The TRACKPACK 2x2 assembles everything you need to record music on your computer. Included in this complete recording bundle is Tascam’s US-2x2 USB audio interface, TM-80 studio condenser microphone with shockmount, TH-02 headphones, plus Cubase LE DAW software.
The US-2x2 is a 2-in/2-out USB interface, bus powered from your Windows or Mac computer. A pair of Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide up to 57 dB of gain and the best noise and distortion specs in their class. The audio design features high-performance, musical components like NE5532 op amps for rich sound quality without colouring the source. Class-compliant drivers enable use with tablets like the iPad when using an optional power supply.
The TM-80 is a condenser microphone with cardioid characteristic ideal for vocals, drums, and acoustic instruments. It includes a shockmount to reduce unwanted low-frequency noise from the floor and a desktop stand for easy setup.
The TH-02 closed-back headphones provide acoustic isolation from the environment while recording and a good reference during mixdown.
With everything included for capturing and reproducing audio with your computer, TRACKPACK 2x2 offers an affordable and easy way to launch your first computer-recording studio.
For more details, please see the Tascam Trackpack 2x2 Complete Recording Studio for Mac/Windows product page.
SAMSON AUDIO MEDIA ONE BT4
The MediaOne 4a monitors reviewed here are essentially passive speakers, in that they use passive crossovers set at 4kHz, but one of the speaker cabinets also houses a 20 plus 20W stereo power amplifier that drives both channels — which means that the more correct description for them is 'powered', as opposed to 'active' monitors. The latter term generally describes systems where separate amplifiers drive the woofer and tweeter, each fed from an electronic crossover.
The rear panel of the right (master) speaker.The rear-ported and rather stylish cabinets play host to a copolymer-cone four-inch woofer and a one-inch, ferrofluid-cooled, Neodymium-powered silk-dome tweeter, set in a waveguide to control its dispersion. There's a front-panel volume control for the power amplifier, as well as a headphone output and an additional 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a personal MP3 player or other line-level source. The main inputs are on the rear panel and (for convenience of interfacing with consumer computer soundcards) these are on RCA phonos, rather than the more usual jacks and XLRs that we've come to expect. There's a further spring-clip terminal link to the unpowered speaker. A two-metre cable to link the speakers is also included in the kit.
The power switch and AC power connection are located on the rear panel of the powered-speaker housing, and the rear panel itself is made of sheet steel, with a small heatsink mounted on it to help cool the power amplifiers. The cabinets, which measure 168 x 194 x 232mm and weigh 16lbs (7.3kg) per pair, are conventional boxes, each with two rear-facing ports, and have a black satin finish with an attractive trim around the drivers. Magnetic shielding is incorporated, which means that the speakers can be used in close proximity to CRT-style monitors. The frequency response is quoted as being 65Hz to 23kHz (there are no limits specified), and the graph printed on the rear panel shows a fairly brisk fall-off below 100Hz.
For more details, please see the Samson Audio MEDIA ONE BT4 (Pair) product page.