I’m thinking about getting a remote/workstation and was wondering if anybodie’s used the tascam 224 or what other units have worked out well?
thanks in advance,
I have N-track and a 224, and I just cannot imagine life without either to be honest (sure… I would find some other tools to do the jobs if I really had to… but I am quite happy with things the way they are).
To begin with I had a couple of teething problems that I can’t even really remember fully now. I think I had to set the Tascams application in control panel to 428 emulation mode before N recognized it’s faders (but come to think of it that might have been true with the awful Cubasis that comes packaged with the Tascam too).
I remember that I did mess around with some other drivers too, but am now perfectly ok with ASIO. I think I was just trying things out.
The Tascam 224 is USB 1, so speed is a little restricted by that.
I actually have a very bad setup but still manage to get by. By this I mean:
HP Pavilion ze4500 (not so bad in itself).
512 MB RAM (get 1G if you can).
I am using system drive as data drive, and to be honest I am not even sure that it’s a 7200 RPM drive.
I use this laptop as a general PC too, although that only involves a bit of browsing, media playback and the VERY odd low spec game of some sort.
USB 1 ports on laptop.
I record tracks that rarely have more than a count in track, drum track, bass, 2 guitar tracks and then vocals. This never gives me a problem.
Sometimes recording vocals I do it piece by piece so I can end up with 8 vocal tracks or more (not playing at once) and I do start to get some jumping as I put compression on them. I also get a bit of jumping if I move the mixer window during playback or something like that.
The biggest gripe I have is that sometimes when pressing record the first beat or two of my count in track may be blurred, but I could easily fix that by dragging everything a few seconds along the time line if I bothered.
Sometimes I would like 8 mixers so I kind of wish I had saved a little more for the Tascam 428, but I that only requires me using the mouse a little instead (controlling more tracks by shifting the bank over does not seem to save effort to me).
I have heard it said that the Tascam mic pre amps are very poor. I want no more than demo quality so that really does not cause a problem… to my ears at least.
All of the above will make it very obvious that I am far from an expert… but hopefully my experiences will help your choice a little.
If you want to ask any specific questions I will try to answer.
thanks for the feedback! I’m particularly interested if the play/ff/rewind/rec functions are available throught 224? (i’m getting somewhat tired of the mouse/button combo).
thanks for the write up, it definately helps!
The functions you mention all work just fine… along with the big tracking wheel working to drag the timeline along (think you might be able to customize that too but I am not sure).
And a happy Christmas to you and everyone else here too!
thanks for the reply and the info. I’m glad to hear everything works, I just won an ebay auction for a 224. 86 bucks! Can I send ya a pm if I get stuck?
take it easy,
Cool… sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
You certainly can feel free to PM me.
I might not be able to help… but if I can I will.