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TC Electronic Impact Twin Firewire Audio Interface

Impact Twin's two mic preamps utilize Impact III(TM) Technology which itself features three stages of top level processing. 24-bit, 192 kHz operation. (16) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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TC Electronic Impact Twin Interface

Impact Twin is a brand new, state of the art audio interface that features ground-breaking technology to ensure that the music you record sounds as good on the inside of your computer as it does on the outside. How?

Well, Impact Twin's two mic preamps utilize Impact III(TM) Technology which itself features three stages of top level processing. You get a high quality and very flexible mic preamp, superior 24/192 HD Conversion, plus a set of recording Channel Tools that lets you shape and optimize your sound making it the perfect recording. With each of these stages carefully combined behind Impact Twin's rugged and cool looking exterior, you have a 'take anywhere' device that offers the ultimate in recording quality.

Let's look in more detail at those all-important stages.

The Impact III Mic preamp makes the best of any microphone. So whether you record with the finest vintage tube mics, the most demanding low-budget condensers, or even a handheld dynamic, Impact Twin has been designed from the ground up to maximize the signal you record into your DAW. And with the two Impact III mic preamps, Impact Twin gives you maximum flexibility. Whether recording instrument, line or mic, with or without phantom power, Impact Twin works the way you need it to.

However, no matter how good your mic preamps, if your signal path doesn't then lead on to the best converters then you may as well pack up and go home. Impact Twin's 24/192 HD Convertors let you select your conversion rate - all the way from 44.1kHz right up to High Definition 192kHz for the ultimate in pristine audio capture, maintaining the essential transients of your sound.

For years we've been innovating in the world of signal enhancement, so Impact Twin includes essential recording Channel Tools that go even further to optimize your sound with onboard EQ, Compressor and De-esser that quickly, simply and invisibly tame and enhance those signals - no matter what you're recording.

Two mic preamps featuring IMPACT III(TM) Technology
With these two pristine mic preamps you never have to worry about recording quality again

Channel Tools
Quickly and easily optimize the tone of your recordings with Impact Twin's built-in channel tools

Hi-Z Guitar optimized inputs
Ensure the tone of your guitars is beautifully preserved with two front-panel mounted Hi-Z guitar-optimized inputs

Direct Monitor Reverb
A simple way to add reverb at the monitor stage so the singer can enjoy quality reverb through their headphones

iCheck
The iCheck (Integrity Check) feature provides a shortcut for revealing artifacts of data reduction - essential when encoding mp3 or AAC files

Included plug-ins (M40 reverb, ResFilter, Assimilator)
Impact Twin comes bundled with pristine TC effects processing. The M40 Studio Reverb is based on an algorithm from our acclaimed Reverb 4000 processor. The multi-purpose ResFilter provides ultra-fat filter sound. The Assimilator EQ curve assimilation tool lets you quickly grab an EQ curve from any sound and apply it to your own

Quick compressor access and feedback
Access the crucial compressor setting directly from Impact Twin's front panel - the light ring instantly shows gain reduction

JetPLL jitter reduction
Everybody talks about analog sound quality, but what about digital? With built-in JetPLL jitter reduction technology, Impact Twin ensures superb audio quality all the way through the device

192/24 HD Conversion
Impact Twin's HD Convertors let you select your conversion rate - all the way from 44.1kHz right up to High Definition 192kHz for the ultimate in pristine audio capture, maintaining the essential transients of your sound.

