1. The signal coming from a tape player usually to a mixing console.
2. A line level input to a mixer specifically designed to receive signals from tape players. On mixers designed for sound reinforcement, they usually have very limited features for monitoring what was just recorded. On recording mixers, the tape returns are more elaborate to allow multitrack tape players to feed the mixer for a mixdown.
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