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Overview by GAK

Building upon the tremendous success of the popular US range of audio interfaces, Tascam have returned with the improved and enhanced US HR series. The additional “HR” stands for “high-resolution”, which sets the tone for the level of quality that Tascam have brought forward. The US HR interfaces are essentially a total enhancement of the previous range, featuring: 24-bit audio resolution at sample rates up to 192kHz, ultra-low latency (with buffer sizes starting from four samples when using Windows), state-of-the-art Ultra-HDDA mic preamplifiers which provide an advanced quality of sound, superior signal-to-noise ratio with pristine, distortion-free recording. The innovative mono/stereo Loopback function was designed with live-streamers in mind and compatibility with iOS devices allows for supreme portability.

The US HR is a fantastic combination of cutting edge tech with a simple, intuitive design. This makes it a brilliant choice for a huge range of requirements, from podcasters/streamers that want to sound top-notch without any hassle to discerning project studio engineers who need flexibility and performance. This all comes at a very keen price, which means incredibly high-quality recording is more accessible than ever!

The entire US HR series boasts a sleek die-cast aluminium honeycomb structure on the side panels, that provides a useful upward tilt for accessibility. This unique design gives you the ideal amount of weight and means the US HR won’t slide out of position when you’re connecting and reconnecting cables.

The crowning jewel of the US HR range’s feature-set is the Ultra-HDDA (High-Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps. Tascam’s use of discrete electronics means a higher number of components and is an indication of the stellar quality of these interfaces. The US HR’s preamp raises the bar, utilisng an improved audio circuit design with a super low EIN (equivalent input noise) rating, which measures the lack of noise in a signal. This results in a signal-to-noise ratio of 110dB and an undoubtedly transparent, low-noise sound. There’s also support for sky-high sampling rates of up to 192kHz.

Latency, an aspect of digital recording that can make it difficult to play in time, is a common problem when using an audio interface. The US HR series mitigates this issue by introducing their seriously low-latency driver software (that’s simple to get running), with Windows buffer sizes as small as four samples. You also have a zero-latency option where you can monitor your inputs directly, in either mono or stereo, and blend the signal between your instrument/voice and the playback.

The US HR range’s compatibility with iOS makes it a great solution for on-the-go producers and streamers, with the bundled Cubasis LE 3 software enabling you to record high-quality audio on the road.

Live streamers and users relying on Internet communication are catered for with the US HR range’s handy Loopback functionality. With the Loopback function, you’re able to merge your input signals with the signal output from your computer, in either mono or stereo, and then send the mix into your software of choice (such as a DAW or broadcasting programme). Using the software slider, you’re able to adjust the final “broadcast” volume separately from the unit’s line output level.

On top of this, Tascam are including a world-class software package which will give your production workflow a shot in the arm. If you purchase a new US HR, you’ll also receive:

  • Steinberg Cubase LE (including Cubasis LE3 for iOS) - A version of one of the top DAWs out there. This software gives you all the tools you need to begin recording, mixing and producing.

  • IK Multimedia Sample Tank SE 4 - A whopping 30GB sample library that allows you to harness over 2,000 musical instruments in your productions.

  • Free 3-month subscription to Auto-Tune Unlimited from Antares - This software suite is used by professional producers around the globe, with its powerful ability to add subtle or extreme pitch correction and slick vocal effects.

    Upgrades may require a fee.

US-1x2HR is the smallest unit of the series, which makes it suitable for songwriters/producers that don’t require the extra inputs that are provided with the larger variants. It’s diminutive size doesn’t equate to a loss of power or functionality, it features the same tech in a highly-portable package. With the separate XLR and ¼ inch jack inputs, you’re able to record vocals and an instrument simultaneously. If your setup requires more inputs and the ability to record stereo sources, the US-2x2HR and US-4x4HR have you covered.

Overview by Tascam

Tascam introduce a new series of high-resolution USB audio interfaces. The three models – US-1x2HR, US-2x2HR, and US-4x4HR – incorporate 24-bit audio resolution at sample rates up to 192 kHz, a very high signal-to-noise ratio, ultra-low latency with buffer sizes starting from four samples, Ultra-HDDA mic preamplifiers for superior sound quality, and a comprehensive suite of included software. According to Tascam, these interfaces, designed for ease of use and flexibility, are a good choice for any demanding sound creator, from beginners in recording technology to project studio operators to podcast and webcast producers.

The smallest member of the series, the US-1x2HR, is ideally suited for solo performers. It has one XLR microphone input, one TRS instrument/line input (both switchable to line inputs on RCA connectors) and two RCA outputs.

