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    Quote Originally Posted by TalismanRich View Post
    Surprisingly, the Tascam 16x08 has just such a feature. There is EQ and compression (no gate feature) in the interface itself. It shows up in the driver/interface screen. Attached is a screenshot of the interface with EQ and compressor. It will effect the recorded sound into your DAW like Reaper or Cubase.

    The lower input versions don't have the same feature. I think its only available with the US16x08.
    Are the comp/eq's hardware or software? The website isn't clear, it just says "DSP mixer"
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    Quote Originally Posted by TalismanRich View Post
    Surprisingly, the Tascam 16x08 has just such a feature. There is EQ and compression (no gate feature) in the interface itself. It shows up in the driver/interface screen. Attached is a screenshot of the interface with EQ and compressor. It will effect the recorded sound into your DAW like Reaper or Cubase.

    The lower input versions don't have the same feature. I think its only available with the US16x08.
    No gate I would assume because recording at the aforementioned 24 bits means noise is no longer a problem?
    Unless that is you have a b'std noisy source but in that event the ideal solution would be to fix that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtoboy View Post
    Are the comp/eq's hardware or software? The website isn't clear, it just says "DSP mixer"
    Its a built in Analog Devices BlackFin DSP processor in the mixer itself. It takes no load from the computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalismanRich View Post
    Its a built in Analog Devices BlackFin DSP processor in the mixer itself. It takes no load from the computer.
    So an internal software solution, no actual analog eq or compressor circuitry?
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    A DSP processor is hardware in the same way that a microprocessor in your computer is hardware.

    In your original post, you said "Is there any USB audio interface with built-in hardware Gate/EQ/Compressor/Limiter?
    I need that for live recording for screencast narration and would like to avoid messing with a VST mini host, plugins and virtual audio cables which all take CPU power from the PC and are prone to fail here and there. I also don't want another multi-effect brick occupying my desk."

    You never mentioned "analog", simply that it had build in hardware and didn't take CPU power. In most cases, anything built into a digital interface will be digital in nature. Once the audio is converted, that's the place to do all of the manipulation. Otherwise anything analog would probably have to be in the audio path at all times, and would need some type of physical means to change the settings (like an old analog mixer). That would be costly, and probably noisy unless you spend large sums of $$ for high grade analog parts.

    EVERY USB audio interface will require a driver (most likely ASIO). With the Tascam, the driver software also sets the EQ and Compressor setting in the interface, taking the load off the CPU.
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