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Tascam FW1884

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Arrowfan, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. Arrowfan

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    Tascam has a new unit available, it seems to offer quite a lot at a very low price ... which makes me suspect.

    Does anyone have any experience with the Tascam FW1884?

    Below is a list of features, but I notice one major feature that is missing: latency-free monitoring.

    [The MOTU 896HD allows its 8 analog and 10 digital INs to be made into 4 completely separate mixes which can be buses - latency free- to any of the 12 outputs. This means you don't need to have an additional analog or digital mixer. But this is not mentioned anywhere in the FW1884's features]

    -8 x 100mm motorized touch-sensitive channel faders, one master fader
    -Dedicated controls for pan, solo, mute and select functions on each channel; tactile control for four bands of parametric EQ
    -8 balanced XLR analog mic/line inputs with high quality mic preamps
    -Phantom power and inserts on every channel
    -24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters; full 96kHz operation on all
    -8 channels of ADAT lightpipe, stereo S/PDIF inputs and outputs.
    -8 analog outputs, allowing connection of L/R and 5.1 surround
    -4 MIDI inputs, four MIDI outputs
    -Word Clock in and out jacks
    -Also available: FE-8 (8-channel sidecar) expands FW-1884 with 8 additional channel control strips

    Monitoring through software is not a good idea - even at the fastest rates available, there will be a noticeable delay to the musicians. Thats fine for any MIDI seq stuff, but for recording a drum kit with 7 mics and a bass guitar all at once? thats hell!

    So does anyone know if the FW1884 features latency free monitoring? At least one mix bus?



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