There’s no denying the appeal of the original Tape. But it was flawed. Thankfully some of those flaws are fixed, but issues remain, and for me they’re exacerbated by the price increase.
But you don’t need to spend several hundred to capture audio off the back of a mixer. For example — Zoom, Olympus, and Tascam make recorders with all the features of Tape 2, and with built in microphones and screens for ease of use too.
One thing to be aware of is that depending on the port you connect to on the back of your mixer or controller, it might be a bit hot for some recorders. A simple attenuator deals with this issue.