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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep 2019 > TASCAM Series 102i

TASCAM Series 102i

With a decent spec, low noise and a good software bundle, Tascam’s new Series of interfaces delivers a lot for the money. So should you splash the cash?

WORDS ANDY JONES

£289

Key features

Up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording/playback

Two XLR/TRS combo mic/line/inst inputs

Two Ultra-HDDA mic preamplifiers

One optical S/MUX expansion port

Two ¼-inch analogue line outputs

Built-in FX: reverb, compressor, 4-band EQ

DSP I/O mixer controlled via Control software for faders and effects

I/O routing for any analogue, optical or USB audio input to be assigned to any output

Direct monitor for low-latency monitoring

Dual headphone outputs

MIDI input and output

Includes Steinberg DAW software and IKM software (including effects and mastering)

Size (w x h x d): 186 × 65 × 160mm

Weight: 1.1kg

CONTACT

tascam.com

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