With eight mic/line inputs, eight line outputs, integrated DSP and a built-in, 2x2 audio interface, Tascam’s MX-8A matrix mixer is aimed at small to medium-sized applications such as stores, restaurants and banquet rooms.

Tascam MX-8A matrix mixerThe MX-8A can combine up to ten sources (eight mic/line input channels and two USB audio interface returns) and create up to eight discrete mixes to serve up to eight zones, plus the two-channel USB audio interface output. All analogue mic/line inputs and line outputs are on rear panel Euroblock connectors.

Each mic and line input offers level control, compression, four-band EQ (including two-band parametric EQ, high-pass/low-shelf filter, lo-pass/high-shelf filter), polarity inversion, and muting. Each line-level output has ten-band EQ (including eight-band parametric EQ, high-pass/low-shelf filter, low-pass/high-shelf filter), delay, limiting, and muting. The auto level ducking function allows announcements to be made over ambient music – an ambient noise compensator detects input source level and automatically configures the level of the selected output zone.

The MX-8A employs Tascam’s mic preamps, with an input range of -70 to +26dBu, EIN less than -126 dB, and signal-to-noise ratio of more than 108 dB. All mic inputs have individually switchable +48V phantom power. A built-in two-in, two-out USB audio interface enables flexible recording to a variety of macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS recording software. Effects parameters, mix levels, input/output routings, and more can be saved in one of 50 preset locations. A future update will include a timer event function with SNTP client that can combine with the scene preset function to automatically switch different scenes at a specified time.

In addition to supporting remote control via Ethernet, the MX-8A is equipped with an RS232C connector to support serial remote-control systems. An RS485 connector will enable control from a dedicated wall-mount remote control (available soon).

The MX-8A can be controlled with either of two software applications. Free Tascam MX Connect software for macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS provides system integrators/managers with in-depth control of the mixer, including input/output configuration, matrix mixing, output routing, and signal processing. Tascam MX Connect’s input/output status monitoring and efficient configuration changes are especially valuable in event spaces where switching routing and changing audio levels are daily tasks. A device running Tascam MX Connect can interface with the MX-8A using a shared wireless network or a direct LAN cable connection. Multiple MX-8A mixers can be simultaneously controlled on the same network.

End-users can enjoy quick, easy control of a variety of MX-8A settings using Tascam EZ Connect software for macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS. Manage essential functions including volume, input source and mute, via Tascam EZ Connect.

More: www.tascam.com

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