NAMM 2020: Tascam’s Model 12 is a multitrack mixer and recorder at a keen price point

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NAMM 2020: Perhaps as a consequence of the resurgence of hardware synths and analogue production gear, recent years have seen a definite return to favour for hardware mixers/recorders amongst electronic music makers and home studio owners. Recent announcements from the likes of Korg and Behringer have garnered a lot of attention, and now Tascam’s latest looks set to pique interests again.

Labelled an ‘integrated production suite’, the Model 12 is a downsized counterpart to last year’s Model 16 and 24 devices, sporting the same faux-wood look and a layout that pays homage to the classic Portastudios of the past.

It’s essentially a 10-input mixer with integrated 12-track digital recorder and 12-in, 10-out audio interface. Input wise, there are six mono channels, each equipped with one of Tascam’s Ultra-HDDA preamps, plus two stereo channels, the latter of which includes both mini-jack and Bluetooth inputs for the connection of smartphones or tablets.

Each channel is equipped with a three-band EQ, low-cut filter and one-knob compressor. There’s also a digital effects processor offering a range of reverb, delay and modulation effects, plus two aux outputs with individual send level controls.

On the recording front, the Model 12 can capture 12 tracks – the ten channels plus stereo main out – in WAV format up-to 48kHz/24-bit, directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. Punch in/out capabilities are included, plus an individual click output on the rear to assist with overdubbing and live multitracking.

The mixer’s interface can also be used as a basic DAW controller too, using the MCU/HUI protocol. Additional features rounding off the package include MIDI in and out, a footswitch input for triggering the recorder, a stereo sub mix output, and two headphone outs with individual level controls.

All things considered, the Model 12 looks like a nicely flexible package for musicians looking to balance on-the-go recording with small studio or live applications. Given the tools on offer, the asking price of £569 looks good to us too. The Model 12 is due to arrive this February. Check out the Tascam site for more.

Si Truss

I'm Editor-in-Chief of Music Technology, working with Future Music, Computer Music, Electronic Musician and MusicRadar. I've been messing around with music tech in various forms for over two decades. I've also spent the last 10 years forgetting how to play guitar. Find me in the chillout room at raves complaining that it's past my bedtime.

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