Tascam Model 12 All-in-One Digital Multitrack Recorder

(10 customer reviews)



TASCAM’s Model 12 is a compact all-in-one integrated mixer designed for music and multimedia creators, songwriters and performers. Features include TASCAM’s critically acclaimed multi-track recorder, USB audio/MIDI interface, DAW control functions, and unique podcasting capability including mix-minus and smartphone inputs. The Model 12 supports your creative process, production, and workflow from start to finish including podcasting.

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8 December 2020



10 reviews for Tascam Model 12 All-in-One Digital Multitrack Recorder

  1. HoraceHorse

    Versatile MTR and Mixer, does Bluetooth, USB etc., will work with DAWs.
    Needs reading the manual, a few times.If you want to make multi-track recordings then this will do it. If you want an interface for a DAW, it does that too, and if you prefer Bluetooth, it does that also.An excellent machine, the 12 channel is the little brother of the 16, and 24 channel.Common sense applied to manual directions is all that is necessary to operate what appears to be quite complex at first. There are some complaints about USB hookup. Well they tell us not to use a long cable! In fact in the box there is a short one, 1 meter long, in fact. If that is not a hint, I do not know what is. Whichever, in my case hooking up directly to the Motherboard USB 2.0 sockets worked as the manual describes. However I will add, I tried to connect to a USB 3.0 upgrade card. That did not work.So yes! read the manual.The clean sound, silence if you prefer, of the powered device over headphone, or monitor, deserves the most marks. Well done Tascam. The Midi In and Out, a great asset! The Sub Out, alternative route to hookup monitors with 1/4 inch TRS cables, very handy, and useful for a host of other configurations.Love the dual inputs 1 – 10, either XLR, or 1/4 inch TRS.All in all, it leaves my old device, Fostex – X26 in the dust! Super value added with the PC hookup options, even if, at this time, I have no need of it.Only thing I would change is the Phantom Power option, currently global on this model, it might work better if managed by S/W to each channel. IOW turn it off for regular hookups.Before you power a new unit make sure the Phantom Power, top rhs of the board, is off! Else you may fry an expensive Mic which does not need the 48 Volts.Tips, gotten from the Tascam Forum, 1. on each channel the Sub Button arms the Headphones bus, IOW you can barely hear stuff without doing that, and do turn the volume, gain, down before tweaking their controls, middle rhs. 2 you do not need to press the Play button as well as the Record button when making a track. Yes in the old days of Tape it was necessary to, but on the Digital unit, it is not!To make a new track, create a song – RTM for more. Hookup your input – Mic or whatever. Use the Meter to set the level/s. Punch both record buttons, first the track one, then the main. When done punch the stop button. To hear what you did, move the Mode from Live to MTR, and press Play. To dub another track alongside, simply arm the next channel with an input, Mode live, set its levels. Then press it’s record button, and when ready press the main record button. It is NOT necessary to press the record on the previous channel! Because if you do with no input it will erase track 1. Just leave it on play, make sure the volume slider is up so you can hear the Mode MTR replay as you dub the new track alongside.Effects work ONLY if you disarm all the Solo buttons, and the wee red light LHS of the screen is off. If it is on the Effects do not work. Need increasing the Aux 2 orange button on your chosen channel. Needs pressing the Select button in the control panel – mid rhs . This brings up the FX menu on the main screen. In it be sure to turn on the effect by rotating the Jog wheel to on – Manual Pages 33 / 34. Now press the Main buttons. I found it was necessary to do that both on my channels and on the FX slider. Too, that simply controls how much effect is sent to your Main bus, i.e. the one we chose to carry it. IOW the volume of the effect is still controlled by the Main slider, so maxing up the FX one does not increase the output.A bit sloppy but will save some searching.My headphone first click-less encounter with the Model 12 is now remedied with a full clicking replacement. Thanks Amazon!

