Tascam Celesonic US-20x20 USB Audio Interface - 10 Analog Inputs
The TASCAM Celesonic US-20x20 can be used as a USB audio interface, a mic preamp and it even has mixer functions. As such, it is gives you quite a lot for the money, which in turn catches the attention of many home studio owners who want a good value for money interface.
Speaking of versatility, it works with Windows, Mac and even iOS (iPad/iPhone), with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution, and it supports USB 3.0 along with USB 2.0. And it comes packed with 8 Ultra-HDDA mic preamps for plugging multiple mics, with hi-Z inputs on the first 2 channels for capturing bass or guitar direct.
There is also the convenience of dual headphone outputs, for monitoring flexibility.
Finally, it comes with built-in DSP for adding essential reverb, EQ and compression.
- A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
- Simultaneous I/O: 20 x 20 (Including Digital I/O)
- Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" Combo (Mic/Instrument), 6 x XLR-1/4" Combo (Mic/Line), 2 x 1/4" TRS
- Outputs: 10 x 1/4" TRS, 2 x 1/4" (Headphones)
- Digital I/O: 1 x Coax (S/PDIF), 1 x Optical (S/MUX)
- Computer Connectivity: USB 2.0, USB 3.0
- MIDI : I/O
- Phantom Power: +48V
- Built-in DSP (Reverb, Compression, EQ Effects)
Versatility and value for money is the common denominator among many reviews. They are followed by positive comments about sound quality, which speaks of the quality of the mic preamps. Barry Watson of Sound on Sound agrees with the majority saying: "For a band wanting to track in a home studio, or someone who simply must have lots of line outputs, this sturdy interface is extremely worthy of consideration.
Due to its compact profile, there are some limitations that users raised including its limited phantom power control (you can't turn phantom power on/off per channel). There are also some who are not too happy with the small knobs.
Still, with its incredible versatility, the Tascam Celesonic US-20x20 is a worthy addition to any home recording setup and it's currently on our recommended list of The Best iPad Compatible USB Audio Interfaces.