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Operation Manual
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Contents
Introduction
Introduction………………………………… 2
Playback… ………………………………… 9
Usage and safety precautions………… 3
Recording………………………………… 11
Part Names… ……………………………… 4
Troubleshooting………………………… 13
Installing the driver… …………………… 7
Specifications… ………………………… 14
Turning the Power ON… ………………… 8
Introduction
2-in/2-out Thunderbolt™ audio converter
The
audio converter uses Thunderbolt™, the latest generation of high-speed interface technology.
With this, we have realized a system with low latency that was not possible using USB 2.0. Since it also
supports recording and playback at up to 24-bit/192kHz, it can also be used for the playback of highresolution sound sources delivered with superior audio quality over the Internet.
Attention to audio performance
The entire system reproduces the original audio faithfully. An asynchronous transfer system
that is not impacted by computer jitter is used along with the latest AD/DA converter, which
supports 192kHz.
High-performance mic preamps
Burr Brown brand mic preamps that can provide a maximum of +60dB amplification and
+48V phantom power are used for each of the inputs.
dedicated mixer application
Use this application to make internal mixer and monitoring effect settings. For details about
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, see the ZOOM website (http://www.zoom.co.jp/downloads/).
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
In this operation manual, symbols are used to highlight warnings
and cautions that you must read to pre vent accidents. The
meanings of these symbols are as follows.
Warning
Something that could cause serious injury or death
Something that could cause injury or damage to the
Caution equipment
Other symbols used
Usage Precautions
Interference with other electrical equipment
In consideration of safety, the
has been designed to minimize its
emission of electromagnetic waves and to suppress interference from external
electromagnetic waves. However, equipment that is very susceptible to interference
or that emits powerful electromagnetic waves could result in interference if placed
nearby. If this occurs, place the
and the other device farther apart. With
any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the
,
electromagnetic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and
result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution.
Usage and safety precautions
Usage and safety precautions
Cleaning
An action that is mandatory
An action that is prohibited
Warnings
Caution
Alterations
Do not open the case or modify the product.
Caution
Precautions
Product handling
Do not drop, bump or apply excessive force to the unit.
Be careful not to allow foreign objects or liquids enter the unit.
Operating environment
Do not use in extremely high or low temperatures.
Do not use near heaters, stoves and other heat sources.
Do not use in very high humidity or where it could be splashed by water.
Do not use in places with frequent vibrations.
Do not use in places with much dust or sand.
Connection cables and input/output jacks
Always turn the power OFF for all equipment before connecting any
cables.
Always disconnect all connection cables and the AC adapter before
moving the unit.
Volume
Do not use at a loud volume for a long time.
Use a soft cloth to clean the exterior of the unit if it becomes dirty. If necessary, use
a damp cloth that has been wrung out well. Never use abrasive cleansers, wax or
solvents such as alcohol, benzene or paint thinner.
Temperature considerations
Continuous use of this interface for long periods of time, for example, might cause it
to become warm. This is normal as long as it does not become too hot to touch.
Breakdown and malfunction
If the
should malfunction or operate abnormally, disconnect it immediately.
Then, contact the retailer where you purchased it or Zoom support and provide the
following information: product model, serial number and details of the symptoms
of malfunction or abnormal operation, as well as your name, address and telephone
number.
Copyrights
• Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
• Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S.
and/or other countries.
• All other product names, trademarks and company names in this document are
the property of their respective owners.
Note: All trademarks and registered trademarks in this document are for
identification purposes only and are not intended to infringe on the copyrights of
their respective owners.
Recording for any purpose other than personal use from copyrighted sources,
including CDs, records, tapes, live performances, video works and broadcasts,
without permission of the copyright holder is prohibited by law.
Zoom Corporation will not assume any responsibility related to infringements of
copyrights.
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Part Names
Part Names
Top Panel
Control knob
Guitar
Use to adjust the
input gain and
volume.
Headphones
PHONES jack
INSTRUMENT input jack
Connect headphones here.
Connect a guitar/bass here.
HINT
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• Press the control knob to cycle through what it controls in the following order: INPUT 1, INPUT 2,
INPUT 1+2, OUTPUT, PHONES.
Part Names
Rear Panel
Computer
Thunderbolt™ port
Use to connect to a
Computer.
Mic
INPUT 1 and INPUT 2 jacks
Connect a mic or keyboard here.
Speakers
*INPUT 1 is disabled when a cable is plugged into
the INSTRUMENT input jack.
OUTPUT jacks
Connect speakers with built-in amplifiers or an amplifier and speaker system.
These jacks support balanced output.
XLR
2
3
TRS
1
TIP:HOT
1:GND
2:HOT
3:COLD
RING:COLD
SLEEVE:GND
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Part Names (continued)
Part Names
Display
This shows the input gain, and input and output levels, for example.
+48V indicator
This indicator lights when phantom power is
in use and is unlit at other times.
Status LEDs
These show the current
control knob assignments.
: INPUT 1
: INPUT 2
: OUTPUT
: PHONES
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LED meters
These show the input gain or input/output levels
according to the item currently selected for control.
If the signal clips when showing input or output
levels, the red LED at the very top lights.
1.
Download the ZOOM TAC-2 Driver from http://www.zoom.
co.jp/downloads/ to your computer.
NOTE
Installing the driver
Installing the driver
• You can download the latest ZOOM TAC-2 Driver from the above website.
• Do not connect the
when installing the driver.
• The supported operating systems are as follows.
Mac OS X 10.8.5 (or later)
2. Click the ZOOM TAC-2 Driver.pkg icon to launch the installer.
Follow the instructions that appear on screen to install the ZOOM TAC-2 Driver.
