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TAC-8 is a Thunderbolt interface that provides 8 analog inputs & 10 analog outputs, 10 digital inputs and outputs (S/PDIF & ADAT), Word Clock & MIDI I/O

With 8 analog inputs, 10 digital inputs, and the ability to record and play back 8 channels simultaneously, the TAC-8 allows you to record what you want, when you want. Lay down full backing tracks-drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, even vocals-at the same time, or go big with an 8-mic drum setup, or anything in-between. Thunderbolt's speed ensures you won't have to deal with latency issues, and the TAC-8's built-in software mixer and flexible output options let you customize each session to your needs.

On Stage
Whether you're a one-man band with an epic onstage rig or your laptop is serving as the central hub for multiple musicians accessing software effects and virtual instruments, the TAC-8 allows you to fully customize your performance setup according to your needs. Simply connect it to your computer with a Thunderbolt cable and then connect the rear panel TRS outputs to your mixing board or PA system. Wherever you play, you can count on your TAC-8 to deliver the ultimate in high quality audio

Thunderbolt Speed. Revolutionary Recording.
Thunderbolt technology opens up new doors for creators. 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-8 are also unaffected by computer jitter (slight variations in timing)

Analog I/O
The TAC-8 provides a wide variety of both analog and digital connectors. Eight front panel combo XLR/TRS inputs accept mic- and line-level signals. Inputs 1 and 2 can also accept instrument-level signal from electric guitars and basses. Dedicated input gain controls and Clip LEDs make it easy to set optimum input levels, and a Phantom Power switch enables the use of condenser microphones.

Dual balanced analog ¼" TRS output jacks allow you to connect the TAC-8 to amplifiers or self-powered speakers, and there are also 8 discrete balanced TRS analog line outputs for multichannel monitoring or connection to external effects devices. A large front-panel Output knob offers fast control over output level, and there are two independent ¼" stereo headphone jacks, each with its own dedicated volume control, for private monitoring

Digital I/O
The TAC-8 provides 10 channels of digital inputs and outputs, including 8 channels of I/O on ADAT Optical connectors and an additional 2 channels on S/PDIF connectors. In addition, Word Clock I/O enables the TAC-8 to be easily integrated into any syste.

In addition, MIDI In and Out allow electronic keyboards, sequencers, and drum machines to be connected to the TAC-8, with Thunderbolt speed ensuring precise audio and MIDI sync.

Additional features
In standalone mode, the TAC-8 can be used as an 8-channel mic preamp and analog-to-digital or digital-to-analog converter without being connected to a computer. The TAC-8 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 signal is processed at high-resolution 176.4 kHz or 192 kHz, respectively. For A/D conversion, this means less aliasing noise; for D/A conversion, this means increased clarity and fidelity.

Extend your capabilities with ZOOM software
TAC-8 MixEfx is a free Macintosh application designed specially by Zoom for the TAC-8. It provides a comprehensive onscreen mixer, with independent level, phase reversal, and panning control for each channel.

TAC-8 MixEfx also allows you to freely route all inputs to all outputs and to create custom mixes for each pair of outputs. In addition, a variety of reverb and echo effects can be added on a per-channel / per-output basis. Complete mixes can then be stored in three different memory slots, allowing instant total recall.

The Zoom TAC-8 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.

Take your recordings to a more professional level. Steinberg's powerful and state-of-the-art audio software used by creators around the world now comes with every Zoom TAC-2, TAC-2R, and TAC-8 purchase


