Tascam 20 IN/8 OUT Audio/MIDI Interface

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20 IN/8 OUT USB Audio/MIDI Interface



The new TASCAM SERIES audio interface family provides professional quality


Expandability, both internal and bundled effects processing, internal mixing, external software control, and more for studio, home, and live recording. With a new look, including an angled tabletop design and large, easy-to-grab knobs, TASCAM sets a new standard for mid-grade audio interfaces.

Special versatile bundled software to produce your music from start to finish


TASCAM SERIES audio interfaces are bundled with a series of software that allow full operational coverage: at the core of music production is Steinberg's Cubase LE / Cubasis LE; for instrumental recordings comes IK Multimedia's AmpliTube with guitar/bass modeling and colorful effects; newly added to the bundle is iZotope's redesigned Neutron Elements, which includes 4 powerful tools for creating great mixes; last but not least, IK Multimedia's T-RackS mastering software will finish up users' creations into high quality masterpieces.

Features at a glance

Four XLR/TRS combo mic/line/instrument inputs

Four transparent, natural-sounding, ultra-low noise TASCAM Ultra-HDDA mic preamplifiers

Two optical S/MUX expansion ports that accept up to 16 channels of audio input (20 total inputs)

8 ¼-inch analog line outputs for versatile monitoring and up to 7.1 surround audio

Built-in effects: reverb, compressor, four-band EQ

Powerful 8 bus mixer DSP input/output mixer controlled with free TASCAM Control software

Software control of faders, routing, aux buses, effects, and phase invert

Flexible I/O routing allows any analog, optical or USB audio input to be user-assigned to any output ports

Up to four aux buses to connect up to four stereo pairs of monitor speakers

Up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording and playback

Includes Steinberg DAW software and IK Multimedia world-class guitar effects/modeling and mastering software

MIDI interface

Word clock in/out

Dual headphone outputs

Compatible with Windows / Mac computers and iOS devices (supports UAC2.0)

USB 2.0 connection and custom USB driver with high stability

Easy-to-understand operation

Automatic update function available for software/driver/firmware updates

Information window function(shown in the Settings Panel screen)

Direct monitor option for low latency monitoring

Compatible with mainstream DAW software (Pro Tools, Live, Cubase, Studio One, GarageBand)

Spec description

Computer System Requirements

Sampling Frequency44.1k / 48k / 88.2k / 96k / 176.4k / 192k Hz
Quantization Bit Rate16 / 24-bit
Analog Audio Inputs 
MIC IN (Balanced)1-4 (when the input switch is set to MIC/LINE)
ConnectorXLR-3-31 equivalent (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
Input Impedance1.5k
Nominal Input Level 
GAIN: MAX-64dBu (0.0005Vrms)
GAIN: MIN-6dBu (0.388Vrms)
Maximum Input Level+10dBu (2.45Vrms)
Gain Range58dB
INSTRUMENT IN (Unbalanced)1-4 (when the input switch is set to INST)
Connector1/4" (6.3mm) TS jack (Tip: HOT, Sleeve: GND)
Input Impedance1M or more
Nominal Input Level 
GAIN: MAX-64dBV (0.0006Vrms)
GAIN: MIN-6dBV (0.501Vrms)
Maximum Input Level+10dBV (3.162Vrms)
Gain Range58dB
LINE IN (Balanced)1-4 (when the input switch is set to MIC/LINE)
Connector1/4" (6.3mm) TRS jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
Input Impedance10k
Nominal Input Level 
GAIN: MAX-54dBu (0.0015Vrms)
GAIN: MIN+4dBu (1.228Vrms)
Maximum Input Level+24dBu (12.282Vrms)
Gain Range58dB
Digital Audio Inputs 
ConnectorOPTICAL (JEITA RC-5720C)
Signal FormatMulti-channel Optical Format
(Supports S/MUX at 88.2k/96k/176.4k/192kHz)
Analog Audio Outputs 
Connector1/4" (6.3mm) TRS jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
Output Impedance230
Nominal Output Level+4dBu (1.228Vrms)
Maximum Output Level+20dBu (7.75Vrms)
LINE OUT (Balanced)LINE OUT 3-8
Connector1/4" (6.3mm) TRS jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
Output Impedance230
Nominal Output Level+4dBu (1.228Vrms)
Maximum Output Level+20dBu (7.75Vrms)
Connector1/4" (6.3mm) Stereo jack
Maximum Output Power45mW + 45mW (THD+N 0.1% or less, into 32 load)
Control Input/Output 
Connector4-pin, USB B type
FormatUSB2.0 HIGH SPEED (480Mbps)
Connector5-pin, DIN
FormatStandard MIDI
Connector5-pin, DIN
FormatStandard MIDI
Compatible ComputersWindows computer with a USB2.0 or USB3.0
CPUDual core (x86), 2GHz or faster
Memory2GB or more
DriverUSB Audio Class2.0, ASIO2.2, WDM (MME), MIDI
Compatible ComputersMacintosh computer with a USB2.0 or USB3.0
CPUDual core, 2GHz or faster
Memory2GB or more
DriverCore Audio, Core MIDI
DriverCore Audio for iPhone
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