  2. J. Shell

    An excellent multi-use mixer with MIDI sync capability and multi-channel USB audio
    This is not only a solid mixer with physical EQ controls on every channel and nice sliders, but a digital multi-track recorder, a multi-channel USB audio interface, a remote DAW controller to keep the physical mixing feel if/when audio moves into the computer, and it has MIDI in/out. The MIDI ports can act as a USB to MIDI interface from the computer, but they can also be used to send clock and transport signals to MIDI gear.I work a lot with groove boxes and other sequencer-heavy units, from Volcas to Elektron boxes. Many of the smaller / less expensive groove boxes only have stereo output. Using the MIDI feature on the Model 12 (which is not present on the slightly older/larger Model 16 and 24), I can have my device(s) start playing immediately when I hit the record button. This makes it easy, using track-muting features on the groove boxes, to separately record synth, drums, and kick sequences into separate tracks on the Model 12. I don’t have to try to manually hit ‘play’ at just the right time, or try to fix the timing later in a DAW.The MIDI sync alone was a deciding factor in choosing the Model 12 over the similarly spec’d Zoom Livetrak 12. I also chose this over the Zoom for the larger presence of dedicated EQ buttons on each channel, which comes at the cost of size – the Model 12 takes up some valuable real-estate in my home studio. Much bigger than the Behringer 1202 very-basic mixer I was replacing. The size is also worth it for the ability to use the Model 12 as a remote DAW controller for Logic. Although I must admit – I often find myself doing my mixing right within the Model 12’s multi-track recorder itself.I still feel more comfortable recording to tape or to simple stereo programs on my computer, to later integrate into Logic X. The Model 12 suits me nicely here with that built-in multi-track recorder. It makes it easy to capture multi-track recordings of my electronic gear without having to set things up in Logic on my aging Mac mini. I can just record, and pull it together later. The Model 12 provides many options for that ‘later’. It is easy to produce stereo mixes inside the Model 12 and just load those files on the computer, and the separate track recordings are there too. There are multiple options for how to record onto those tracks. The default being to record the raw post-gain / pre-compressor sound, allowing you to shape sound later. But there are options to record post-compressor and even post-eq on individual tracks if desired. You can do in-mixer bounces and move audio between tracks. Overall, really solid.I’ve been using it for about a month now. The build quality is really solid. I like that it’s a mixer first – it’s probably the best mixer I’ve had in 20 years. After years of low-cost Behringers (which were fine, they just suited a different need for me than what I need now), it feels good to have a really solid mixer again with good EQs, etc, all immediately usable. It has two mono AUX busses and a submix bus, with separate outputs.The fact that this mixer can also pull duties for multi-track recording, multi-channel USB audio, DAW control, and MIDI clock/transport master, just make it a very very solid add to a small home studio – especially as those latter two options are not available on the larger Model-16 and 24.For downsides – for me, I don’t really need 8 channels of XLR inputs with phantom power. I would prefer maybe only two such inputs/channels, and have the rest be stereo-pair capable inputs. In the same space, that would turn this box into a 14 channel mixer and would be perfect for my collection of instruments. I am surprised that with the popularity of electronic music hardware over the past decade that there aren’t more mixers geared to this market. The MIDI ports on the Model 12 are a nice feature for such users – I love that synchronized ‘hit record, and all the machines start running’ feature. But more stereo tracks and less XLR/mono tracks would be even better.

  3. John L

    Capable unit, learning curve, some refinements needed
    Bought this unit to be the hub of my home studio, replacing an old worn-out mixer and a separate 2×2 audio interface. I record using Logic on a mac, so haven’t yet tried the onboard recording capability, but expect this will be useful in the future especially for tracking outside of my studio.The Model 12 has a lot of features and flexibility, though not all is obvious when you first turn it on. In particular, the monitoring functions involve configuring the sub output and AFL/PFL bussing in a way that is not intuitive at all…at least not to me. However, Tascam made some very helpful YouTube videos that will sort you out.I love that it has two headphone jacks. This should be a standard feature these days. It makes working with someone else so much easier. The headphone amps get loud but have a fair amount of hiss. However, this noise doesn’t get recorded so it’s not too big a deal.I also love having lots of inputs that can easily be switched between live mixing, PC interface, or the onboard recorder. No more plugging/unplugging cables every time I want to record something different. Also, jamming live using an external synth or guitar along with a recorded track is very easy this way.I like having compression on every channel. The onboard effects are nice for adding reverb to live vocals, etc.Improvements I’d like to see (have sent these to Tascam): (1) the DAW signal is too hot for my monitor speakers — there should be a control to digitally attenuate the DAW/USB inputs and/or the Main/Sub outfits by up to 30 dB. (2) The unit should allow you to send PC output straight to the main bus (as it allows you to do with bluetooth) — this way you wouldn’t have to use up valuable physical channel real estate for the PC stereo output, especially since you typically set the levels etc. inside the DAW anyway. (3) there should be a mode where the transport controls remain active to control a DAW when you are in multitrack mixing mode (currently it’s an either/or choice).All in all, it’s pretty amazing you can get this much functionality for $600. Is it perfect? No. But it’s a lot of value for the money. Tascam has already put out a few firmware upgrades. Here’s hoping they continue to refine the Model 12’s features. If they fix a few things this could become a home studio “classic”.

