Tascam in Montebello, Calif., has unveiled its US-2x2 ($149.99 estimated street price) and US-4x4 ($249.99 estimated street price) USB audio interfaces. The company states that both units will be available in October.
The US-2x2 is a 2-in/2-out USB interface that is bus powered from a Mac or Windows computer. A pair of Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide up to 57dB of gain and NE5532 op amps. The US-4x4 adds two more Ultra-HDDA preamps and two more balanced line outputs for a total of four inputs and four outputs.
Both interfaces include class-compliant iOS drivers for use with tablets like the iPad when using a power supply (included with the US-4x4; optional on the US-2x2.) The units require no driver installation on Mac OS X. Tascam reports that it is writing all-new high-performance drivers for Windows ASIO use. Each of the interfaces includes MIDI In and Out, as well as Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9.
The units' all-aluminum case was designed by The Box design studio in Germany, and includes a pair of removable “bio-cell” side panels, which angle the interface toward the user on a desktop to help make the switches and knobs easier to read.