Tascam Us-1800?

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  1. DrummerDan

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    Does anyone have any experience, or any reviews for this new product? I have heard anazing things about the Us-1641, but I cant seem to find a difference between the two other than the color difference.
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    Several people have come here wih issues. I don't like low end Tascam whatever the reviews. Also, it is not at this time PT9 compatible due to how it reports it's buffer size.
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    Thanks for the quick reply! Do you recommend any HQ interfaces for me? My limit is 400$.

    I know, i wish i could afford the "big boys" interfaces, but on a 17 year olds budget, i simply cannot afford that kind of thing.
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    How many gozintas do you really need? For that money the best one I know is probably the TC Electronic Impact Twin.
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    Well I do require at least 7 preamps.
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    How many of those gozintas have to be mic inputs?
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    Well I would like to have all of them be the mic inputs. I am a drummer looking to start a little project studio, and more than just recording my drums will take up some inputs, but since I plan on having friends come over and lay tracks down and stuff, I would like to have as many as possible. all while being inexpensive.

    Thats why I after months and months of searching, I selected the Tascam US-1800, it has 8 Mic inputs, and in addition it has another 6 line-inputs. So if i was to buy a channel strip or something I could expand the interface up to 14 mic tracks if i wanted to.
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    Anyone else? There is also the Alesis MultiMix8 USB 2.0 But that only has 4 xlr, and idk how to connect the other 3 mics i would be using?
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    The Alesis doesn't allow you to record individual channels. 8 mic preamps is a rough request for $400. I think the cheapest 8 mic preamp interface that I can recommend in good conscious is the PreSonus Firestudio Project. When you think about it, you're asking for eight $30 preamps and some cheap wire and parts. At least the PreSonus has decent drivers and will work with any DAW and including PT9. And the preamps will be usable and reliable as opposed to the Tascam.
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    i wouldnt go that far to say they are unusable, many people will argue against that, i did a search here and found most people loved the transparency of them. Also, just so you know, PT9 is not in my planned future. maybe sometime when i can afford 600$ on just software ill consider it. but id be willing to bet I can use that extra 600$ on something i really need. The US-1800 comes bundled with Cubase 5.

    Also, FYI, the MultiMIx USB 2.0 does multitrack, but when i looked into it, it doesnt have enough avaliable inputs to connect another 4 mics... so thats out.

    im not looking to make a perfect studio, i have a shitty room, shitty acoustics and im just going to have to make the best. Also, gotta remember I have a 17year old's McDonalds budget
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    Cubase 5 LE probably. Cubase is a good program but any interface is going to come with some sort of program. If it doesn't, Reaper is a most excellent option especially at the trial price and licensed price. The Multimix ONLY sends the main L/R fader to the computer so you do not in fact multitrack with a Multimix. These are very buggy and the drivers and firmware crash often. I spent the first three months here at RO trying to help people make these work. Uncharacteristically I was not successful very often.

    We have had half a dozen people with problems regarding the US-1800 in the last couple of months. I only mentioned PT9 because that was the most recent one.
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    Well it seems that Alesis has "upgraded" the iMultimix when they finally got around to upgrading to USB2.0. I still wouldn't give money for it.

    The R24 is a typically "all in one" workstation. The Zoom H4n is very decent but I have no comment on their workstations. Sometimes a workstation is useful for a beginner and sometimes it's a handicap. Too early to tell for you personally I imagine.
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    Yea the thing is, my income isnt very much, and 500$ for a workstation is quite a bit, but then again, it reduces the need for extreme processing power to multi trac and record without latency. When I record, it would be cool to have the computer completely out of the equation, and just record to solid state format, and individual mono files which i can later eq and compress and the rest.

    What handicaps cn you think of? I was looking into the R24, and apparently you can daisy chain them, even though i wouldnt require it.
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    Any other input?
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    On a budget for sure, go for it. Here's what you do.

    1. Using the Tascam to record the kit...Use whatever dynamic mics you want, cheap ones doesn't matter too much. The toms will sound cool enough, those hits you'll keep. All you really need is a decent overhead mic a condensor - maybe add one or two more.

    2. Time shift or Phase correct the overhead or room mics. That will be your cymbals tracks and room verb sounds
    3. Replace or augment the snare and kick tracks with some cool samples using Midi trigger FX off the recorded tracks. So it doesn't matter Tascam/mic you could be using some of the best drum sounds on the planet!
    4. Record the other instruments direct without mics. Vocals will be the most affected by the Tascam's amps and a/d
    5. But if you use a mastering software with loudness maximizer and exciter ...something like Ozone I found that a few weeks ago hurrah...you can dial a lot of the lost ambience back in and it will sound really cool.

    I used the M164UF it was OK. The Alesis I/F looks about the same thing.
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    Dood just get the 1641 or 1800 for your purposes. Cubase LE5 that comes with it is definitely limited so Reaper may be best in your budget.

    Stuff on my website was recorded with the 1641 in Cubase 6.
    http://stricklerstudio.com
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    wow guys thanks for the replies! i will definelty look into that Reaper program, it seems like a good place to start! Thanks for those links jimmy, i checked out your site and your studio is pretty cool! Recording sounds great too.
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    UPDATE! As I was just looking around, i noticed that Focusrite has announced new USB 2.0 interfaces! One is called the Scarlett 18i6m which has 2 preamps, and 6 balanced line in on the back, and as i figured my budget and things, I can buy two external tube pres along with the 18i6, and stay in budget that i need!

    Now im kinda excited, even though none of my purchases will be until like september :(
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    Cheap tube preamps are not worth the money. Also, USB 2.0 is not worth getting excited about but if the proposed interface meets your needs then thats great.
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