  4. Jay A. Norwood

    nice sounding preamps, multi-track overdubs
    I’ve only had it a few hours. The preamps are very nice. I’m testing with a Wunder Audio CM7 Fet mic.You can record multi-track onto sdxc cards that go up to 512GB. I used SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card – C10, U3, V30, 4K UHD, SD Card – SDSDXXY-128G-GN4IN from amazon… no problems.The recorder is silent. No fan that I can detect.I recorded on each track individually while playing back previous tracks in overdub mode.Recording on 11/12 is master mix. You can swap the master mix recording, for example with 9/10 and use that as a mix bounce down.I connected to my windows 10 laptop with a cable, UGREEN USB-C to USB A Cable USB C Charger Type C, from amazon. Then installed the Windows drivers from their website link, then updated the firmware to latest version from their site. Tascam is good about keeping manuals and firmware updates on their site. I have used their x48 recorders for years.model 12 supports auto punch-in and punch-out with rehearsal, which I haven’t tried.it supports hearing both the live and playback mtr track during the pre-roll of the punch-in, which is nice.it supports in-place solo.Track swapping is very fast. You could move the current recorded data instead of moving the mic to another channel.You can use the windows software via the usb cable to upload or download tracks.The manual and videos show using the model 12 as a control surface. It has midi. Manual has instructions for several emulations, compatible with DAWs. I haven’t tried it.There is a click track generator that can route to a back panel connection, as well as to the two headphone outputs.There are built-in effects that I didn’t try. Not really interested.There is only a single switch for phantom power 48v.

  5. Client d’Amazon

    Bon service date de livraison exacte

  6. Ben H.

    Awesome mixer/interface – when properly set up.
    This pup is a thing of beauty and a joy forever — once properly set up. I had the same problems with DAW connectivity that several other folks had. Barely able to record small snippets with ASIO, unable to playback at all. Audacity played back using WDM but didn’t recognize the Mic at all. The board simply froze several times. Frustrated, I did some research, and realized the problem wasn’t the Tascam, it was the USB. It turns out that USB is quite finicky about connectivity. I moved the workstation closer to the computer to shorten the cable length and bought the heaviest 9 ft shielded USB 3.1 rated cable I could find. Also made sure it was the only USB source connected to that device in Win-doze setup. Bam! Everything started working flawlessly. Buffer setting of 128 yields extremely low latency with no dropouts. Preamps are lovely. My only complaint is that the 48V power is not selectable for individual channels.There is a learning curve: You’ve got to set up the WDM correctly: Win-doze doesn’t speak multitrack, so you’ve got to set up the Tascam to output your stereo mix as the Windows Microphone and balance the volume in Windows. I LOVE being able to record to the DAW using ASIO and simultaneously stream to Source Connect or Zoom with WDM. I am not aware of any other interface that will do that. All in all, this is a terrific little board for the money. It sounds wonderful and will do a lot of seriously cool things if you take the time to learn how.Addendum: The default USB mode is Multitrack, where the PRE-FADER input from each channel is sent to the USB for mixdown in the computers’ DAW. For Podcasting and other two channel applications, you must select 2-Channel mode, where the unit functions as a conventional mixer, sending the Master out signal to the USB for podcasting, Source Connect, or whatever.

