Tapco Blend 6 Compact Mixer  

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The compact TAPCO Blend 6 is a high-quality six-channel mixer designed for live sound and recording applications. Onboard are two high-headroom Mackie-designed mic preamps, two mono/mic line and two s... Read More

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Overview

The compact TAPCO Blend 6 is a high-quality six-channel mixer designed for live sound and recording applications. Onboard are two high-headroom Mackie-designed mic preamps, two mono/mic line and two stereo inputs, and input LEDs for fast level-setting. The Blend 6 is easy to use, very reliable, and amazingly affordable.

Top Quality Microphone Preamps

Even though they all look pretty much the same from the outside, a mixer is judged by the quality of its preamps. If designers skimp on preamp quality, chances are your overall sound will suffer. That's why TAPCO equipped the Blend 6 with two high-quality, low-noise, Mackie-designed microphone preamplifiers, for crystal-clear sound with plenty of headroom. No matter what kind of mic you use, from the cheapest condenser to the most professional ribbon, you can be assured the sound you put in will not be mangled by cheap, noisy electronics. The preamp's balanced circuitry rejects all sorts of outside interference, so you don't have to worry about radio interference or sunspot activity messing up your sound. The TAPCO Blend 6 provides switchable +48 VDC phantom power for use with condenser microphones as well as active direct boxes.

Convenient Instrument Inputs

The Blend 6 offers two instrument inputs that accept signals from any line-level instrument, effects device, or tape player. Plus, these inputs are specially designed to accept signals from high-impedance pickups on guitars and basses. Typically, you would need an additional direct box between a guitar and the mixer's input to correct the impedance mismatch between the two. The Blend 6's instrument input takes care of that, and lets you plug your guitar or bass right into the mixer, without any extra expense.

Perfect Tone

The Blend 6 provides two-bands of equalization on every channel to help you achieve the perfect sound. Each EQ control provides up to +15 dB of shelving boost, and -15 dB of shelving cut, so you can really have control over the tone of your tracks. The High EQ control boosts or cuts the level of all frequencies above 12 kHz--great for adding sizzle to cymbals or an overall sense of transparency and professional sheen to keyboards, vocals and guitar. You can also turn it down to reduce a harsh vocal performance or hide tape hiss. The Low EQ control boosts or cuts the level of all frequencies below 80 Hz. Frequencies of 80 Hz and below represent the punch in bass drums, bass guitar, fat synthesizer patches, and high-testosterone male singers. Turn it up to boost the thump, or crank it back if things start sounding muddy.

It's Got Connections

In addition to the main mix output, the Blend 6 provides two additional mix outputs called auxiliary sends. Auxiliary Sends allow you to patch in an external effects device for reverb, delays, or other cool audio mutations. The aux controls adjust how much of each channel is sent out via the aux send jacks on the top of the mixer for adding just the right amount of effects to each channel. You can also use the auxiliary sends to create the perfect stage monitor mix for live performance.

Built Like A Brick House

The Blend 6, like all TAPCO products, is built to take the kind of punishment working musicians can dole out. The chassis is built from lightweight super-strong steel, and the polycarbonate side-cheeks can absorb bashings that could reduce lesser mixers to crumpled heaps. How's this for attention to detail--the impact-resistant knobs are mounted so they "ride" just above the steel chassis, absorbing impacts instead of just snapping off. That means less worry for you during rough load-ins and desktop misadventures.

Features
  • Mackie-inspired design
  • Two high-headroom mic preamps
  • Two mono mic/line, two stereo line channels
  • Pre-fader aux (monitor) send
  • Post-fader aux (effects) send
  • Effects-to-main control
  • Effects-to-monitor control
  • Level set gain-setting indicator LEDs
  • 2-band EQ, Pan (mono channels) and Balance (stereo channels) controls on all channels
  • Headphone output with level control
  • Control room output with level control
  • 8-segment stereo LED metering
  • CD/Tape stereo inputs with Tape to Mix switch and Tape to Control Room switch
  • Master +48 V phantom power switch with LED indicator
Specifications
  • Frequency Response
    Mic Input to any Output (Trim at 0 dB): +0, 1 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 3 dB, 10 Hz to 80 kHz

    Distortion
    THD and SMPTE IMD; 20 Hz to 20 kHz Mic Input to Main Output: <0.025% @ +4 dBu output

    Noise
    20 Hz to 20 kHz BW (150-ohm source impedance)
    Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): 128 dBu
    Residual Output Noise: Channel & Main Mix levels off; Main, Ctrl Room, Phones: 102 dBu; Aux 1 Monitor out: 82 dBu; Aux 2 EFX out: 92 dBu

    Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR)
    Mic In: 60 dB @ 1 kHz, Gain @ maximum

    Crosstalk
    Adjacent Inputs or Input to Output: 85 dB @ 1kHz

    Input Gain Control Range
    Mic In: +3 dB to +50 dB
    Line In: 22 dB to +25 dB

    Phantom Power: +48 VDC

    Equalization
    Mono Channel EQ: High: ±15 dB @ 12 kHz; Low: ±15 dB @ 80 Hz
    Stereo Channel EQ: High: ±15 dB @ 12 kHz; Low: ±15 dB @ 80 Hz

    Mixer Rated Output
    Main, Aux, Control Room: +4 dBu
    Maximum Rated Output: +18 dBu

    Maximum Input Levels
    Mic Input: +18 dBu, Gain @ +3 dB
    Inst Input: +18 dBu, Gain @ 22 dB
    Stereo Line Input, Tape Input, and Aux Return: +18 dBu

    Maximum Voltage Gain
    Mic Input to:
    Main Output: 74 dB
    Tape Output: 74 dB
    Aux Sends: 74 dB
    Control Room Output: 84 dB
    Phones Output: 84 dB
    Inst Input to:
    Main Output: 49 dB
    Tape Output: 49 dB
    Aux Sends: 49 dB
    Control Room Output: 59 dB
    Phones Output: 59 dB
    Stereo Line Input to:
    Main Output: 20 dB
    Tape Output: 20 dB
    Aux Send: 20 dB
    Control Room Output: 30 dB
    Phones Output: 30 dB
    Tape Input to:
    Main Output: 10 dB
    Tape Output: 10 dB
    Control Room Output: 10 dB
    Phones Output: 10 dB
    Aux Return to:
    Main Output: 20 dB
    Tape Output: 20 dB
    Aux Send: 20 dB
    Control Room Output: 30 dB
    Phones Output: 30 dB

    Input Impedance
    Mic Input: 2.3 kOhms, balanced
    Inst Input: 1 M ohms
    Stereo Line Input: 20 kOhms, balanced
    Stereo Aux Returns: 20 kOhms, balanced
    CD/Tape In: 24 kOhms, unbalanced

    Output Impedance
    Main, Ctrl Room, Aux Sends: 120 ohms
    Tape Output: 1 kOhm
    Phones Output: 25 ohms

    Channel Level Set LED (Sensitivity): 0 dBu (normal operating level)

    VU Meters
    Main Left and Right (8 segments): Clip (+16), +12, +8, +4, 0, 2, 4, 12, 24; 0 LED = +4 dBu

    AC Power Requirements
    External Power Supply output: 9.0 VAC @ 1500 mA (2.5 mm AC coaxial power connection)
    External Power Supply AC input: U.S.: 120 VAC, 60 Hz; Europe: 240 VAC, 50 Hz; Japan: 100 VAC, 50/60 Hz; Korea: 220 VAC, 60 Hz

    Dimensions: 2.6"H x 8.3"W x 10.5"D (66.7x209.6x266.7mm)
    Weight: 3.5 lbs. (1.58 kg)
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