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Tascam US-144


$200.00

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Many I/O options (2 x XLR /w phantom power, 2 x 1/4" analog, midi in/out, headphone, S/PDIF). Runs great on my P4 2.2 ghz w/2gigs of ram, especially when connected to s/pdif speakers! Windows XP is the key! Good sound.

The Cons:Unstable driver. Poor customer service. Version 1.12 drivers on Windows 7 64-bit are unstable, severe recording artifacts (robotic), causes applications to crash. Unplug the US-144 and no issues at all...

The Tascam US-144 is a complete portable recording solution: a USB 2.0 Audio/Midi interface for your PC or Mac based computer. Designed for use in a portable setting hooked up to a laptop. Includes Cubase LE recording software making this a fully functioning zero latency recording solution out of the box at a great price.

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Product Shot 2 Equipped with a bank of IO including two XLR phantom power mic inputs, two analog inputs (with selectable high impedance for guitars), a midi in, a midi out, a headphone jack, and S/PDIF Digital IO. See the Tascam US-122L for the 2 channel version of this interface.

Windows Vista Driver Support

Up until very recently, there has been no working drivers available for this device to be recognized and work in Windows Vista. This caused much difficulty for users for many months. Tascam had reported that they were working on drivers, but failed to deliver working drivers on several occasions.

Update Sept. 06, 2007:  Version 1.10 of the drivers now supports Windows Vista. Click here to go to the resources page for download.

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Pros
  • 7

    Many I/O options (2 x XLR /w phantom power, 2 x 1/4" analog, midi in/out, headphone, S/PDIF)

  • 4

    Runs great on my P4 2.2 ghz w/2gigs of ram, especially when connected to s/pdif speakers! Windows XP is the key!

  • 1

    good sound

  • -2

    Supports Windows Vista as of Sep. 6, 2007 v1.10

Cons
  • 26

    Unstable driver

  • 14

    Poor customer service

  • 10

    Version 1.12 drivers on Windows 7 64-bit are unstable, severe recording artifacts (robotic), causes applications to crash. Unplug the US-144 and no issues at all...

  • 8

    Drivers are unstable on Vista 32 and XP Pro 64. Got program crashes and blue screens on two different systems, when it was just plugged in and not being used.

  • 7

    Unlike Tascam US-122, conflicts with system, thereby forcing reboots

  • 7

    Where is the service? I get bsod in Windows 7 64. Make sure it works! and fast please.

  • 7

    Unstable drivers makes the US-144 completely unreliable and blemish to the Tascam brand

  • 6

    Even with high spec PC I am unable to use low and lowest latency settings without intermittent crackling in audio.

  • 6

    Version 1.12 drivers and firmware on Windows 7 64-bit are unstable. On one machine i get a lot of cracking/popping and the other gives a 0x0006 error while installing

  • 5

    Didn't work in Windows Vista until Sept. 6, 2007

  • 5

    Very unstable drivers especially under 64 bit. A lot of cracking while recording and crashes.

  • 1

    US-144MkII suffers the same issues as the US-144 original - bad drivers, software crashes, etc.

  • 1

    Hasn't worked for ages CD driver (original) won't work downloads from tascam won't open. No support from them.

  • 1

    have to use xp as wont work in ubuntu

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    Refused to work with my mac pro

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    Pretty useless for mac

  • 0

    US-144MkII causes instant crashes on G5 Macs in Software such as iMovie . +5

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    New 2.01 Drivers for Win 7 64 bit didn't work normally with Cubase 5.

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jabu magubane
jabu magubane: #tascam_us_144 This is a reap off.My tascam us-144 does not want to work with my Apple Mac Pro and if I ask for help I must pay hundreds of Rands.No good. Mar 13, 12
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Anonymous
Anonymous: #tascam_us_144 Lads i got this driver problem aswell! Get up to date tascam!!!! Your driver needs to go up a gear!!!

