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Tascam US-144 problems with ableton live and in general

I have about given up with this audio interface. it has NEVER worked the way it's supposed to. Clicking Popping and straighth up just stopping playing audio during regular use of any software whether it be winamp, windows media player, Ableton or Reason. In Reason everything is in sync the drop outs still occur but atleast it is synced. In Ableton there's no hope this card refuses to have anything but the worst latency problems imagineable. I have read a few strings on this board of people having the same problem. If anyone knows of any fixes at all please let me know. Thank you.

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  • djende Oct 20, 2008

    thank you for responding to my question. It's tough on the internet to get responses to this question. I have pretty much come to the conclusion that there are still too many problems with Tascam US 144 and Vista. It does work fine on XP but not Vista. I have since sold my Tascam on Ebay and purchased an M-Audio Fast Track Pro. NO MORE PROBLEMS! :)    Thanks again for your help :)

  • djende Nov 07, 2008

    Here's the solution sell your Tascam 144 on ebay or return it if it's within your 30 days. I sold it on Ebay got most of my money back and bought a M-Audio Fast Track Pro. Works Great! No more headaches!!

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2009

    i cant seem to get this to work with any recording app on vista im takeing it back and geting a m audio fats track

  • ProneProblem Mar 29, 2009

    Yea my sound is popping etc when im recording. I did have an Alesis multimix 8 usb 2.0. And sold that for the same reason, ive now got a new toshiba laptop and the Tascam US-144, can you please help me out? Ive downloaded the ASIO 4all driver. But sound is still popping and ckicking.

  • frXNtier May 11, 2010

    Firstly, we need to know a couple of things about your set up. What operating system are you using? What are your computer specs (CPU, RAM)? Also, what is the latency set to in the Tascam driver interface (available in the Start Menu)?

    With interfaces like the US-144, there isnt much room to move inside the interface itself, so you will generally need a fairly decent computer to get good latency. I've had problems with using Windows Vista as well (e.g. lower latency settings aren't handled and I get audio dropouts and pops and clicks, whereas higher latency settings are just not acceptable for recording), so I am still using XP with my US-144, and it works fine.



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This interface gets bashed because the same people who buy this also have slow cheap computers. USB is THE WORST bus for recording or playing back audio - so ANY usb device has this against it. I experienced problems also with the Tascam first. But I'm a systems analyst and so I did just that. It's hooked to a P4 3.0Ghz, 2GB ram, 7200 WD drive using Cubase SX3. I tried everything but the highest latency setting in the Tascam control panel. I had XP performance set to "background service" I disabled my wireless connection. Mostly okay but still the occasional pop and it would definitely glitch recording and playback.
If I even opened task manager or changed window sizes on task manager, glitch.
So, I installed the asio4all driver. NO MORE PROBLEMS! I could surf the net, open any windows, no glitches at all! But I suspected that what asio4all did was to up the buffers and latency a bit. It did...but just a bit. The real problem with the us-144 is its control panel is very crude and only offers a few latency settings. I didn't want an extra layer of asio4all, so I switched back to tascam-us144 driver and noticed in Cubase the input latency was set to something ultra low: sub 10ms. I used the tascam us-144 control panel to up it to highest. This translated into a 12ms input time.The output was at 73ms but I went into Cubase "device setup" and under VST Audio Bay there are some latency check boxes. I re-checked the "lower latency" and got it to 61ms output latency.
So now, with only the tascam driver - I have perfect recording and playback that I can't make pop or stutter no matter what I do. With asio4all, and the reason I switched away from it, was that I couldn't record or play Youtube while cubase was running, unless I selected "release asio driver" but this only allowed the topmost window app to play sound and shut down cubase sound, so that's worthless to me.
Now I can record youtube, play youtube, all while cubase is playing or recording, using the tascam 1.2 driver. The Tascam would be a GREAT budget interface if it gave the user more control in its control panel. If you want a far superior interface and driver - everything EMU makes is excellent. I have the 1820M which uses Patchmix software/driver - SOO MUCH CONTROL over EVERYTYHING!! It reminds me of the KXdriver project except more polished. I was just about to buy the EMU 0404 pci or USB but then I got the Tascam working. Tascam seems geared toward the musician who doesn't want to learn something like Patchmix even if it gives lots of advantages. Tascam is the dumbed down mac of interfaces - EMU is the Space Shuttle of interfaces. The tascam labeling latency settings "low, high, higher, highest" is dispicable. Give me some numbers, give me control over input/output buffers like the M-Audio 1010lt does. I'm not a child. Any of the other cards I've mentioend would be better - primarily because they give you better control panels. Calling what Tascam provides a control panel is a bit of a stretch.

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Im using Vista on a Sony Vaio FW11E with Core 2 Duo Processor. 3Gig ram. Its not working properly with me either. Its a loan of a mates. Ableton and Windows Media Player just keep stopping for a second every few seconds! Very annoying!

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