TEAC US-144 Owner's manual

TEAC US-144 Owner's manual
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US-144
USB Audio/MIDI Interface
OWNER'S MANUAL
D00927520A
IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
For U.S.A.
TO THE USER
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used
in accordance with the instruction manual,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which
can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures.
a) Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
b) Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
c) Connect the equipment into an outlet on
a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
d) Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
CAUTION
Changes or modifications to this equip m e n t n o t ex p r e s s l y a p p r ove d by T E AC
CORPORATION for compliance could void
the user's authority to operate this equipment.
TASCAM US-144
Declaration of Conformity
Model Number:
US-144
Trade Name:
TASCAM
Responsible party: TEAC AMERICA, INC.
Montebello, California, U.S.A.
Telephone number: 1-213-726-0303
This device complies with Par t 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
( 2 ) This device must accept any inter ference
received,
including interference that cause undesired operation.
This appliance has a serial number
located on the rear panel. Please
record the model number and serial
number and retain them for your
records.
Model number
Serial number
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1 Read these instructions.
2 Keep these instructions.
3 Heed all warnings.
4 Follow all instructions.
5 Do not use this apparatus near water.
6 Clean only with dry cloth.
7 Do not block any ventilation openings.
Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
8 Do not install near any heat sources such
as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
* Microsoft, Windows, and Windows XP
are registered trademarks in the United
States and other countries of Microsoft
Corporation, USA.
* Pentium is a registered trademark of
Intel Corporation, USA.
* MIDI is a registered trademark of the
Association of Musical Electronics
Industries.
* Other company names and product
names in this document are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective owners.
9 Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
10 Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer,
or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is
used, use caution when moving the cart/
apparatus combination to avoid injury from
tip-over.
• Do not expose this apparatus to drips or
splashes.
• Do not place any objects filled with liquids,
such as vases, on the apparatus.
• Do not install this apparatus in a confined
space such as a book case or similar unit.
TASCAM US-144
Contents
1 Introduction
Overview...................................... 5
Features........................................ 5
What is in the package................... 5
Conventions used in this manual..... 6
2 Parts of the US-144
Top panel...................................... 7
Rear panel.................................... 8
Front panel................................... 9
3 Installation
System requirements................ 10
Windows XP.................................. 10
Mac OS X........................................ 10
Installing the drivers................. 11
Installing the drivers
for Windows XP.........................11
Installing the drivers
for Mac OS X............................. 12
Installing Cubase LE................... 12
Settings on your computer....... 12
4 Control panel settings
Overview.................................... 13
Driver settings........................... 13
Audio Performance....................... 13
Sample Clock Source..................... 13
Digital Output Format.................. 14
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5 Connections
USB connections........................ 15
Audio connections..................... 15
MIDI connections....................... 17
6 Recording with Cubase LE
Input setting.............................. 18
Recording................................... 19
Mixdown.................................... 20
7 Troubleshooting.............. 21
8 MIDI Implementation
Chart................................... 23
9 Specifications and
performance
Audio specifications.................. 24
Audio performance................... 25
Other characteristics................. 25
Physical characteristics.............. 26
Dimensions................................. 26
1 – Introduction
Please read this owner’s manual carefully
before you begin using the US-144, and use
the product correctly as directed in order to
ensure long and trouble-free enjoyment of
all its functionality.
After you have read this manual, keep it
nearby for reference when required.
We can accept no responsibility for any
loss of the data you record using this product onto other MIDI equipment in your
system or onto storage devices such as
hard disk.
Overview
The US-144 is a USB-based audio interface designed for use with Digital Audio
Workstation (DAW) software. It provides a
four-input, four-output 24-bit 96 kHz audio
interface and a 16-channel MIDI interface.
Because the US-144 is USB-based, it is the
ideal companion to any desktop- or laptopbased digital recording setup. And since
the US-144 operates using only USB
power, you can use it with a laptop computer to create a very compact and portable
digital audio workstation system.
The US-144 is also an ideal way to capture
analog sources such as records or cassette
tapes into your computer and preserve
them as audio CDs.