Action needs to be taken because the only people winning is tascam where the consumer spends large amounts of time trying to troubleshoot instead of making beautiful music... Whos with ma???? Feb 16, 11
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Anonymous
Anonymous: #tascam_us_144 Yeah this thing sucks!! Talks to computer then stops talking????? WTF!!! Jan 23, 11
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Anthony Pace
Anthony Pace: #tascam_us_144 Does not work well with windows vista, 32 or 64, and does not work with windows 7 64 at all for recording. All they would need to do is switch the way the driver interprets the input; yet, they refuse to develop a new driver, or make the driver open source now that they no longer want to support it. I used to think it was a great deal; yet, now I hate this company because they have shown how little they care about the customer. Nov 26, 09
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    Anonymous: Works fine, do not use 2.02 but 2.01 under windows 7. use asio4all driver resolve sync issues when needed in some DAW. Mar 10, 13

Anthony Pace
Anthony Pace: #tascam_us_144 it took me a week to get a response from the local Canadian version of customer support. This company is horrible, and always blames the OS or other software when it is really their hardware. Nov 26, 09
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alvarpox
alvarpox: #tascam_us_144 Hi, Now the problem is with Vista 64 bits, the same problem for XP to Vista 32 bits... any suggestion?? Thanks. Aug 14, 08
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    Anonymous: wont work with ubuntu love the card hate windows Sep 12, 11

maddmannmatt
maddmannmatt: #tascam_us_144 I just wanted to comment on Tascam's support, or rather lack thereof. When I purchased the US-428 USB control surface/audio interface a few years back, I had a bunch of trouble installing it to my Win98SE machine (yes, it was that long ago). The only option that Tascam provided me for "support" was user forums. Um...WHAT? No actual Customer Service Reps or Technical Support line, or even e-mail??? Not cool.

I ran into alot of people in the forum who believed they knew how to fix my issue, but who would not actually read my posts thoroughly in order that the assistance they provided was actually helpful, and the forum was poorly moderated; several people used profanity and even racial slurs in their responses!

In response to this, I have never purchased another product from Tascam again. I paid almost $500 for the unit new and could only use it with my Mac and not my WinTel machine. I had to wait till Win2KPro to actually be able to use it properly on my Wintel Box, and that was about a year later!!!

My advice to anyone who purchases Tascam products is that if you plan on getting what may be a fine product, be prepared to never EVER get help from Tascam after you drop the cash and walk through the doors, or receive it at your door. KEEP YOUR RECEIPT because you may be ridding yourself of it quickly. Sep 7, 07
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Erik
Erik: #tascam_us_144 Version 1.10 is now posted on the website and supports Windows Vista! Sep 6, 07
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walsterus
walsterus: #tascam_us_144 http://knowledgebase.steinberg.de/227_1.html Sep 6, 07
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walsterus
walsterus: #tascam_us_144 http://knowledgebase.steinberg.de/227_1.html Sep 6, 07
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walsterus
walsterus: #tascam_us_144 great! where did you get the beta driver from? Paul Sep 6, 07
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vanpet
vanpet: #tascam_us_144 I've great news: drivers now work (i've beta tested one) and they will put it on the website soon. Sep 5, 07
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Erik
Erik: #tascam_us_144 Great suggestion walsterus! I've started the product report for the Behringer UCA202 U-Control interface. *NO DRIVERS REQUIRED* I reccomend pairing it with the Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC200 pre-amp. These units cost around $30 and $60 respectively. Sep 3, 07
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walsterus
walsterus: #tascam_us_144 http://www.nusystems.co.uk/music/22987/Behringer+UCA202+U-Control.htm

Just got one of these to tide me over.

Paul Sep 1, 07
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walsterus
walsterus: #tascam_us_144 I've just noticed they taken the new driver for Vista off their website ffs Aug 31, 07
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walsterus
walsterus: #tascam_us_144 No mate same error - as soon as somebody gets the new driver to work can they post on here how they did it and i will do the same, Paul Aug 31, 07
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vanpet
vanpet: #tascam_us_144 tascam's answer: 0x0006 means that i tried to install on a 64 bits version of Vista.

my answer: well, that's bullshit, my system is 32 bits for sure! Aug 31, 07
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vanpet
vanpet: #tascam_us_144 walsterus > you got it to work? i tried several times, always 0x0006 error. i don't know what it means... it's very frustrating. i mailed the guy, no answer yet. Aug 31, 07
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walsterus
walsterus: #tascam_us_144 gary.maguire@tascam.co.uk - e-mail this guy he's very helpful. Aug 31, 07
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walsterus
walsterus: #tascam_us_144 same problem at this end 0x0006 error Aug 31, 07
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vanpet
vanpet: #tascam_us_144 I tried to install it manually, doesn't work...

