US-428 is an innovative device from Tascam that renews the computer
remote controllers category concept. The unit, in fact, provides
a convenient control surface for mixing and transport operations
as well as a complete MIDI interface and a flexible Input/Output
The control surface includes a variety of controls, which make working
with audio software faster and easier. The US428 can be considered
as a link between the software and the hardware worlds due to the
built-in USB interface that avoids complicated installation procedures
on the host computer.
This feature is also very important for another reason: portable
and desktop computers not equipped with PCI connectors (previously
excluded from this kind of applications) can now take full advantage
of the high quality audio ports onboard.
Basically, the US-428 is a control surface with built-in Audio and
MIDI ports able to communicate with any host computer through the
USB interface (now available in all the current Windows and MacOS
This unit allows many applications (software remote control, audio/MIDI
interface with external devices thru the built-in I/O, etc.). It provides
high quality standard audio performances too, due to the 24-bit converters
available both on Stereo out and Inputs.
Analog Inputs include 2 balanced XLR mic inputs, 2 balanced 1/4" TRS
inputs and 2 unbalanced line inputs (switchable to high-impedance,
for direct input of a guitar, bass or other hi-Z source).
Moreover, S/PDIF Stereo In/Out ports are built-in for digital equipments
connection. Full MIDI capabilities are also provided: two independent
MIDI I/O ports are available for external units connection, allowing
a 32 MIDI parts independent control.
remote control. The bundled software functions can be fully
managed by the control surface (as well as the functions of the
system compatible softwares), allowing recording, automation and
mastering, such as working with a dedicated hardware device (let's
Bundled software. The Tascam US-428 package includes a CD-ROM
containing driver software both for Win98 SE(ME/2000/xp (hotfix
Microsoft for USB management) and Mac OS 9.x and OS X, as well as
a dedicated Cubasis VST software version (Win and MacOS) specially
released by Steinberg for US-428 with ASIO driver.
Easy installation. The US-428 structure and USB port allow
quick and easy connection to the computer. Win98 SE works properly
and the installation of the software is really easy. A Win98 first
edition upgrade is on the way (but, at present, there's no confirmation).
Due to the Windows 95 handling of the USB specs, the US-428 doesn't
properly work under Window 95.
The MacOS drivers (8.6 version or better) are ready, but the compatible
and updated audio software is not yet available. Anyway, this will
be released by Steinberg and Emagic very soon.
Minimum requirements for computer connection are: 15" monitor (better
if 17") and Pentium III PC with 200Mhz (or equivalent) processor
and 64 Mb RAM or Macintosh with PowerPC 120 Mhz processor and 64
High Q/P ratio. The price of the unit is really convenient
and affordable, considering both the features onboard and the bundled
official software provided in the package.
US-428 is an affordable price device whose aim is to offer a familiar
hardware approach to the computer digital recording users.
The unit is well structured and quite complete.
The control surface provides 4 Input Trims and 8 channel faders.
Each channel features control buttons (Rec, Mute and Select).
A master fader is also available to control the output signal.
The "virtual channel" section features 4 Aux Send select buttons
and a dedicated EQ module with continuous controllers for level,
frequency and Q, as well as 4-band selection buttons.
The user can assign the current selected channel to the "virtual
channel" in order to carry out the required editing procedures.
Pressing simultaneously the [SHIFT] and the [SEL] buttons, the selected
channel recording is enabled.
Dedicated Transport and Locate controls offer one-button access
to these often-used functions.
the US-428 is an innovative tool that provides a more user-friendly
approach to the computer music software users at a very affordable
On the other hand, the US-428 is also a useful device for those
who are not familiar with computer music software handling. It avoids
complicate installation procedures and allows to perform advanced
musical applications even if working with systems not equipped with
PCI ports such as portable PC or Apple iMac series.
At last, even if mainly designed for the Audio/MIDI Home Recording
market, there's no doubt that the US-428 offers a really professional
approach to recording. The user will take full adavantage of these
advanced features at a very convenient price.