As musicians, we all want to write and record the best sounding music possible. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to sift through the countless amount of gear that’s suggested to get a home studio up and running. Luckily, your friends at Tascam set out to remove the intimidation from the startup D.I.Y. producer with the Tascam Track Factory Project all in one recording bundle.

Track Factory Project Overview

Everything You Need to Start Recording Music 

As I said, there is always a certain amount of hassle involved in building a studio. You need to get the right computer with the correct amount of this and that. You need an interface, but make sure it’s compatible with your software and OS. Now it’s time to download the drivers, and so on, and so forth. With Track Factory, everything you need is already preinstalled on the included computer. Drivers? Software? It’s all there!

The Computer

The computer was designed to handle all of the onboard software efficiently. Some of the most notable specs are a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5-5250U processor with 3 MB of cache, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB M.2 solid-state drive, and customized Intel NUC mini-computer. All the power you need in a space saving little box.

The Interface

 

Track Factory comes with the awesome US-2×2 interface!

Features:

  • Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps with up to 57dB of gain
  • A 2×2 USB 2.0 interface with 96kHz/24-bit resolution
  • XLR/1/4″ combination input jacks
  • Zero-latency Direct Monitoring
  • 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio
  • Line out/headphone level controls
  • MIDI I/O Connectors
  • Angled aluminum design

The Microphone

Track Factory comes with the Tascam TM-80 Condenser Mic.

 

 

This is a medium-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic. A condenser is a great mic to have while you’re starting out because it’s great for vocals and instruments like an acoustic guitar. It comes with a shock-mounted stand and microphone clip; so, you’ll have everything you need to get it going right out of the box.

 

The Headphones

On top of all of this, Tascam includes their TH-02 headphones to the Track Factory bundle. A quality set of studio monitor headphones are essential for any home studio. One aspect that can be tricky during recording is mic bleed. You don’t want what you’ve already recorded slipping into the microphone because your headphones are feeding it that signal. Luckily, with the TH-02’s, you don’t have to worry. They are closed-back so that you can monitor your tracks with peace of mind.

The TH-02’s operate in a range of 18 Hz to 22 kHz frequency response so you’ll be able to hear all of your tracks clearly no matter the range. They also fold up; therefore, they are a compact and convenient choice for your home studio.

The Software

SONAR from Cakewalk comes preinstalled. This is a perfect Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to get your studio up and running. It comes with Melodyne Pitch correction, Addictive Drums, and other Plugins, Effects and Loops. What this means is that right away you’re going to have a number of tools at your fingertips to make your tracks sound awesome, and your mix sound that much more professional.

They even give you the mouse and keyboard, along with tutorial videos right on the desktop.

Conclusion

Tascam’s Track Factory Project is the perfect tool for any music producer who wants to build their first home or project studio. It has everything you need in the box to get you going and start recording. Be sure to check it out as Sam Ash!

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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.