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Tascam US-428 MiniStudio Creator - Portable Broadcast Streaming Studio

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The TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42B is your personal production and online broadcast studio. Featuring a professional quality audio interface and a number of unique real-time effects, the MINISTUDIO Creator delivers everything you need to become the next internet sensation. Features: Audio int... Read More

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The TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42B is your personal production and online broadcast studio. Featuring a professional quality audio interface and a number of unique real-time effects, the MINISTUDIO Creator delivers everything you need to become the next internet sensation.


Audio interface functions

  • Support for high-resolution recording formats up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • Supports Windows (ASIO/WDM) and Mac (Core Audio)
  • USB2.0 computer connection
  • Compliant with USB Audio 2.0
  • Can be connected to an iOS device using an Apple Lightning-USB camera adapter (sold separately).
  • USB bus power operation supported when connected to a computer
  • Operation confirmed with major DAW software, including Sonar, ProTools, Cubase, Live, Studio One and GarageBand
  • Operation confirmed with major streaming and calling software

Hardware functions

  • 2 HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps
  • XLR/TRS input jacks support balanced input and can provide +48V phantom power
  • Mini jack mic input (MIC 1)
  • Supports connection of 4-pole earphone with mic
  • Stereo mini jack AUX input that can be used to connect portable audio players and game devices
  • Built-in omnidirectional condenser mic
  • Support for low-level dynamic mic input signals
  • DSP effects (equalizer, compressor and reverb)
  • Input monitoring function allows input sounds to always be heard before they are transmitted
  • Stereo analog RCA output jacks suitable for connection to powered monitors
  • 3 PON trigger pads that are self-lighting and velocity-sensitive
  • REVERB knob that can be used to adjust the amount of reverb
  • Voice effect on/off button
  • ON AIR button that starts transmission to the computer
  • Stereo mini jack headphone output
  • 1/4” headphone output
  • Separate controls for line and headphone output volumes
  • BROADCAST/CREATOR mode switch

Software functions

  • Dedicated software has EASY and EXPERT tabs
  • Audio files can be assigned to PON trigger pads by dragging and dropping
  • Velocity can be turned on/off for PON trigger pads
  • PON trigger pad volume adjustment
  • PON trigger pad repeat ON/OFF
  • PON trigger pad fade in/out setting
  • PON trigger pad start time setting
  • 4 sound presets with equalizer and compressor settings
  • 5 voice effect presets
  • Voice effect parameter adjustment
  • 5 reverb presets
  • Reverb type and parameter setting (HALL/ROOM/LIVE/STUDIO/PLATE)
  • Buffer size setting (64/128/256/512/1024) function (Windows only)
  • Mic input MONO/STEREO switching (MONO in BROADCAST mode, STEREO in CREATOR mode)
  • Transmitted signal MONO/STEREO switching
  • ASIO ON/OFF switch that allows mic audio to be transmitted after effect processing (Windows only)
  • Loopback function that mixes computer audio with transmitted audio (automatically OFF in CREATOR mode)
  • PC Audio Out (PC output sound) and Master Out (audio transmitted to PC) volume adjustment

Other features

  • Lightweight design convenient for mobile use
  • 2 strap attachment points allow commercially-available camera straps to be attached
  • Product compliant with RoHS

Something to say? Something to play?

At the heart of every Podcast, broadcast and YouTube video lies the desire to communicate. And more often than not, this communication takes the form of the human voice...and TASCAM knows a thing or two about recording the human voice. Central to the MiNiSTUDIO Creator are a pair of XLR/combo connectors and dual HDDA mic preamps. These studio-quality mic pres, coupled with built-in phantom power allow you to quickly and easily connect your favorite dynamic or conderser microphones and get the conversation started.

Under the hood, the MiNiSTUDIO Creator also features dual 4-band parametric EQ, adjustable on-board compression and a digital reverb effect with a convenient front panel depth control. And just in case you'd like to add a bit of music to the mix the MiNiSTUDIO Creator features two Hi-z 1/4" inputs ready to accept an electric guitar or bass. Talk on, or rock on. It's up to you.

Have an effect
Designed to bring an extra dimension to your podcasts and live streaming, the TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO features three assignable PON sound effect buttons. Use the included bell, buzzer and applause effects or apply your own .wav or .mp3 files for a completely customized experience. You can also set each velocity sensitive PON button to act as a one-shot sound effect, to only play while you press or to loop as long as you hold the button down. Why should the morning DJ's have all the fun?

Find your voice
Diguise your voice, fool your fans! Perhaps the most extreme feature of the MiNiSTUDIO Personal is the Voice Effects option. Simply pressing this innocent little button will instantly transform your voice in any one of a number of amazing and amusing ways. Pitch your voice up into cartoon mouse territory or pitch it down like you've joined the Dark Side. Add a spacey Echo, wobbly Chopper or go old school with the Walki-talkie-approved Radio effect. Voice Effects: crazy, wacky and a whole lot of fun.

Make a production out of it
In addition to the default Easy mode of the TASCAM MiNiSTUDIO software panel is an Expert mode that can be accessed by selecting the tab along the top of the window. This exposes a more comprehensive set of controls that enable you to fine tune EQ, compression and reverb settings as well as customize the behavior of the PON sound effect buttons and the various Voice Effect options. Don't be fooled by the friendly face of the MiNiSTUDIO - underneath the shiny exterior lies a truly professional tool that proudly carries the TASCAM name.

