Zoom TAC-8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (18 x 20)

Zoom TAC-8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (18 x 20)

Zoom TAC-8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (18 x 20)

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Product Highlights

  • 18 Inputs and 20 Outputs
  • Thunderbolt Connection
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
  • Ultra-Low Latency
  • 8x Microphone Preamps w/ 60 dB of Gain
  • Two Headphone Outputs
  • Two Hi-Z Instrument Inputs
  • ADAT Optical and S/PDIF Connections
  • MixEfx Mixer Software Included
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Zoom TAC-8 overview

  • 1Description

The rack-mountable TAC-8 from Zoom is an 18-input / 20-output Thunderbolt interface designed to form the central hub to any professional or home studio environment. The unit offers 8 analog inputs, 10 analog outputs, and 10 digital inputs and outputs via ADAT optical and S/PDIF connections. Additional I/Os include Word Clock and MIDI. The high-performance Thunderbolt connection provides 8 channels of simultaneous recording and playback with ultra-low latency at 24-bit / 192 kHz.

The front panel offers 8 XLR/TRS combo jacks which work with microphone- and line-level signals. Additionally, inputs 1 & 2 offer Hi-Z instrument inputs, while all channels offer +48V phantom power switchable in two banks of four (1-4 and 5-8). A large knob controls the main output levels, while two independent volume controls are provided for the 1/4" headphone outputs. The rear panel offers dual balanced analog TRS main outputs with an additional 8 TRS outputs for multi-channel monitoring or external effects processing.

The TAC-8 can operate as a stand-alone microphone preamp and ADDA converter without being connected to a computer. The included MixEfx software provides a comprehensive onscreen mixer with independent level, phase reversal, and panning controls for each channel. The software allows you to route any input to all outputs and create custom mixes for each pair of outputs. Three mixes can be saved to the memory slots for instant and total recall. The TAC-8 ships with a power adapter.

  • 18-in/20-out high-speed Thunderbolt audio interface
  • Record and play back 8 tracks simultaneously
  • Support for up to 24-bit/192 kHz high-definition audio
  • Ultra-low 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 (Input 1, Input 2)
  • 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
  • Robust metal housing ensures roadworthiness
  • S/PDIF In/Out: 2 In / 2 Out, 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)
  • Works with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.8.5 or later
  • Steinberg Cubase LE software download
UPC: 884354014568
In the Box
Zoom TAC-8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (18 x 20)
  • Power Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Zoom TAC-8 specs

    Analog Inputs Inputs 1-8
    XLR/TRS combo jacks
    (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
    Input Gain: 0 to 60 dB (1 dB steps)
    Input Impedance: 5 kOhms, 1 MOhm (when Hi-Z on)
    Maximum Input Level: +13 dBu (@ 0 dBFS / XLR), +21 dBu (@ 0 dBFS / TRS)
    Phantom Power: +48 V
    Analog Outputs Master L/R & Outputs 1-8
    1/4" TRS phone jack (balanced)
    Maximum Output Level: +14 dBu (@ 0 dBFS)
    Output Impedance: 150 ohms

    Phones 1/2
    1/4" stereo phone jack
    20 mW + 20 mW (into 32 ohms load)
    Maximum Output Level: +10 dBu (@ 0 dBFS)
    Output impedance: 33 ohms
    Digital In/Out ADAT Optical (Lightpipe)
    RCA (coaxial)
    8 In/8 Out @ 44.1 kHz/48 kHz
    4 In/4 Out @ 88.2 kHz/96 kHz, S/MUX compatible
    2 In/2 Out @ 176.4 kHz/192 kHz, S/MUX4 compatible

    Supported Sampling Frequencies: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz

    Word Clock
    Supported Sampling Frequencies: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
    Output Impedance: 75 ohms
    Frequency Characteristics -1.0 dB: 20 Hz to 60 kHz (@ 192 kHz)
    -1.0 dB: 20 Hz to 40 kHz (@ 96 kHz)
    -1.0 dB: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (@ 44.1 kHz)
    Input Noise Measured EIN: 125 dB (IHF-A), @ 60 dB, 150 ohms input
    Dynamic Range A/D: 120 dB typical (IHF-A)
    D/A: 120 dB typical (IHF-A)
    Channels Recording Channels / Playback Channels

    At 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz Sampling
    Recording: 18 channels (Analog: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT: 8)
    Playback: 20 channels (Analog: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT: 8)
    At 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz Sampling
    Recording: 14 channels (Analog: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT: 4)
    Playback: 16 channels (Analog: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT: 4)
    At 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz Sampling
    Recording: 12 channels (Analog: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT: 2)
    Playback: 14 channels (Analog: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT: 2)
    Sampling Frequencies 192, 176.4, 96, 88.2, 48, 44.1 kHz
    Bit Depth 24-bit
    Interface Thunderbolt
    Supported OS Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later
    MIDI In / Out (5-pin DIN jacks)
    Power AC Adapter: 12 VDC, 2.0 A (AD-19)
    Dimensions (D x W x H) 6.2 x 19.0 x 1.8" / 15.8 x 48.3 x 4.6 cm
    Weight 4.4 lb / 2.0 kg
    Packaging Infoytvquaebffaazu
    Package Weight 6.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.0 x 7.5 x 3.9"

    Zoom TAC-8 reviews

    TAC-8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (18 x 20) is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid gear I bought this to use with a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X. This Thunderbolt interface is fast and reliable. Ive used other interfaces with FireWire and USB and would experience dropouts and crashes especially with large projects. So far, I have had no issues with this unit. It's well built and very solid. A bit pricey but this is a quality unit.
    Date published: 2015-12-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tac 8 setup I/O confusing outputs 1&2 really start at 3&4, really frustrating to work with
    Date published: 2015-03-12
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