Tascam is a company I have loved for decades, working with their awesome PortaStudio cassette multi-track in the days before digital audio. While I bought and was disappointed when they brought a lackluster PortaStudio to the iPad in 2010, I am glad they have persevered – because now we get awesome products like the iU2 announced at NAMM 2012!
Here are a few details:
TASCAM’s iU2 is a premium sound quality audio interface for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It includes all of the features of TASCAM’s best-selling USB audio interfaces, including a pair of great-sounding microphone inputs. The XLR inputs have phantom power for use with high-quality condenser microphones. These feed an onboard microphone preamp and A/D converter for better sound performance than those built into iPhone and iPad – true stereo recording with low noise and less tendency to distort. The inputs also accept line-level signals or you can plug a guitar or bass directly into your device.
In addition to compatibility with iOS devices, the iU2 also works with Mac and Windows computers. A zero-latency monitoring path allows musicians to hear themselves directly through the unit, without any distracting delay. MIDI in and out are provided to interface with synths and drum machines, and a digital output connects to digital mixers or recorders.
•Audio/MIDI Interface for Mac, Windows and iOS devices
•Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
•Two XLR mic inputs with phantom power
•Two balanced line inputs
•Instrument-level input for guitar or bass
•MIDI in and out
•Onboard A/D conversion for low-noise and distortion when recording with iOS devices
•Zero-latency direct monitoring
•S/PDIF Digital Output
•Includes USB cable, iOS dock connection cable, XLR to ¼” conversion cables
There was no release timing or pricing given for the iU2 at NAMM or on their website.