The Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator US-42B is a computer audio interface that has been developed to enable anyone to broadcast their programs to the world with ease. By using a dedicated device with high-quality audio circuits for mic and instrument input you lay the foundation for impressive sound in high quality. Moreover, the MiNiSTUDIO Creator offers several techniques that can make programs more interesting in order to grow your audience. Professional broadcasters, for example, call pre-recorded clapping, cheering and other sounds with a press of a button. With the Sound Pads on the MiNiSTUDIO Creator you too can trigger such sounds simply by pressing buttons. There is also a ducking function that lowers the volume of background music during announcements. And you can use voice effects and reverb to improve the atmosphere and raise the level of excitement of a program.
Tascam US-42B user interface description
Did we say audio quality? Providing your audience with sound that is easy to follow is also a way to make them feel more welcome. The MiNiSTUDIO Creator has excellent audio circuits inherited from music creation devices, so you can capture clear sound just by connecting a mic or other sound source.
Since you will operate this device while broadcasting, ease-of-use is very important. The user interface has as few controls as possible so that it can be used intuitively even by people who are not knowledgeable about audio equipment. In addition, the dedicated software used for selecting sound effects and triggered sounds, has an EASY page that anyone can use and an EXPERT page for advanced users with all the details you can imagine.
Use a Tascam MiNiSTUDIO Creator to make your own unique broadcast programs, or create podcasts that not only convince in terms of content, but also in terms of sound.
Among the features of the MiNiSTUDIO series, the user interface is the biggest difference from audio interfaces design for music creation. We started from scratch and designed these units especially for personal broadcasting, carefully choosing the controls so that even people who are not familiar with audio equipment can use them without trouble.
Compatible with both headset mic and 4-pole earphones with mic
In addition to supporting professional external mic, a MiNiSTUDIO is also compatible with computer headset mics and 4-pole earphones with mic designed for smartphones. You can use equipment that you already have for personal broadcasting with these units. When using a 4-pole earphones with mic, connect it to the dedicated earphones mini-jack.
Input sounds can be heard at all times
The input monitoring method allows you to listen to the audio using headphones before it is sent to the computer. The input sound is always sent to the headphones output, so no special setting is needed for this.
“On Air” button to start sending
Press the ON button to start sending the sound that you are hearing in the headphones to the computer. The button will light when sound is being sent.
Loopback function enables streaming of the computer output sound
Using the loopback function that mixes in the playback sound from the computer (WDM) and sends it back to the computer, you can play program background music using music playback software (iTunes or Windows Media Player) that is already installed on the computer. Since this loopback function is always on, no special setting is necessary. Moreover, the stereo AUX input mini-jack enables the connection of an iPod or other portable music player to use for playback. You can also connect a synthesizer or other stereo instrument to the AUX input jack using a conversion cable (sold separately).
Lightweight design and strap attachments enable use for mobile broadcasting
The lightweight design of the MiNiSTUDIO units means you do not have to hesitate to take one with you. You can attach a commercially-available camera strap and use the unit hanging from your neck. The mic input jacks use locking mechanisms to avoid disconnection during movement.
Features at a glance
Richly equipped audio interface for personal broadcasting, live gaming, film dubbing and other situations requiring two audio inputs and processing capabilities
Audio interface features
Supports Windows (ASIO/WDM) and Mac (Core Audio)
Audio resolution up to 96 kHz / 24 bit
Can be connected to an iOS device using an Apple Lightning-USB camera adapter (sold separately)
USB Audio Compliance 2.0 for iOS connection
Can be powered by USB 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
Two HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps
Two XLR/TRS input jacks support balanced input and can provide +48V phantom power
Mini-jack mic input (for a headset, for example)
4-pole earphones with mic can be connected
Stereo mini-jack AUX input to connect portable audio players and game devices
Support for direct guitar input
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 analogue RCA output jacks suitable for connection to powered monitors
Three illuminated and velocity-sensitive pads for triggering sound snippets
Dedicated knob to adjust the amount of reverb effect
Dedicated button to switch voice effect on/off
Dedicated button to start transmission to the computer (“on air”)
Stereo mini-jack headphones output
6.3-mm standard headphones output
Separate controls for line and headphones output volumes
Broadcast/Creator mode switch (live operation / production mode)
Dedicated software has Easy and Expert tabs for simple and quick setup or more detailed settings options
Trigger pad settings:
Audio files can be assigned by dragging and dropping
Velocity can be turned on/off
Volume is adjustable
Repeat can be switched on/off
Fade in/out can be set
Start time can be set
Mode presets for different operation scenarios (Windows only):
Creator: The default setting for usual operation using DAW software
Karaoke: A preset suitable for internet karaoke
Talking: A preset for talking using ordinary Internet audio/video communication applications, for example, while using the trigger pads or playing background music from an audio application
Gaming: Ideal setting for live streaming of game play while talking to other players in games that support voice chat
Multi-channel podcast: Offering six ASIO input channels, this preset can be used with DAW software where different audio signals can be recorded to separate tracks, and adjustments can be made independently, allowing you to easily create sophisticated podcast materials
Four instant sound presets with equalizer and compressor settings (on “Easy” page)
Five voice effect presets, each with one adjustable parameter
Five reverb presets (Hall, Room, Live, Studio, Plate) with one adjustable parameter each
Mic input can be switched mono/stereo (mono in Broadcast mode, stereo in Creator mode)
ASIO on/off switch allows mic audio to be transmitted after effect processing (Windows only)
Loopback function mixes the audio signal supplied by the computer with the input signal and sends it back to the computer (automatically off in Creator mode)
Volume adjustment for PC output sound and audio transmitted to PC
Transmitted signal can be switched mono/stereo
A ducking function can automatically lower the volume of background music, for example, in response to mic input
Buffer size can be set (64/128/256/512/1024, Windows only)
Lightweight design convenient for mobile use
Two strap attachment points allow commercially-available camera straps to be used
Restrictions when using with iOS devices
External power supply is necessary
This unit will not provide power to the iOS device
An Apple Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter (sold separately) is required for connection
Sound trigger pads cannot be used
Effect type cannot be changed