The TASCAM 16X08 is one of the few Linux compatible audio interfaces with onboard DSP. Let’s plug it in and see how it performs.
Hardware: TASCAM 16X08
Software: TASCAM DSP Mixer
Plug it in. You’re done.
You can control the TASCAM 16X08 directly with alsamixer.
In Cadence/QjackCtl select the ALSA driver to connect your TASCAM 16X08 to the Jack server.
The TASCAM 16X08 will function like any other sound device in pavucontrol.
TASCAM DSP Mixer
The Tascam US-16×08 DSP mixer allows you to control the 280 elements available in the DSP.
sudo apt install build-essential git libgtkmm-3.0-dev libxml++2.6-dev liblo-dev libasound2-dev
sudo pacman -S base-devel git gtkmm3 libxml++2.6 liblo alsa-lib
Clone the github repository
git clone https://github.com/onkelDead/tascam-gtk.git
Change into the tascam-gtk directory and build the project
cd tascam-gtk autoreconf ./configure make
You will now have a tascamgtk binary that can be launched from the directory.
If you want to install tascamgtk system wide run the following
sudo make install
While many kinds of audio latency metrics exist, one useful and well-understood metric is round-trip latency; the time it takes for an audio signal to enter the input of a device, get processed, and exit the output.
The following measurements were taken using jack_iodelay.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5600G|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB|
|Motherboard||MSI B550-A PRO|
|PSU:||EVGA 600 B1|
The Tascam US-16×08 is a deal if you’re looking for a Linux compatible audio interface with 16 physical inputs. It’s a no-frills block of metal designed to get sh*t done. I’m a fan of that.
The TASCAM US-16×08 captures 16 mic and line inputs to your computer with clear sound quality and advanced features to manage big sessions.
16 physical inputs
No digital I/O
Inputs 1-8 are XLR only
Spartan front panel