Features
• 24-bit / 96 kHz audio interface.
• Analog input signals (L, R) and digital
input signals (L, R) can be input at the
same time and recorded simultaneously
into your computer via USB.
• Two XLR mic/line inputs (balanced) and
two 1/4” phone mic/line inputs (balanced/unbalanced) are provided. One of
the 1/4” phone inputs can be switched to
allow direct input of an electric guitar or
electric bass (R channel only).
• Stereo digital input jack and stereo digital output jack.
• Unbalanced stereo line output (RCA
connector) and headphone output.
• MIDI IN/OUT.
• Direct Monitor function allows zerolatency monitoring of the input.
• Power is supplied by the USB connector.
A note about computer operation
If you are unsure about how to perform
basic computer operations appearing in
this manual, please refer to the owner’s
manual that came with your computer.
What is in the package
The US-144 package contains the following items.
• US-144 main unit
• USB cable
• Owner’s manual (this document)
• CD-ROM (containing drivers and manuals)
• CD-ROM (Gigastudio 3 LE) [Windows
only]
• CD-ROM (Cubase LE)
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1 – Introduction
Conventions used in this manual
The following conventions are used in this
manual:
Front panel keys, knobs, and indicators,
and rear panel connectors are designated
in all-capital letters.
Example: LINE IN jacks
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This typeface is used to designate messages displayed by the software.
Example: Control Surface Protocol
This typeface is used to designate software
menu functions and on-screen controllers.
Example: ASIO Device
2 – Parts of the US-144
Top panel
1
LINE OUT level knob Controls the
output level of the LINE OUT jacks.
2
PHONES LEVEL knob Controls the
output level of the PHONES jack.
3
MIDI IN indicator Lights when MIDI
data is being received at the MIDI IN connector.
MIDI OUT indicator Lights when MIDI
data is being transmitted from the MIDI
OUT connector.
4
USB indicator Lights to indicate a
valid USB connection to the host computer.
5
MON MIX balance knob Controls
the balance of the signal sources being output from the LINE OUT jacks and the
PHONES jack. When this knob is turned to
the far left, the signal being input to the
US-144 (from the XLR jacks, or 1/4" phone
jacks) will be output. When this knob is
turned to the far right, the output signal
received from the computer via USB will
be output.
6
MONO switch Turn this switch ON if
you want to monitor in monaural. This
switch affects only the analog input signal.
7
INPUT knobs (L, R) Adjust the level
of the audio signal being input to the MIC
IN jacks and LINE IN jacks.
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2 – Parts of the US-144
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SIG/OL indicators Light when signals
are being input to the input channels (L,
R). They will light green to indicate a signal is present, and will light red immediately before distortion occurs. These indicators apply only to the analog inputs.
NOTE
These indicators will light green when
the input signal level is in the range of 30 dBFS to -2 dBFS. The indicators will
light red when the input signal level
exceeds -2 dBFS.
9
MIC/LINE-GUITAR select switch Set
this switch as appropriate for the input
source you have connected to the LINE IN
jack R channel. Use the GUITAR position if
you have directly connected an electric
guitar or electric bass. Use the MIC/LINE
position if you have connected an electronic musical instrument, audio device, or mic.
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PHANTOM switch Turns on the +48V
phantom power supplied to the MIC IN
jacks.
WARNING
Microphones should not be connected
to or disconnected from the US-144
with phantom power switched on.
Unbalanced dynamic microphones
should never be connected to phantompowered connectors.
NOTE
Turn this switch on only if you are using
condenser microphones that require
phantom power.
Please note that if you are operating
the unit with a battery-powered laptop
computer, the battery life of the computer will be reduced if the PHANTOM
switch is on.
Rear panel
q
USB connector Use a USB cable to
connect this to the host computer’s USB
2.0 port.
NOTE
If the US-144 is operating with a USB 1.1
(Full Speed) connection, only two chan-
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nels of recording/playback will be available.
