ZOOM TAC-8 Multichannel Interface Brings Thunderbolt to the Masses
Comprehensive I/O routing at Thunderbolt™ speed
January 22, 2015 — ZOOM Corporation today debuted the TAC-8 ThunderboltTM Audio Converter.
The single rack-space TAC-8 provides 8 front-panel analog XLR/TRS combo inputs each with Phantom Power and a dedicated gain control, for the connection of mic- and line-level signals. Two of the inputs can be used for Hi-Z input from electric guitar or bass. The TAC-8 also provides a total 10 balanced line-level analog outputs as well as SPDIF and ADAT optical digital inputs and outputs.
The TAC-8 records up to 24-bit / 192kHz. Zoom's free TAC-8 MixEfx software extends functionality further still, enabling internal routing of all inputs to all outputs.
The TAC-8 provides dual headphone jacks, each with their own dedicated volume control, allowing individual output pairs to be monitored. In addition, MIDI In and Out is provided for precise synchronization with devices such as sequencers and electronic keyboards.
The TAC-8 is compatible with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.8.5 or later. The fastest data transfer protocol ever developed, Thunderbolt provides extremely low latency for virtually instantaneous recording and playback. Extraordinary sound quality is assured by the TAC-8's use of upsampling technology to eliminate aliasing noise during A/D conversion and increase clarity and definition during D/A conversion.
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