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Zoom Tac-8 Thunderbolt Audio Converter - 18 In / 20 Out
  • Zoom Tac-8 Thunderbolt Audio Converter - 18 In / 20 Out
  • Zoom Tac-8 Thunderbolt Audio Converter - 18 In / 20 Out
  • Zoom Tac-8 Thunderbolt Audio Converter - 18 In / 20 Out
  • Zoom Tac-8 Thunderbolt Audio Converter - 18 In / 20 Out
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Zoom Tac-8 Thunderbolt Audio Converter - 18 In / 20 Out

Manufacturer: ZOOM

Item #: ZOOM-TAC-8   •   MFG #: TAC-8




The Zoom TAC-8 Thunderbolt Audio Converter - When you're ready to get the most from your gear

The rack-mountable TAC-8 audio interface is designed to act as the central hub in both professional and home environments. It provides 8 analog inputs and 10 analog outputs, 10 digital inputs and outputs (in both S/PDIF and ADAT Optical formats), Word Clock and MIDI I/O.

Whether you want to record large multi-channel 24-bit/192k sessions in your studio without worrying about latency, or you want to bring your onstage performance to new heights, the TAC-8 allows you to take full advantage of today's latest technology.

Recording in the studio. With 8 analog inputs and additional digital options, the TAC-8 allows you to record what you want, when you want. Record drums, bass, guitar, and vocals all at once, or go big with an 8 mic drum setup: or anything bigger, smaller, or in-between. Thunderbolt speeds will ensure you won't have to deal with latency issues. The software mixer and output options let you customize your session to your needs.

Onstage playback. The TAC-8 allows you to use your laptop onstage with high quality sound. Simply connect it to your computer with a Thunderbolt cable and then connect the rear panel TRS outputs to your mixing board or PA system. With 10 analog outs you can customize your rig to your needs.

Thunderbolt: Speed. Revolutionary Recording. Thunderbolt technology opens up new doors for creators. More than twice as fast as USB 3.0-not to mention twenty times faster than USB 2.0 and twelve times faster than Firewire 800-Thunderbolt is the interconnection technology of the future. Co-developed by Apple and Intel Labs, it allows signal to be transferred at an incredibly fast 10 gigabits per second, which means virtually no latency. Thunderbolt interfaces such as the TAC-8 are also unaffected by computer jitter (slight variations in timing).

Analog: The TAC-8 provides a wide variety of both analog and digital connectors. Eight front panel combo XLR/TRS inputs accept mic- and line-level signals. Inputs 1 and 2 can also accept instrument-level signal from electric guitars and basses. Dedicated input gain controls and Clip LEDs make it easy to set optimum input levels, and a Phantom Power switch enables the use of condenser microphones.

Dual balanced analog TRS output jacks enable you to connect the TAC-8 to amplifiers or self-powered speakers, and there are also 8 discrete balanced TRS analog line outputs for multichannel monitoring or connection to external effects devices. A large front-panel Output knob offers fast control over output level, and there are two independent ¬" stereo headphone jacks, each with its own dedicated volume control, for private monitoring.

Digital I/O: ADAT and S/PDIF digital inputs/outputs allow for the connection of external devices, and built-in Word Clock enables easy integration into any system. ADAT allows for an additional 8 in and 8 out from the TAC-8, and S/PDIF allows for and addition 2 in a nd 2 out on top of that.

In addition, MIDI In and Out allow electronic keyboards, sequencers, and drum machines to be connected to the TAC-8, with Thunderbolt speed ensuring precise audio and MIDI sync.

  • Features

    • 18-in/20-out high speed Thunderbolt audio interface
    • Record and play back 8 tracks simultaneously
    • Standalone mode allows use as an 8-channel mic preamp and A/D or D/A converter without connection to a computer
    • Support for up to 24-bit/192kHz high-definition audio
    • Near-zero latency audio streaming
    • 8 combo balanced XLR/TRS analog input connectors accept both mic and line-level signal
    • High-performance mic preamps with up to +60dB of amplification
    • Hi-Z switches allow direct connection of electric guitar or bass (INPUT1, INPUT2)
    • Independent gain controls and clip LEDs for each input
    • Switchable +48V phantom power (INPUTS 1-4, INPUTS 5-8)
    • 10 balanced TRS output jacks for connection to mixers, amplifiers, self-powered speakers, or effects devices
    • Dual front-panel 1/4" headphone outputs with dedicated volume controls
    • Large knob output volume control
    • 4x upsampling during A/D and D/A conversion for reduced noise and enhanced fidelity
    • Asynchronous transfer system unaffected by computer jitter
    • S/PDIF IN/OUT: 2IN / 2OUT, up to 24-bit/192kHz audio resolution
    • ADAT Optical IN/OUT: 2 IN / 2 OUT at 192/176.4kHz (S/MUX4 compatible), 4 IN/4 OUT at 96/88.2kHz (S/MUX compatible), 8 IN / 8 OUT at 48/44.1kHz
    • Word Clock in/out
    • Clock source indicator
    • MIDI in/out
    • Rack-mountable (1U space)
    • Robust metal housing
    • Works with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.8.5 or later
  • Specifications

    • Connectors: ADAT Optical (lightpipe)
    • 8 IN/OUT: 44.1 kHz/48 kHz
    • 4 IN/OUT: 88.2kHz/96kHz, S/MUX compatible 2 IN/OUT: 176.4kHz/192kHz, S/MUX4 compatible
    • S/PDIF
    • Connectors: RCA (coaxial)
    • Supported sampling frequencies: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
    • Connectors: BNC
    • Supported sampling frequencies: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
    • Output impedance:75 Ohm
    • Frequency characteristics: 44.1 kHz: -1.0 dB, 20 Hz-20 kHz; 96 kHz: -1.0 dB, 20 Hz-40 kHz; 192 kHz: -1.0 dB, 20 Hz-60 kHz
    • Input conversion noise: Measured EIN: 125 dB (IHF-A) at 60dB, 150? input
    • Dynamic range: AD: 120 dB typical (IHF-A) DA: 120 dB typical (IHF-A)
    • Number of recording and playback channels:
    • At 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz
    • Recording: 18 channels (ANALOG: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT Optical: 8)
    • Playback: 20 channels (ANALOG: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT OPTICAL: 8)
    • At 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz
    • Recording: 14 channels (ANALOG: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT Optical: 4)
    • Playback: 16 channels (ANALOG: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT OPTICAL: 4)
    • At 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz
    • Recording: 12 channels (ANALOG: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT Optical: 2)
    • Playback: 14 channels (ANALOG: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT OPTICAL: 2)
    • Sampling frequencies:192 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
    • Bit depth:24-bit
    • Interface:Thunderbolt
    • MIDI IN/OUT: 5-pin DIN jacks
    • Power supply: AD-19 DC12V 2A AC adapter
    • External dimensions: 6.2 in. (D) x 19 in. (W) x 1.8 in. (H) 157.65 mm (D) x 482.6 mm (W) x 46.03 mm (H)
    • Weight (main unit only): 4.4 pounds / 2.01 kg
  • Item Includes

    • Operation manual
    • Thunderbolt cable (1m)
    • Steinberg Cubase LE software online download

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