Tascam SERIES 208i USB Audio/MIDI Interface

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Tascam SKU: SERIES 208i
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The TASCAM SERIES 208i is a professional-quality, mid-grade audio/MIDI interface featuring internal and bundled effects processing, internal mixing, and external software control, well suited for studio, home, and live recording. The 208i sports a four classic TASCAM Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Amplifier) microphone preamps, which ensure a natural, transparent tone with low noise. The recording and playback engine deliver high-definition 24-bit / 192 kHz resolution and solid stability.

The front panel offers four combo XLR-1/4" inputs which are switchable between instrument (Hi-Z) and mic/line selections, as well as independent +48V phantom power, as well as dual headphone outputs. The rear panel offers eight balanced, 1/4" line outputs, which enable multiple monitor mixes or up to 7.1 surround monitoring, a set of 5-pin DIN MIDI inputs and outputs, and a USB 2.0 Type-B computer connector. If two inputs aren't enough, the SERIES 208i offers two S/MUX optical (ADAT) inputs, which provide an additional 16 channels of expansion. Additionally, the BNC word clock in and out ensures correct synchronization with other digital audio devices.

The angled tabletop design features large, easy-to-grab knobs including input gains, monitor volume, headphones level, and a handy monitor balance control that allows you to blend the live inputs with computer playback for zero-latency monitoring. The 208i includes a built-in DSP input and output mixer with integrated digital reverb, compression, phase invert, and a 4-band EQ on each channel. Control software is available for matrix mixing and effects processing, which offers the ability to route any audio input (analog, optical, USB) to any audio output.

The 208i supports tablets and other devices and comes bundled with Steinberg Cubase LE for Windows and Mac and Steinberg Cubasis LE for iPad. Additionally, the TASCAM SERIES 208i includes software from IK Multimedia including AmpliTube guitar and bass modeling and effects, as well as T-RackS mastering software. Both AmpliTube and T-RackS are offered in standalone and plug-in versions.

  • 20-In/8-Out USB Audio/MIDI Interface
  • 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 port that accepts up to 16 channels of audio input (20 total inputs)
  • Eight 1/4" analog outputs
  • Dual headphone outputs
  • Built-In Effects: reverb, compressor, 4-band EQ, phase invert
  • Flexible DSP input/output mixer controlled via free TASCAM Control software
  • Software control of faders, routing, effects, and phase invert
  • Up to 24-bit / 192 kHz sample resolution
  • MIDI interface with standard 5-pin DIN I/O connectors
  • Word clock in/out
  • USB 2.0 connection and custom USB driver with high stability
  • Easy-to-understand operation
  • Includes
    • Steinberg DAW software
    • IK Multimedia AmpliTube guitar effects/modeling software (standalone and plug-in versions)
    • IK Multimedia T-RackS Mastering software (standalone and plug-in versions)


Form Factor Desktop
Display None
Channels of I/O Analog / Digital:
20 Input / 8 Output at 192 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps 4 Preamps
Built-In Microphone None
Input Level Adjustment 4 x Knob
Expansion Slots None
Signal Processing
Pad None
Gain/Trim Range 58 dB
High-Pass Filter None
Solo/Mute None
Analog Audio I/O 4 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input
8 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom Power 48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Digital Audio I/O 2 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT Input (S/MUX Support)
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB-B
Host Connection Protocol USB 2.0
USB (Non-Host) None
Sync I/O None
Network I/O None
MIDI I/O 1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Wireless Connectivity None
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.4 dB (at 44.1 kHz, JEITA)
20 Hz to 40 kHz +0/-0.8 dB (at 88.2 kHz, JEITA)
Maximum Input Level Mic Inputs:
+10 dBV
Hi-Z Inputs:
+10 dBV
Line Inputs:
+24 dBu
Maximum Output Level Line/Monitor Outputs:
+20 dBu
Headphone Output Power 45 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Impedance Mic Inputs:
1.5 Kilohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
≥ 1 Megohm
Line Inputs:
10 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
230 Ohms
SNR Mic/Line Inputs:
109 dB
Line Outputs:
110 dB
Crosstalk > 100 dB
EIN < -129 dB
Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
Sample Rate Conversion None
Bit Depths 24-Bit
Sync Sources Word Clock
Clocking Internal:
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card Slot None
OS Compatibility Windows 7
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
macOS 10.12 or Later
iOS 10 or Later
*As of June, 2022: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included Software None
Included Plug-Ins None
Processor Requirement 2 GHz
RAM Requirements 2 GB
Mobile Device Compatibility iPhone
Required Hardware USB 2.0 Port, USB 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1 Port
Power Requirements AC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
AC/DC Power Adapter 12 VDC (Included)
Power Consumption 14 W
Dimensions 11.65 x 6.3 x 2.56" / 295.91 x 160 x 65.02 mm
Weight 3.5 lb / 1.6 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.2 x 8.5 x 4"

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