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/192 kHz. With its easy-to-use design and advanced converters, the TAC-2R is perfect for studio and field recording of microphones and instruments, onstage playback, and pristine audio streaming. It can even serve as an ultra-stable MIDI interface.
The Thunderbolt port on the rear panel carries digital signal to and from your computer in addition to providing power to the TAC-2R, which means no external power is required. Dual front panel combo XLR/TRS inputs allow you to connect a wide variety of microphones as well as line level signals from electronic keyboards and music players which includes 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 ¼" 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 electronic 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 over 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.
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 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz, the TAC-2R processes the signal at high resolution 176.4 kHz or 192 kHz. For A/D conversion, this means less aliasing noise; for D/A conversion, this means increased clarity and fidelity.
The Zoom TAC-2R comes with a free download license for Steinberg’s Cubase LE music production software, providing not just the ability to capture incredible high-resolution / low-latency audio in every box, but to do spectacular things with it.
TAC-2 MixEfx is a free Macintosh application designed specially by Zoom for the TAC-2R. With TAC-2 MixEfx, you can set mix parameters and add high-quality effects such as reverb and echo. Other features include a low cut filter, phase reverse, auto gain control for each input. TAC-2 MixEfx even has three memory slots for saving user settings with quick recall.
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