Tascam Announces USB Audio Interface Driver Version 4.0 for Windows

February 21 2020, 02:10
Tascam has announced a significant update to its USB Audio Interface Driver for Windows - Version 4.0. Available now as a free update, Version 4.0 introduces display adjustments of the software window according to the screen resolution, fixes bugs and stability issues and is compatible with six Tascam audio interface models. The new driver also improves buffer size to be as low as four samples, lowering the latency. Meanwhile, Tascam also announced support for SMPTE Standard ST 2110 in its Dante Audio Converters range.

The new Tascam USB Audio Interface Driver, Version 4.0 for Windows reflects the company's firm commitment to improving driver stability and performance based on user input and technology/OS updates while delivering an ultra-low latency solution for a streamlined workflow during recording and mixing.
The Version 4.0 driver update significantly improves latency over the previous version, offering a selectable latency setting between 4 samples and 2048 samples versus a previous default buffer size of 64 samples. Selecting an ultra-low latency setting results in improved driver stability, helping prevent system crashes while eliminating start/stop lag in performance.

The ability to set the buffer size between 4 samples and 2048 samples provides multiple performance benefits during all phases of the recording/production cycle. Setting an ultra-low latency buffer size of 4 samples results in a negligible delay between the actual playing and hearing of audio in real-time during recording. Alternatively, setting a higher sample rate (up to 2048 samples) maximizes a computer’s processing power for optimized performance during mixing.
A new HiDPI (high-dot per inch) feature automatically adjusts the viewable size of the settings panel onscreen to match a monitor’s resolution size and settings. This eliminates the need to squint or strain to read settings panel parameters that previously appeared smaller or skewed when a monitor’s resolution settings didn’t match the driver’s default resolution setting.
A new “Auto Driver Select” feature (available for US-1x2/US-2x2/US-4x4 models) enables simple activation/deactivation of the default IN/OUT audio setting for versatility in audio routing setup. Activating the Auto Driver Select feature enables the computer to automatically recognize the US-Series interface as the default for Input/Output, reducing recording session setup and configuration time. The Auto Driver Select feature can easily be disabled for customizing output settings for different devices on the computer.

The new update is compatible with a range of Tascam audio interface units, including the US-16x08, US-4x4, US-2x2, US-1x2, iXR, and Celesonic US-20x20. Supported Windows OS versions include Windows 10 32-bit, Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 8.1 32-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit (SPI or higher), and Windows 7 64-bit (SPI or higher). Additionally, operation on the latest version of Windows 7 has been verified (Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.)
The Version 4.0 Driver update reflects Tascam’s increased commitment to fast-response compatibility with new products and OS updates. This commitment includes providing prompt update verifications, optimized drivers, and flexible update support in a consistent and timely manner. Users wishing to download the Version 4.0 USB Audio Interface Driver, should visit the corresponding product page for each audio interface at the Tascam website.

SMPTE Standard ST 2110
Meanwhile, Tascam expanded support for its Dante Audio Converters range with a firmware update that now includes SMPTE standard ST 2110, which enables separate encoding and transmission of media streams over an IP network. The Tascam ML-16D / ML-32D Dante audio converters and the IF-DA64 expansion card for the DA-6400 64-track audio recorder are thus able to integrate linear PCM audio signals into the IP data stream in accordance with ST 2110-30.
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