Unique to the MiNiSTUDIO Creator is a powerful Creator / Broadcast selector switch on the front panel of the device. When set to Broadcast mode, the audience will hear exactly what you hear as all audio generated my the MiNiSTUDIO and/or your computer will be mixed together in a single stereo stream. Talk, play guitar, play games or play MP3 files. If you hear it, they hear it. But flick the switch to Creator and you're in full production mode.

When set to Creator, the MiNiSTUDIO transforms into a professionally specced two-channel USB Audio Interface. Perfectly suited for any DAW or video editing software, the combination of dual HDDA mic preamps, Hi-z inputs, EQ, compression and reverb deliver a powerful and flexible front end for any media production task.

Restrictions when connecting iOS devices:

  • PON trigger pads do not function.
  • Effect type settings cannot be changed.
  • External power supply is necessary.
  • This unit will not provide power to the iOS device.
  • You will need an Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately) for connection.

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Product Specs

Sampling frequency 44.1k / 48k / 88.2k / 96k Hz
Quantization bit rate 16/24-bit
Analog audio inputs
MIC IN (Top Panel) Connectors (Balanced) XLR-3-31 / 1/4" (6.3mm) TRS Phone Combo jack × 2
(1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD), (T: HOT, R: COLD, S: GND)
Input impedance 2.4kΩ
Nominal input level
VOLUME knob at MAX –65dBu (0.0004Vrms)
VOLUME knob at MIN –20dBu (0.0775Vrms)
Gain range 45dB
MIC IN (Front Panel) Connectors (with plug-in power) 1/8" (3.5mm) 4-pole Mini jack (for headset) × 1
1/8" (3.5mm) Mini jack × 1
Input impedance 5kΩ or more
Gain range 45dB
Instrument inputs Connector (Unbalanced) – 1/4" (6.3mm) TS Phone jack × 2
(T: HOT, S: GND)
Input impedance – 1MΩ or more
Gain range – 45dB
External input Connector 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack × 1
Input impedance 5kΩ or more
Maximum input level (VOLUME knob at MIN) +7.7dBV (2.427Vrms)
Analog audio outputs
LINE OUT Connector – RCA Pin jacks × 1 pair
Output impedance – 200Ω or more
Nominal output level – –10dBV (0.316Vrms)
Maximum output level – +6dBV (1.995Vrms)
PHONES Connectors 1/4" (6.3mm) Stereo Phone jack × 1
1/8" (3.5mm) 4-pole Mini jack (for headset) × 1
1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack × 1
Maximum output level 15mW + 15mW or more (THD+N 0.1% or less, into 32Ω load)
Control I/O
USB Connector USB B-type ×1
Format USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbps)
DC IN 5V Connector USB Micro B type × 1
Supported audio drivers Windows: ASIO2.0, WDM
Mac: Core Audio
iOS device: Core Audio for iPhone
Power Used with a computer USB bus power
Used with an iOS device USB power adapter (that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA)
External battery pack (that can supply 5 V and a current of at least 700 mA)
Power consumption 1W 1.5W
Dimensions (W×H×D) 5.9" × 1.57" × 5.1" / 150 × 40 × 130 mm 7.87" × 1.57" × 5.1" / 200 × 40 × 130 mm
Weight 1.1 lbs. / 500 g
Operating temperature range 41˚F to 95˚F / 5˚C to 35˚C
Included items USB cable , Owner's manual (with warranty)
Audio performance
Frequency response at 44.1k / 48k Hz LINE OUT – 20Hz: +0dB/–1dB (MIC IN 1/2, JEITA)
20kHz: +0dB/–1dB (MIC IN 1/2, JEITA)
Headphones out
(1/4" stereo jack) 20Hz: +0dB/–1dB (MIC IN 1/2, JEITA)
20kHz: +0dB/–3dB (MIC IN 1/2, JEITA)
Frequency response at 88.2k / 96k Hz LINE OUT - 20Hz: +0dB/–1dB (MIC IN 1/2, JEITA)
40kHz: +0dB/–1dB (MIC IN 1/2, JEITA)
Headphones out
(1/4" stereo jack) 20Hz : +0dB/–1dB (MIC IN 1/2, JEITA)
40kHz: +0dB/–3dB (MIC IN 1/2, JEITA)
Distortion 0.005% or less
(MIC IN 1/2 → LINE OUT, 1kHz sine wave, at nominal input level and maximum output level, JEITA)
S/N ratio 100dB or more
Crosstalk 95dB or more
(MIC IN 1/2 → LINE OUT, 1kHz sine wave, JEITA)
Mic amp EIN (equivalent input noise) –120dBu or less
(150Ω termination, VOLUME knob at MAX
Ideal applications Personal broadcasting, Voice chat, Audio/video creation
PON trigger function Yes
Reverb Yes
Voice effects Yes
Loop playback Yes (switched ON/OFF with mode)
Portable device (AUX) input Yes
Built-in mic No
Number of mic inputs (XLR/TRS jacks) 2
Direct guitar input Yes
Mic preamps HDDA mic preamps
Number of headset mic inputs 1
Number of headphone output jacks 2
External speaker (line) outputs Yes
Mode switching Yes

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