With the installer i get a 0x0006 error.

Manually, the driver are okay for the Device Manager, but my software doesn't recognize it...

If someone can install it, say it! Aug 30, 07
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vanpet
vanpet: #tascam_us_144 first install did'nt work :) Aug 30, 07
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vanpet
vanpet: #tascam_us_144 actually i think they released the drivers for vista but forgot to mention it : http://www.tascamgiga.com/i-406-232-128-4-EE749EDC.zip

info: http://www.tascamgiga.com/details;9,15,69,19.html Aug 30, 07
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drummer342
drummer342: #tascam_us_144 honestly guys i have no effin clue how he did it, im not that good with computers so il have to get my buddy over here to post exactly how he did it sorry Aug 30, 07
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walsterus
walsterus: #tascam_us_144 I have just upgraded my lap top to a PC as my lap top was shite for recording audio.

I have a Tascam 144 and have just realised that It don't work with Windows Vista.

I have tried installing it in XP mode but it did not work.

Does anyone acutally know where this install.exe. file is??? I may be one of the lucky ones who gets that hack to work.

Does anyone have a Tascam 144 working with Windows Vista? I'm thinking about installing windows XP instead to get my studio to work!!!

Cheers,
Paul Aug 26, 07
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pierznj
pierznj: #tascam_us_144 kewlkeed, sure it's going to take a while for the world to catch up with Vista, but Tascam have had FOREVER to fix this. Obviously it's not like landing a man on the moon to make a functional driver for Vista, since some people have got the thing working as is. I for one will NEVER go near Tascam again. As for the US144 being a professional piece of equipment, that in itself is debatable. Installation can be nightmare under XP even. Every time I plug the damn thing in under XP I have to reinstall drivers. It's nuts. And if it was truly for pros, Tascam would care enough about their customers to provide decent support. Aug 22, 07
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kewlkeed
kewlkeed: #tascam_us_144 Amazing sound quality and functionality... To all those who want to run this thing on VISTA... This is a professional piece of equipment, right now VISTA isn't. Not a chance in H*** I'd run a show or any production environment with Vista. Aug 19, 07
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Wolf66
Wolf66: #tascam_us_144 Hi Drummer342.......as I expected to have working drivers for Vista in may, I'm very curious to know the working solution you have....please can you post it? Aug 19, 07
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drummer342
drummer342: #tascam_us_144 hey i had a friend of mine work a little magic on my dell with vista and after about 1 hour he had the whole thing up and functioning perfect, ill post later with him writing so he can tell you all how he did it, im surprised he got it to work but it works fine, SO EXCITED Aug 14, 07
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musiqchild
musiqchild: #tascam_us_144 Hi Guys, well, unfortunately for me I could not wait for drivers... I exchanged my Tascam I paid a little extra and got myself a portable EDIROL - USB Audio Capture UA - 25 24bit 96 kHz ...its compatible with vista.... Hooray...I had no problems when installing...something to thinkk about maybe???? Good Luck Aug 3, 07
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kapinol
kapinol: #tascam_us_144 Hey doodz, to those that got the instructions from Erik to work, could you please post a link to where you downloaded "driver install.exe" cuz all i can find on the tascam webbie is "setup.exe"s appreciate the help Aug 2, 07
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musiqchild
musiqchild: #tascam_us_144 Hi Guys, I am Just new to this.. but I am not new to the similar experiences you guys are having... I recently upgraded my OS to vista business... but ever since I upgraded I found most applications I can no longer put back into my laptop.... the tascam its been sitting my bloody closet for how long... and still no updates for the drivers.... Jul 23, 07
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drummer342
drummer342: #tascam_us_144 wtf, how do they release a recording studio without setting its capability to a huge operating system (vista), bad technological research on their part Jul 18, 07
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Wolf66
Wolf66: #tascam_us_144 Oh, and I had a good answer from Tascam for the software included with the US 122-L, it's also not compatible with Vista, and even....don't try it with XP Media Center! My dekstop computer crashed like hell......but they send me a solution, they advised to use Windows XP professional or home, nice solution! They know the price of a new operating system? Jul 15, 07
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Wolf66
