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Series 208i 20 IN/8 OUT USB Audio/MIDI Interface

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Series 208i 20 IN/8 OUT USB Audio/MIDI Interface

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Expandability, both internal and bundled effects processing, internal mixing, external software control, and more for studio, home, and live recording. With a new look, including an angled tabletop design and large, easy-to-grab knobs, TASCAM sets a new standard for mid-grade audio interfaces.

Well-designed interface for quick production
208i audio interfaces feature a large, easy-to-grab Monitor control knob that ensures you can quickly adjust the monitor output level. Their angled tabletop design offers easy access to all front-panel controls. A handy Monitor Balance control enables mixing live input with computer playback for zero-latency monitoring. Each analog input channel is served by an individually switched +48 volt phantom power supply for condenser microphones. The SERIES 208i provides eight individual analog outputs for versatile monitoring (up to four stereo pairs of monitor speakers) and surround audio (up to 7.1) for video production.

Expandable Input Capability
Easily add more input channels to accommodate future growth by using external microphone preamplifiers with S/MUX optical inputs to record drums, guitars, keyboards, vocals, and more. Each S/MUX optical port can accept up to 8 channels of audio input from an ADAT- or S/MUX-compatible device.

Control Software for Matrix Mixing, Effects Processors, and More
Free, easy-to-use TASCAM Control software manages faders, processing, and the ability to route any audio input (analog, optical, and USB) to any audio output.
A DSP input and output mixer is complemented with digital reverb, compressor, phase invert, and 4-band EQ for each channel. Having these processors included internally eliminates all latency issues and takes the load off the computer allowing the PC/Mac to process the audio more efficiently.

• Four XLR/TRS combo mic/line/instrument inputs
• Four transparent, natural-sounding, ultra-low noise TASCAM Ultra-HDDA mic preamplifiers
• Two optical S/MUX expansion ports that accept up to 16 channels of audio input (20 total inputs)
• 8 x 1/4-inch analog line outputs for versatile monitoring and up to 7.1 surround audio
• Built-in effects: reverb, compressor, four-band EQ
• Powerful 8 bus mixer DSP input/output mixer controlled with free TASCAM Control software
• Software control of faders, routing, aux buses, effects, and phase invert
• Flexible I/O routing allows any analog, optical or USB audio input to be user-assigned to any output ports
• Up to four aux buses to connect up to four stereo pairs of monitor speakers
• Up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording and playback
• Includes Steinberg DAW software and IK Multimedia world-class guitar effects/modeling and mastering software
• MIDI interface
• Word clock in/out
• Dual headphone outputs
• Compatible with Windows / Mac computers and iOS devices (supports UAC2.0)
• USB 2.0 connection and custom USB driver with high stability
• Direct monitor option for low latency monitoring
• Compatible with mainstream DAW software (Pro Tools, Live, Cubase, Studio One, GarageBand)

Sampling Frequency: 44.1k / 48k / 88.2k / 96k / 176.4k / 192k Hz
Quantization Bit Rate: 16 / 24-bit
Analog Audio Inputs
• MIC IN (Balanced): 1-2 (when the input switch is set to MIC/LINE)
Connector: XLR-3-31 equivalent (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
Input Impedance: 1.5k Ω
• Nominal Input Level
-GAIN: MAX: 64dBu (0.0005Vrms)
-GAIN: MIN: 6dBu (0.388Vrms)
Maximum Input Level: +10dBu (2.45Vrms)
Gain Range: 58dB
• INSTRUMENT IN (Unbalanced): 1-2 (when the input switch is set to INST)
Connector: 1/4" (6.3mm) TS jack (Tip: HOT, Sleeve: GND)
Input Impedance: 1MΩ or more
• Nominal Input Level
-GAIN: MAX: 64dBV (0.0006Vrms)
-GAIN: MIN: 6dBV (0.501Vrms)
Maximum Input Level: +10dBV (3.162Vrms)
Gain Range: 58dB
• LINE IN (Unbalanced): 1-2 (when the input switch is set to MIC/LINE)
Connector: 1/4" (6.3mm) TRS jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
Input Impedance10kΩ
• Nominal Input Level
-GAIN: MAX: 54dBu (0.0015Vrms)
-GAIN: MIN: +4dBu (1.228Vrms)
Maximum Input Level: +24dBu (12.282Vrms)
Gain Range: 58dB
Digital Audio Inputs
Connector: OPTICAL (JEITA RC-5720C)
Signal Format: Multi-channel Optical Format (Supports S/MUX at 88.2k/96k/176.4k/192kHz)
Analog Audio Outputs
MONITOR OUT (Balanced): LINE OUT 1-2
Connector: 1/4" (6.3mm) TRS jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
Output Impedance: 230Ω
Nominal Output Level: +4dBu (1.228Vrms)
Maximum Output Level: +20dBu (7.75Vrms)
Connector: 1/4" (6.3mm) Stereo jack
Maximum Output Power: 18mW + 18mW (THD+N 0.1% or less, into 32Ω load)
Control Input/Output
Connector: 4-pin, USB B type
Format: USB2.0 HIGH SPEED (480Mbps)
Connector: 5-pin, DIN
Format: Standard MIDI
Connector: 5-pin, DIN
Format: Standard MIDI
Power: DC 12V (AC Adapter PS-P1220E included)
Operating Temperature Range: 41 to 95F / 5 to 35C
Audio Performance
Mic Amp EIN: 129dBu or lower
• Frequency Response
-Fs 44.1k/48kHz: 20Hz to 20kHz, +0/1dB (MIC/LINE thru LINE OUT, JEITA)
-Fs 88.2k/96kHz: 20Hz to 40kHz, +0/2dB (MIC/LINE thru LINE OUT, JEITA)
-Fs 176.4k/192kHz: 20Hz to 80kHz, +0/12dB (MIC/LINE thru LINE OUT, JEITA)
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005% or less (MIC/LINE thru LINE OUT, 1kHz sine wave, full-scale 2dB input level, MONITOR knob at maximum)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 106dB or higher (MIC/LINE IN thru LINE OUT, Gain knob at minimum, JEITA)
Crosstalk: 100dB or higher (MIC/LINE IN thru LINE OUT, 1kHz sine wave, Gain knob at minimum)


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