TC Electronic Konnekt 8 FireWire Audio Interface
The TC Electronic Konnekt 8 firewire interface lets you discover how easy it is to get professional results with your music!
The Konnekt 8 audio interface is the ideal solution for recording and performing musicians who want the highest possible sound quality from input to the recording application.
Two combo inputs on the front panel combine outstanding mic preamp quality with true Hi-Z guitar optimized inputs.
The light ring gives you easy access, instant control and visual feedback on important parameters directly from the front panel.
You can stack up to four Konnekts together using the 1394 FireWire based TC NEAR™ – Network Expandable Audio Recording – to obtain a massive amount of I/O.
If you are working with active monitors, you'll appreciate the analog volume control that ensures a wide dynamic range. Dual headphone outputs are convenient when you’re two in studio and one of the headphone outputs comes with an auto speaker muting function.
TC Electronic Konnekt 8 Features
- Outstanding IMPACT™ mic preamps
- True Hi-Z guitar inputs – dedicated circuits for guitar and bass
- Ultimate signal path from input to the recording application.
- Front panel control of internal mixer parameters
- Analog volume control for perfect integration with powered speakers
- Full feature stand alone mode
- Network up to 4 units via the TC NEAR™ 1394 FireWire based network to get more inputs and outputs
- Full feature direct monitoring – also between networked units
- Intuitive control panel with automatic input detection
- FireWire bus powered
- DICE II digital interface chip with JET™ Jitter Elimination Technology
- Low latency drivers: WDM, ASIO and CoreAudio (including Intel Macs)
- Dual headphone outputs, one with auto speaker muting
- 24-bit/192kHz sampling rate
- Sample accurate MIDI
- I/O: 2 mic/inst/line, 2 balanced line outputs, 96 kHz S/PDIF (optical and coaxial), and 1 stereo auxilary input
- Cubase LE included
IMPACT™ – Integrated Mic PreAmp Circuit Technology
Konnekt comes with two high quality IMPACT™ preamps that give you the very best opportunity to make outstanding quality recordings. The IMPACT™ preamps are based on dedicated and steadfast technology that ensures a perfect and unbiased signal flow – from the first to the last take.
Guitar audio Hi-Z inputs
TC Electronic built dedicated guitar input circuits into the Konnekt. No need to mic up your guitar amp, just connect your guitar directly into one of the two Hi-Z guitar inputs on the front panel and apply your favorite choice of guitar software to your recording.
The inbuilt Hi-Z inputs are based on circuits that are tailor-made to preserve the original tone and sonic quality of guitar and bass instruments.
Ultimate signal path
The 24-bit/192 kHz Konnekt 8 audio interface is based on TC’s yearlong research into analog design and converter technology, as well as the experience from other landmark products like the Finalizer and the flagship System 6000. The internal architecture gives you an optimum signal path from the inputs and on to the recording application.
Front panel control
The light ring is a very simple interface that gives you access to a wealth of possibilities, especially when you are using the Konnekt 8 in stand alone mode. It gives you easy access, instant control and visual feedback on important parameters directly from the front panel such as volume or pan status of the selected input. So in a way you have basic mixer functionality right at your fingertips, all thanks to the dedicated light ring control.
Intelligent stand-alone mode
Konnekt 8 can be used as a basic stand-alone mixer. The intelligent stand-alone mode is just one of the many features that make the Konnekt 8 a complete and actually quite unique solution: You get total integration with DAWs, as well as serious stand-alone functionality that you can use anywhere and without a computer.
The control panel
From your computer you can operate the control panel which gives you easy access to the full feature set of the Konnekt 8. The control panel has been designed for intuitive and speedy control, without leaving any important tweaking possibilities out.
TC Electronic integrated a very cool auto input sensing system that detects what inputs you’re currently using. As soon as you connect a device, microphone, guitar, or something else to the analog inputs, the input automatically shows on the control panel. If nothing is connected to an input, the channel won’t be shown in the control panel. That leaves you with a complete and to the point picture of what you’ve got connected at the present moment.
If you connect a second Konnekt to your setup, the auto detection kicks in, and the extra Konnekt pops up. If you disconnect the second Konnekt, it simply disappears from the control panel again. Pretty simple, yet very good for keeping things to the point and great for maintaining an overview of your entire setup.
From the main mix window you can control your monitor mix signal, your guitar input signal and the like. Control over gain, pan, the mix of each channel are pretty straightforward. In short, there’s no hanky panky, you’ve got everything you need, and you’ve got the full overview of your entire setup. Pretty cool!
With the real-time monitoring capabilities of Konnekt 8, you have all the possibilities to create the perfect monitoring setup, which is quite a big deal in a recording situation. Imagine that you have to send what you’re playing through the computer before you can hear it. Most likely you’ll get quite a bit of latency. The Konnekt 8 let’s you monitor yourself directly through the device itself…and remember, that you can do this completely without the computer turned on.
Dual headphone output – when you're two in the studio
Dual headphone outputs are great for when you’re two in the studio. What that means is that if you’re doing a recording, and your friend wants to listen in on what you’re laying down, he can simply plug in to the extra headphone input.
Auto speaker muting
This feature automatically mutes your monitor speakers when you don't need them. It works like this: The outputs to the speakers are automatically muted when you plug your headphone jack in to the upper headphone output. You don’t need to go through a tedious setup procedure or worry about if you’ve switched the feature on or off, it simply works automatically.
This auto muting feature is an integral part of the analog circuit design of the Konnekt 8, which in turn is closely connected and integrated with the analog volume control. The analog volume control is your guarantee of maximal signal to noise ratio, even when you’re using your headphones.
State-of-the-art headphone amplification
We’ve built a state-of-the-art headphone amplification feature in to the headphone outputs, which gives you enough power to plug any kind of headphone set. One great benefit from this is that you don’t have to worry about what kind of headphones you’re using, the Konnekt 8 will take care of business.
Another great advantage of the high level headphone amplification feature is that it will ensure that you always have enough level in your headphones. Having enough level is important if you want to get the full benefit of the noise to ratio signal maximum that the analog volume control and the analog circuit design has to offer.
FireWire and DICE II
The Konnekt 8 is a 1394 FireWire based audio interface and one great advantage about this, is that it is extremely easy to connect more Konnekts to your setup, thereby enhancing the number of I/Os in your system. But not only is it easy to connect to your computer, the future proof network design also enables direct monitoring between devices.
So in reality you and a friend can sit and practice, listen to each other, and add the inbuilt effects, simply by connecting your devices together via FireWire. Of course this demands serious and professional audio distribution, steadfast clock precision and superior stability. To take care of business we’ve put the TC developed DICE II chip inside. The DICE II chip uses the unique and groundbreaking JET ™ technology, which ensures the highest level of audio performance.