Our take on the Zoom TAC-2
The need for speed
You might think speed doesn't have much value in music production. But when you're recording with a computer and an interface, data transfer speed is an important consideration. The Zoom TAC-2 relies on a high-speed Thunderbolt connection, found exclusively on Macintosh® computers. This connection ensures minimal latency, so you can add more effects to your recordings without bogging down your computer. This 2-input, 2-output interface lets you turn your simple song ideas into finished masterpieces. Connect it to your computer, open up GarageBand® or your digital audio workstation of choice, and start tracking instruments and vocals in minutes.
The free MixEfx app for Mac offers mixing and effects features like reverb and echo for recording with the TAC-2.
The Thunderbolt edge
For Mac® users, A Thunderbolt interface offers lots of advantages. As its name implies, Thunderbolt offers lightning-quick data transfer that's 20 times faster than a USB 2.0 connection. That means fewer latency problems as you record and monitor with effects. Plus, because Thunderbolt is an asynchronous transfer system, it's not affected by computer timing errors, or jitter. That means your music will sound cleaner and more accurate. Thunderbolt also delivers higher power output than USB, ensuring stable phantom power when you plug a condenser microphone into the TAC-2.
Mic, line, and instrument inputs
Though it weighs less than a pound, the Zoom TAC-2 has all the connections you need to get started making music. There are two combination XLR/TRS inputs — balanced connections for microphones (including condenser mics), keyboards, drum machines, sequencers, or other line-level sources. There's also a high-Z instrument input, so you can plug in a 1/4" cable from an electric guitar or bass. Stereo TRS outputs allow connection to your studio monitors, an amplifier, or even a mixing board at a live venue to use your Mac as an instrument on stage. The 1/4" headphone jack lets you monitor your tracking with your favorite studio headphones.
Free mixing app for Mac
Before you start connecting your guitar or mic to lay down some tracks, download the free Zoom MixEfx app first. It allows you to add effects to your input signals and set mix parameters like stereo pan and gain in an intuitive on-screen interface. Add reverb and echo to add depth and presence to vocals. You can save your parameters as presets for use with future recordings. For monitoring, blend the input and computer-returned signals to handle any latency issues that may arise from piling on effects in your DAW.
Studio-quality digital and analog conversion
The TAC-2 uses sophisticated converters to turn analog input signals into digital bitstreams for your computer. Burr-Brown preamps and analog-to-digital converters offer studio-quality 24-bit recording at sampling rates up to 192kHz. Automatic upsampling is applied to both digital and analog conversion — up to four times the native resolution — to improve fidelity for professional-sounding recordings. This also means you can also use the TAC-2 to enjoy your favorite high-resolution music files on your computer with added depth and detail.
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- 2-input, 2-output computer audio interface
- high-performance Burr-Brown mic preamps with +48V phantom power and up to +60dB of amplification
- free MixEfx app for Mac lets you apply reverb, echo, and low-cut filter effects to input signals for low-latency monitoring
- Thunderbolt connection to your Mac allows for ultra-high-speed data transfer (not compatible with Windows® machines)
- allows you to use your computer as an on-stage instrument when connected to a mixing board
- analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
- bus-powered, no AC power adapter required
- 2 combination XLR/TRS (1/4") balanced mic/line inputs for use with microphones, keyboards, drum machines and other sources
- 1/4" high-Z instrument input for direct connection of electric guitars and basses
- one pair of 1/4" TRS left/right outputs for connection to powered monitors or a mixing board
- Thunderbolt port for connection to a Mac
- 1/4" headphone jack with dedicated volume control
- oversized control knob adjusts all parameters
- 24-bit digital-to-analog conversion with automatic upsampling up to 192kHz
- high-quality AKM digital-to-analog converters for listening to high-resolution music with your computer
- blend input and computer-returned signals for low-latency monitoring with the free MixEfx app for Mac
- seven-position LED indicators display signal strength for both inputs/outputs
- lightweight, portable design
- Thunderbolt cable included
- computer requirements: Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.6.8 or later
- 4-3/4"W x 2"H x 5-1/8"D
- weight: 14.8 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
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