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Impact Twin Next Generation Firewire Interface

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Overview

An elite FireWire interface with 2 mic preamps, 14 ins/14 outs, 24-bit/192kHz HD conversion, and more.

Impact Twin is a state-of-the-art audio interface that features groundbreaking technology to ensure that the music you record sounds as good on the inside of your computer as it does on the outside. With the built-in preamp, converters, and recording tools, the TC Electronic Impact Twin offers a pristine path for your music to follow.

The interface's two mic preamps use TC Electronic's Impact III Technology which itself features three stages of top-level processing. You get a high-quality and very flexible mic preamp, superior 24-bit/192kHz HD conversion, plus a set of recording channel tools that lets you shape and optimize your sound making it the perfect recording. With each of these stages carefully combined behind Impact Twin's rugged and cool looking exterior, you have a FireWire interface you can take anywhere that offers the ultimate in recording quality.

The Impact III mic preamp makes the best of any microphone. Whether you record with the finest vintage tube mics, the most demanding low-budget condensers, or even a handheld dynamic, Impact Twin has been designed from the ground up to maximize the signal you record into your DAW. The preamps gives you maximum flexibility, and whether you're recording instrument, line, or mic; or with or without phantom power; the Impact Twin is one audio interface that works the way you need it to.

However, it's not all about the preamps. If your signal path doesn't then lead on to quality converters then you may as well pack up and go home. The TC Electronic Impact Twin's 24-bit/192kHz HD convertors let you select your conversion rate - all the way from 44.1kHz to the high-definition 192kHz - for the ultimate in pristine audio capture and maintaining the essential transients of your sound.

For years, TC Electronics has been an innovator in the world of signal enhancement, and Impact Twin includes essential recording channel tools that go even further to optimize your sound with onboard EQ, compressor and de-esser that quickly, simply, and invisibly tame and enhance those signals - no matter what you're recording.

Features

  • Two mic preamps featuring IMPACT III technology
  • 14 ins and 14 outs give you the flexibility to record and monitor just about any device you can think of
  • Channel Tools quickly and easily optimize the tone of your recordings
  • The tone of your guitars is beautifully preserved with two front-panel mounted Hi-Z guitar-optimized inputs
  • Direct monitor reverb
  • provides a simple way to add reverb at the monitor stage so singers can enjoy quality reverb through their headphones
  • iCheck (Integrity Check) feature provides a shortcut for revealing artifacts of data reduction ” essential when encoding MP3 or AAC files
  • M40 Studio Reverb is based on algorithm from TC Electronic's acclaimed Reverb 4000 processor Multipurpose ResFilter provides ultra-fat filter sound.
  • Assimilator EQ curve assimilation tool lets you quickly grab an EQ curve from any sound and apply it to your own
  • Quick compressor access and feedback
  • JetPLL jitter reduction
  • 24-bit/192kHz HD conversion
  • Ableton Live Lite 8 TC Electronic Edition included
  • Acrylic front panel
  • Plated and coated steel back plate
  • Rubber coated soft touch cover surrounding metal chassis
  • 3 LEDs per channel
  • Mains Power Supply (included)
  • 12V DC, adapter for 90 to 240 VAC, 50Hz to 60Hz (auto select)
  • 1-year warranty parts and labor

You created your perfect sound. Own this TC Electronic FireWire interface to capture it as you hear it.

Specs

Impact Twin Next Generation Firewire Interface Specifications:

