Possibly (?) the price break in a quality phantom powered pre we've
been waiting for with 24 bit A->D thrown in:
Stereo mic in w/phantom power, 24bit A-> D!, lower power
requirements, analog outs,.. Steel, really versatile, see link. Can
use in the field with MD using dummy USB power supply or add to your
My main question is mic gain; the lower cost unit have not provided
what we need in the field. It would be great if the gain was 60-65dB.
from LapTop-Tapers list:
>My long awaited Tascam US-122 USB interface came yesterday and for $200 I can
>hardly think of a simpler and more capable two channel solution. 24 bit,
>44.1/48 kHz sampling, XLR mic in, TSR switched line/guitar in, direct
>monitoring, inserts, pre's, phone out, line out (RCA) and a box built like a
>tank. It's reasonable on USB power draw too, 5V at 500 mA. It's not terribly
>compact at 6" x 7.75" x 2" but that's the price for real jacks, knobs and
>I had it running into my iBook with OS X and DP 4 in less than ten minutes.
>Haven't done a real good sound check yet but first impressions with jangling
>keys and voice into Oktava MC012's (Sound Room matched) are that
>it's beyond the
>point of diminishing returns for my ears. Given that it's a Frontier Design
>design I'll be real surprised if its front end performance doesn't
>stand up well
>under more testing.
>It should work stand alone as an analog front end too with power
>supplied from a
>dummy USB but I haven't checked that out.
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