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Tascam Firewire DAW Controllers

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by dabmeister music, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    I just noticed that Tascam will be rolling out their new controller, ( the US2400 ) and I'd like to get a few responses from some of you who may own the FW1884 controller. I know the 1884 is a audio/midi/controller interface & the 2400 is just a controller. But as far as a controller, how well does it do with your favorate S/W? Also just how dependable is Firewire? Apparently a lot of manufactuers seem to be going that route. I guess I'll need to invest in a F/W card or something of that nature, hey? 8)
     
  2. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    This is however a thread about Firewire technology & the benefits of using it. I notice another thread about Tascam controllers too. I was inquiring about the Tascam controllers because they're one of the most popular controllers on the market. Are there any other (DAW control Mfgs) that are using this technology?
     
  3. CircuitRider

    CircuitRider Active Member

    I personally really dig the FW1884. I haven't had a problem with bandwidth, but I haven't really stress tested the firewire yet. I use it with Cubase SX, and it integrates perfectly.
     
  4. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Just to nit pick a bit here...but the US2400 is USB based, hence the designation US. The FW1884 is Firewire based, hence the designation FW.

    FWIW, the US2400 looks really smoking however, and at US$1599, it looks like a steal. I am anxiously awaiting a review somewhere. Also, has anyone else noticed that there is not any *real* pictures of this thing around anywhere? They are all artists renditions...kinda scary, eh? A real picture would inspire a little confidence!
     
  5. algorhythm

    algorhythm Guest

    Not sure if there are photos out there, though I can't imagine there wouldn't be....they've showed it at NAMM, and again at NSCA. I know they're not shipping yet (they're saying April or May), but they do exist. It's not FireWire because it doesn't need to be...it carries no audio. I'm pretty sure it's USB 2.0, though. (Disclaimer....I wrote the original spec, but that was over two years ago, so I don't know what's changed since then.)
     
  6. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Alright DH, you got me. I was'nt thinking when I made a few statements on the US2400. The gear slut thing must have hit me or something. :wink:
     
  7. pauly610

    pauly610 Guest

    I have 2 of these at our radio stations and am having some playback issues. It seems when I add a few.........over 6 tracks, playback will stutter and not play correctly? Anyone have this problem?


    Paul
     
  8. CircuitRider

    CircuitRider Active Member

    (Assuming you're talking about the US2400) Have you tried playing the six tracks back without the control surface hooked up?
     
  9. pauly610

    pauly610 Guest


    Sorry! I am talking about the FW-1884. and I have not tried that, there is no other sound card in the pc right now to monitor with. I suppose that I could put another one in to test, but was hoping for someone having the same issue so that I can be lazy!:)


    paul
     
  10. CircuitRider

    CircuitRider Active Member

    I wouldn't try a new soundcard just yet. What are the specs on the system (CPU/RAM)? Anything that may be slowing the system down (radio stations website + finaces + everyone's email/web access all running on same machine)?
     
  11. pauly610

    pauly610 Guest


    It's a sweet pc, gig of ram, 2.4 P4.........nothing to harsh running on this machine. ACtually Audition runs fine on another slower pc just fine. I am thinking it may be the firewire card drivers? Any thoughts?


    Pauly
     
  12. CircuitRider

    CircuitRider Active Member

    Could be the firewire drivers, because otherwise, the system sounds more than capable. Is it onboard firewire or a PCI firewire adaptor? I run mine over a PCI with no problem. Just to clarify, you are only having problems playing back around six audio tracks at a time. You are having no problem recording. Are you recording multiple tracks at a time?
     
  13. pauly610

    pauly610 Guest


    It's a pci card for firewire, drivers are current. I did notice that when it stutters the processor usage is at 100%? Could it be something in the BIOS? It's a Dell dude.


    pauly
     
  14. CircuitRider

    CircuitRider Active Member

    You can try changing the latency settings in the FW1884 control panel. I don't know of anything you can change in the BIOS.

    I would suggest optomizing the PC for audio. You can use Opus's doc as a guideline. Here's the link to the one for XP:

    http://opusaudioprojects.net/WinXp.htm
     
  15. pauly610

    pauly610 Guest


    Latency settings don't change much, besides at 2048 it's pretty unusable as an interface for 'realtime' fades and such. With this being our imaging set up for radio stations, latency is important to avoid.


    I'll check the doc that you linked and see if that helps at all. I was thinking the bios in the Dell because we have had some issues with NexGen from Prophet systems and a bios adjustment fixed that......obviously different situation but it was an issue:)
     
  16. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Hey pauly, did you mean to say, "US 2400" and not:
     
  17. pauly610

    pauly610 Guest


    Nope. It's a FW-1884. Setting the latency in the control panel to 2048 is unaccptable.........1024 seems to work well enough, latency wise. BUT, this doesn't change the stuttering. This is killing me!:) All drivers are current.......firewire pci card and Tascam drivers. Firmware is updated. Settings appear correct. Video is decelarated. Agghhhhh!:)


    Paul
     
  18. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Gotcha.....your talking about your I/O or buffer settings I see. Well it seems like it could be either memory, bus speed or something to that magnitude. Have you looked into seeing if there any updated MB drivers?
     
  19. pauly610

    pauly610 Guest


    I will try that....good call!


    Pauly
     
  20. algorhythm

    algorhythm Guest

    Are you running a dedicated audio drive? Is it 7200 RPM or better? Are you running DSP plugins? There are a whole lotta things that can cause stuttering. I ran >20 tracks of audio in Sonar 2 with beta drivers and didn't have any issues....it's not impossible, but I think it's unlikely it's the FW drivers per se....more likely something else conflicting.
     

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