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TASCAM US-1x2 & iXR £84 AND £124

Tascam’s latest interfaces offer sleek iOS connectivity and a quality unit for under £130. Andy Jones asks if these are the best budget interfaces around…

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If only I’d been starting out in music production today. Thirty years ago it would have cost four figures – in dollars, euros, pounds or whatever – to get up and running with a set-up that could record music. Now it’s comfortably three figures and I’m not even adjusting those particular sums for inflation.

Recently in MusicTech we’ve looked at all-in-one starter packs from PreSonus and Audio-Technica/Audient that offer a stunning amount of power for peanuts. In the AT2035 Studio bundle, for example, you get an Audio-Technica mic, headphones, Audient interface, leads and Cubase LE for less than £300! Like I say, if only…

However, Tascam seems intent on capturing the budget crown – certainly on the interfacing side of things – with its US-1x2, an interface that currently streets at just £84! For good measure we’re also looking at the company’s iXR which not only handles your iOS connectivity needs, but weighs in at a street price of just £124. That’s a shade over £200 to have your interfacing for both your studio and mobile set-ups sorted!

THE US-1X2

Looking at the US-1x2 first and this is the entry level interface in the US range, a point previously occupied by the US-2x2. The US-1x2 records at up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution and is USB 2.0 bus powered, so no extra PSU is required. It boasts low latency and a fair amount of connectivity for the price

Main features

USB interfaces with

24-bit/96kHz resolution

Both feature HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) premaps

US-1x2

Stereo line, jack or mic in (only one at a time)

Stereo and headphone out

● Size 146 x 55 x 120

● Weight 0.623

iXR

Combi mic/line ins line

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