Tascam introduces iOS-optimised USB audio interface

Tascam has unveiled its new iXR USB audio/MIDI interface with iOS connectivity, described as ’a new way to bring out the power and performance of your iPad and iPhone music and recording apps.’

Designed to bring mobile devices into the world of pro-audio, the iXR is a full featured "Made for iPad" PC/Mac USB audio interface that delivers direct connectivity to iPhones and iPads via a standard iOS Lightning or 30-pin connector, without the need for special adapters or flimsy mini-plugs.

Featuring two of Tascam’s Ultra-HDDA mic preamps with phantom power, mic and instrument-level inputs, zero-latency monitoring, MIDI in and out, and supporting up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution, the iXR is an all-in-one interface in a slim, rugged, backpack-approved package that’s ideally suited for the stage or the studio.

With balanced stereo outputs, the iXR is ‘the perfect bridge’ between an iPad and a professional quality concert sound system. The interface enables audiences to experience the full sonic power of ‘revolutionary’ new instruments like Cakewalk’s Z3TA+ and moForte’s GeoShred, elevating the iPad to a truly professional level.

"We designed GeoShred to take advantage of the iPad’s touchscreen interface, as well as its processing power," remarked moForte’s Pat Scandalis. "Now, with the iXR, artists can fully unleash the unique sonic capabilities and dynamic power of our one-of-a-kind instrument."

Recording to iOS devices are easier too. Bundled with Cubase LE for Mac and Windows, as well as Cubasis LE for iOS, the iXR can act as the centrepiece of a world class digital recording system. Users can enjoy the portability of app-based recording and the power of desktop audio production in equal measure by connecting a microphone or instrument, recording vocals and live instruments directly to an iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC with zero-latency direct monitoring.

"Tascam created the Portastudio multitrack experience, and we’ve continued to perfect it," commented Jim Mack, Tascam executive vice president. "Today’s artist has a wealth of different musical resources at their fingertips, and the iXR is the first interface of its kind that ties them all together."

The Tascam iXR will be available soon with an MSRP of $259.99 and a street price of $159.99.