• Tascam launches Sonicview digital mixers

    TASCAM has announced the Sonicview line of digital recording and mixing consoles available as either the Sonicview 16XP or Sonicview 24XP. Both units incorporate a new multi-screen user interface called VIEW (Visual Interactive Ergonomic Workflow) to reportedly allow easy operation and control of all system parameters using customizable touch screens and user-definable buttons. The line is targeted at touring, installed sound, recording studios, and broadcasting.

    The mixers feature Class 1 HDIA mic preamplification, 96 kHz, 54-bit float internal processing, FPGA mixer engine with 0.51ms latency, 32-bit ADC, and other specifications that transcend to a class above and beyond, says the company. In addition to that, Sonicview features a built-in 64-In/64-Out Dante interface Dante networking and built-in 32-channel multi-track SD recording (standard in the US market only as “XP” model, in regions other than the US, the optional IF-MTR32 can be installed into one of the two open expansion slots to enable multi-track recording. The SD recorder supports simultaneous 32-channel punch-in/punch-out, pre-record, auto-record, and markers).

    The Sonicview 16XP and Sonicview 24XP differ only in frame size and the number of physical inputs, mic preamps, faders, and touch screens. The 16XP offers 16 physical input channels with 100mm motorized faders, while the 24XP provides 24 physical input channels with the same faders. Internally, the architecture of the two models is the same, with a internal 44 input channels (40 mono channels and 2 stereo channels), 22 flex output buses, and the L/R main bus with 31-band graphic EQ. The 16XP offers motorized channel faders in two banks of eight while the 24XP has three banks of eight. Each console offers a motorized stereo fader for the main bus. Above each bank of channel faders is a color touch panel that allows one to view entire mixer channels, or get down to details, controlling each parameter. For visual feedback, the Sonicview 16XP provides two 7-inch touch panels while the 24XP offers three.

    Central to the Sonicview operation is the TASCAM VIEW (Visual Interactive Ergonomic Workflow) user interface that supports three different views. Channel Strip View enables one to view the status of any eight adjacent channels at a glance, as one would see on vertical channel strips with an analog mixer. Module View enables the monitoring and control of any two (16XP) or three (24XP) sets of parameters for one single channel, including the compressor, graphic EQ, effects send, and more. Individual View facilitates viewing any function for any channel, group of channels, and more—all on different screens, simultaneously. For instance, one could simultaneously monitor the output bus meter, adjust a graphic equalizer, and monitor levels on important input channels (Sonicview 24XP).

    In terms of input channels, the Sonicview 16XP offers 16 XLR mic/line inputs (up to +32 dBu) and 8 inputs with 1/4″ balanced TRS line inputs for 16 mic/line inputs. By contrast, the 24XP offers 24 XLR mic/line inputs (up to +32 dBu) and 8 inputs with 1/4″ balanced TRS line inputs for 24 mic/line inputs. Both models provide TRS insert points on two channels, two stereo pairs of RCA aux inputs, and an XLR input for a talkback mic.

    In addition to the main L/R stereo bus, both mixers provide 22 output flex buses, each of which is configurable as a subgroup, aux, or matrix. This enables users to provide multiple stereo in-ear monitor submixes without running short of buses and send to the analog outputs; create matrix mixes for multiple loudspeaker zones and send over the Dante network for restaurants, worship performances and more. All output buses are equipped with 31-band graphic EQ, real-time analyzer functions, 4-band parametric EQ, compressor/ducker—plus Solo, Pan, and Mute. Four additional effects processors can be assigned to individual mixer channels including an 'astounding' reverb effect.

    There is also a 11 Input Module signal processing functions, including Delay, Phase, Digital Trim, High-pass filter, Gate/Expander/De-esser, 4-band Parametric EQ, Compressor/Ducker, Solo, Mix 1>22 Send/Pan (Pre/Post), FX 1-4 Send/Pan (Pre/Post), and Fader/Pan/Mute to L/R. Both mixers provide a 32-in/32-out, 32-bit/96 kHz audio interface. Two expansion slots provide additional connectivity (analog, MADI, or AES/EBU I/O) via an optional expansion card.

    Connecting a Wi-Fi router to the Sonicview’s Ethernet port allow for control via the free TASCAM Sonicview Control software for macOS, Windows, and iPadOS to manage the mixer. Users can easily edit settings offline in advance and be ready to go when a session or show begins, then make adjustments from the console or via the software.

    In addition to the aforementioned optionally available expansion cards, TASCAM also offers the SB-16D 16-In/16-Out Dante-enabled Stage Box. To further expand the system, one or more optional 16-in/16-out SB-16D Dante-networked Stage Boxes can be added. Microphone gain for all 16 inputs can be remotely controlled, and the SB-16D can be used as a floor box or rack mounted.

    As for pricing, in the U.S. with the integrated recording option, the 16XP is selling for $5,999 plus tax, while the 24XP sells for $6,999 plus tax. In Europe, without this option, the pre-sale in store is 5.319,00 and 6.385,00 with VAT, for delivery in 5 months.

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