Zoom North America has debuted the new TAC-8 Thunderbolt audio converter, a single rack-space unit with 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. It records up to 192 kHz/24 bit. Zoom’s free TAC-8 MixEfx software extends functionality, enabling internal routing of all inputs to all outputs.
Dual headphone jacks are provided, 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. Sound quality is assured by the use of upsampling technology to eliminate aliasing noise during A/D conversion and increase clarity and definition during D/A conversion.
“The TAC-8 is the most advanced and feature-laden audio interface we’ve ever offered,” says Dan Gallagher, senior vice president of sales for Zoom North America. “It gives great sound and incredible power to musicians, producers, and sound engineers everywhere.”