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Zoom TAC-2 Two Channel Thunderbolt Interface   

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In today's world, speed is everything. The blazingly fast Zoom TAC-2 interface uses the latest Thunderbolt technology for ultra-low latency and the u...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Bus-pwered audio interface.

In today's world, speed is everything. The blazingly fast Zoom TAC-2 interface uses the latest Thunderbolt technology for ultra-low latency and the ultimate in high-quality audio, up to 24-bit/192kHz. Lightweight and portable, the TAC-2 is also easy to use, with a single large rotary knob controlling all parameters.


Thunderbolt: The ultimate in high-speed connectivity
More than twice as fast as USB 3.0-not to mention twenty times faster than USB 2.0 and twelve times faster than Firewire 800-Thunderbolt is the interconnection technology of the future. Co-developed by Apple and Intel Labs, it allows signal to be transferred at an incredibly fast 10 gigabits per second, which means virtually no latency.* Thunderbolt interfaces such as the TAC-2 are also unaffected by computer jitter (slight variations in timing), so there's no need to connect an external master clock source.

The TAC-2 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 TAC-2 processes the signal at high resolution 176.4kHz or 192kHz. For A/D conversion, this means less aliasing noise; for D/A conversion, this means increased clarity and fidelity.

* Latency time in the TAC-2 is just 4.17 msec round trip when operating at a 44.1kHz sampling rate with a 64 sample buffer size.


The Ins and Outs
The Thunderbolt port on the rear panel carries digital signal to and from your computer as well as carrying power to the TAC-2. Two combo XLR/TRS inputs are provided for the connection of mic- and line-level signals, and there's a handy Hi-Z (high impedance) unbalanced input on the front panel for direct connection of passive electric guitars and basses using a standard ¼" guitar cable. The TAC-2 also offers two balanced TRS output jacks which allow you to connect the TAC-2 to your monitors, as well as a dedicated ¼" stereo headphone jack.

The TAC-2's single rotary control knob is used to set input, output and headphone levels and to provide +48 volts of phantom power to the selected input, allowing you to use the TAC-2 with any kind of microphone, from low-cost dynamics to expensive studio-quality condensers. Seven-position LEDs show continuous signal strength as well as input/output overload clipping.


Zoom TAC-2 MixEfx
TAC-2 MixEfx is a free Macintosh application designed specially for the TAC-2. With TAC-2 MixEfx, you can set mix parameters and add high-quality effects such as reverb and echo. Other features include a low cut filter, phase reverse, AUTO GAIN control for each input. There's also a LOOPBACK function that allows you to blend the input signal and playback signal for zero latency. TAC-2 MixEfx has three memory slots for saving user settings with quick recall.

FEATURES
  • 2-in/2-out high speed Thunderbolt. audio interface
  • Support for recording and playback up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Ultra-low latency audio streaming
  • Two combo balanced XLR/TRS input connectors
  • +48V phantom power for each input
  • Hi-Z input jack allows direct connection of electric guitar or bass
  • Two balanced TRS output jacks for connection to ampliers or self-powered speakers
  • Dedicated headphone jack with independent level control
  • High-performance Burr Brown mic preamps with up to +60dB of amplication
  • Simple user interface: All operations controlled by a single rotary knob
  • Bus powered: No AC power required
  • DSP Virtual mixer
SPECIFICATIONS

TAC-2 Two Channel Thunderbolt Interface

  • Inputs
    INPUT 1/2 connectors
    Type: XLR/TRS combo jacks
    (XLR: 2 hot / TRS: TIP hot)
    Input gain: 0, 9 to 60 dB (3dB step)
    Input impedance: 3kÎ
    Maximum input level: +12 dBu (@0dBFs)
    Phantom power: +48V
    Hi-Z (INPUT1) connector
    Type: 1/4" phone jack
    Input impedance: 1MÎ
    Maximum input level: +10 dBu (@0dBFs)
    Outputs
    L/R connector
    Type: 1/4" TRS phone jack (Balanced)
    Maximum output level: +14 dBu (@0dBFs)
    Output impedance: 100Î
    PHONES connector
    Type: 1/4" stereo phone jack
    20mW + 20mW (into 32Î load)
    Maximum output level: +8 dBu (@0dBFs)
    Output impedance: 30Î
    Audio channels (recording): 2
    Audio channels (playback): 2
    S/N ratio EIN: 125dB (IHF-A) @ 60dB, 150Î input
    Sampling frequency: 192kHz, 176.4kHz, 96kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz, 44.1kHz
    Bit depth: 24-bit
    AD/DA conversion
    Type: 4x upsampling
    Chipset: Burr Brown PCM4202 (A/D)
    AKM AK4396 (D/A)
    Frequency response: -2.0 dB: 20 Hz - 60 kHz @ 192kHz
    -2.0 dB: 20 Hz - 40 kHz @ 96kHz
    -2.0 dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz @ 44.1kHz
    Dynamic range
    A/D: 118dB typical (IHF-A)
    D/A: 120dB typical (IHF-A)
    Interface: Thunderbolt
    Power: Thunderbolt Bus Power
    Dimensions: 129.5mm(D) x 120.0mm(W) x 51.3mm (H)
    Weight: 420g

    Included with the TAC-2:
    Operation manual
    Thunderbolt cable (1m)
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ZoomTAC-2 Two Channel Thunderbolt Interface
 
5.0

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5.0

So far it's been great.

By Matt

from Champaign, Illinois

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Zoom TAC-2 Two Channel Thunderbolt Interface:

    This is the first interface I have purchased so I can't compare this to the high end units like the Apollo. But so far I've been totally pleased with its performance and ease of use. No issues whatsoever regarding latency or the drivers working with my iMac. It does well with guitars and line level inputs. Synths and mics are no problem. I've always associated Zoom with effects for noobs but the Tac2 has destroyed that stigma with the strength of a thousand atom bombs.

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    5.0

    Pleasantly Surprised Great Quality!

    By Patrick

    from Central Arkansas

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Zoom TAC-2 Two Channel Thunderbolt Interface:

      I took a chance on this item with no reviews and not a lot of info out there on the internet. I'm glad I did. I owned a Zoom R24 for many years and loved the quality and ability but my situation changed.

      Both of my computers (desktop and laptop) have thunderbolt. I wanted something more portable. This unit is bus driven so there is only one thunderbolt cable to plug in. Very easy to use on the go!

      Sound quality is superb. Ease of use is a single knob/button no-brainer! The software effects and mixer installed easily and has given neither of my systems any trouble!

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