After a year of talking about it, TASCAM is finally shipping the Model 12 desktop-style audio and multimedia production switcher for live performances as well as podcasting and live streaming. The Model 12 has 10 inputs for microphones and instruments with channels one through six featuring combo XLR/1/4-inch inputs utilizing TASCAM’s Ultra-HDDA microphone preamplifiers with 48-volt phantom power while channels seven/eight and nine/10 feature combo XLR/1/4-inch left channel inputs with adjoining right channel 1/4-inch inputs). Channel nine/10 also allows portable device connections such as mobile phones and tablets with connection via a 1/8-inch TRRS mini connector or Bluetooth 5.0 connection.
The Model 12’s internal 12-track multitrack recorder records WAV files (up to 48kHz/24-bit) directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards (up to 512 GB capacity). Basic external DAW control (faders, mute, pan, solo, record arming, play, record, stop, FF/rewind, jog) is available using HUI/MCU protocol emulation. The internal recorder allows simultaneous recording/playback of 12 tracks (10 tracks and stereo master) to and from SD cards. Punch in/out is also available.
The Model 12’s built-in USB Audio Interface can send/receive (12-in/10-out) audio data with up to 24 bit/48kHz recording quality to and from a wide range of popular DAWs, including GarageBand and more.
Outputs include stereo MAIN (XLR) and SUB (1/4″ balanced) stereo outputs, AUX1 and AUX2 (1/4″ balanced) outputs and two individual 1/4-inch STEREO phones outputs. Integrated MIDI IN/OUT functionality is offered including MIDI sync and MTC, as is a dual FOOTSWITCH feature for external footswitch control of the onboard digital recorder, punch in/out and more when recording or performing live. Each channel strip features 60-millimeter faders with 16 TASCAM selectable and editable effects (including reverb, delay, chorus, flange), a one-knob compressor and a three-band EQ with a sweepable mid-range frequency and 100Hz low-cut filter. Two AUX Outputs are offered on each channel for flexibility in monitoring and effects routing. Selectable mute, MAIN/SUB and SOLO (PFL/in-place) switches are available on each input channel for versatile audio and signal routing options during recording or mixing.
Here are all the specs.
Here’s a video of the Model 12 from TASCAM at ISE 2020: