocals and has been produced by the Japanese composer Masaku Murata.

He used three TM-80s for the acoustic guitar: two were placed in front of the guitar, one pointing at the center and the other one pointing at the bridge. The third TM-80 was placed farther away for ambience.
Vocals were picked up by a fourth TM-80. For mixing, Murata used Sonar Platinum with its included plugins and ProChannel effects. No additional plugins were used for the mix.

Main Features

  • High-quality Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) microphone pre-amps with ultra-low noise (EIN: –125 dBu)
  • NE5532 operational amplifier for audio input and output circuits
  • Recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • Support for Mac and Windows operating systems
  • 4-in/4-out audio streaming from a PC connected via USB 2.0
  • Four XLR/TRS (mic/line) analogue inputs with phantom power
  • Input 1/2 selectable between line and instrument level
  • Wide input gain range of 57dB for dynamic microphones
  • Zero-latency monitoring (direct monitoring)
  • Four TRS analogue outputs
  • Two headphones outputs delivering 45 mW per channel
  • Independent level controls for line and phones output
  • MIDI input/output
  • Source of audio output can be selected on settings panel
  • Selectable input monitor mode (stereo/mono)
  • AC adapter included
  • USB Audio Compliance 2.0 for iOS connection
  • Standalone operation for practice sessions
  • Bundled with Cubase LE
  • DAW compatibility (Sonar, ProTools, Cubase, Live)
  • Rugged aluminum body
  • Angled industrial design for ease-of-use on a desktop

New features in Version 2.0

  • Notification function keeps you updated with the latest information for your product
  • Automatic update notification helps you to keep your software and firmware up to date (you can install new updates with the press of a button)
  • The settings panel has been redesigned for easier control including the ability to save custom settings for future use

Specifications

Audio resolution
Sampling frequencies 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Quantization bit depth 16/24-bit
Analogue inputs
Mic inputs (balanced) XLR-3-31 equivalent
(1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  Input impedance 2.2 kΩ
  Rated input level −65 dBu (0.0004 Vrms) (gain knob at MAX)
  Rated input level −8 dBu (0.3090 Vrms) (gain knob at MIN)
  Maximum input level +8 dBu (1.9467 Vrms)
  Gain range 57 dB
Instrument inputs (unbalanced, MIC/LINE INST switch set to INST) 6.3-mm standard TS stereo jacks
(Tip: HOT, Sleeve: GND)
  Input impedance 1 MΩ or more
  Rated input level −63 dBV (0.0007 Vrms) (gain knob at MAX)
  Rated input level −6 dBV (0.5015 Vrms) (gain knob at MIN)
  Maximum input level +10 dBV (3.162 Vrms)
  Gain range 57 dB
Line inputs (balanced, MIC/LINE INST switch set to MIC/LINE) 6.3-mm standard TRS stereo jack
(Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
  Input impedance 10 kΩ
  Rated input level −53 dBu (0.0017 Vrms) (gain knob at MAX)
  Rated input level +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms) (gain knob at MIN)
  Maximum input level +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms)
  Gain range 57 dB
Analogue outputs
Outputs (LINE OUT (BALANCED)) 6.3-mm standard TRS stereo jacks
(Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
  Output impedance 110 Ω
  Rated output level +4 dBu (1.273 Vrms)
  Maximum output level +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms)
Headphone output (PHONES) 6.3-mm standard stereo jack
  Maximum output power 45 mW + 45 mW or higher
(THD+N 1% or less, into 32 Ω load)
Control inputs/outputs
MIDI IN connector 5-pin DIN
  Format MIDI standard
MIDI OUT connector 5-pin DIN
  Format MIDI standard
USB 4-pin USB B-type
  Transfer rate USB 2.0 High Speed (480 MBit/s)
Audio performance
Mic preamp EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) −127 dBu or less
(150 Ω termination, gain knob at MAX)
Frequency response (IN1-IN4 to LINE OUT (BALANCED) or Headphone (HP) output)
  20 Hz – 20 kHz +0 dB/–0.3 dB (–0.1 dB at 20 kHz) at fs = 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz, JEITA
20 Hz – 40 kHz +0 dB/–0.3 dB (–0.2 dB at 40 kHz) at fs = 88.2 kHz or 96 kHz, JEITA
S/N ratio 101 dB or higher
(MIC/LINE input to LINE OUT, gain knob at MIN, JEITA)
Distortion 0.003 % or less
(MIC/LINE input to LINE OUT, 1kHz sine wave, at nominal input level and maximum output level, JEITA)
Crosstalk 95 dB or more
(MIC/LINE input to LINE OUT, 1 kHz, JEITA)
Computer system requirements
Windows  
  Supported operating systems Windows 10 32/64-bit
Windows 8 (including 8.1) 32/64-bit
Windows 7 32/64-bit SP1 or later
(Windows Vista and Windows XP are not supported)
  Computer hardware requirements Windows computer with a USB 2.0 port
  CPU/processor speed 2 GHz or faster dual core processor (x86)
  Memory 2 GB or more
CAUTION Operation of this unit was confirmed using standard computers that meet the above requirements. This does not guarantee operation with all computers that meet the above requirements. Even computers that meet the same system requirements might have processing capabilities that differ according to their settings and other operating conditions
Mac OS X
  Supported operating systems El Capitan (10.11 or later)
Yosemite (10.10 or later)
Mavericks (10.9.1 or later)
Mountain Lion (10.8.4 or later)
  Computer hardware requirements Apple Mac computer with a USB 2.0 port
  CPU/processor speed 2 GHz or faster dual core processor
  Memory 2 GB or more
iOS devices Apple devices running iOS 7 or later
Supported audio drivers ASIO 2.0, WDM (MME)
Core Audio
Core MIDI
Power supply and other specifications
Power supply Dedicated AC adapter (GPE248-120200-Z), DC 5 V
Power consumption 5 W
External dimensions (w × h × d) 296 mm × 65 mm × 160 mm
Weight 1.6 kg
Operating temperature range 5–35 °C
Bundled DAW software Cubase LE (for Mac and Windows)

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

Last modified: 2017-10-24 13:31:42 UTC