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MIDI OUT connector Transmits
MIDI messages.
e
MIDI IN connector Receives MIDI
messages.
2 – Parts of the US-144
r
LINE OUT L/R jacks (RCA connector,
unbalanced) These are analog stereo output
jacks.
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NOTE
The US-144's DIGITAL IN/OUT jacks
allow simultaneous input and output at
24-bit/96 kHz.
DIGITAL IN jack This is an RCA con-
nector that inputs a stereo S/PDIF digital
signal.
DIGITAL OUT jack This is an RCA
connector that outputs a stereo S/PDIF digital signal.
Front panel
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MIC IN (L, R) jacks (XLR balanced)
These are analog mic input jacks. The wiring is as follows: pin 1 = ground, pin 2 =
hot, pin 3 = cold.
i
LINE IN (L, R) jacks (TRS 1/4" phone
jacks) These are balanced line input jacks.
The R channel also accommodates guitar
input. If the top panel MIC/LINE-GUITAR
select switch is in the GUITAR position, the
R jack operates as an unbalanced input
jack for guitar.
If the MIC/LINE-GUITAR select switch is in
the MIC/LINE position, the R jack operates
as a balanced input jack. (Sleeve = ground,
tip = hot, ring = cold)
o
PHONES jack (stereo 1/4" phone) This
is a headphone output jack.
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3 – Installation
System requirements
Windows XP
Supported operating system: Windows
XP SP2
Recommended system: Pentium or
Athlon 1 GHz or faster (or equivalent processor), 512 MB or more memory, USB 2.0
port
These requirements are for when using
Cubase LE. If you are using other application software, you will need to consult the
operating requirements for the software
you are using.
NOTE
The number of usable audio tracks will
depend on the speed of your hard disk.
The faster your hard disk, the better
your results will be.
If the US-144 is operating with a USB 1.1
(Full Speed) connection, only two channels of recording/playback will be available.
We recommend that you have at least
256 MB of memory, but when using digital audio application software, the
more memory you have the happier you
will be.
Although this product has been checked
for use with typical computers that
meet the above operating requirements, we cannot guarantee that it will
operate with all computers that meet
these requirements. Please be aware
that even under the same conditions,
processing capability may vary depending on differences of the design and
system.
Mac OS X
• Macintosh computer with a USB 2.0
connector
• Mac OS X 10.3.9 & higher on PowerPC
Mac systems
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For Macintosh as well, the more memory
you have and the faster your hard disk, the
happier you will be when using digital
audio application software
3 – Installation
Installing the drivers
In order to use the US-144, you must install
the appropriate drivers into your computer.
As described below, this is an easy process
using the CD-ROM included with the
US-144.
Drivers are updated from time to time. You
can download the most recent version of
the drivers from the TASCAM website
<http://www.tascam.com/>.
Do not connect the US-144 to your computer before you have installed the drivers.
CAUTION
Handle the enclosed CD-ROM with care.
If the disc becomes scratched or dirty,
your computer may be unable to read it
and the software cannot be installed. If
the disc becomes unreadable, a fee will
be charged for its replacement.
WARNING
Never attempt to play the enclosed CDROM in a conventional audio CD player,
as the resulting noise may damage your
speakers or your hearing.
Installing the drivers for Windows XP
The US-144’s drivers are provided on the
CD-ROM as an executable installer entitled US-122L & US-144 driver x_yy.exe.
(x_yy is the version number.)
Installation procedure
1� Make sure that the US-144 is not connected to your computer.
2� Double-click the executable installation file US-122L & US-144 driver x_
yy.exe. The installer will start up.
3� Select the desired language from the
menu and click the OK button. A dialog box will appear.
4� Click the Install the Driver button.
The drivers will be installed.
NOTE
During driver installation, a warning
that this software ... has not passed
Windows Logo testing will appear. This
warning appears when you attempt to
install a driver that has not passed
Windows Logo testing; however, please
be assured that TASCAM has verified
that this driver for Windows XP does
work correctly.
If this message appears, click Continue to
proceed with the installation.