  • All US-HR models offer a unique dye-cast aluminium honeycomb structure on the side panels with a slight upward tilt. This design not only results in a sleek, eye-catching design, it also provides just the right amount of weight so the interface won’t move when cables are connected or disconnected. Equally important, the upward tilt offers the ergonomic benefit of being angled in such a way as to make the interface easy to work with.

  • The Ultra-HDDA (High-Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps used on the US-HR series feature a discrete construction. They have a higher number of components and are far away from mass-produced preamps. Their EIN (equivalent input noise) rating, which measures the absence of noise, is truly low for the US-2x2HR and US-4x4HR. Combined with a newly improved audio circuit and support for sampling rates up to 192 kHz, our in-house developed microphone preamplifier delivers enhanced audio performance with the most transparent and low-noise sound, reflected in a signal-to-noise ratio of 110 dB.

  • A recording environment with low noise and great audio performance is a relevant factor for vocal and, in particular, wind instruments. The US-1x2HR features an Ultra-HDDA microphone preamplifier with a very low noise level that makes this interface the ideal tool for recording with a condenser microphone. You can also plug in your electric guitar or bass directly using the line/instrument input and use plug-in effects on your computer recording (DAW) software. Or connect any instrument or hi-fi amplifier’s line output to the line input.

  • The US-1x2HR is also a great tool on the road: Combine it with an iPad and you can capture nature sounds, stream interviews from live events, or simply record your ideas with high quality wherever you go. Even if you’re not so familiar with recording equipment, the US-1x2HR’s user-friendly design enables you to use it right away.

  • The Settings Panel, which is installed on your computer, comes with a variety of functions. You can choose whether direct monitoring is done in mono or stereo and adjust the balance between input and computer signals. You can also switch the hardware inputs on and off individually and set the Windows buffer size according to your working environment.

  • For online broadcasting, Internet communication and other live streaming applications, the US-HR series interfaces offer a Loopback function which can merge input signals 1/2 with signals 1/2 coming from the computer (each can be set to mono or stereo) and send that mix to the broadcasting or other software on the computer. A software slider allows adjustment of the final “broadcast” volume independently from the unit’s line output level setting.

  • The US-HR models come bundled with world-renowned software that will enhance your production workflow. At the core of music production, Steinberg Cubase LE (including Cubasis LE3) gives you everything you need for composing, multitrack recording, sequencing, editing, and mixing. IK Multimedia Sample Tank SE 4 comes free of charge with a massive 30-Gigabyte sound library encompassing more than 2,000 different musical instruments. And a free 3-month subscription to Auto-Tune Unlimited from Antares, a comprehensive suite of industry-standard pitch correction and vocal effects, gives you the opportunity to create those famous sounds of the pros.

