Zoom TAC-2 2x2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

2 x 2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface 2 XLR/TRS Combo Mic/Line Inputs, Instrument Input, Headphone Output, Monitor Outputs, Phantom Power, and Cable
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A Compact Thunderbolt Audio Interface

The world of computing is getting faster all the time and so should your audio interface. Zoom's TAC-2 Thunderbolt audio interface is an ultra-compact and blazing-fast audio interface that's ready to help you conquer the world. Utilizing the latest Thunderbolt technology, the TAC-2 offers ultra-low latency and pristine 24-bit/192kHz recordings that will amaze you. No more lagging and speed issues, just pure, perfect audio. Simply hook up your favorite mics and plug the Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt audio interface into your computer and start recording your next masterpiece.

Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Recording has never been easier
  • High-end processing delivers better sound
  • Blazing-fast performance with Thunderbolt
Recording has never been easier

The Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt interface is dead simple to use. A pair of XLR/TRS combo jacks in the back let you hook up mics, instruments, or line signals to the input in seconds. There's also a front instrument input jack for when you just want to add a quick guitar or bass part without unplugging anything else. A convenient pair of TRS jacks in the back let you hook up your powered monitors in a flash. The TAC-2 uses high-end Burr Brown mic preamps to capture killer audio each and every time.

High-end processing delivers better sound

The power and speed of Thunderbolt is sure to change the face of audio recording. The TAC-2 not only records, but it also performs four times upsampling of your signal during the analog-to-digital and the digital-to-analog conversion. So, when the sampling rate is set to 44.1kHz, the TAC-2 is processing the signal at 176.4kHz, which helps minimize aliasing noise and increases clarity. In other words, your audio will sound amazing.

Blazing-fast performance with Thunderbolt

Apple's Thunderbolt connectivity has opened up a world of professional recording possibilities. Thunderbolt is five times faster than USB 3.0 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and FireWire 800. This gives you the speed to record and monitor with virtually no latency. In fact, Thunderbolt is so fast, it isn't bothered by computer jitter, so you don't need a master clock. No more hunting for an extra power outlet because Thunderbolt is bus powered from your computer. It even gets enough juice to provide your mics with phantom power. Super fast, super stable, and bus powered - that's Thunderbolt. It seems everyone at Sweetwater is excited about the robust power of the Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt audio interface!

Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface Features:
  • 2-in, 2-out Thunderbolt audio interface
  • Easy-to-use interface, all features are controlled by one knob
  • Extremely low latency audio
  • Phantom power to run your favorite condenser mics
  • Dual XLR/TRS combo input jacks for mic and line sources
  • LED meters to monitor your input and output levels
  • Compact and lightweight design is easy to take with you
  • Bus powered directly from your computer
  • Works with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs running OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Includes Thunderbolt cable
Upgrade your studio and your speed with the Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt audio interface!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
TAC-2 User Manual

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity Thunderbolt
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 2
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x TS
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" Headphone
Bus Powered Yes
Depth 5.1"
Width 4.72"
Height 2.02"
Weight 0.93 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ZTAC2

Customer Reviews

3/5
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5/5

Zoom TAC-2

I use this for a pedestrian purpose. I do a lot of speech recognition dictation, and using this interface plus a good quality standard mic has proven much superior to the USB mic and USB headset used previously, in terms of dictation accuracy.Once installed the unit is simple and easy to use. Input gain control can be adjusted to a high level of precision (very helpful for my purposes).Follow the installation instructions exactly. Do not (as I did) connect the unit to the computer prior to software installation. That doesn't work at all.Overall this has been a great product for me.
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4.5/5

I would buy again

For those reviews that are citing "click and pops" pls make sure your unit is not actually defective! I received a working unit and it has been working for over 2 years now. I use it at least 4-8 times a month on mobile gigs when i want a minimalist setup. The rest of the time this unit is sitting in my studio and is free of any of the issues mentioned here. Crystal clear sound, near zero latency @ 192 in both Mainstage 3.3 and Ableton. minus 1/2 star for the big knob control (or lack thereof) - i wish it would stay on the setting i select for main L/R volume control.
Music background: Worship Leader, producer
4.5/5

Zoom Tac-2

For the price you can't beat this unit, easy to use and crystal clarity. I've had one since the day they were released and I love it!
4.5/5

Easy!!

I purchased this product quite by accident, as I was checking out various USB audio interfaces - I'm now so glad the Tac 2X2 Thunderbolt interface was suggested to me by Sweetwater. There is virtually no set up, and the device driver is a simple download - I was up and running in less than 5 minutes. I've already recording several live audio tracks, and am very satisfied with the performance and SOUND of this little unit with ProTools 11........ it will be going on tour with me, as well!
Music background: Professional Musician
4.5/5

Fantastic Low Latency Interface

This interface is very simple and straightforward. It's main and best feature to me is the very low latency. I measured a round trip latency of 4.4 ms, with a 64 sample buffer running at 44.1kHz. (Typical USB interfaces are around 8-10 ms of latency at that buffer setting.) It seemed to go even lower (32 sample buffer) just fine, without crackles. I measured using Reaper software, by routing a recorded audio click back into the interface and measuring the number of samples between the two. Another nice feature is the high-impedance guitar input, which means it's akin to plugging into a guitar amp and you won't loose high-frequencies. It also seems very quite (though I didn't measure that spec.) It's also light-weight and compact. It is Thunberbolt - which is why it's low-latency - and I question how long Thunderbolt will be around. It came out years ago but so far hasn't gained a lot of traction, primarily because of the cost of peripherals and cables, and it being largely Mac-only.
Music background: Pro musician
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