Want a portable "home" recording studio? TC Electronic's Impact Twin Firewire Audio Interface (review)

TC Electronic's Impact Twin audio interface
TC Electronic's Impact Twin audio interface

TC Electronic, the Danish company that brought the world the Finalizer, the 2290 and the System 6000, launched its Impact Twin Audio Interface, a brand new audio interface for Mac and PCs. It features a new mic/instrument input technology called Impact III Technology™ as well as a bunch of other features which, combined together, offer incredible recording quality. It is with this input technology where TC look set to distance themselves from their competition in a somewhat crowded market.

The Impact Twin is a half rack sized Firewire audio interface that features multi-stages processing : a high quality but yet very flexible microphone amplifier, a (24 bits / 192 kHz conversion rate) HD converter and (this is where the Impact Twin leaves its competition behind) a DSP driven collection of recording channel tools including onboard 4 band EQ/compressor/de-esser that seemlessly enhance signals.

Buy TC Electronic's Impact Twin

As a further incentive, TC is also bundling with the new Impact Twin audio interface:

  • M40 Studio Reverb
  • Assimilator
  • ResFilter
  • Ableton Live Lite 8 TC Electronic Edition

General Overview

Front view of the Impact Twin audio interface
Front view of the Impact Twin audio interface
  • Two microphone preamplifiers (featuring the IMPACT III™ Technology)
  • Built-in Channel Tools
  • Two front-panel mounted Hi-Z guitar-optimized inputs
  • Direct Monitor Reverb
  • iCheck (Integrity Check) feature
  • Quick compressor access (from the front panel) and feedback (a light ring around the knob instantly shows gain reduction)
  • JetPLL digital jitter reduction
  • 24 bits / 192 kHz HD Conversion (you can select your conversion rate, from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz)
  • 14 inputs & 14 outputs (4 analog, 10 digital I/O)
  • A rubber coated soft touch cover surrounding a metal chassis

Rear view of the interface
Rear view of the interface

TC Electronic's Impact Twin has a total of 14 simultaneous inputs and outputs - 4 analogue, 8 on ADAT and stereo SPDIF, as well as a single MIDI I/O pair. Its a common enough format, offering enough I/O to make it interesting to those who are or intend to progress beyond bedroom musician status and places it into a professional or semi pro category.

TC Electronic Impact Twin
TC Electronic Impact Twin

TC Electronic Impact Twin

 

Technical Specifications (released by TC Electronic)

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® or TOSLINK) : Optical Pipe
  • Format (ADAT®) : 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™ 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

Control Interface

  • MIDI : In/Out: 5 Pin DIN
  • FireWire (DAW) : IEEE 1394a, IEC 61883

Screen shot of the control panel (click for a larger view)
Screen shot of the control panel (click for a larger view)

Line Inputs Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4

Connectors : 1/4" 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

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

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

Compression/De-Essing styles

"Female Voice", "SoftFemale Voice", "HardMale Voice", "SoftMale "Voice", "Hard", "Guitar", "Bass", "Speak", "Sax", "Trumpet", "Snare", "Percussion", "All purpose"

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TC Electronic Impact Twin
TC Electronic Impact Twin

TC Electronic Impact Twin

 



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