In this article we will explain how we add a direct output modification to the vintage Tascam M-208 and M-216 mixers. Adding a direct out socket to every channel allows the wonderful character of the to be accessed more easily, and connected individually to your DAW.
NOTE: This is a draft version of the final article. Needs more work to transform it from tech notes into the finished article, but people have been asking for help so we are putting what we have here. If you have suggestions for improvements please let us know!
To achieve this modification the 8x Tape In RCA sockets will be replaced with 1/4″ jack sockets for the outputs. They’re post-fader (so post Pre/EQ), effectively parallel to the pan pot and effect bus control. This means you get the benefit of the level off the post fader op-amp – less likely to affect the overall bus output, and a more user friendly level out of the direct outs. Plus, you get the bonus of being able to drive both the Pre op-amp, and the Bus op-amp to get a harder driven signal if that’s what you’re into… (It’s also where the M-30 and Model 3’s direct out comes from, so will react similarly).
Before we dive in, please note the following:
Rear view before modification:
Rear view after modification:
To begin the work, ideally after you’ve serviced your mixer and while you’ve got the channels out of the unit, prep each board by:
You can then put the Jack plate back on, pop the clips back on, and then attach the Mod Jack to the plate and fasten it on with the plastic nut.
Note: if you’re modding a 216 and you want all 16 channels modded, you need to remove the back panel (just unscrew all the bits and it’ll come away) and mark and drill new holes for channels 9-16. We just use some masking tape on both sides, then use a ruler to mark the top and bottom of the tape holes on 1-8 and draw that across, then use a little ruler/credit card to draw lines down from either side of the input/insert and then make an X in the box. Use a punch to mark the centre and then drill with a 12mm or 13mm bit – the image below shows a plate marked up ready for punching and drilling.
Notes written by the Soundgas Workshop with thanks to Nick Allott for his original version of the mod.
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