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ZOOM TAC-8
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Description

The rack-mountable 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.

Whether you want to record large scale multi-channel 24-bit/192 kHz sessions in your studio without worrying about latency or you want to bring your onstage performance to new heights, the TAC-8 allows you to take full advantage of today's latest technology.

  • 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 preamp and 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 connectors accept both mic and line?level signal
  • High?performance mic preamps with up to +60 dB of amplification
  • Hi?Z switches allow direct connection of electric guitar 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 dedicated volume controls
  • Large knob output volume control
  • 4x upsampling during A/D and D/A conversion for reduced noise and enhanced fidelity
  • Asynchronous transfer system unaffected by computer jitter
  • S/PDIF IN/OUT: 2IN / 2OUT, up to 24?bit/192 kHz audio resolution
  • 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 / 8 OUT 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

Technical 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 kΩ
1 MΩ (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 Ω

ANALOG OUTPUTS: PHONES 1/2
Connectors:

Standard stereo phone jacks
20 mW × 2 (into 32 Ω load)

Maximum output level:

+10 dBu

Output impedance:

33 Ω

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 Ω

OTHER
Frequency characteristics:

44.1 kHz: −1.0 dB, 20 Hz–20 kHz
96 kHz: −1.0 dB, 20 Hz–40 kHz
192 kHz: −1.0 dB, 20 Hz–60 kHz

Input conversion noise:

Measured EIN: 125 dB (IHF-A)
at 60dB, 150Ω input

Dynamic range:

AD: 120 dB typical (IHF-A)
DA: 120 dB typical (IHF-A)

Sampling frequencies:

192 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz

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)
157.65 mm (D) × 482.6 mm (W) × 46.03 mm (H)

Weight (main unit only):

4.4 pounds / 2.01 kg

 

Note: 0dBm?0.775Vrms

Number of recording and playback channels
At 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz:

Recording: 18 channels (ANALOG: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT Optical: 8)
Playback:   20 channels (ANALOG: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT OPTICAL: 8)

At 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz:

Recording: 14 channels (ANALOG: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT Optical: 4)
Playback:   16 channels (ANALOG: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT OPTICAL: 4)

At 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz:

Recording: 12 channels (ANALOG: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT Optical: 2)
Playback:   14 channels (ANALOG: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT OPTICAL: 2)

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