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ZOOM TAC-8

8-ch Thunderbolt Audio Converter

Order Code: TAC-8
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Our Price: $1,098.00

Taking full advantage of the power of Thunderbolt, TAC-8 is a multi-talented studio workhorse, not a one-trick pony.

Plenty of analogue, plenty of digital:
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 ¼" TRS output jacks are set aside for your monitors, and there are also 8 discrete balanced TRS analog line outputs. A large front-panel Output knob offers fast control over output level, and there are two independent ¼" stereo headphone jacks, each with volume control

10 channels of digital inputs and outputs, including 8 channels of I/O on ADAT Optical connectors, plus S/PDIF. Yes, there is Word Clock I/O. Yes, there is MIDI I/O on the back as well.

Stand-alone mode:
TAC-8 can be used as an 8-channel mic preamp and analog-to-digital or digital-to-analog converter without being connected to a computer. It performs 4-times upsampling during both analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion. In other words, when the sampling frequency is set to 44.1kHz or 48kHz, the signal is processed at high-resolution 176.4 kHz or 192 kHz, respectively. For A/D conversion, this means less aliasing noise; for D/A conversion, this means increased clarity and fidelity.

Thunderbolt an issue for you? You may prefer to look at UAC-8 (USB 3.0 interface)

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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/192 kHz 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 +60 dB 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/192 kHz audio resolution
  • ADAT Optical IN/OUT: 2 IN / 2 OUT at 192/176.4 kHz (S/MUX4 compatible), 4 IN/4 OUT at 96/88.2 kHz (S/MUX compatible), 8 IN / 8 OUT at 48/44.1 kHz
  • 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 10.9.5 or later