Zoom TAC-2R Two Channel Thunderbolt Interface

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Compact audio interface with lightning-fast Thunderbolt connectivity.

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

Drive your creativity with the TAC-2R today!


TAC-2R Two Channel Thunderbolt Interface Specifications:

  • Inputs
    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: +12dBu(@0dBFS)
    Phantom power: +48V
    1/4" phone jack(disables INPUT 1 when in use)
    Input impedance: 1MÎ
    Maximum Input level: +10 dBu (@0dBFS)
    1/4" TRS phone jack (Balanced)
    Maximum output level: +14 dBu (@0dBFS)
    Output impedance: 100Î
    Frequency response
    -1.0 dB: 20 Hz - 60 kHz @ 192kHz setting)
    -1.0 dB: 20 Hz - 40 kHz @ 96kHz setting)
    -1.0 dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz @ 44.1kHz setting)
    S/N ratio EIN
    125dB(IHF-A) @ 60dB, 150Î input
    Dynamic range
    A/D: 118dB typical (IHF-A)
    D/A: 120dB typical (IHF-A)
    Audio channels recording
    Audio channels playback
    Sampling frequency
    192kHz, 176.4kHz, 96kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz, 44.1kHz
    Bit depth
    IN / OUT (5 pin DIN jack)
    Thunderbolt Bus Power
    Power consumption
    10W maximum
    113.9 (D) x 176.0 (W) x 46.2 (H)mm
    1.6 lb.
    Included Accessories
    Operation manual, Thunderbolt cable
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