If a message asks you to restart your computer, restart your computer.
After restarting, connect the US-144 to
your computer. The Windows Plug and
Play system will detect the new USB hardware, and the Add New Hardware wizard
will start up. The wizard will automatically
find the necessary files. (This will take
about 30 to 60 seconds.)
The drivers are now installed, and the
US-144 is ready to operate.
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3 – Installation
Installing the drivers for Mac OS X
The US-144’s drivers are provided on the
CD-ROM as a package file entitled US122L & US-144 driver x_yy.mpkg. (x_yy is
the version number.) Simply double-click
on this package file’s icon to launch it and
follow the directions that appear on your
screen.
Installing Cubase LE
1� Insert the Cubase LE CD-ROM into
your computer.
The opening screen will appear.
3� Enter the serial number of Cubase LE.
The Cubase LE serial number is
affixed to the soft case of the Cubase
LE disc.
4� When you have finished entering the
information, click the OK button.
5� Follow the instructions shown on the
screen with the installation.
When the installation is completed, a
dialog box indicating that installation was successful will appear, and
then you will return to the opening
screen.
2� Click the Install Cubase LE button.
6� Close the opening screen.
Settings on your computer
Here are a few basic points to help you set
up your computer for best performance
with audio applications.
• Do not run other applications. You will
probably use your computer for applications other than audio, but we recommend that you avoid running other applications at the same time you are running
audio programs. Processing digital audio
places a considerable load on your computer.
This means that if you are running other
applications (especially graphics or
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Internet tools) at the same time as your
audio application, the processing may
not happen fast enough.
• Certain devices such as network cards or
WinModems can cause conflicts with
USB processing. If you experience such
a conflict, you can use the Device
Manager to temporarily disable the
offending device.
• If your computer has an IDE hard disk,
enabling Direct Memory Addressing
(DMA) will improve performance. In
Windows XP, this is enabled by default.
4 – Control panel settings
Overview
The Control Panel lets you make various
settings for the US-144’s functionality.
The Control Panel is divided into the following two sections.
Setting section
Here you can edit the various settings of
the driver.
Status section
This shows the current status of the driver
and the connected hardware.
You cannot edit the settings from this section.
Driver settings
Audio Performance
The US-144 driver temporarily stores input
and output audio samples in buffers.
The Audio Performance setting lets you
adjust the buffer size. The Lowest Latency
setting is the minimum buffer size, and the
Highest Latency setting is the maximum
buffer size.
A smaller buffer size will reduce the delay
when monitoring the input signal, but will
require your computer to perform the pro-
cessing faster. If the processing does not
occur in time (e.g., if other system operations are occurring), you may hear clicks,
pops, or dropouts in the audio signal.
A larger buffer size provides more safety
against such problems caused by other system activities, but will produce greater
delay when monitoring the audio signal.
The US-144 lets you select the buffer size
that works best for your system.
Sample Clock Source
You can set the clock source to Automatic
or Internal.
Automatic (default): If a signal is being
input to the DIGITAL IN jack, its clock will
be used. If no signal is being input to the
DIGITAL IN jack, the US-144’s internal
clock will be used.
Internal: The US-144’s internal clock will
always be used.
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4 – Control panel settings
Digital Output Format
This lets you choose either AES/EBU or
S/PDIF as the digital output format.
Many professional devices use an XLR
connector for AES/EBU. Special adapters
may be purchased to convert between a
digital audio RCA connector and digital
audio XLR connector.
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USB 1.1 Mode Input Selection
This item is shown only if the US-144 is
connected to a USB 1.1 port on the host
computer or to a USB 1.1 hub. In this case,
the US-144 functions as a 2-in / 2-out
audio device, rather than the usual 4-in / 4out. You can choose either Analog or
Digital as the input source.
5 – Connections
USB connections
Using the included cable, connect the
US-144 to your computer as shown in the
illustration.