Ableton Live Lite 8 TC Electronic Edition included
Bundled with Impact Twin is Ableton Live Lite 8 TC Electronic Edition

14/14 I/O (4 analog, 10 digital I/O)
14 ins and 14 outs give the flexibility to record and monitor just about any device you can think of

zZounds is an authorized dealer of TC Electronic products.
Digital Inputs and Outputs
Connector (S/PDIF): RCA Phono, 75 Ohm

Formats (S/PDIF and TOSLINK): S/PDIF (24 bit), IEC 958, Pro-status bits

Connector (ADAT(R) or TOSLINK): Optical Pipe

Format (ADAT(R)): 8-ch. @ 48 kHz, 4-ch. SMUX @ 96 kHz

Digital IO Engine: TCAT DICE II, handling all IO formats

Clock and Jitter
Internal Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz

External Sample Rates: 43 to 193 kHz, jitter rejection at all rates

Jitter Rejection Engine: JET(TM) technology in TCAT DICE II

Jitter Rejection Filter (4th order): > 3 dB @ 10 Hz, > 100 dB @ 600 Hz

DIO Interface Jitter: < 1 ns peak, BW: 700 Hz to 100 kHz

AD/DA Conversion Jitter: < 42 ps RMS, BW: 100 Hz to 40 kHz

Digital Output Phase (stand-alone and across network): < 0.5 % of Sample Period

Input Slip Sample Tolerance(all DIs): +50 % to -50 % of sample period

Processing Delay DIO @ 96/48 kHz: 0.15/0.3 ms

Frequency Response DIO: DC to 23.9 kHz +/- 0.01 dB @ 48 kHz

Line Inputs Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4
Connectors: 1/4 in. Phone Jack (balanced)

Impedance, Bal./Unbal.: 20 kOhm/25 kOhm

Full Scale Input Level @ 0 dBFS: +13 dBu

THD+N: < -100 dB (0.001 %) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS

SNR: >111 dB(A), >108 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Freq. Response: +0/-0.5 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Crosstalk: < -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

ADC
A to D Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream

A to D Delay: 0.68 ms / 0.63 ms @ 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz

Mic. Inputs Ch. 1, 2
Connectors: Neutrik Combo (XLR)

Sensitivity Full Range Pad on/off: -10/+10 dBu <> -52/ -32 dBu

Total Preamp gain: 62 dB

Impedance, Pad on/off: 2000/1300 ohm

NF @ Rg = 150 ohm, Max. Gain: < 4 dB

EIN @ Rg = 150 ohm, Max. Gain: < -127 dBu

THD+N, Min. Gain: < -100 dB (0.001%) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS

SNR, Min. Gain: >109 dB(A), >106 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

48 bit Precision EQ
Hi Gain: +/- 12 dB

Hi Frequency: 200 Hz to 40 kHz

Hi Bell: On: 6 dB/oct. shelve / Off: Parametric

Hi Mid Gain: +/- 12 dB

Hi Mid Frequency: 200 Hz to 20 kHz

Hi Mid Bandwith: 0.10 to 4.0

Lo Mid Gain: +/- 12 dB

Lo Mid Frequency: 20 Hz to 2 kHz

Lo Mid Bandwidth: 0.10 to 4.0

Lo Gain: +/- 12 dB (only available when Lo cut is off)

Lo Frequency: 20 Hz - 400 Hz

Lo CUT: On: Cut / Off: 6 dB/oct. shelve

Compression/De-Essing
Compression/De-Essing styles: "Female Voice", "SoftFemale Voice", "HardMale Voice", "SoftMale "Voice", "Hard", "Guitar", "Bass", "Speak", "Sax", "Trumpet", "Snare", "Percussion", "All purpose"

Instr. Inputs Ch. 1, 2
Connectors: Neutrik Combo (1/4 in. Phone Jack)

Sensitivity Range: -25 dBu <> +17 dBu

Total Preamp gain: 42 dB

Impedance: 1 MOhm

THD+N, Min. Gain: < -100 dB (0.001%) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS

SNR, Min. Gain: >107 dB(A), >104 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Crosstalk: < -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Monitor/Line Outputs Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4
Connectors: 1/4 in. Phone Jack. Ground sensing design.

