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Tascam FW-1804 Recording Interface

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Tascam FW-1804
the back of the Tascam FW-1804

Tascam’s FW-1804 enters the crowded market of computer-based recording interfaces as an easy-to-install, easy-to-use centerpiece for a studio in need of an audio interface with MIDI capability.

Unlike some other recording interfaces of its size and ability, the FW-1804 requires no separate PCI card to be installed in the computer it’s connected to. It takes advantage of high-bandwidth, high-speed Firewire and connects directly to a computer via a six-pin Firewire plug, which could also make it a great portable device, as it can be hooked up to different computers with ease. But that’s not really the case. The unit’s rackmountable housing and the placement of its main inputs and outputs on its backside don’t make it the best choice if portability is your chief concern. Whereas some other devices like it give you a microphone input or two on the unit’s face, saving you the trouble of reaching behind the rack to plug in a microphone, the FW-1804 has just one line input on its front. This is of course perfectly acceptable if you intend to slide it into a studio rack and have it stay there, which is what it seems designed for.

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