  • - Advanced version of our popular US-1x2 with even better sound quality
  • - Provides two audio inputs and two audio outputs to a Windows or Mac computer or iOS device
  • - Audio resolution up to 192 kHz / 24 bit
  • - USB Audio Compliance 2.0 for iOS connection
  • Hardware features:
  • - One XLR microphone input with switchable phantom power
  • - One 6.3-mm TRS analogue input selectable between line level (balanced) and instrument level (unbalanced, for direct connection of a guitar or bass)
  • - Two line inputs with RCA connectors on the rear can be used instead of the front inputs
  • - One high-quality Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) microphone pre-amp with ultra-low noise (EIN: –128 dBu)
  • - Wide input gain range of 58 dB, ideal for dynamic microphones
  • - Stereo line output
  • - Direct monitor option for low-latency monitoring
  • - Headphones output delivering 18 mW per channel
  • - Independent level controls for line and phones outputs
  • - USB bus-powered for mobile recording
  • - Rugged aluminum body
  • - Angled industrial design for ease-of-use on a desktop
  • Software features:
  • - In-house developed driver for Windows devices ensures stable operation with low latency
  • - The buffer size for Windows can be selected from 4 samples to facilitate a recording environment with ultra-low latency
  • - Each input can be switched on/off individually
  • - Input monitor mode can be selected between stereo and mono
  • - A loopback function allows two audio channels from the computer to be merged with the input signals and send this mix to the streaming or communication software
  • - Input and computer signals can each be selected between stereo and mono
  • - A slider lets you adjust the broadcast level
  • - Switchable auto power save mode to reduce battery consumption on the laptop/tablet computer in mobile use
  • - Automatic update function available for software, driver and firmware updates (you can install new updates with the press of a button)
  • - Bundled with Cubase LE and Cubasis LE3, IK Multimedia SampleTank 4 SE and Antares Auto-Tune Unlimited (free 3-month subscription)
  • - Compatible with major DAW software
  • General -
  • Sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
  • Quantization bit depth: 24 bits
  • Analogue audio inputs -
  • Mic input (balanced, IN1): XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  • Input impedance: 2.4 kΩ
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): −65 dBu (0.0004 Vrms)
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at min.): −8 dBu (0.0775 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +10 dBu (2.449 Vrms)
  • Maximum gain: 58 dB
  • Line/instrument input (balanced/unbalanced, IN2): 6.3-mm standard TRS stereo jack, (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
  • When set to LINE (balanced) -
  • Input impedance: 10 kΩ
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): −41 dBu (0.0069 Vrms)
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms)
  • Maximum gain: 45 dB
  • When set to INST (unbalanced) -
  • Input impedance: ≥1 MΩ
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): −51 dBV (0.0028 Vrms)
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): –6 dBV (0.5015 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +3 dBV (1.4125 Vrms)
  • Maximum gain: 45 dB
  • Line input L/R (unbalanced), RCA
  • Input impedance: 10 kΩ
  • Maximum input level: +6 dBV (1.995 Vrms)
  • Analogue audio outputs -
  • Line output L/R (unbalanced): RCA
  • Output impedance: 100 Ω
  • Maximum output level: +6 dBV (1.995 Vrms)
  • Headphones output: 6.3-mm standard stereo jack
  • Maximum output power: 18 mW + 18 mW or higher (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 Ω)
  • Other inputs and outputs -
  • USB: 4-pin USB C-type
  • Transfer rate: USB 2.0 Hi-speed (480 Mbits/s)
  • Power supply (DC IN 5V): USB Micro B type
  • Audio performance -
  • Mic preamp EIN (equivalent input noise): −128 dBu or less (150 Ω termination, gain knob at max.)
  • Frequency response -
  • Mic input: 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA), 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
  • Line input: 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0,1 dB (JEITA), 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
  • Line output: 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0,1 dB (JEITA), 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
  • S/N ratio -
  • Mic input to computer: 109 dB (gain knob at minimum, 20-kHz LPF, A-weighted)
  • Line input to computer: 105 dB (gain knob at minimum, 20-kHz LPF, A-weighted)
  • Computer to line output: 110 dB (MONITOR knob at maximum, 20-kHz LPF, A-weighted)
  • Distortion (THD+N) -
  • Mic input to computer: 0.0013 % (gain knob at minimum, –5 dBFS input level, 1-kHz sine wave, 20-kHz LPF)
  • Line input to computer: 0.0027 % (gain knob at minimum, –5 dBFS input level, 1-kHz sine wave, 20-kHz LPF)
  • Computer to line output: 0.0015 % (MONITOR knob at maximum, –4 dBFS input level, 1-kHz sine wave, 20-kHz LPF)
  • Crosstalk: 95 dB or more (mic/line input to line output, 1-kHz sine wave, gain knob at minimum)
  • Host computer requirements -
  • Windows
  • Computer hardware requirements: Windows-compatible computer with a USB 2.0 port
  • CPU/processor speed: 2 GHz or faster dual core processor (x86)
  • Memory: 2 GB or more
  • Supported audio drivers: ASIO 2.0, WDM
  • Mac
  • Computer hardware requirements: Mac with a USB 2.0 port
  • CPU/processor speed: 2 GHz or faster dual core processor
  • Memory: 2 GB or more
  • Supported audio driver: Core Audio
  • iOS device: iOS device running iOS 7 or later
  • Supported audio driver: Core Audio
  • Power supply and other specifications -
  • Power supply
  • Used with a computer: USB bus power
