The MX-8A is a 10×10 matrix mixer with eight mic/line inputs, eight line outputs and stereo USB I/O compatible with software- or cloud-based conferencing platforms. It offers powerful internal DSP mixing and routing plus multiple audio processing functions and is ideal for many applications including meeting rooms, huddle spaces, court rooms, restaurants, stores, banqueting rooms and others.

DSP functions include a compressor, four-band parametric EQ and auto level control for each input. The output section features a 10-band EQ with high/low-pass filter, delay, and a limiter function per output, all of which can be adjusted and saved to any of the 50 scene memories, along with the mixing/routing settings. To make audio for announcements clearer, automatic ducking and an ambient noise compensator are also available.

The MX-8A has natural-sounding, high-grade Tascam mic preamps, leveraging our knowledge and experience from many years of making pro audio equipment. The input level range is –77.5 dBu to +26 dBu, with equivalent input noise achieving less than –126 dB, and a signal-to-noise ratio of over 108 dB.

The MX-8A can be controlled via two different software applications available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices: Tascam 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 by users via Tascam EZ Connect.

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.

Details

Configurable Input Modules

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
Input Compressor | Tascam MX-8A
MX-8A Compressor
MX-8A
MX-8A 4-band EQ

Phantom Power and Remote Gain Control

The integrated mic input stages support phantom power (+48 V) and the input gain may also be controlled remotely via the TASCAM MX CONNECT software. Control by RS-232C or Ethernet is also possible.

Tascam Studio Quality Mic Preamps

The MX-8A features high-grade Tascam microphone preamplifiers borne of years of designing professional audio equipment. Input range covers –70 dBu to +26 dBu, with equivalent input noise achieving less than –126 dB and a signal-noise ratio of over 108 dB.

Built-in 10 in / 10 out matrix mixer

MX-8A

The MX-8A is able to mix 10 different sources (eight mic/line sources with stereo USB audio interface) and set mix configurations for each of the eight different output zones, plus the stereo USB audio interface output zone.

Matrix mixer functions:

  • Mute
  • Fader
  • Fader/Mute grouping
  • Ducking function
  • Ambient noise compensator function

Auto audio configuration functions for a clearer sound

MX-8A

With the ducking function and/or the ambient noise compensator, users will be able to have a much clearer sound when making announcements or when playing background music. These can be configured different on each output zone of the matrix mixer.

  • Ducking
    Detects the level of a mic input signal and simultaneously turns down the level of the selected output zone. This can be used to increase intelligibility of announcements when background music is present.
  • Ambient Noise Compensator
    The Ambient Noise Compensator (ANC) also detects the level of input signals and automatically configures the level of the selected output zone. Whenever there is fluctuation on the noise level of a field environment, the ANC will automatically compensate the volume for clearer background music or announcements.

Flexible Output Routing

MX-8A

Each of the eight different mixes can be flexibly routed to one of the eight analogue line outputs. Level meters show each mixes’ output level and allow to quickly identify a certain source when setting up the system using a test tone.

Configurable Output Modules

Output Section | Tascam MX-8A

The powerful DSP of the TASCAM MX-8A will also allow processing of signals routed to the output for easy optimization for different spaces and audio playback systems throughout the installation. Output module functions include:

  • 10 band EQ
    • Low shelving EQ / high pass filter
    • 8 band parametric EQ
    • High shelving EQ / low pass filter
  • Delay
  • Limiter
  • Phase switching
  • Test tone
  • Mute
  • Fader
  • Fader/Mute grouping
10-band Output EQ | Tascam MX-8A
10-band EQ on each output
Delay | Tascam MX-8A
Delay for precise sound propagation compensation

Compatible with Audio Playback / Recording software

A laptop computer running a DAW application | Tascam MX-8A

The built-in USB audio interface with two inputs and two outputs also enables the Tascam MX-8A to function as a powerful and flexible audio recording interface, compatible with a variety of operating systems including Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.

Scene Preset and Timer Event Functions

Effect parameters, mix levels, input/output routings and more can be saved in one of 50 different preset locations. By using the scene presets together with the SNTP client included timer event function*, it is possible to automatically switch different scenes at specified times.