Wolf66: #tascam_us_144 Still my Tascam product US-122L have only one funtion......decoration. All I can do is looking at it, imagening how it would be when it works on Vista. Maybe someday, they'll say the driver never come, ......I decided not to return it to the shop because drivers for vista were promised end of may, ......now we are half july! Musicians need to have a lot of patience! Jul 15, 07
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Erik
Erik: #tascam_us_144 I don't know what's wrong with Tascam. I actually called them almost 2 months ago and they said they would be posting drivers "soon". Jul 1, 07
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Scorpius
Scorpius: #tascam_us_144 Does anyone know when they finally release that f*cking update, I've been waiting for so long now... Jul 1, 07
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Scorpius
Scorpius: #tascam_us_144 I tried Erik's suggestion, but it still didn't work. I'll try again later today. I assume you are using the 1.03 software update? Jun 8, 07
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JTLProductions
JTLProductions: #tascam_us_144 I am using Vista 32 bit premium home edition, with the US 144. I had similar problems as listed in this forum, after reading the instructions on Eriks post, I decided to try it out myself. And it worked. One thing I noticed about the Tascam products is it needs to be directly plugged into the computer usb ports. Meaning no splicers or 7 in 1 USB hubs for it. Another thing I noticed is that you need to check the "disable desktop composition" and "run as admin" to get it to work..... Jun 7, 07
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Wolf66
Wolf66: #tascam_us_144 Happy to know I'm not the only one.....unhappy to know it still doesn't work. Anyway, I decided to wait until the Vista drivers arrive. Thanks dj2quick for your confirmation :-)........hoping that Tascam doesn't let us wait too long! Jun 6, 07
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dj2quick
dj2quick: #tascam_us_144 wolf66, whats going wrong is that it just doesnt work. there are no vista drivers. the same thing happens to me. seems like erik was bs'ing, unfortunately. : / Jun 5, 07
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Wolf66
Wolf66: #tascam_us_144 I'm still waiting the Vista drivers..... When I tried this instruction, I have about 3 kind of red pop ups during instalation of the drivers, I think a warning of Vista that the drivers are not compatible (I haven't the time to read the pop ups), after that I got the message "installing drivers failed"..... I'm wondering what's going wrong, ....security settings of Vista?....maybe somebody have advice? Jun 1, 07
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joachime
joachime: #tascam_us_144 I followed Eriks instructions and the installation went on flawless with my US-122! On the other hand I can't find a headphone plug with the right dimensions at home so I have to wait til I get back to the studio to try it out. Cheers! May 28, 07
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Wolf66
Wolf66: #tascam_us_144 I had a little hope..... But following this explanation, didn't bring me any further, anyway thanks! I downloaded the latest driver, and followed above instructions.... Same thing, after plug in the US-122L got some red flashing warnings and installing driver failed..... :-( I work with Vista 32-bit, so this can't be the reason. May 20, 07
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Erik
Erik: #tascam_us_144 Apparently, there is a hack solution you can do to get Vista to recognize the Tascam:
"Getting US-122 to work with VISTA (32-bit only)
Before plugging in the US-122?
Download driver install.exe to desktop
Right click/Properties/Compatibility.
Check box and select Windows XP SP2. Apply. OK.
Right click again.
Run as administrator, install anyway.
When installed, plug in the US-122.
Vista will install 3 drivers.
Don't forget to go to US-122 in control panel and set to lowest latency."
Thanks Mike fro the solution. May 20, 07
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Wolf66
Wolf66: #tascam_us_144 Very frustrating.....having the audiocard that you need, but the only thing you can do is looking at it...:-( Just bought a laptop with Vista and a Tascam US-122L but the drivers don't give a damn... Searching on the internet for appropriate drivers didn't give any result! I hope the drivers really come soon for Vista! May 20, 07
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Erik
Erik: #tascam_us_144 I just called tascam support (323-727-7617) and after almost 25 mins of holding, I talked to a guy that said they are still developing the Vista drivers and they should be available in the next few weeks on the web site. Today is May 18th, so that would put an ETA around the middle of June I'm guessing. May 18, 07
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Erik
Erik: #tascam_us_144 According to cbeards Tascam is working on the drivers and they should be available in May. Mar 14, 07
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dj_vaj
dj_vaj: #tascam_us_144 cant use it because no vista drivers any word on new drivers? Feb 3, 07
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