Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface for Mac

Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface for Mac

Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface for Mac

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Product Highlights

  • High-Speed Thunderbolt Connectivity
  • 2-In & 2-Out
  • Up to 24-Bit/192kHz
  • Ultra-Low Latency
  • 2x Balanced XLR/TRS Inputs with 48V
  • Hi-Z Input Jack for Electric Guitar
  • 2x Balanced TRS Outputs
  • Headphone Output with Level Control
  • 7-Position LED Metering
  • For Thunderbolt Equipped Mac Only
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  • 1Description

The Zoom TAC-2 is a compact 2-in, 2-out bus-powered Thunderbolt audio interface that allows for ultra-low latency and supports audio up to 24-bit/192kHz. It features two balanced XLR/TRS inputs with 48V phantom power, a Hi-Z input jack for electric guitars and basses and two balanced TRS outputs for connecting an amplifier or powered speakers.

The TAC-2 also features a Burr Brown PCM4202 analog-to-digital converter with mic preamps that provide up to +60dB of amplification. It uses the AKM AK4396 digital-to-analog converter to provide high-quality output to your monitors, and thanks to the Thunderbolt connectivity, provides lower latency than is possible with USB 3.0.

•Works with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.6.8 or later

•Dedicated headphone jack with independent level control

•7-position LED metering for input, output and headphone volume

•4x up-sampling during A/D and D/A conversion for reduced noise and enhanced fidelity

•Asynchronous transfer system unaffected by computer jitter

•Simple user interface-all operations controlled by a single rotary knob

•Bus powered--no AC power required

• Downloadable TAC-2 MixEfx software allows you to set mix parameters and add high-quality effects such as reverb and echo

•Rugged yet compact and lightweight

UPC: 884354012656
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Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface for Mac
  • 3.3' (1 m) Thunderbolt Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom TAC-2 specs

    Input Connectors XLR / TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot / TRS: TIP hot)
    Input Gain 0,9 to 60 dB (3 dB step)
    Input Impedance 3 kΩ
    Maximum Input Level +12 dBu (@ 0 dBFs)
    Output Connectors 1/4" TRS phone jack (balanced)
    Maximum Output Level +15 dBu (@ 0 dBFs)
    Output Impedance 100 Ω
    Headphone Connector 1/4" stereo phone jack
    20 mW + 20 mW (into 32Ω load)
    Maximum Headphone Output Level +10 dBu (@ 0 dBFs)
    AD/DA Conversion Type: 4 x up-sampling
    Chipset: Burr Brown PCM4202 (A/D), AKM AK4396 (D/A)
    Frequency Response -2.0 dB: 20 Hz - 50 kHz @ 192kHz setting
    -1.0 dB: 20 Hz - 34 kHz @ 96kHz setting
    -0.4 dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz @ 44.1kHz setting
    Dynamic Range A/D: 118dB typical (IHF-A)
    D/A: 120dB typical (IHF-A)
    S/N Ratio 125 dB (IHF-A) @ 60dB, 150 Ω input
    Audio Channels Recording: 2
    Playback: 2
    Sampling Frequency 92 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
    Bit Depth 24-bit
    Interface Thunderbolt
    Power Thunderbolt Bus Power
    Dimensions 5.1 x 4.7 x 2.0" (129.5 x 120.0 x 51.3 mm)
    Weight 14.8 oz (420 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.929 x 6.85 x 2.756"

    Zoom TAC-2 reviews

    TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface for Mac is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible interface Works okay in my DAW with very low latency but stutters in audio playback from a media player. Terrible drivers. The faceplate is plastic. The large knob is plastic and feels wobbly which doesn't say a lot to its $ pricetag. The control knob is notched which makes fine volume adjustments impossible. I question a lot of design aspects of this product which seems more like a $ value. I wanted to like it because of it's portability and ability to be powered solely by the thunderbolt port but this product is just a failure. You can get plenty more IO and stability from USB audio interfaces at this price. I'm returning this. Stay away!
    Date published: 2015-12-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Zoom Zoom Tac-2 Thunderbolt for Mac The unit is simple and very good however it was crashing my OSX Yosemite 10.10.1 so I needed to return.
    Date published: 2015-01-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great - unless you swap between programs I'm a video editor and swap frequently between Safari, Premiere, AE, and Spotify. This interface delivers great, acceptable quality through my monitors. However, the moment I switch out of Premiere onto say, Safari, I begin to get random crackles and pops due to some sort of discrepancy between each program's native audio signal output. That was a very brave stab at audio lingo, but I'm not claiming to be an expert in that field - however, these pops and crackles are annoying, and that's reason enough to want to get rid of these things.I've contacted multiple friends of mine who are engineers as WELL AS ZOOM - and the best answer my CS rep gave me at Zoom was This problem is normal and is actually found in a lot of interfaces out there - nothing we can do.Great. Long story short, looking to put this up on* sell for parts to the local mechanic. Steer clear all you Program Swappers!
    Date published: 2016-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Charming! Zoom Tac-2 has been around for I while. It caught my eye when I was shopping for a thunderbolt interface. There is zero latency on monitoring while playing. I figured this because, it's only two channel. Obviously thunderbolt can handle so much more. In my many years of recording I find myself stripping down all the unnecessary hoop raw such as 4-8 channels of recording, crazy amounts of unneeded preamps, and network cables that rivals AT&T. My setup: MacBook Air - Zoom TAC-2 - 2x Kustom PA-50 Speakers. The Daw I use is Garage Band. I love this setup the box is light but very well made. The single button rotary knob is perfect and requires a 30 second learning curve. It bus powered so the 9 hour Mac Air battery is more then capable of handling the Tac, 2 channels of phantom powered mics, and itself. The zoom software reverbs and delays are delightfully full and rich. The delay setting could use a tap tempo. (Only because I want to use it live). Drums are fun to record with two channels. Kick mic for the kick drum (w/Gate) and a stereo condenser microphone dead center over the drum to capture whole kit and room. Editing is a charm. I have a 88 key Casio (volume down as a controller) which I use for all my piano plug ins. It is midi through a Mio USB midi interface. I don't care at all, that the TAC-2 has no midi. I guess all I would add to this is a Thunderbolt to iOS Lightning Cable setup. The reviews below complain about crackling noise. I have never heard any crackling noise switching between softwares. Between: Garage Band, Reaper, Cubase 7, Safari, Apple Music, IK Multimedia Amprig 4, iMovie, and Spotify, there has been zero issues. I love zoom products and have several. I'd highly recommend the Zoom TAC-2 too everyone. Quite honestly I don't know why the market is lingering on USB 2.0... Kinda Ford Model T at this point in the game.
    Date published: 2016-10-27
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