  • Used with an iOS device: USB power adapter (that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA), External battery pack (that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA)
  • Power consumption: 1.8 W
  • Dimensions (W × H × D, without protrusions): 146 mm × 55 mm × 120 mm
  • Weight: 623 g
  • Operating temperature range: 5–35 °C
  • - Tascam strongly recommend using a Tascam PS-P520E or the USB power adapter included with the iPad/iPhone. No USB power adapter is included with an iPod Touch. To use it with an iPod Touch, purchase a genuine Apple USB power adapter (that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA) separately.
  • - Tascam strongly recommend using a Tascam BP-6AA external battery pack. If using another external battery pack or mobile battery, purchase one that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA.
  • - Design and specifications subject to change without notice.
  • General -
  • Sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
  • Quantization bit depth: 24 bits
  • Analogue audio inputs
  • Mic input (balanced, IN1): XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  • Input impedance: 2.4 kΩ
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): −65 dBu (0.0004 Vrms)
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at min.): −8 dBu (0.0775 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +10 dBu (2.449 Vrms)
  • Maximum gain: 58 dB
  • Line/instrument input (balanced/unbalanced, IN2): 6.3-mm standard TRS stereo jack, (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
  • When set to LINE (balanced) -
  • Input impedance: 10 kΩ
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): −41 dBu (0.0069 Vrms)
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): +4 dBu (1.228 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms)
  • Maximum gain: 45 dB
  • When set to INST (unbalanced) -
  • Input impedance: ≥1 MΩ
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): −51 dBV (0.0028 Vrms)
  • Nominal input level (gain knob at max.): –6 dBV (0.5015 Vrms)
  • Maximum input level: +3 dBV (1.4125 Vrms)
  • Maximum gain: 45 dB
  • Line input L/R (unbalanced), RCA
  • Input impedance: 10 kΩ
  • Maximum input level: +6 dBV (1.995 Vrms)
  • Analogue audio outputs -
  • Line output L/R (unbalanced): RCA
  • Output impedance: 100 Ω
  • Maximum output level: +6 dBV (1.995 Vrms)
  • Headphones output: 6.3-mm standard stereo jack
  • Maximum output power: 18 mW + 18 mW or higher (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 Ω)
  • Other inputs and outputs -
  • USB: 4-pin USB C-type
  • Transfer rate: USB 2.0 Hi-speed (480 Mbits/s)
  • Power supply (DC IN 5V): USB Micro B type
  • Audio performance -
  • Mic preamp EIN (equivalent input noise): −128 dBu or less (150 Ω termination, gain knob at max.)
  • Frequency response -
  • Mic input: 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA), 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
  • Line input: 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0,1 dB (JEITA), 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
  • Line output: 44.1/48 kHz: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0,1 dB (JEITA), 88.2/96 kHz: 20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0.2 dB/–0.4 dB (JEITA)
  • S/N ratio -
  • Mic input to computer: 109 dB (gain knob at minimum, 20-kHz LPF, A-weighted)
  • Line input to computer: 105 dB (gain knob at minimum, 20-kHz LPF, A-weighted)
  • Computer to line output: 110 dB (MONITOR knob at maximum, 20-kHz LPF, A-weighted)
  • Distortion (THD+N) -
  • Mic input to computer: 0.0013 % (gain knob at minimum, –5 dBFS input level, 1-kHz sine wave, 20-kHz LPF)
  • Line input to computer: 0.0027 % (gain knob at minimum, –5 dBFS input level, 1-kHz sine wave, 20-kHz LPF)
  • Computer to line output: 0.0015 % (MONITOR knob at maximum, –4 dBFS input level, 1-kHz sine wave, 20-kHz LPF)
  • Crosstalk: 95 dB or more (mic/line input to line output, 1-kHz sine wave, gain knob at minimum)
  • Host computer requirements -
  • Windows
  • Computer hardware requirements: Windows-compatible computer with a USB 2.0 port
  • CPU/processor speed: 2 GHz or faster dual core processor (x86)
  • Memory: 2 GB or more
  • Supported audio drivers: ASIO 2.0, WDM
  • Mac
  • Computer hardware requirements: Mac with a USB 2.0 port
  • CPU/processor speed: 2 GHz or faster dual core processor
  • Memory: 2 GB or more
  • Supported audio driver: Core Audio
  • iOS device: iOS device running iOS 7 or later
  • Supported audio driver: Core Audio
  • Power supply and other specifications -
  • Power supply
  • Used with a computer: USB bus power
  • Used with an iOS device: USB power adapter (that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA), External battery pack (that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA)
  • Power consumption: 1.8 W
  • Dimensions (W × H × D, without protrusions): 146 mm × 55 mm × 120 mm
  • Weight: 623 g
  • Operating temperature range: 5–35 °C
  • - Tascam strongly recommend using a Tascam PS-P520E or the USB power adapter included with the iPad/iPhone. No USB power adapter is included with an iPod Touch. To use it with an iPod Touch, purchase a genuine Apple USB power adapter (that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA) separately.
  • - Tascam strongly recommend using a Tascam BP-6AA external battery pack. If using another external battery pack or mobile battery, purchase one that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA.
  • - Design and specifications subject to change without notice.
  • Windows:
  • - Windows 10 (May 2020 Update 2004)
  • - Windows 10 (November 2019 Update 1909)
  • - Windows 10 (May 2019 Update 1903) Windows 8.1 Windows 7
  • Mac:
  • - macOS Catalina (10.15)
  • - macOS Mojave (10.14)
  • - macOS High Sierra (10.13)
  • iOS:
  • - iOS 13 / iPad OS 13
  • - iOS 12
  • - iOS 11

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