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

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Zoom TAC-8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (18 x 20)
Key Features
  • 18 Inputs and 20 Outputs
  • Thunderbolt Connection
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
  • Ultra-Low Latency
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.
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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

Zoom TAC-8 Specs

Interface
Channels of I/O18 Inputs / 20 Outputs at 48 kHz
14 Inputs / 16 Outputs at 96 kHz
12 Inputs / 14 Outputs at 192 kHz
Max Sample Rate/Resolution96 kHz / 24-Bit
Connectivity
Host ConnectionThunderbolt (MDP) (Thunderbolt 1)
Analog I/O8 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Input
8 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Headphone Output
Phantom Power+48 V
Digital I/O1 x TOSLINK ADAT / S/MUX / S/PDIF Input
1 x TOSLINK ADAT / S/MUX / S/PDIF Output
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x BNC Input (Word Clock)
1 x BNC Output (Word Clock)
MIDI I/O1 x MIDI 5-Pin In
1 x MIDI 5-Pin Out
Performance
Frequency ResponseInterface:
20 Hz to 20 kHz -1 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
20 Hz to 40 kHz -1 dB (at 96 kHz)
20 Hz to 60 kHz -1 dB (at 192 kHz)
Gain/Trim RangeInputs:
0 to 60 dB
Max Input LevelMic Inputs:
+13 dBu
Line Inputs:
+21 dBu
Max Output LevelLine Outputs:
+14 dBu at 0 dBFS
Headphone Outputs:
+10 dBu at 0 dBFS
Headphone Output Power20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Dynamic RangeA/D Converters:
120 dB
D/A Converters:
120 dB
ImpedanceHi-Z Inputs:
1 Megohm
Mic/Line Inputs:
5 Kilohms
Outputs:
150 Ohms
Headphone Outputs:
33 Ohms
Word Clock:
75 Ohms
EINInputs:
125 dBA
Digital Audio
Sample Rates44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz
Bit Depth24-Bit
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.8.5 or Later
Power
AC/DC Power Adapter12 VDC at 2.0 A (Included)
Physical
Dimensions19 x 6.2 x 1.8" / 48.3 x 15.8 x 4.6 cm
Weight4.4 lb / 2.0 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23 x 7.5 x 3.9"
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