NAMM 2014: Zoom Introduces TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

2-in/2-out, 24-bit/192kHz interface      27/01/14

Zoom has introduced the TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface.

A spokesperson told us, "In today's world, speed is everything. The blazingly fast Zoom TAC-2 interface uses the latest Thunderbolt technology for ultra-low latency and the ultimate in high-quality audio, up to 24-bit/192kHz. Lightweight and portable, yet rugged enough for the road, the TAC-2 is also easy to use, with a single large rotary knob controlling all parameters. Whether using it in your home studio or on the road, you can rely on your TAC-2 to deliver pristine audio."

Features:

• 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
• +48V phantom power for each input
• Hi-Z input jack allows direct connection of electric guitar or bass
• Two balanced TRS output jacks for connection to amplifiers or self-powered speakers
• Dedicated headphone jack with independent level control
• 7-position LED metering for input, output and headphone volume
• High-performance Burr Brown 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
• Simple user interface--all operations controlled by a single rotary knob
• Bus powered--no AC power required
• Rugged yet compact and lightweight
• Works with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.8.5 or later


Pricing and Availability:
$499 (street price $399)

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2 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Mooz    Said...

2-in 2-out for $500.

Are they joking?

the Track16 offers ADAT, Guitar preamps, 4 ins and outs, MIDI and 2 headphone sockets for about that!

Zoom - too expensive and essentially pointless with such a lack of I/O options.

Here's a suggestion: A Thunderbolt peripheral device with no inputs (just a step below yours). I'd say it would run really fast!

27-Jan-14 06:53 AM


old fart    Said...

I'd buy a <$500 Thunderbolt interface for my laptop if it had a couple of inputs and MIDI I/O. Why?

To save USB ports for dongles and external input devices!

No MIDI = I still have to waste a USB port on MIDI.

But not even Zoom's first Thunderbolt product is cheap, and no TB audio interfaces yet feature MIDI. (Read: neither of the two interfaces available...)

27-Jan-14 09:25 AM


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