The compact, rugged TAC-2R audio interface uses the latest Thunderbolt technology for blazingly fast speed, near zero latency and the ultimate in high-quality audio, up to 24-bit/192kHz. With its easy-to-use design and advanced converters, the TAC-2R is perfect for studio and field recording of mics and instruments, onstage playback, and pristine a... Click To Read More About This Product
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The compact, rugged TAC-2R audio interface uses the latest Thunderbolt technology for blazingly fast speed, near zero latency and the ultimate in high-quality audio, up to 24-bit/192kHz. With its easy-to-use design and advanced converters, the TAC-2R is perfect for studio and field recording of mics and instruments, onstage playback, and pristine audio streaming. It can even serve as an ultra-stable MIDI interface.
In your home and office
Enhance the audio you enjoy everyday. Plug your headphones or speakers into the TAC-2R instead of your computer's audio outputs and enjoy streamed high-resolution audio-all the way up to 24-bit/192kHz-in full fidelity.
In the studio
The TAC-2R gives you all the tools you need to create great audio. Flexible routing options allow you to use a variety of microphones and instruments, with high-quality preamps to ensure crystal clear sound. There's even Direct Monitoring for zero latency overdubbing.
Make the MIDI connection
The TAC-2R serves as an ultra-stable MIDI interface too, allowing you to use your electronic keyboards and controllers as well as sound generating devices such as synthesizers and drum machines. The extreme speed and low latency of Thunderbolt ensure that your audio and MIDI tracks line up perfectly, every time.
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-2R are also unaffected by computer jitter (slight variations in timing), so there's no need to connect an external master clock source.
In addition, Thunderbolt carries 10 watts/18 volts of power (as compared to the 2.5 watts/ 5 volts carried by USB 2.0)-enough to provide stable phantom power. This also allows the use of high-end components such as the Burr Brown PCM4202 analog-to-digital converter and AKM AK4396 digital-to-analog converter in the TAC-2R.
The TAC-2R 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-2R 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.
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-2R-no external power required. Dual front panel combo XLR/TRS inputs allow you to connect a wide variety of microphones as well as line-level signals from electric keyboards and music players-even passive instruments such as electric guitars and basses.
Dual balanced TRS output jacks enable you to connect the TAC-2R to amplifiers or self-powered speakers, and there's an independent 1/4" stereo headphone jack with dedicated volume control for private monitoring of the input or output signal. In addition, MIDI In and Out is provided to allow precise synchronization with devices such as electric keyboards and drum machines.
Dedicated input gain controls and Clip LEDs make it easy to set optimum input levels, and a large Output knob enables fast control overall output level. A phantom power switch applies +48 volts to the mic inputs, allowing you to use the TAC-2R with studio-quality condenser microphones, and a three-way Direct Monitoring switch enables monitoring of input signal with zero latency in both mono and stereo.
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 accept both mic and line-level signal
Hi-Z switches allow direct connection of electric guitar or bass
Switchable +48V phantom power
Two balanced TRS output jacks for connection to amplifiers or self-powered speakers
1/4" headphone jack with dedicated level control
Independent gain controls and clip LEDs for each input
Large knob output volume control
Direct Monitoring switch for zero latency monitoring in mono or stereo
MIDI In and Out
High-performance mic preamps with up to +60dB of amplification
4x upsampling during A/D and D/A conversion for reduced noise and enhanced fidelity
Asynchronous transfer system unaffected by computer jitter
Bus powered”no AC power required
Robust metal housing ensures roadworthiness
Works with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.8.5 or later
XLR/TRS combo jacks
(XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
Input gain: 0, 9 to 60 dB (3dB steps)
Input impedance: 3kÎ
Maximum input level: +12dBuï¼ˆï¼ 0dBFSï¼‰
Phantom power: +48V
1/4" phone jack(disables INPUT 1 when in use)
Input impedance: 1MÎ
Maximum Input level: +10 dBu ï¼ˆï¼ 0dBFSï¼‰
1/4" TRS phone jack (Balanced)
Maximum output level: +14 dBu ï¼ˆï¼ 0dBFSï¼‰
Output impedance: 100Î
-1.0 dB: 20 Hz - 60 kHz @ 192kHz settingï¼‰
-1.0 dB: 20 Hz - 40 kHz @ 96kHz settingï¼‰
-1.0 dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz @ 44.1kHz settingï¼‰
S/N ratio EIN
125dB(IHF-A) @ 60dB, 150Î input
A/D: 118dB typical (IHF-A)
D/A: 120dB typical (IHF-A)
Audio channels recording
Audio channels playback
192kHz, 176.4kHz, 96kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz, 44.1kHz
IN / OUT (5 pin DIN jack)
Thunderbolt Bus Power
113.9 (D) x 176.0 (W) x 46.2 (H)mm
Operation manual, Thunderbolt cable
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Comments about Zoom TAC-2R Two Channel Thunderbolt Interface:
I use this product to record at home, just guitar and vocals. The thunderbolt connection makes a huge difference, as it provides near to zero latency.
Comments about Zoom TAC-2R Two Channel Thunderbolt Interface:
I bought this to leverage the Thunderbolt I/O of my MacBook Pro. I have a large recording rig for multi-channel that works great, but I wanted something for smaller single instrument or single mic recordings. The problem with this unit was that sound quality would degrade significantly over time. What I mean is that if you are adding a track while monitoring a previous or backing track, the prior track would begin to crackle and pop after about one minute. This is problematic when trying to record accurately, as a minute into a song, the reference audio would become inaudible behind the cracking.
I used the latest driver that Zoom offered, and tried reinstalling, etc. Nothing worked. I exchanged it at the local GC for a UA Apollo, and I'm glad that I did. I know it costs almost double (on sale now for $559!), but the Apollo has been flawless.