Resident Audio T4 - Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Resident Audio T4 - Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Resident Audio T4 - Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 4 Input/4 Output
  • 4 Mic/Line/Instrument Preamps
  • Near-Zero Latency
  • Phantom Power
  • Up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Thunderbolt Bus Powered
  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 8
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  • 1Description

The T4 from Resident Audio is Thunderbolt equipped, four input, four output audio interface with support for 24-bit/96 kHz audio and near-zero latency for virtually instantaneous recording and playback. In addition, the unit is sturdy while being lightweight and truly portable by virtue of being entirely bus powered from the Thunderbolt port. Add a pair of MIDI I/O ports and the unit extends its usefulness for both studio and live applications.

Tilted tactile gain controls with three-color wraparound LEDs allow for quickly setting optimal levels, even in low-light onstage environments. Four combo XLR/TRS input jacks accept microphones, instruments and line-level devices, with phantom power available globally for all inputs, and four balanced TRS outputs provide for connection to speakers and external mixers. An auto-detecting Multichannel Output Mode and Smart Monitoring automatically switch the outputs between stereo and mono depending upon input configuration.

When a connection is made to output jack 4, the unit operates in multichannel mode. Four discrete monophonic output signals from the computer are routed to the corresponding four output jacks, with the live input signal sent to the headphone jack only. When no connection is made to output jack 4, the interface switches to stereo mix mode and all live input signals, along with all output signals from the computer are internally mixed to stereo and routed to outputs 1 and 2. In this mode, output 3 can be used as a second headphone source.

Four input, four output Thunderbolt audio interface
Near-zero latency for virtually instantaneous recording and playback
Support for 24-bit/96 kHz audio
Four microphone preamps
Four combo XLR/TRS inputs, each with input gain controls and three-color wraparound LEDs
Four balanced 1/4" TRS outputs
Dedicated headphone output and secondary headphone output
Input mix control to blend live signal with computer playback
Master "Big Knob" output control
Smart Monitoring automatically switches between stereo and mono
MIDI I/O
Phantom power allows use of condenser microphones
Bus-powered (no need for AC or batteries)
Compatible with Thunderbolt equipped Mac and select Windows computers
Includes all required software drivers
Lightweight and portable
Sturdy aluminum/acrylic chassis ensures roadworthiness
UPC: 610256703817
In the Box
Resident Audio T4 - Thunderbolt Audio Interface
  • 19.5" (0.5 m) Thunderbolt Cable
  • USB Card with T-Series Driver
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
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    Resident Audio T4 specs

    Converters 24-bit >100 dB dynamic range
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz
    Analog Input 4 x XLR/TRS combo
    Input Impedance Microphone: 1.5kΩ
    Line: 9.2kΩ
    Instrument: 1kΩ
    Dynamic Range Microphone: >92 dB
    Line: >95 dB
    Instrument: >91 dB
    Gain Microphone: +15 dB to +60 dB (45dB range)
    Line: +0 dB to +45 dB
    Instrument: +0 dB to +45 dB
    Maximum Input Level @ minimum gain
    Microphone: -1 dBu
    Line: +15 dBu
    Instrument: +15 dBu
    EIN Microphone: -124 dBu (gain +60 dB @150Ω termination)
    THD + N Microphone: > 0.009% (@1 kHz, -1 dBFS)
    Line: > 0.008%
    Instrument: > 0.01%
    Analog Output 4 x 1/4" TRS
    1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone
    Digital Input No
    Digital Output No
    MIDI In/Out 1 x 5-pin DIN In
    1 x 5-pin DIN Out
    Phantom Power +48V (global)
    Controls 4 x Trim with 0 to +35 dBu microphone gain range
    5 x LED clip indicators
    2 x Line/instrument switch
    1 x Input mix - blends live input signal with computer output signal
    1 x Big Knob - controls headphone level or Stereo Mix mode monitoring level
    Hardware 2 x Preamps per channel (microphone/instrument)
    Smart Monitoring: Stereo or mono, selected by line/instrument switch
    Stereo Mix Mode: All inputs and outputs to outputs 1 and 2 + output 3
    Multichannel Mode: 4 x Individual output channels
    Chassis: Aluminum/Acrylic
    Power Requirements Thunderbolt bus power
    System Requirements Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher
    Windows 8 or higher
    Supports ASIO, Core Audio, Windows Audio Session API (Windows 8)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.6 x 4.4 x 1.8" (269 x 112 x 46 mm)
    Weight 2.3 lb (1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.8 x 8.1 x 3.3"

    Resident Audio T4 reviews

    T4 - Thunderbolt Audio Interface is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I play in a New Order tribute band called Substance. I run my sequences and click track in Apple Main Stage on a MacBook Air. I wanted to find a Thunderbolt audio interface so i didn't have to use a USB hub live. We have a couple USB keyboard controllers that take up the 2 USB connections available on the MB Air. This interface works great and is built like a tank. I can't believe the price! I love that it has 4 outputs. I can send my drummer his own feeds of the sequence and click seperately so he can mix to his liking. I highly recommend this product.
    Date published: 2015-12-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple but works great I've used this to record live vocals, guitar and horns. The latency on my mid 2014 Macbook pro using Ableton Live is not even an issue and the sound is great. On paper it looks like this unit is lacking because it has limited options for live monitoring & audio routing and the only built in software is a simple controls panel to adjust inputs and outputs (no built in effects). In practice, I find that those things don't matter because the latency is so low that can use the built in effects and monitoring options that come with all DAW software. The thunderbolt interface is so fast that I find myself not even using the direct monitor option on the interface. The lack of real meters is a bit of a drawback, but instead it has color coded rings around on the input knobs: green for signal preset, orange for hot signal and red for overload. These work fine and I find I don't even need to use the software panel which does have full bar meters if you need them. The color coding on the software panel is not so great for people like me with a color deficiency: Light green meter bars on a high gray background but as I said I don't need it anyway. For $ you get great sound & latency, and the ability to record 4 tracks at a time!
    Date published: 2016-02-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Newer Mac users beware! Bought this interface only to find that I can't connect it to my new iMac, which has Thunderbolt 3. The device comes with Thunderbolt 2. The APPLE Thunderbolt 3 Adapter DOES NOT WORK WITH THIS DEVICE. Support from Resident Audio was quick, but the only adapter that will work is a "Cable Matters" adapter ...at 2-3 times the price. THIS IS A KNOWN ISSUE that RA has NOT posted in the specs on their site. Also, be careful installing the driver. After much troubleshooting, I had to re-install the OS because it froze my machine. Turns out RA gives conflicting order of installation on their site video vs in the guide in the package. Too bad. Maybe it's a good device? Don't know.
    Date published: 2018-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great. It is very easy to setup and use. No problems.
    Date published: 2016-07-27
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