Computer
NOTE
Some USB devices access the USB bus
frequently. To avoid dropouts and clicks
in the audio signal, we strongly recommend that you do not connect other
USB devices to the USB bus used by the
US-144.
USB keyboards and mice are exceptions
to this, and will probably not cause
problems.
USB
Audio connections
Connect the output signal of your mic, guitar, keyboard, or other audio device to the
US-144, where it will be converted into
digital audio and sent via USB to your
computer. Connect the output of the
US-144 to your speakers (via an amp) or
headphones, so you will be able to monitor
the audio signals coming into the US-144
or being produced by your computer.
NOTE
The US-144 has two input channels (L,
R), with a MIC IN jack (XLR) and LINE IN
jack (1/4” phone jack) provided for each
channel. Do not connect signals to both
of these analog input jacks at the same
time. If both are connected, the signal
will not be correctly input to the
US-144.
Mic
Connect your mics to the MIC IN (L , R)
jacks (XLR). If you are using a condenser
mic that requires phantom power, turn on
the phantom power.
If you're using a
condenser mic
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5 – Connections
Guitar
Connect your guitar to the R-channel LINE
IN jack (1/4” phone jack) and set the MIC/
LINE-GUITAR switch to GUITAR.
Sound module / MD / CD etc.
(digital connection)
Connect the digital audio output of these
devices to the DIGITAL IN jack.
DIGITAL OUT
Sound module /
MD / CD or similar device
DIGITAL IN
Guitar
Keyboard / drum machine /
sound module / cassette deck /
MD / CD etc. (analog connection)
Connect the analog audio output of these
devices to the LINE IN (L , R) jacks (1/4”
phone jack). If you use the R-channel, set
the MIC/LINE-GUITAR switch to LINE.
OUT
Keyboard /
drum machine /
sound module /
cassette deck /
MD / CD or similar device
NOTE
The US-144’s digital input jack is an RCA
connector.
Analog record player
The output of an analog record player cannot be connected directly to the US-144.
You must connect a phono amp between
your analog record player and the US-144.
(Alternatively, you can connect it via an
audio amp that has PHONO inputs.)
OUT
Analog record
player
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Phono amp or
amp with PHONO input
5 – Connections
Speakers/headphones
Headphones
Powered speakers,
or amp and speakers
MIDI connections
Connect your sound module, keyboard/
synthesizer, drum machine, or other MIDI
device to the US-144 as shown below.
You can use the MIDI IN/MIDI OUT connectors to transmit and receive MTC
(MIDI Time Code). This allows the MTCcompatible DAW (Digital Audio
Workstation) computer application to synchronize with your MIDI equipment.
USB
Computer
MIDI IN
Sound module etc.
MIDI OUT
Keyboard /
synthesizer etc.
USB
Computer
MIDI IN
MIDI OUT
Sequencer /
drum machine etc.
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6 – Recording with Cubase LE
This chapter explains the basics you will
need to understand when using the US-144
with Cubase LE.
This discussion is not intended to replace
the user manual of your software.
If you have questions specific to Cubase
LE, please refer to the Cubase LE user
manual.
Input setting
1� Start up Cubase LE. From the
Devices menu, choose Device Setup.
The Device Setup window will
appear.
4� From the Devices menu, choose VST
2� From the device list in the left side of
the Device Setup window, choose VST
Multitrac.
3� In the right side of the window, click
the Setup tab, specify the ASIO Driver
for the interface that uses an ASIO
driver, and click the Apply button.
If you have connected the digital
input, set the Clock Source to external.
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Inputs to access the VST Inputs window. Verify that the Port field shows
the input name of the audio interface
you are using, and that the Active
indicator is lit.
6 – Recording with Cubase LE
5� From the File menu, choose New
Project. A window will appear, allowing you to choose a template for your
new project. Choose the desired template and press the OK button.
Specify the location in which to save
your project, and the new project
will be created.
Now you are ready to begin recording.
Recording
1� As the input for the track you want
to record, choose an input channel of
the audio interface you are using.
Then press the REC FUNCTION button to enable recording for that
track.
