This is a tutorial on our new Tascam external
sound card. We have two of them now in the MIDI lab and they’re both beside each other
and they’re both the exact same so I’m gonna just describe one, and it will be the same
for both. So first in this tutorial I’m going to describe the actual panel, and then
I’ll do another tutorial on how to record using Cubase. So this is our Tascam external
sound card, we have multiple inputs as you can see, we have XLR inputs, we have 1/4 inputs.
This will allow us to record microphones, keyboards, guitars that kind of thing. So
it’s a pretty powerful sound card. So there’s our microphone in number one, then we have
our line in, which we can plug our keyboard into. Then we have our headphone, so this
right now is going to our headphone box at our station, so we can listen with multiple
headphones. Then we have our second line in and guitar in, so we can plug our guitar into
there, and then our second microphone in, XLR microphone in. So our MON mix, is our
monitor mix, so it’s what we hear, so when its turned to input, we are gonna hear all
of our inputs, so microphone, keyboard, guitar, when we are recording, and when we turn it
to computer we’re gonna hear all of our tracks that are on the actual computer software,
so Cubase. Then our phones/line out is just our volume level for our headphones. Next
we have our mono switch, so you could either listen back, if your just recording one source
you can have it on, so mono because you are only listening to one source. if you have
both sources plugged in you can have it off and you’ll be listening to a stereo mix,
of both of your input signals. Then we have our gain control knob, so it will control
the volume of our input, so our microphone or our keyboard, make it louder or softer.
Then we have our phantom button, if we are using microphone’s that are using phantom
power, which is a large condenser microphone, everything in the MIDI lab does not require
phantom power so we can leave it off. This is just a toggle switch to go between microphone
and guitar, so depending on what you have plugged into the front of the sound card you’ll
have to decide which toggle to use, whether it’s the microphone or the guitar switch.
Then on the back we have our USB which is plugged into the computer, then our line out,
which is going into our sound system so that we can hear over our speakers. And that’s
our overview of our Tascam US 122 mkII external sound card. Enjoy.