Tascam Unveils New MZ-Series Installation Mixers

mz 372

Continuing their long legacy of high-quality professional mixers, Tascam have introduced the new MZ-223 and MZ-372. Both rack-mount analogue mixers offer flexible inputs, mixing, and routing that makes them well suited for installs in small to mid-size venues such as restaurants, hotels, ballrooms, meeting rooms, and schools, as well as residences.

The compact, 2U rack-mount MZ-223 offers five mixer channels, each with a dedicated Gain potentiometer and two sets of selectable stereo inputs (10 RCA stereo inputs in total), that can be mixed, segregated, and routed to three independent zones or destinations. Channels 1 and 2 can also accommodate phono-level signals for use with a turntable, making this mixer suitable for DJ and residential applications. Two convenient front-panel, balanced XLR inputs handle microphone signals for announcements or moderations, for example.

Each of the MZ-223’s three stereo output zones are equipped with balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA line-level outputs, enabling long cable runs or connection to residential power amplifiers or powered speakers. A slider switches the RCA outputs between 0.75V and 1.5V. The MZ-223 also provides stereo unbalanced master record/monitor outputs, switchable for use with or without microphones, that enable monitoring or recording the main mix to an external device for capturing events. With the MZ-223’s flexible design, for example, you could route music to Zone 1, ambient noise or natural sounds to Zone 2, and a separate music track or a voice announcement to Zone 3. The front panel also includes a 6.3-mm stereo headphones output with level control.

A generous assortment of front-panel volume sliders, routing switches and buttons, EQ knobs, and mute buttons enables simple, fast setup and operation. A Talkover function automatically lowers other source levels when microphones are in use.

The 3U rack-mount MZ-372 enables audio signals to be mixed, muted, and routed to two redundant outputs or destinations. Each of its six audio channels has an independent volume control and features two selectable stereo sets of unbalanced RCA line-level inputs (12 RCA stero inputs in total) and a selectable balanced XLR mic/line input on the rear panel. Channels 1, 2, and 3 can be switched to accommodate phono-level signals for use with a turntable. And there’s an additional mic-level XLR input located on the front panel.

Each of the MZ-372’s dual outputs offers balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA jacks, enabling long cable runs or connection to a main mixer and monitor mixer, professional power amplifier, or residential power amplifier or powered speaker. A pair of unbalanced RCA Sub/Booth outputs provide an additional feed with independent control for monitoring and can be switched between stereo and mono operation. And there are stereo unbalanced master record/monitor outputs, switchable for use with or without microphones, that enable monitoring or recording the main mix to an external device for capturing events. A Talkover function automatically lowers other source levels when microphones are in use.

Like the MZ-223, the MZ-372 employs front-panel volume sliders, routing switches and buttons, EQ knobs, and mute buttons for simple, fast setup and operation. A 6.3-mm stereo headphones output with level control is also available on the front.

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