2� In the transport, press the REC button to begin recording.
STOP
REC
3� When you are finished recording,
REC FUNCTION
press the STOP button, and then
press the REC button to disable
recording. Rewind if necessary.
4� Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 to overdub
additional tracks.
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6 – Recording with Cubase LE
Mixdown
1� Move the left and right locators to
specify the region that you want to
mix down.
Specify the region
2� From the File menu, choose Export ->
Audio Mixdown.
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3� In the Export Audio Mixdown dialog
box, make the desired settings and
then press the Save button.
7 – Troubleshooting
This chapter lists frequently asked questions related to recording with Cubase LE,
with answers to these questions.
EQ bypass
Q. I have finished making input
settings, but the meter of the
audio track is not moving.
A. Make sure that the monitor button of
the track is enabled.
Monitor
Q. I would like to record two
channels simultaneously for a
stereo recording.
A. Before you record, press the stereo/
mono select button of the track so that the
yellow indicator is lit. In this case, the
track input is shown as In 1 + In 2 or a
similar indication.
Q. I mixed-down a song that
was three minutes long, but
the result was only ten seconds
long.
A. Make sure that the left and right locator
region is set to the entire range that you
want to mix down.
Q. I cannot set the locator
region to more than ten minutes.
A. The default setting is ten minutes.
From the Project menu, choose Project
Setup and adjust the length of the project.
Stereo/mono select
Q. I am trying to use the EQ,
but it does not seem to do anything.
A. Check the VST channel settings etc. to
make sure that EQ bypass is not enabled.
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7 – Troubleshooting
Q. I performed a mixdown, but
the automation and effects
were not reflected in the mixdown.
A. In the Export Audio Mixdown dialog
box, make sure that automation and effects
are enabled.
Q. I made a CD using the WAV
file I mixed-down, but the
speed is obviously different.
A. Could your project be set to 48 kHz?
If your ultimate objective is to create a CD,
we recommend that you work in 44.1 kHz
from the beginning.
To specify the sample rate, pull down the
Project menu, choose Project Settings, and
set the sample rate to 44,100 Hz.
Q. Using the ReWire protocol,
can I record the incoming audio
on a track?
A. In Cubase LE, ReWire tracks do not
have recording capability.
You will have to export the audio data, and
then import it into an audio track.
Q. I have connected an audio
source to the US-144, but cannot hear anything.
A. Make sure that the input level is raised
appropriately. If the input is analog, the
green indicator will light when a signal is
being input.
Make sure that the monitor (or headphone)
level is raised, and that the connections are
correct.
Q. The sound is distorted.
A. Make sure that the signal is not overloading. The ideal level is when the red
indicator lights occasionally.
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8 – MIDI Implementation Chart
Function
Basic Channel
Mode
Note
Number
Velocity
After Touch
Pitch Bender
Control Change
Program Change
At power ON
Changed
At power ON
Messages
Altered
Range
Note ON
Note OFF
Polyphonic
Channel
Range #
System Exclusive
System Common
System
Real Time
Other
:Song Pos
:Song Sel
:Tune
:Clock
:Commands
:Local on/off
:All note off
:Active sensing
:Reset
Transmitted
X
X
X
X
*************
X
*************
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
*************
X
Received
X
X
X
X
Remarks
Through
X
Through
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Through
X
Through
