First off, forgive my frustration. Some of what I say will be due to feeling like I have been utterly walked into a complete ripoff. I'm here hoping that I can get some form of help and to prove my feelings about the TASCAM/TEAC brand is wrong. Let me start by saying support for this unit costs me a long distance call. I already paid more than I budgeted for this unit but on top of that I have to pay for help. So time to rely on the community. In many cases the community is better than the company at helping. So, the whole audiophile thingy is an area I dont know much about and instead of learning everything I could rely on people in-the-know and thats how I ended up here. I have always thought that USB audio is a bad choice and its better to stick with onboard audio and 3.5mm jacks as it works without issues. I decided I wanted good mic quality rather than crap and USB seemed what everyone uses or says to use. Blue yeti VS audio interface. If I'm spending that much I might as well jump in at the deep end. I started asking around and got told to buy one of [enter list of common cheap audio interfaces] but when I went to the local audio store and talked to the guy there he said the extra spend to go with the TASCAM was worth it. Feel like this was just extra commission or something. But I did it anyway. All the software I got free is useless. I spent ages on the forums for SONAR and gave up. Now all I want is to be able to use this device without having to exit out of everything and unplug and replug it over and over till it works and then load everything back up every time I reboot my PC. Its driving me INSANE. Its a decent PC so there really is no issue with it being underpowered in any way. How do I fix this? I've tried reinstalling the software/drivers, tried different USB ports. TLDR: Start PC, exit everything, unplug TASCAM, plug it back in, test with "recording devices", repeat unplug/replug until it shows input, start other programs. Do this EVERY day. Mic plugged into IN1 (XLR) Speakers into lineout 1 and 2 (audio out always works). Tascam unit plugged into onboard usb (no powered hubs or extra cards in the way).