Model 16 has the feel of an analogue mixer but with the recording quality of a modern digital recorder
Designed to provide easy top panel access for microphones, line inputs and instruments, TASCAM’s Model 16 provides 14 inputs and, according to the manufacturer, has the feel of an analogue mixer but with the recording quality of a modern digital recorder. Channels 1–8 feature XLR mic inputs using TASCAM’s Ultra-HDDA microphone preamplifiers with 48V phantom power. Channels 9–10 and 11–12 feature a single XLR mic input, each with stereo ¼-inch line inputs. Channels 13–14 feature a stereo RCA and mini-jack input. 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 multitrack 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. The 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. 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 and vocals using one or two faders.
The Japanese developer is also shipping the MZ-123BT commercial-grade, multi-zone audio mixer. The single rack space MZ-123BT builds on the feature set of the 2U MZ-223, adding Bluetooth functionality and a simplified front panel control design and layout for ease of set up. Three music playback input channels, including one aux/Bluetooth input, in addition to two mic input channels, provide BGM and announcement routing options, enabling discreet BGM mixes to be output in individual zones. Stereo line inputs 1 and 2 (RCA, unbalanced) allow connection of source components for distributing music or ambient sound playback, while a channel 3 aux/Bluetooth input enables an additional audio source to be connected via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm mini-plug. Three pairs of stereo balanced Euroblock output connectors are provided on the back panel, together with a mono/stereo configuration switch for each output.
Finally, TASCAM has unveiled the BD-MP1, a professional-grade Blu-ray player based on its predecessor, the BD-01U. The single rack space BD-MP1 reportedly eliminates the need for discreet audio/video playback devices in an installed rack, accepting a broad range of media and file formats via three input slots: disc tray (Blu-ray/DVD/CD), USB flash or SD card. A power-on play feature enables content to automatically begin playing immediately on power up, without having to engage the BD-MP1’s play feature. With power-on play active and repeat mode set to ‘on’, content will automatically start, loop and play continuously until system power is turned off.