Digital Inputs and Outputs
  • Connector (S/PDIF): RCA Phono, 75 Ohm
  • Formats (S/PDIF and TOSLINK) S/PDIF (24-bit), IEC 958, Pro-status bits
  • Connector (ADAT or TOSLINK): Optical Pipe
  • Format (ADAT): 8-ch. @ 48kHz, 4-ch. SMUX @ 96kHz
  • Digital IO engine: TCAT DICE II, handling all IO formats
Clock and Jitter:
  • Internal sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz
  • External sample rates: 43 to 193kHz, jitter rejection at all rates
  • Jitter rejection engine: JET technology in TCAT DICE II
  • Jitter rejection filter (4th order): > 3dB @ 10Hz, > 100dB @ 600Hz
  • DIO interface jitter: < 1 ns peak, BW: 700Hz to 100kHz
    AD/DA conversion jitter: < 42 ps RMS, BW: 100Hz to 40kHz
    Digital output phase (stand-alone and across network): < 0.5 % of Sample Period
    Input slip sample tolerance(all DIs): +50 % to -50 % of sample period
  • Processing delay DIO @ 96/48kHz: 0.15/0.3ms
  • Frequency response DIO: DC to 23.9kHz &plumsn; 0.01dB @ 48kHz
Line Inputs Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Connectors: 1/4" Phone Jack (balanced)
  • Impedance, Bal./Unbal.: 20 kOhm/25 kOhm
  • Full scale input level @ 0dBFS: +13dBu
  • THD+N: < -100dB (0.001 %) @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
    SNR: >111dB(A), >108dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Frequency response: +0/-0.5dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Crosstalk: < -100dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
ADC
  • A to D conversion: 24-bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream
  • A to D delay: 0.68ms / 0.63ms @ 44.1kHz / 48kHz
Mic. Inputs Ch. 1, 2
  • Connectors: Neutrik Combo (XLR)
  • Sensitivity full range pad on/off: -10/+10dBu <> -52/ -32dBu
  • Total preamp gain: 62dB
  • Impedance, Pad on/off: 2000/1300 ohm
  • NF @ Rg = 150 ohm, Max. Gain: < 4dB
    EIN @ Rg = 150 ohm, Max. Gain: < -127dBu
    THD+N, Min. Gain: < -100dB (0.001%) @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
    SNR, Min. Gain: >109dB(A), >106dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
48-bit Precision EQ
  • Hi Gain: +/- 12dB
  • Hi Frequency: 200Hz to 40kHz
  • Hi Bell: On: 6dB/oct. shelve / Off: Parametric
  • Hi Mid Gain: +/- 12dB
  • Hi Mid Frequency: 200Hz to 20kHz
  • Hi Mid Bandwith: 0.10 to 4.0
  • Lo Mid Gain: +/- 12dB
  • Lo Mid Frequency: 20Hz to 2kHz
  • Lo Mid Bandwidth: 0.10 to 4.0
  • Lo Gain: +/- 12dB (only available when Lo cut is off)
  • Lo frequency: 20Hz - 400Hz
  • Lo CUT: On: Cut / Off: 6dB/oct. shelve
Compression/De-Essing
  • Compression/De-Essing styles: "Female Voice", "SoftFemale Voice", "HardMale Voice", "SoftMale "Voice", "Hard", "Guitar", "Bass", "Speak", "Sax", "Trumpet", "Snare", "Percussion", "All purpose"
Instr. Inputs Ch. 1, 2
  • Connectors: Neutrik Combo (1/4" phone jack)
  • Sensitivity Range: -25dBu <> +17dBu
  • Total Preamp gain: 42dB
  • Impedance: 1 MOhm
  • THD+N, Min. Gain: < -100dB (0.001%) @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
    SNR, Min. Gain: >107dB(A), >104dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Crosstalk: < -100dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Monitor/Line Outputs Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4:
  • Connectors: 1/4" phone jack, ground sensing design
  • Impedance: < 100 Ohm
    Level Range (Ch. 1, 2): -40dBu <> +12dBu (analog gain scale)
  • Fixed Full Scale Range (Ch. 3, 4): +12dBu
  • THD+N: < -94dB (0.002%) @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
    SNR: >111dB(A), >108dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Freq. Response: +0/-0.1dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Crosstalk: < -100dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
DAC
  • D to A Conversion: 24-bit, 128 x Oversampling Bitstream
  • D to A Delay: 0.70ms / 0.65ms @ 44.1kHz / 48kHz
Headphone Outputs
  • Connectors: 2 x 1/4" Phone Jack (Stereo)
  • Impedance: 80 Ohm
  • Gain level range: -80dBu <> +16dBu @ 300 ohm (analog gain scale)
  • THD+N: < -94dB (0.002%) @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
    SNR: >103dB(A), > 100dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Freq. response: +0/-0.1dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Crosstalk: < -100dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
    Power @ 40Ohm Load: 200mW
  • Power @ 600Ohm Load: 93mW
  • EMC complies with: EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22 Class B
  • EMC certified to: IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL60065 and CSA, E60065 CSA FILE #LR108093
  • Operating Temperature: 32 F to 122 F (0 C to 50 C)
  • Storage Temperature: -22 F to 167 F (-30 C to 70 C)
  • Humidity: Max. 90% non-condensing
  • Control interface: MIDI
  • In/Out: 5-Pin DIN
  • FireWire (DAW): IEEE 1394a, IEC 61883
  • PPM meter (Ch. 1, 2)
  • FireWire bus-powered: 8 to 30 VDC
  • Power consumption: less than 14W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 9.28" x 2.48" x 9.5" (235.8 x 63 x 241.2 mm)
  • Weight: 3.3lb. (1.5kg)
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