  • 18in/20out high speed Thunderbolt™ audio interface
  • Record and play back 8 tracks simultaneously
  • Standalone mode allows use as an 8-channel mic preamp and A/D or D/A converter without
  • connection to a computer
  • Support for up to 24bit/192 kHz highdefinition audio
  • Near-zero latency audio streaming
  • 8 combo balanced XLR/TRS analog input connectors accept both mic and linelevel signal
  • Highperformance mic preamps with up to +60 dB of amplification
  • HiZ switches allow direct connection of electric guitar or bass (INPUT1, INPUT2)
  • Independent gain controls and clip LEDs for each input
  • Switchable +48V phantom power (INPUTS 14, INPUTS 58)
  • 10 balanced TRS output jacks for connection to mixers, amplifiers, selfpowered speakers,
  • or effects devices
  • Dual front-panel 1/4" headphone outputs with dedicated volume controls
  • Large knob output volume control
  • 4x upsampling during A/D and D/A conversion for reduced noise and enhanced fidelity
  • Asynchronous transfer system unaffected by computer jitter
  • S/PDIF IN/OUT: 2IN / 2OUT, up to 24bit/192 kHz audio resolution
  • ADAT Optical IN/OUT: 2 IN / 2 OUT at 192/176.4 kHz (S/MUX4 compatible), 4 IN/4 OUT at 96/88.2 kHz
  • (S/MUX compatible), 8 IN / 8 OUT at 48/44.1 kHz
  • Word Clock in/out
  • Clock source indicator
  • MIDI in/out
  • Rack-mountable (1U space)
  • Robust metal housing
  • Works with all Thunderboltequipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.9.5 or later

  • Here's what comes included with the TAC-8:
  • Operation manual
  • AD-19 AC adapter
  • Steinberg Cubase LE software online download
  • Specifications

  • Connectors: XLR/TRS combo jacks, (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
  • Input gain: 0-60 dB (1 dB steps)
  • Input impedance: 5 k, 1 M (When IN1/IN2 Hi-Z on)
  • Maximum input level: +13 dBu (XLR at 0 dBFS), +21 dBu (TRS at 0 dBFS)
  • Phantom power: +48 V

  • L/R Connectors: TRS jacks (balanced)
  • Maximum output level: +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
  • Output impedance: 150

  • Connectors: Standard stereo phone jacks, 20 mW x 2 (into 32 load)
  • Maximum output level: +10 dBu
  • Output impedance: 33

  • Connectors: ADAT Optical (lightpipe)
  • 8 IN/OUT: 44.1 kHz/48 kHz
  • 4 IN/OUT: 88.2kHz/96kHz, S/MUX compatible
  • 2 IN/OUT: 176.4kHz/192kHz, S/MUX4 compatible

  • Connectors: RCA (coaxial)
  • Supported sampling frequencies: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz

  • Connectors: BNC
  • Supported sampling frequencies: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
  • Output impedance: 75


    Frequency characteristics
  • 44.1 kHz: 1.0 dB, 20 Hz-20 kHz
  • 96 kHz: 1.0 dB, 20 Hz-40 kHz
  • 192 kHz: 1.0 dB, 20 Hz-60 kHz

  • Input conversion noise: Measured EIN: 125 dB (IHF-A) at 60dB, 150 input

    Dynamic range:
  • AD: 120 dB typical (IHF-A)
  • DA: 120 dB typical (IHF-A)
  • Sampling frequencies: 192 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
  • Bit depth: 24-bit
  • Interface: Thunderbolt™
  • MIDI IN/OUT: 5-pin DIN jacks
  • Power supply: AD-19 DC12V 2A AC adapter
  • External dimensions: 6.2 in. (D) x 19 in. (W) x 1.8 in. (H), 157.65 mm (D) x 482.6 mm (W) x 46.03 mm (H)
  • Weight (main unit only): 4.4 pounds / 2.01 kg

  • Note: 0dBm0.775Vrms

    Number of recording and playback channels
    At 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz:
  • Recording: 18 channels (ANALOG: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT Optical: 8)
  • Playback: 20 channels (ANALOG: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT OPTICAL: 8)

  • At 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz:
  • Recording: 14 channels (ANALOG: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT Optical: 4)
  • Playback: 16 channels (ANALOG: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT OPTICAL: 4)

  • At 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz:
  • Recording: 12 channels (ANALOG: 8, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT Optical: 2)
  • Playback: 14 channels (ANALOG: 10, S/PDIF: 2, ADAT OPTICAL: 2)
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