Impedance: < 100 Ohm

Level Range (Ch. 1, 2): -40 dBu <> +12 dBu (analog gain scale)

Fixed Full Scale Range (Ch. 3, 4): +12 dBu

THD+N: < -94 dB (0.002%) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS

SNR: >111 dB(A), >108 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Freq. Response: +0/-0.1 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Crosstalk: < -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

DAC
D to A Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x Oversampling Bitstream

D to A Delay: 0.70 ms / 0.65 ms @ 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz

Headphone Outputs
Connectors: 2 x 1/4 in. Phone Jack (Stereo)

Impedance: 80 Ohm

Gain Level Range: -80 dBu <> +16 dBu @ 300 ohm (analog gain scale)

THD+N: < -94 dB (0.002%) @ 1 kHz, -1 dBFS

SNR: >103 dB(A), > 100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Freq. Response: +0/-0.1 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Crosstalk: < -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Power @ 40 Ohm Load: 200 mW

Power @ 600 Ohm Load: 93 mW

EMC
Complies With: EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15
Class B, CISPR 22 Class B

Certified To: IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL60065 and CSA
E60065 CSA FILE #LR108093

Environment
Operating Temperature: 32* F to 122* F (0* C to 50* C)

Storage Temperature: -22* F to 167* F (-30* C to 70* C)

Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing

Control Interface
MIDI: In/Out: 5 Pin DIN

FireWire (DAW): IEEE 1394a, IEC 61883

General
Dimensions (W x H x D): 9.28 x 2.48 x 9.5 (235.8 x 63 x 241.2 mm)

Weight: 3.3 lb. (1.5 kg)

Finish: Acrylic front panel. Plated and coated steel back plate. Rubber coated soft touch cover surrounding metal chassis.

PPM Meter (Ch. 1, 2): 3 LEDs per channel

Mains Power Supply (included): 12V DC, Adapter for 90 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto select)

FireWire bus-powered: 8 to 30 VDC

Power Consumption: <14 W

Warranty Parts and labor: 1 Year
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 519-745-1158
Customer Reviews
5 out of 5 (16 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"the search is obviously over. you found it."
Sound: well, the sound is authoritative copy of your input source or whatever is coming inside this box . both digital or analog sources are translated amazingly.it has great smart pre's as well. solid drivers. gratifying dynamic range. most crystal sound i'v ever heard in this price range(similar to apogee duet). so there is nothing else to do but sit, play your acoustic guitar and sing a blues about the huge waste of money. money that wasted on your other extremely expansive gear by far. i cried. both tear of happiness and frustration. then, came to my self and sold my other flatulent audio interface, pre-amp, compressor and reverb in 3/4 price and got some of my money back + free room space as well. now, i feel much more happier for the value per cost. and i did not make any compromises at all!!! Feature: it's numerous features made me stop counting them. just read the left column of this page. Ease of Use: if you got a minimal recording experience with DAWs, your are on the high way with it. easy , detailed and intuitive. Quality: great. everything feels solid and noble. Value: in one word : priceless. Manufacturer Support: had no deal with them. and that fact means a "10" for me The Wow Factor: very sexy.like those beefy business men in black tailored suit. and just ask the ladies how sexy they are. Overall: only a hugh unexpected profit will make me substitute it. theretofore, i'm happy with my lot.
Style of Music: every thing
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"I've found it!"
Sound: I've had my Impact Twin for a few months now, and it continues to impress. The sound is phenomenal and the drivers have been rock solid. I'm also getting low round-trip latency of about 7ms even though I'm running through my old laptop. The Twin is versatile, has an intuitive easy to use interface, and also comes with several useful plugins. What's not to like? Did I mention how good the sound is? Bottom line, this thing rocks! Feature: ADAT if I need it. Pres are exellent. I like the muting/non-muting headphone jack. MIDI works well through Firewire. I play my electric guitar through the Hi-Z inputs. Vocals, acoustic guitar, and saxophone sound great when mic'd. Ease of Use: Very easy to use. Plug and play basically. Quality: I've had no problems so far, so I give a 10. Value: For PC I don't think there is anything of comparable quality in this price range. The Wow Factor: Keep your hands away, I'm keeping mine!
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