TASCAM has launched the Model 16 all-in-one compact mixing studio, designed to take live multi-track recording to an affordable new level with the ease and feel of an analogue mixer, coupled with the recording quality of a modern digital recorder.
The Model 16’s 14 inputs provide easy top panel access for microphones, line inputs, and instruments. Channels 1-8 feature premium XLR mic inputs utilising TASCAM’s Ultra-HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) microphone preamplifiers with 48-volt Phantom power. This setup allows combinations of vocals, drums, mic’d instruments, and more to be connected along with direct output instruments such as keyboards, bass or acoustic guitar, multi-effects, electronic drums or any line sources.
Channels 9-10 and 11-12 feature a single XLR mic input, each with stereo 1/4” line inputs. Channels 13-14 feature a stereo RCA and mini jack input. Or, alternatively an external Bluetooth device can be connected to the Model 16’s wireless channel for controlling streaming audio volume via the Channel 13-14 fader control.
The internal 16 track multi-track recorder records WAV files (up to 48kHz/24-bit) directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. Punch in/out is available for up to eight tracks simultaneously, a versatile feature for songwriters and solo artists alike.
The Model 16’s robust built-in USB Audio Interface can send/receive (16-in/14-out) audio data with up to 24-bit/48kHz recording quality — to and from a wide range of popular DAWs, including GarageBand and more. Via USB, external tracks can be summed to a single or stereo paired Model 16 fader to control custom or stereo sub-mixes for drums, vocals and more using one or two faders.
Using the onboard channel Mode switch, each channel (or stereo paired channels) can independently select the input source to fit the recording or mixing environment or setup. The input source for each channel can be selectable as live, internal multi-track recorder (MTR), or USB for increased flexibility in signal path processing and workflow.
Each channel strip features 60MM faders ,a 1-knob compressor for inputs 1 through 8, 3-band EQ with a sweepable mid-range frequency and 100Hz Low-cut Filter (3-band only on channels 9 through 14). Model 16 has a built-in effects processor with selectable and editable effects (reverb, delay, chorus, flange).
Three AUX Outputs are offered on each channel for flexibility in monitoring and effects routing — MON 1 [pre], MON 2 [pre/post], and FX [post]. Selectable Mute, MAIN/SUB, and PFL switches are available on each input channel for versatile audio and signal routing options during recording or mixing.
Hi/Lo shelf and wide/narrow-Q semi-parametric EQs (for Main and Monitor outputs) provide additional tweaking options for dialling in the perfect final mix. MAIN Output via XLR balanced and SUB Output via TRS balanced connectors, 12-segment L-R paired LED Output Level Meters and a Stereo Headphone Output. The unit can also be rack mounted with an optional rack mount kit.