Tascam US-1641 + laptop + VI = freestanding MIDI module?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by BusterMudd, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. BusterMudd

    BusterMudd Active Member

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York City
    This ought to be easy to figure out if I just had 5 minutes with the manual -- or, even better, with the actual equipment -- but since I have neither handy at the moment & I'm feeling kind of impatient I figured I'd just ask.

    I have a Tascam US-1641 audio interface that I use with my laptop for multitrack recording on location. I'll then usually bring those tracks back to the studio, & dump them onto the big tower computer that has its own audio interface (i.e., not the same Tascam US-1641) before proceeding with the project

    ...which means that throughout the entire overdubbing & mixing process that laptop and audio interface are going unused.

    It occurred to me though that since the Tascam US-1641 has MIDI i/o perhaps I could run Virtual Instruments on the laptop, feed the US-1641 MIDI data from the main DAW (via the MIDI interface hanging off the big tower computer) and use that laptop/US-1641 combination as an overblown/overpowered MIDI sound module, just like my Kurzweil or E-mu Proteus etc. modules.

    Make sense? iow, ignore the fact that that laptop & interface are capable of so much more, just use it to take MIDI data in and spew audio out from a freestanding Virtual Instrument.

    Has anyone used a US-1641 for this purpose? Thanks.
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Sure it will work. Hopefully your laptop is powerful enough for it to be glitch free. Make sure you turn off an power saving options.

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