Zoom had unveiled at NAMM its first Thunderbolt interface, the TAC-2. Some Japanese sites now offer the TAC-2R.
The Zoom TAC-2R has the same features as the TAC-2, with a few exceptions, but the main difference is the format. While the TAC-2 has a tabletop Apogee-style design, the TAC-2R is a rack-type with blue chassis and aluminum faceplate.
You’ll find on the TAC-2R the same H-Series mic preamps with 48V phantom power as well as a 24-bit / 192kHz AD/DA converter.
- 2 XLR/TRS inputs with dedicated gain knobs
- +48V Phantom power
- Gain up to +60dB
- Switchable Hi-Z instrument inputs
- MIDI in and out
- TRS headphone output with dedicated volume knob
- TRS left and right analog outputs
- Thunderbolt bus powered
- Large output level knob
- Dimensions: 113.9 x 176 x 46.2mm
- Weight: 714g
Zoom did not list the TAC-2R on its website yet, and the Japanese retailers announce that they are available in limited quantities. The question is: why does Zoom offers two very similar audio interfaces at the same time? It is unknown at the present time wether the TAC-2R will ever go out of the archipelago.