3. Connect the
and the computer using a Thunderbolt™ cable.
4. Open the Sound pane of the System Preferences and set both
the Input and Output to ZOOM TAC-2.
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Turning the Power ON
Turning the Power ON
1.
Minimize the volume of the devices connected to the
2. Connect the
.
and the computer using a Thunderbolt™
cable. (This turns the power on.)
NOTE
• The unit will not turn on if the driver is not installed.
Follow the instruction on page 7 to install the ZOOM TAC-2 Driver.
3. Raise the volume of the devices connected to the
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.
Adjusting the OUTPUT volume
Select
Playback
1.
.
Press repeatedly until the
lights.
2. Adjust the volume.
Adjusting the OUTPUT volume
Press
Turn
After you finish doing this, the LED meters
will automatically resume showing the output
levels of the OUTPUT jacks.
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Adjusting the PHONES volume
Playback
1.
Select
.
Press repeatedly until the
lights.
Adjusting the PHONES volume
Press
2. Adjust the volume.
Turn
After you finish doing this, the LED meters
will automatically resume showing the output
levels of the PHONES jacks.
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Adjusting input gain
Select the input that you want to
adjust.
Recording
1.
Press repeatedly until the LED for the input that
you want to adjust lights.
HINT
Press
2. Adjust the input gain.
Adjusting input gain
• You can adjust both INPUT 1 and
INPUT 2 at the same time.
HINT
• A d j u s t t h e g a i n s o t h a t a t t h e
maximum input level, the red LEDs at
the very top of the LED level meters
do not light.
Turn
After you finish doing this, the LED meters
will automatically resume showing the levels
of the selected inputs.
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Using phantom power
Recording
1.
Select the input to which you want
to provide phantom power.
Press repeatedly until the LED for the input
to which you want to provide phantom power
lights.
Using phantom power
Press
2. Turn phantom power on (or off).
Press and hold for one second.
HINT
• INPUT 1 and INPUT 2 can both be
turned ON/OFF at the same time.
Press and hold
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Cannot select or use the
•• Confirm that the
computer correctly.
device
is connected to the
•• Quit all the software that is using the
,
and disconnect and reconnect the Thunderbolt™
.
cable connected to the
•• Reinstall the driver.
•• Confirm that the red LEDs are not lighting
when the LED meters are showing the input
levels. If they are lighting, lower the input
levels.
Sound skips during playback or recording
Playback sound cannot be heard or is quiet
•• Check the speaker connections and volume
settings on the speakers.
•• A d just the sp e aker volume or he a d p hone
.
volume on the
•• Confirm that the Output of the Sound pane of the
System Preferences is set to ZOOM TAC-2.
Recorded audio is too loud, too quiet or silent
•• Adjust the input gain of the
The sound of the device connected to the
input jack is distorted
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
.
•• Confirm that no connection cable is plugged
into the INSTRUMENT input jack. If you want to
record using INPUT 1, you must disconnect any
connection cable from the INSTRUMENT input
jack.
•• If you can adjust the audio buffer size of the
software that you are using, increase the buffer
size.
Cannot play or record
•• Confirm that ZOOM TAC-2 is selected in the
Sound pane of the System Preferences.
•• Confirm that
is set for input and output in
the software that you are using.
•• C o n f i r m t h a t
computer correctly.
is connected to the
•• Quit all the software that is using the
,
and disconnect and reconnect the Thunderbolt™
.
cable connected to the
•• When using a condenser mic, turn phantom
power on.
•• Confirm that the Input of the Sound pane of the
System Preferences is set to ZOOM TAC-2.
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Specifications
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Specifications
XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
0, 9–60 dB (in 3dB steps)
3 kΩ
+12 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
+48V
INSTRUMENT
Standard phone (disables INPUT 1 when in use)
(INPUT 1)
1 MΩ
+10 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
Outputs OUTPUT
Connector TRS phone (balanced)
L/R
+14 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
100 Ω
PHONES
Standard stereo phone jack
20 mW × 2 (into 32Ω load)
Maximum output level +8 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
Output impedance
30 Ω
Frequency characteristics
At 44.1 kHz −2.0 dB: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
At 96 kHz −2.0 dB: 20 Hz – 40 kHz
At 192 kHz −2.0 dB: 20 Hz – 60 kHz
Input conversion noise
Measured EIN: 125 dB (IHF-A) (with 60dB, 150Ω input)
Dynamic range
AD: 118 dB typical (IHF-A)
DA: 120 dB typical (IHF-A)
Number of audio recording and
Recording: 2 channels
playback channels
Playback: 2 channels
Sampling frequencies
192 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
Bit depth
24-bit
Interface
Thunderbolt™
Power Source
Thunderbolt™
10 W maximum
Power consumption
Dimensions
129.5 mm (D) × 120.0 mm (W) × 51.3 mm (H)
Weight (main unit only)
420 g
• 0 dBm = 0.775 Vrms
Inputs
INPUT 1/2
Connector
Input gain
Input impedance
Maximum input level
Phantom power
Connector
Input impedance
Maximum Input level
Connector
Maximum output level
Output impedance
Connector
FCC regulation warning (for U.S.A.)
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant
to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
•Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
•Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
For EU Countries
Declaration of Conformity:
This product complies with the requirements of EMC Directive 2004/108/
EC and RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU
Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic Equipment
(Applicable in European countries with separate collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product shall not be treated as household
waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and
electronic equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential
negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by
inappropriate waste handling of this product. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural
resources. For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local city
office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.
ZOOM CORPORATION
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http://www.zoom.co.jp
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