*Timer event function planned to be compatible on a future version update.

Wall-mount programmable controllers

Functions to be operated from an external wall-mount controller such as source control, volume adjustment, mute, or lighting time for the display can be programmed via TASCAM MX CONNECT. Our RC-W100 wall-mount controllers are available in two different panel sizes:

  • RC-W100-R120 is compatible with switch boxes commonly used in the US and Japan.
  • RC-W100-R86 is compatible with switch boxes commonly used in Europe.
Tascam RC-W100-R86
Tascam RC-W100-R86
Tascam RC-W100-R120
Tascam RC-W100-R120

Up to eight wall-mount controllers can be daisy-chain connected to the MX-8A using Cat5e (or higher) cables with a maximum length of 200 metres. The controller is powered from the MX-8A which helps simplify installation procedures and reduce installation costs.

Tascam RC-W100-R86

* The following updates are required to use the RC-W100 controller:

Features at a glance

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 front panel
  • USB connector on 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)

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
    • Mixer features: Matrix mixer, ducking, ambient noise compensator (ANC), routing
    • Outputs features: 10-band equalizer, limiter, delay, mute, fader, phase
  • Up to 50 scene 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

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

Options

Tascam Tascam MX Connect | Control Software for System Integrators/Managers
Tascam MX Connect: Control Software for System Integrators/Managers
Tascam Tascam EZ Connect | Control Software For End-Users
Tascam EZ Connect: Control Software For End-Users
Tascam RC-W100 | Wall-Mounted Programmable Controller
RC-W100: Wall-Mounted Programmable Controller

Specifications

General
Audio formats 44.1/48 kHz, 16/24 bit
Inputs and outputs
USB port 4-pin USB B-type
  Transfer rate USB 2.0 High Speed (480 Mbit/s)
Analogue inputs (ANALOG IN) Balanced Euroblock connectors, 3.81 mm pitch
  Minimum input level –70 dBu
  Maximum input level +26 dBu
  Input impedance ≥2.2 kΩ
Analogue outputs (ANALOG OUT) Balanced Euroblock connectors, 3.81 mm pitch
  Nominal output level +4 dBu (Ref(D) ≠ –9 dBFS)
+6 dBu (Ref(D) = −9 dBFS)
  Maximum output level (selectable) +15 dBu (Ref(D): –9 dBFS)
+18 dBu (Ref(D): –14 dBFS)
+20 dBu (Ref(D): –16 dBFS)
+22 dBu (Ref(D): –18 dBFS)
+24 dBu (Ref(D): –20 dBFS)
  Output impedance ≤200 Ω
RS-232C connector D-sub 9-pin (female, inch-standard)
RS-485 connector RJ-45 connector
  Recommended cable STP cable, Cat 5e or faster
Network connector (ETHERNET) RJ-45 connector
  Transmission protocol TCP/IP
  Ethernet standard 100BASE-TX
  Recommended cable STP cable, Cat 5e or faster
Audio performance
Mic amp EIN (equivalent input noise) ≤−126 dBu
(Mic in to Line out, input impedance: 150 Ω, 22 kHz LPF, A-weighted, JEITA)
Frequency response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB
(+24 dBu input, Line in to Line out, GAIN at min., JEITA)
Distortion (THD+N) <0.005 %
(+24 dBu input, 1 kHz, Line in to Line out, GAIN at min., JEITA)
S/N ratio ≥106 dB
(+24 dBu input, Line in to Line out, GAIN at min., JEITA)
Crosstalk ≥107 dB
(+24 dBu input, 1 kHz, Line in to Line out, GAIN at min., JEITA)
Dynamic range ≥105 dB
(Line in to Line out, GAIN at min., JEITA)
Note: JEITA indicates compliance with JEITA CP-2150
Power supply and other specifications
Voltage requirements AC 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption 21 W
Dimensions 483 mm × 45 mm × 304 mm
(W × H × D, including protrusions)
Weight 3 kg
Permissible operating temperature range 0–40 °C

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

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