September 2016 – Watford – TASCAM, the brand synonymous with professional recording products, has made internet broadcasting and production easier than ever with the new TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO-series personal audio interfaces.
The TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO Personal US-32 is an easily affordable solution for internet broadcasting, supplying the key tools you need, while delivering excellent audio quality. The MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 has all the podcasting features of the MiNiSTUDIO Personal and adds a number of features that are ideal for more advanced audio and video production.
Both TASCAM MiNiSTUDIOs provide high-resolution recording up to 24-bit, 96 kHz with Windows and Mac computers. The interfaces connect via USB 2.0 and can be USB bus-powered. You can also connect them to iOS devices using an Apple Camera Kit (not included). They are compatible with all major DAW software and work with all major streaming software and services.
Connection is only half the story – effects can make the difference between a good podcast and a great one. TASCAM MiNiSTUDIOs enable you to easily add sound effects on-the-fly, thanks to three self-lighting PON pads that trigger audio files from the Mac or PC. Three sounds are included but can be easily replaced with a .wav or .mp3 file of the user’s choosing. A Voice Effects feature allows users to alter the sound of singing or speech as well; a fun effect that adds colour to your podcasts.
At showtime, an illuminated ‘On Air’ button confirms that broadcasts are live on the air. To complete the package, both models include free software for Mac, Windows and iOS that provide extensive control of the MiNiSTUDIO’s features in one of two specially designed modes. In Easy mode, users receive software control of most-used EQ, compression and effects presets, while Expert mode lets you dig in deep to program the four-band parametric EQ, compressor and reverb parameters, as well as advanced parameters for triggered sounds.
The TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO Personal US-32 features a built-in microphone and a combo XLR mic/balanced ¼-inch TRS line input with high-quality mic preamp and 48V phantom power. A 1/8-inch input can connect to a smartphone, tablet, or other consumer audio device to include prerecorded music and dialogue. Separate headphone and headset/mic connections are also available.
The MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42 extends the features of the MiNiSTUDIO Personal by adding a powerful set of tools for producing, as well as broadcasting, your podcasts. Instead of the built-in mic, the MiNiSTUDIO Creator adds a second XLR/TRS mic input to enjoy crisp and clear audio thanks to TASCAM’s professional-calibre HDDA microphone preamps. In addition to headphone outputs, the MiNiSTUDIO Creator offers stereo RCA line-level outputs with separate level controls for connection to powered monitors.
In addition to supporting the Broadcast mode of the MiNiSTUDIO Personal US-32, the US-42 can be switched into the aptly named Creator mode. In this mode, the MiNiSTUDIO Creator behaves like most USB audio interfaces. This mode is recommended for production with a DAW or video editing software. The loopback feature is turned off, and the mic inputs are routed separately to the computer.
The US-32 Personal is available in the UK now, priced at £119 inc. VAT.
The US-42 Creator is available in the UK now, priced at £159 inc. VAT.
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Notes for Editors
TASCAM is the professional audio division of TEAC Corporation and has been developing and manufacturing professional recording products since the early 1970’s. Today, TASCAM’s model line up includes recording devices (both portable and static), mixers and interfaces for the professional recording and broadcasting world. In addition, TASCAM continue to develop its range of semi-pro and home-recording products dubbed Portastudio – the iconic portable recording device that has been synonymous with musicians the world over since the mid 1970’s.
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