Tascam has released new updates for the US-2400 and FW-1884, which extend support for Steinberg applications and allow users to map FW-1884 surface controls to software applications via new virtual MIDI ports. The new firmware for the US-2400 is supported by Steinberg Cubase 2.2 and Nuendo 2.2. Additionally, those Steinberg versions support the FE-8 extender for the FW-1884 via Mackie Control emulation. The new driver for the FW-1884 allows surface controls in MIDI Controller mode to be assigned to soft synths, plug-ins or any other software that allows generic MIDI controllers to be mapped to parameters.
The Tascam US-2400 is a 25-fader control surface that features 25 touch-sensitive 100mm moving faders for full mix control without patching together multiple expanders. Each of the 24 channels has an assignable encoder with an LED ring that shows the current value or doubles as a signal meter. A full transport section is also included for DAW control and a joystick for surround panning.
The FW-1884 is a combination audio/MIDI interface and control surface. Communicating with a host computer through FireWire, the FW-1884 features 18 channels of audio input and output, eight microphone preamps, four MIDI ins and outs, S/PDIF and ADAT digital ins and outs, and a surround-capable monitor section. The control surface side features eight touch-sensitive moving faders, a master fader, dedicated EQ controls, eight channel strips with pan/aux encoders, mute/solo/select buttons and an array of shortcut keys.