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Offers better performance in a smaller package.

The Tascam US-144MKII seamlessly continues the worldwide success of its predecessor US-144 offering better recording quality from a USB MIDI interface further reduced in size. Since it doesn't require an additional power supply, this portable audio interface is perfect for creating 4-channel recordings from analog and digital sources with a laptop computer.

Two XLR microphone inputs with switchable phantom power and high-quality preamps are the basis for good-sounding recordings, while input signals can be listened to by headphones with zero latency. Line-level and digital sources or an instrument can be connected as well. The Tascam USB MIDI interface has separate level controls for the line and headphones outputs, a mono switch, MIDI input and MIDI output, as well as a coaxial SPDIF output.

The US-144MKII interface supports sample rates up to 96 kHz at 24-bit resolution. While commercial audio CDs are produced at 44.1 kHz/16-bit, this interface offers you more than double the sample rate which means more detail for your recordings. (If you're fine with two audio channels and don't need a digital I/O, have a look at the Tascam US-122MKII.)

FEATURES
Provides four audio inputs and four audio outputs (two analog, two digital) for a Windows or Macintosh computer
Two XLR mic inputs
Switchable phantom power (48 volt)
High-quality, low-noise mic preamps
Two analog line inputs (one switchable to high impedance for use with guitars, basses, etc.)
Stereo digital audio input and output (input: SPDIF, output: selectable SPDIF or AES/EBU)
MIDI input, MIDI output
Up to 96-kHz/24-bit for high quality recordings
Zero-latency hardware monitoring with level control and mono switch
Separate controls for output level and headphones volume
USB 2.0 equipped (also supports USB 1.1)
USB-powered, no AC adapter required
Solid aluminum side panels
Cubase LE4 included

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US-144MKII USB 2.0 4-channel Audio/MIDI Interface Specifications:

Host computer compatibility:  

Windows
Operating systems: Windows XP 32 bit SP2/SP3, Windows XP 64 bit SP2, Windows Vista 32 bit SP2, Windows Vista 64 bit SP2
or later
Computer: Windows compatible computer with a USB port (USB 2.0 is recommended)
CPU/clock: Pentium 4 1.4 GHz or faster
AMD Athlon 1.4 GHz or faster (or equivalent processor)
Memory: 512 MB or more for Windows XP 32-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit
1 GB or more for Windows XP 64-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit

Macintosh
Operating systems: Mac OS X 10.4.11, Mac OS X 10.5.6, or later
Computer: Apple Macintosh series equipped with a USB port as standard equipment
CPU/clock: Power PC G4, 1 GHz or faster, or Intel processor
Memory: 512 MB or more

Analogue audio inputs and outputs
Mic input: XLR, balanced
Nominal input level
”58 dBu (INPUT control set to MIC), 14 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
Maximum input level: +2 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
Headroom: 16 dB
Input impedance: 2.2 kOhm
Line input: 6.3-mm jack, unbalanced
Nominal input level: ”40 dBu (INPUT control set to MIC): +4 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
Maximum input level: +20 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
Headroom: 16 dB
Input impedance: 15 kOhm
Guitar input (LINE/GUITAR IN R, GUITAR position): 6.3-mm jack, unbalanced
Nominal input level: ”51 dBu (INPUT control set to MIC)
7 dBu (INPUT control set to LINE)
Maximum input level: +9 dBV (INPUT control set to LINE)
Headroom: 16 dB
Input impedance: 1 MOhm
Line output (LINE OUT): RCA, unbalanced
Nominal output level: ”10 dBV
Maximum output level: +6 dBV
Output impedance: 200 Ohm
Phones output (PHONES): 6.3-mm stereo jack
Maximum output power: 18 mW + 18 mW (32 Ohm)

Digital audio input and output
Digital input (DIGITAL IN): RCA (coaxial)
Format: IEC 60958-3 (SPDIF)
Digital output (DIGITAL OUT): RCA (coaxial)
Format: IEC 60958-3 (SPDIF) or IEC 60958-4 (AES/EBU), selectable via the software control panel

Other inputs and outputs
MIDI IN and MIDI OUT: 5-pin DIN connector (conform to MIDI specification)
USB port: USB series B connector (4-pin)
Format: USB 2.0 High speed (480 MHz), USB 2.0 Full speed (12 MHz, USB 1.1 equivalent)

Audio performance
Sampling rate: 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz / 96 kHz (USB 2.0, High-speed only)
Bit depth: 16/24 bit
Frequency response (MIC IN to LINE OUT), 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate: 20 Hz “ 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/”1 dB
Frequency response (MIC IN to LINE OUT), 88.2/96 kHz sampling rate: 20 Hz “ 40 kHz, +0.5/”1.5 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (LINE IN to LINE OUT, INPUT control set to LINE, 20 kHz LPF), Through ADC and DAC: 98 dB(A)
Signal-to-noise ratio (LINE IN to LINE OUT, INPUT control set to LINE, 20 kHz LPF), Through direct monitor: 107 dB(A)
Total harmonic distortion (LINE IN to LINE OUT, INPUT control set to LINE, 1 kHz, +20 dBu input, 20 kHz LPF), Through ADC and DAC: 0.0045%
Total harmonic distortion (LINE IN to LINE OUT, INPUT control set to LINE, 1 kHz, +20 dBu input, 20 kHz LPF), Through direct monitor: 0.002%

Power supply and other specifications
Power supply: via USB (5 V, max. 500 mA)
Operating temperature: 5”35 C
Dimensions (L x W x H): 7.04" x 5.35" x 1.85" (179 x 136 x 47 mm)
Weight: 0.7 kg
Included accessories: USB cable, Cubase LE4
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Comments about TASCAM US-144MKII USB 2.0 4-channel Audio/MIDI Interface:

This is definitely a must have. The US-144 MKII is an awesome product. I'm getting great sound quality. I just bought it about 3 weeks ago, and have already recorded a whole album for one of my artists. Awesome results, great quality, and great price. I recommend this product to all professionals and even to novice users. Great Buy, and definitely a MUST Have!!!

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