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Zoom TAC-8
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The Zoom TAC-8 audio interface is designed to act as the central hub in both professional and home environments.
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The Zoom TAC-8 audio interface is designed to act as the central hub in both professional and home environments. It provides 8 analog inputs and 10 analog outputs, 10 digital inputs and outputs (in both S/PDIF and ADAT Optical formats), and both Word Clock and MIDI I/O.

With 8 analog inputs, 10 digital inputs, and the ability to record and play back 8 channels simultaneously, the TAC-8 allows you to record what you want, when you want. Lay down full backing tracks—drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, even vocals—at the same time, or go big with an 8-mic drum setup, or anything in-between. Thunderbolt's speed ensures you won’t have to deal with latency issues, and the TAC-8's built-in software mixer and flexible output options let you customize each session to your needs.

Zoom TAC-8 Features:

  • 18-in/20-out high speed Thunderbolt™ audio interface
  • Record and play back 8 tracks simultaneously
  • Standalone mode allows use as an 8-channel mic preampand A/D or D/A converter without connection to a computer
  • Support for up to 24-bit/192 kHz high-definition audio
  • Near-zero latency audio streaming
  • 8 combo balanced XLR/TRS analog input connectorsaccept both mic and line-level signal
  • High-performance mic preamps with up to +60 dB ofamplification
  • Hi-Z switches allow direct connection of electricguitar or bass (INPUT1, INPUT2)
  • 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 dedicatedvolume controls
  • Large knob output volume control
  • 4x upsampling during A/D and D/A conversion forreduced noise and enhanced fidelity
  • Asynchronous transfer system unaffected by computerjitter
  • S/PDIF IN/OUT: 2IN / 2OUT, up to 24-bit/192 kHz audioresolution
  • 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 / 8OUT at 48/44.1 kHz
  • Word Clock in/out 
  • Clock source indicator
  • MIDI in/out
  • Rack-mountable (1U space)
  • Robust metal housing
  • Works with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • Includes: operation manual, AD-19 AC adapter, and Steinberg Cubase LEsoftware online download

Zoom TAC-8 Specifications:

  • Analog Inputs: INPUTS 1–8
    • Connectors: XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
    • Input gain: 0–60 dB (1 dB steps)
    • Input impedance: 5 kOhms, 1 MOhms (When IN1/IN2 Hi-Z on)
    • Maximum input level: +13 dBu (XLR at 0 dBFS), +21 dBu (TRS at 0 dBFS)
    • Phantom power: +48 V
  • Analog Outputs: Master Outputs
    • L/R Connectors: TRS jacks (balanced)
  • Analog Outputs: Line Outputs 1-8
    • Maximum output level: +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
    • Output impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Analog Outputs: Phones 1/2
    • Connectors: Standard stero phone jacks, 20 mW x 2 (into 32 Ohms load)
    • Maximum output level: +10 dBu
    • Output impedance: 33 Ohms
  • Digital In/Out: ADAT Optical
    • Connectors:
      • ADAT Optical (lightpipe)
      • 8 IN/OUT: 44.1 kHz/48 kHz
      • 4 IN/OUT: 88.2kHz/96kHz, S/MUX compatible
      • 2 IN/OUT: 176.4kHz/192kHz, S/MUX4 compatible
  • Digital In/Out: S/PDIF
    • Connectors: RCA (coaxial)
    • Supported sampling frequencies: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
  • Digital In/Out: Word Clock
    • Connectors: BNC
    • Supported sampling frequencies: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
    • Output impedance: 75 Ohms
  • Other:
    • Bit depth: 24-bit
    • Interface: Thunderbolt
    • Midi In/Out: 5-pin DIN jacks
    • Power Supply: AD-19 DC12V 2A AC adapter
    • External dimensions: 6.2 in. (D) × 19 in. (W) ×  1.8 in. (H)
    • Weight (main unit only): 4.4 lbs

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