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Through
Through
Through
Through
Through
Through
Through
Through
Notes
Mode 1: Omni on, Poly
Mode 3: Omni off, Poly
Mode 2: Omni on, Mono
Mode 4: Omni off, Mono
O:Yes
X:No
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9 – Specifications and performance
Audio specifications
Nominal input levels
MIC IN L and R (XLR balanced)
–58 dBu (TRIM=max) to –14 dBu
(TRIM=min)
MIC/LINE-GUITAR L and R in
MIC/LINE position (1/4” jack, unbalanced)
–40 dBu (TRIM=max) to +4 dBu
(TRIM=min)
MIC/LINE-GUITAR R in GUITAR
position (1/4” jack, unbalanced)
–51 dBu (TRIM=max) to –7 dBu
(TRIM=min)
Maximum input levels
MIC L and R (XLR balanced)
+2 dBu (TRIM=min)
MIC/LINE-GUITAR L and R in
MIC/LINE position (1/4” jack, unbalanced)
+20 dBu (TRIM=min)
MIC/LINE-GUITAR R in GUITAR
position (1/4” jack, unbalanced)
+9 dBu (TRIM=min)
Input impedance
MIC IN L and R (XLR balanced)
2.4 kΩ
MIC/LINE-GUITAR L and R in
MIC/LINE position (1/4” jack, unbalanced)
10 kΩ
MIC/LINE-GUITAR R in GUITAR
position (1/4” jack, unbalanced)
1 MΩ
Nominal output level
LINE OUT (RCA unbalanced)
–10 dBV
Maximum output level
LINE OUT (RCA unbalanced)
+6 dBV
Output impedance
LINE OUT (RCA unbalanced)
100 Ω
Maximum output power
PHONES (1/4” stereo jack)
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14 mW + 14 mW (32 Ω)
9 – Specifications and performance
Audio performance
Signal-to-noise ratio
LINE IN (through ADC and DAC) to LINE
OUT
> 96 dB (A-weighted, TRIM=min., input
impedance at 40 Ω)
LINE IN (through direct monitor) to LINE
OUT
> 100 dB (A-weighted, TRIM=min., input
impedance 40 Ω)
Total harmonic distortion (THD+N, 22 Hz to 22 kHz)
LINE IN (through ADC and DAC) to LINE
OUT
< 0.006% (1 kHz sine +20 dBu input,
TRIM=min.)
LINE IN (through direct monitor) to LINE
OUT
< 0.0.04% (1 kHz sine +20 dBu input,
TRIM=min.)
Other characteristics
Digital audio
A/D Conversion (AK5381)
24-bit/96 kHz, 27.6 samples delay
D/A Conversion (AK4384)
24-bit/96 kHz, 19.3 samples delay
MIDI
MIDI IN and MIDI OUT ports (DIN 5-pin)
Conform to MIDI standards
USB
USB port (down stream connector)
USB 2.0 Format
Host computer compatibility
Operating system
Windows
Windows XP
Macintosh
Mac OS 10.3.9 or later
Communication
Audio/MIDI interface
protocols
Bundled software
USB 2.0
Windows
ASIO, ASIO2, GSIF2, WDM
Macintosh
CoreAudio, CoreMIDI (OS X)
Cubase LE (for Windows or Macintosh),
Gigastudio 3 LE (Windows only)
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9 – Specifications and performance
Physical characteristics
Dimensions
External dimensions (w x h x d)
147 x 192 x 48 mm
Weight
1 Kg
Supplied via USB
5V, maximum current 500 mA
Power
192 mm
7.56 inch
Dimensions
147 mm
5.79 inch
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48 mm
1.89 inch
9 – Specifications and performance
Notes
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US-144
TEAC CORPORATION
Phone: +81-422-52-5082
3-7-3, Nakacho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-8550, Japan
TEAC AMERICA, INC.
Phone: +1-323-726-0303
7733 Telegraph Road, Montebello, California 90640
TEAC CANADA LTD.
Phone: +1905-890-8008 Facsimile: +1905-890-9888
5939 Wallace Street, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1Z8, Canada
www.tascam.com
www.tascam.com
www.tascam.com
TEAC MEXICO, S.A. De C.V
Phone: +52-555-581-5500
www.tascam.com
Campesinos No. 184, Colonia Granjes Esmeralda, Delegaacion Iztapalapa CP 09810, Mexico DF
TEAC UK LIMITED
Phone: +44-8451-302511
Unit 19 & 20, The Courtyards Hatters Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire. WD18 8TE, U.K.
TEAC EUROPE GmbH
Phone: +49-611-71580
Bahnstrasse 12, 65205 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim, Germany
www.tascam.co.uk
www.tascam.de
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