Another mixing board question...

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Another mixing board question...

Postby guitarslim101 » Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:29 am

...well, several months hav passed since I purchased my reel-to-reel, and I still haven't found a board. However, I've been looking at some old Tascam boards, the M-216 in particular, and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the old Tascam mixers. The M-216 is 16 channels and they seem to go for around $300.
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Postby songdog » Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:46 pm

Hey Slim

I recorded with an 8 track Tascam back in the late 70s. It was a decent desk for the money but I'm not sure how it would compare sonically to the new 'budget' stuff that's available now. It did have VU meters though :D

I just picked up a demo Carvin C844 http://www.carvinworld.com/products/mix ... umber=C844 mixer to use with my Teac 3340. Demo price was $300

So far I'm happy with it. It has 8 channels each with line and mic inputs plus each channel has a direct out. It is a 4 bus design in case I get really crazy with the overdubs. A nice small package that doesn't take up too much desk top space. I've got my eye out for a couple of tube mic pre's or I may just build some.

The Tascam wouldn't be a bad purchase if you can check it out first for noise, sticky/noisey pots/faders, etc. It may be difficult to obtain replacement parts.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:05 pm

Hmmm, that Carvin looks pretty close to what I'd need...I may have to check those out.
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Postby songdog » Mon Nov 20, 2006 11:45 pm

Yeah, I could care less about the Carvin's built-in effects processors (although the reverb isn't too bad) and the graphic equalizer. But for such a small and affordable mixer, its layout is more like a high-end mixer featuring good routing capabilities for effects sends/returns, monitoring and of course the 4 channel bus.
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Postby Boogieman » Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:26 pm

I believe that was my first mixing console. It was a nice little unit. I gave it to my bass player when I bought my Mackie 328 5 years ago. He is still using it.
It was easy to use and sounded pretty good for the money. As songdog said the richness of the sound is not as good as the new stuff out there.
The EQ is also limited.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:33 pm

Just got one of these from the UPS man today...and my tape arrived as well...I know what I'll be doing tonight. http://www.carvin.com/products/single.php?ItemNumber=sm162
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Postby Boogieman » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:20 pm

Looks good slim! Enjoy yourself. Let me know how you like the sound.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 3:39 am

Will do.
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