  7. dr doom

    Compact beast
    Bought this device because I wanted a little DAW alternative for recording music and it really hits the spot for me. It’s nice to have tactile EQ, a simple one knob compressor, and effects that actually sound good right out of the gate. The 100 Hz low cut button was a great idea too. The preamps sound great, but I’d still recommend using an external mic preamp if you’re going to use dynamic mics that require more juice (sm58, sm7b, etc). Recording is great, but the write speeds of SD cards are obviously not on the level of SSDs so you will see the “spinning wheel” after hitting stop. Not the end of the world, but it would be cool to have the ability to write to an external SSD in the future. I do still have to use a DAW to do some final “mastering” stuff (fades, mix bus compression, minor EQ stuff, limiting), but that was anticipated before I purchased and not a big deal. Also, the ability to run an aux cable to your phone and record video and audio in one shot is amazing!It does work as a DAW controller (Logic), but there was a little wonkiness to it. The Tascam automatically mapped the outputs depending on the track you have selected. In other words, you have to be mindful of the track you have selected in the DAW before making any fader/knob moves on the Tascam. I’m not interested in using this as a DAW controller, but just wanted to mention that here.

  8. Rhonda Huete – Gravity Blinks

    Overall a good mixer
    Overall, this is a good mixer for live use or recording. There is a learning curve, but between the information available on YouTube and the User’s Manual, I’ve been able to work through most issues.However, 9 months after purchase, the left input (7 of channel 7/8) has stopped working. Beware – the warranty only covers labor for 90 days, so to have it repaired under warranty, we will have to pay labor and shipping costs as there is not an authorized repair center in my area, not to mention the time we will be without use of it. I purchased from Tascam based on the strength of their reputation and expected more from this mixer and this company. Not sure I would purchase again with this knowledge.


    Buena calidad, aunque con algunos problemas.
    En sí la calidad me encantó, los faders se sienten muy bien y fluidos en el movimiento, la calidad de audio superó mis expectativas, me gusta que tenga un compresor integrado para cada canal, me ayuda mucho a la hora de grabar podcast y entrevistas, me gusta que tiene corte para graves a los 100hz, efectos de sonido, dos salidas para audífonos, etc.Lo que no me gustó es que no tiene phantom power individual para cada canal, cuando lo activas se activa en todos los canales, esto no es muy bueno a la hora de usar microfonos que no lo necesitan y otros que sí.Otra cosa que no me gustó es que se supone que debe poder usarse como interfase, pero hasta ahorita he tenido muchos problemas para grabar multitrack en mi daw, uso Reaper, pero también tengo Protools y Studio One y es lo mismo, es que cuando la manejo como interfase conectada por el usb y distribuyo los canales a grabar en el daw a la hora de escuchar mi grabación no se reconoce el main, subo y bajo el fader y el sonido no sube volumen ni tampoco baja, pero si muevo el fader del canal 1 este funciona como el maíz, es un dolor de cabeza. En el manual no viene mucha información y en Internet no encuentro ningún video que explique bien como configurar la TASCAM o bien, la compañía no tiene ningún video para tratar estos errores o asuntos.No me arrepiento de haberla comprado, por lo pronto la uso como mezcladora y no como interfase, conectada a una interfase focusrite, pero la verdad no la compre para esto, el fin era poder usarla como interfase.Espero que pueda servir de algo esta reseña y si alguien ha podido solucionar estos errores porfavor compartan la solución o suban un video explicativo.

  10. bookfiend

    An otherwise amazing product with a massive flaw for home recording
    Do some research on the headphone channel capabilities before you buy this- it is starting to crop up all over messages boards as people are discovering that you cannot mute your mains while continuing to listen to the main mix in headphones. This situation makes home recording anywhere near microphones or amps impossible as you cannot record to tracks playing back in headphones without it playing back in your main monitors. There is a workaround for this (outputting headphones to sub outs) if you are recording in standalone mode, which works fine – but this isn’t possible in DAW controller mode, forcing you to either unplug your mains or exit DAW controller mode for each time you want to record with live microphones. This is such a shame, because I thought I’d been able to get rid of my previous audio interface and Presonus faderport to use this single unit, which is really amazing otherwise, but this inability to listen to the main mix in headphones by itself puts a massive problem right in the middle of your workflow if you are planning on using it with a DAW at all.Called customer service to confirm this and ask opinions for any other workarounds and was simply told nope without any explanation.It’s my understanding that the model 16 and 24 do not have this problem, but they have others that have been improved in the newer model 12. Makes all this such a shame.I fell in love with the product for recording in standalone mode, but now that I’m back to actual work (session recording for clients),discovering this issue is was heartbreaking.

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