The rack-mountable TAC-8 audio interface is designed to act as the central hub in both professional and home environments. It provides 8 analog inputs and 10 analog outputs, 10 digital inputs and outputs (in both S/PDIF and ADAT Optical formats), and both Word Clock and MIDI I/O.
Whether you want to record large scale multi-channel 24-bit/192k sessions in your studio without worrying about latency or you want to bring your onstage performance to new heights, the TAC-8 allows you to take full advantage of today's latest technology.
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
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.
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.
18‐in/20‐out 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 24‐bit/192kHz high‐definition audio
Near-zero latency audio streaming
8 combo balanced XLR/TRS analog input connectors accept both mic and line‐level signal
High‐performance mic preamps with up to +60dB of amplification
Hi‐Z 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 1‐4, INPUTS 5‐8)
10 balanced TRS output jacks for connection to mixers, amplifiers, self‐powered 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 24‐bit/192kHz audio resolution
ADAT Optical IN/OUT: 2 IN / 2 OUT at 192/176.4kHz (S/MUX4 compatible), 4 IN/4 OUT at 96/88.2kHz (S/MUX compatible), 8 IN / 8 OUT at 48/44.1kHz
Word Clock in/out
Clock source indicator
Rack-mountable (1U space)
Robust metal housing
Works with all Thunderbolt‐equipped Macintosh computers running OS X 10.9.5 or later