Zoom TAC-8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Product Ref: 57360

  • Eight Combo XLR/TRS Connections
  • Ultra Low Latency Data Transfer
  • Balanced TRS and Line Outputs
  • MIDI, SPDIF and ADAT Digital Connections
  • Built-In +48V Phantom Power

Zoom TAC-8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

The Zoom TAC-8 Thunder Bolt Audio Interface features a staggering 8 XLR/TRS inputs allowing you to capture a range of audio types from instruments and microphones in hi-fidelity resolution. Powered through an ultra-high speed Thunderbolt connection the Zoom TAC-8 integrates seamlessly with Thunderbolt compatible Mac computers. Also featuring MIDI in/out connections, TRS (balanced) outputs, 8 line outputs, 48V phantom power, 2 stereo headphone outputs and digital SPDIF and ADAT connection the TAC-8 is a powerful central hub perfect for home and project studios.

Product Ref: 57360

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Analog Inputs and Outputs

The TAC-8 features a range of digital and analog input and output connection to provide maximum compatibility and integration for a variety of instruments and studio set ups. With eight front facing XLR/TRS inputs you can capture hi-fidelity audio from a range of microphones, line level instruments (keyboards) and even passive instruments such as electric guitars and basses.

Located to the rear of the compact unit are two TRA balanced output jacks (left and right) that provide direct outputs to studio monitors and powered speakers as well as 8 balanced TRS line outputs for connecting to external effects units and mixing consoles. Additionally there is two 1/4 inch front facing stereo headphone jacks with dedicated volume control for critical mixing and isolated monitoring.

Digital Inputs and Outputs

Featuring both ADAT and S/PDIF digital inputs/outputs the TAC-8 allows the use of up to 10 inputs from external interfaces as well as 10 outputs, providing a combined total of 18 inputs and 20 outputs through the TAC-8 device.

MIDI Compatibility

Also incorporating high speed MIDI in and output connections the Zoom TAC-8 can be used to integrate controller keyboards, software controllers and synthesizers. The addition of MIDI connections and built in word clock make the TAC-8 a versatile alternative to multiple interfaces as it provides comprehensive connections for all your studio gear directly to your digital audio workstation.

Thunderbolt Connection

The innovative thunderbolt connection provides high speed connection to your Mac computer via one single cable (sold separately).Unlike USB and FireWire connections the thunderbolt connection delivers an ultra-high speed data transfer of ten gigabits per second which means virtually no latency and a stable connection with no computer jittering.


  • 18-Input / 20 Output High Speed Thunderbolt Audio Interface
  • Record and Playback 8 Tracks Simultaneously
  • Support for Up To 24-bit/192kHz High-Definition Audio
  • Ultra-Low 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
  • Independent Gain Controls and Clip LEDs for Each Input
  • Switchable +48V Phantom Power
  • 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
  • 4 x Upsampling During A/D and D/A Conversion for Reduced Noise and Enhanced Fidelity
  • Asynchronous Transfer System Unaffected by Computer Jitter
  • Robust Metal Housing Ensures Roadworthiness
  • S/PDIF In/Out with up to 24-bit/192kHz Audio Resolution
  • ADAT Optical In/Out
  • Word Clock In/Out
  • Clock Source Indicator
  • MIDI In/Out
  • Rack-Mountable (1U Space)
  • Works with all Thunderbolt-Equipped Macintosh Computers Running OS X 10.8.5 or Later
  • Includes Steinberg Cubase LE Software Download


Analog Inputs (1-8)

  • Connections: 8 x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks
  • Input Gain: 0 to 60 dB (1dB Steps)
  • Input Impedance: 5 kOhms / 1 MOhm (Hi-Z On)
  • XLR Input Level (Max): +13 dBu
  • TRS Input Level (Max): +21 dBu
  • Phantom Power: +48V

Analog Outputs

  • Master Output Connections: 2 x 1/4" TRS Phone Jack (Balanced)
  • Master Output Level (Max): +14 dBu
  • Master Output Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Headphone Output Connections: 2 x 1/4" Stereo Phone Jack
  • Headphone Output Level (Max): +10 dBu
  • Headphone Output Impedance: 33 Ohms

Digital Input/Output

  • ADAT Optical: 8 In/Out @ 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz, 4 In/Out @ 88.2 kHz / 96 kHz, 2 In/Out @ 176.4 kHz / 192 kHz
  • S/PDIF Connection: RCA (Coaxial)
  • S/PDIF Sampling Frequencies: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
  • Word Clock: BNC
  • Word Clock Sampling Frequencies: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
  • Word Clock Output Impedance: 75 Ohms

Recording Channels / Playback Channels

  • 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz Sampling: 18 x Recording / 20 x Playback
  • 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz Sampling: 14 x Recording / 16 x Playback
  • 176.4 kHz and 192 kHx Sampling: 12 x Recording / 14 x Playback


  • Frequency Response (44.1 kHz): 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Frequency Response (96 kHz): 20 Hz - 40 kHz
  • Frequency Response (192 kHz): 20 Hz - 60 kHz
  • Input Conversion Noise (EIN): 125 dB @ 60 dB
  • Dynamic Range (A/D): 120 dB Typical
  • Dynamic Range (D/A): 120 dB Typical
  • 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: DC 12V AC Adapter
  • Height: 46 mm
  • Width: 482.6 mm
  • Depth: 157.7 mm
  • Weight: 2.01 Kg
  • Includes: AC Adapter, Operation Manual, Steinberg Cubase LE Software Download

System Requirements

  • Type: Mac
  • Operating System: OS X 10.8.5 or Later
  • Connections: 1 x Thunderbolt