NAMM: Tascam Reveals US-2400 DAW Controller

Faders galore!      17/01/04
Tascam showed it’s new DAW controller, the US-2400. It was only partly functional, and the Tascam rep said it will be available at the end of the second quarter. Unlike their 1884 firewire controller, the US-2400 is USB and does not have preamps or audio in. It is simply a large control surface with 25 motorized, touch-sensitive faders and also 24 rotary encoders. The rotary encoders have a ring of LED’s that display current status. The encoders control pan and up to 8 auxilary sends. In addition, they can be used as one large channel strip for controlling four band eq, and software plugins. The rotary encoders are spread out in a row along the top of the unit. In addition, each channel strip has select, mute and solo buttons. To the right of the 24 channel faders is the master fader and the transport section. The US-2400 also sports a shuttle wheel and joystick for surround panning. The bank switch buttons allow for switching of banks in 24 channel units, from 1-24 to 168-192! A nice change for those used to switch through banks of 8 channels. The US-2400 is compatible with MacOSX and Windows XP, without any additional drivers necessary. It will work with any DAW that supports HUI or Mackie Control protocols. Also featured is a footswitch jack for punch-ins, plus assignable function keys. These function keys can be set to Autopunch, record arm, undo, etc. The US-2400 will list for $1,999. Albert


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