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Tascam MX-8A Eight-Channel Matrix Mixer With DSP Processor

Tascam MX-8A Eight-Channel Matrix Mixer With DSP Processor

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The Tascam MX-8A is a 10×10 matrix mixer with eight mic/line inputs, eight line outputs, and stereo USB I/O that can be used with software or cloud conferencing platforms. It’s suitable for a variety of applications, including conference rooms, huddle spaces, courtrooms, restaurants, businesses, banquet rooms, and more, thanks to its powerful internal DSP mixing and routing as well as several audio processing abilities.

For each input, DSP capabilities include a compressor, four-band parametric EQ, and auto level control. The output section has a 10-band EQ per output, as well as a high/low-pass filter, delay, and a limiter function, all of which may be altered and stored to any of the 50 scene memories, as well as the mixing/routing settings. Automatic ducking and an ambient noise compensator are also available to improve audio clarity for announcements.

Tascam MX-8A

The MX-8A features natural-sounding, high-quality mic preamps, leveraging Tascam’s knowledge and experience gained from making pro audio equipment for many years. The input level ranges from –77.5 to +26 dBu, with equivalent input noise of less than –126 dB and a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 108 dB.

The MX-8A can be controlled via two different software applications available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices: Tascam MX Connect for configuration and Tascam Tascam EZ Connect for end users, both of which are simple to use and included with the unit. Using Tascam MX Connect installers can quickly and easily configure the MX-8A and then assign appropriate simple controls for access.

Tascam MX-8A

The optional RC-W100 wall-mountable controller offers a graphic display and a push/turn multi-control knob that provides for volume control and source selection.

Tascam MX-8A

Details

The TASCAM MX CONNECT dedicated control application allows each mic/line input to be configured and modified by the onboard DSP. Input module functions include:

  • Mic/line input switching
  • Phantom power (+48 V) on mic input on/off
  • PAD on mic input on/off
  • Mic gain (mic input)
  • Compressor
  • 4-band EQ
    • Low shelving EQ with high-pass filter
    • 2-band parametric EQ
    • High shelving EQ
  • Auto level control
  • Mute
  • Fader
  • Fader/Mute grouping
Tascam MX-8A

Features

Hardware features

  • Eight balanced mic/line inputs and eight balanced line outputs
  • Euroblock connectors – ideal for permanent installation
  • USB audio interface mode allows to record audio or play background music with a computer
  • Controllable via
    • an Ethernet network (using the Tascam MX Connect computer application or the Tascam Mixer Protocol)
    • RS-485 (using the dedicated RC-W100 remote controller)
    • RS-232C
  • Status indicator on the front panel
  • USB connector on the front panel for easy connection of a computer, tablet or smartphone (is also used for firmware updates)
  • High-quality internal power supply (no AC adapter)
  • 19-inch rackmount size (1U)
Tascam MX-8A

Software features

  • Five different reference levels available to adapt to virtually any application in consumer, professional or broadcast environments (selectable via software)
  • Powerful DSP mixer (controllable via software)
    • Input features: phantom power on/off, phase, sensitivity, trim, automatic level control, 4-band equalizer, mute, fader
    • The mixer features: Matrix mixer, ducking, ambient noise compensator (ANC), routing
    • Outputs features: 10-band equalizer, limiter, delay, mute, fader, phase
  • Up to 50 scenes presets can be saved
  • Timer event function allows presets to be switched at specific times (planned for a future update)
  • Two types of control software available (compatible with Windows/Mac/iOS/Android devices):
    • Tascam MX Connect for system integrators offers full access to virtually all settings
    • Tascam EZ Connect for end-users is a simple app for only the most necessary settings

 

USB audio interface features

  • Two audio inputs and two audio outputs when connected to a Windows/Mac computer or iOS/Android device
  • Allows audio to be recorded/played back via Windows Media Player, iTunes or DAW applications
Tascam MX-8A

Supported Operating Systems

Windows

  • Windows 10 (October 2020, Version 20H2)
  • Windows 10 (May 2020 Update 2004)
  • Windows 10 (November 2019 Update 1909)

Mac

  • macOS Big Sur (11.0)
  • macOS Catalina (10.15)
  • macOS Mojave (10.14)

iOS

  • iOS 14 / iPadOS 14

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