Before I bought my Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, I had been researching them for a while. My main interest was if it was better then my current Tascam Us-122 MKII and if it had any technical issues. I couldn’t find any articles that were specific to the models of both devices. So after reading reviews, I finally bought the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 and I am amazed.
Now, I’m no expert on these devices nor am I going to go into their specifications. But I will tell you my personal experience thus far with both.
Tascam US-122 MKII
Let’s start with what used to be my pride and joy, the Tascam US-122 MKII. When my Dad and I first started home recording, we picked this up at Guitar Center for 100 bucks a few years back during their Black Friday sale. While it started out as a helpful tool; it slowly turned into a nightmare to use. The recordings used to be clear and the device used to work just fine. But over the years, it slowly started to lose it’s functionality.
- Audio would become distorted in only a matter of time when in use.
No matter what I was doing, whether it be listening to a track or recording; it would inevitably start to crackle, distort and whine. While it did calm down on it’s own after a few seconds to a few minutes, it was extremely difficult to be productive on when you had to stop and wait for it to finish freaking out. I realize it’s a few years old and you must be thinking the drivers must be out date. However, that’s not the case. The drivers are up to date, at least to what Tascam has bothered to put out since its release.
- DAW no longer recognized the audio coming through.
The second biggest reason I had to buy a new Audio Interface was the frustrating fact that audio coming through the Tascam would go through intervals where the audio coming through is not picked up by the DAW.
It was a miracle to go through a whole recording without the Tascam acting up, but unfortunately; the audio crackled. No amount of latency compensation or level checking inside and outside the DAW and this device did anything to fix that issue.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 and Why I love it.
This post isn’t going to be a comparison of the two, but more of a boast of the Scarlett. I’m glad I replaced the Tascam with the 2i4 and I’ll tell you exactly why.
- Clear sound.
Nothing more can be said except those two words. No cracking, no hissing, and no distortion.
I love the design. It’s slim and all the controls are right in front of you. Unlike the Tascam, you can put this on a shelf or a place higher then yourself because you don’t need to reach the top of it. Which is handy for people who have limited space and need this to fit into a confined area.
I was happy to find out it came with it’s own headphone output and knob. The Tascam doesn’t split the audio into an output and a headphone output without both being controlled directly by a single master output. The 2i4 allows you to listen through your speakers and headphones without using a single volume for both.
- Line and Mic input.
You can use your 3 prong microphone or a line input in a single spot. Not much more I can say about that other then that is extremely useful and practical.
Of course I’m going to say the 2i4 is better. That was the point of the whole post! That and I couldn’t find these questions myself on the internet. So I decided to do it myself. Both have standard features, such as Midi, microphone inputs, and line inputs. But the design, audio clarity, and functionality of the 2i4 outweighs the Tascam in so many ways. The Tascam would be a good start for someone who’s just starting and has a low budget, but the device and drivers are so old that you shouldn’t even bother. Just go with something else, or better yet; the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4.
Have any thoughts, experience, or questions about either of these devices? Did I leave out a detail or two? Leave a comment!