PRODUCT REVIEW : Your Best Pick For Audio Interface
Audient iD14 Boasting a pair of Audient's acclaimed Class A console mic preamps for stunningly transparent sound with just a taste of coloration, integral ADC with high-grade converters from Burr-Brown for the best possible conversion; it becomes very clear that the Audient iD14 is built to the same high standards as the wildly successful iD22. Streamlined for even easier use sans the insert points or alternate speaker outputs, the iD14 still brings plenty to the table: 8-channel ADAT inputs bump your input capabilities up to 10 channels, ready for any future expansions. A test run recording of an electric guitar produced detailed, full-frequency tones with natural dynamics and no sterility. Along with remarkably low noise levels and a clean, transparent and classy sound, the Audient iD14 is the perfect companion for the advanced producer wanting a powerful, top grade interface made easy.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 2nd gen The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 2nd Generation is a 2-in, 4-out USB audio interface super-low latency, which means this baby has the capability to record and monitor with software effects in real time. Operating at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz, the 2i4 provides the same class-leading sound quality and digital conversion as the rest of the latest Scarlett range despite of its diminutive build. The award-winning mic preamps feature a more even gain structure, so levels can be even more accurately set. The transparent, low-noise, low-distortion preamps also offer heaping amounts of headroom to accommodate dynamic, condenser, and ribbon mics on any source, no matter how boisterous. Bundled together with Pro Tools and Ableton Live Lite, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 is ideal for the intermediate producer who needs quality sound along with a low channel count.
M-Audio MTracks 2x2M The M-Audio M-Track 2X2M offers two channels of flawless 24-bit/192kHz digital audio conversion and MIDI in/out in an oh-so-small yet roadworthy metal chassis. Its simplicity is a virtue: just plug in and you’re ready to go (no drivers required). The LED meters provide a helpful and accurate indication of levels without having to glance back at the DAW. The M-Track 2X2M with MIDI functionality is a giantkilling juggernaut: bundled with AIR software that will helpfully complement any DAW by adding audio processing functionality and high-quality sounds (the Mini Grand delivers a lifelike piano response completely within the box and AIR's Strike drum arranger lets you key in realistically human backbeats, fills, and accents.) With lush 24-bit/192kHz digital audio recordings following you wherever you go, it has never been this easy or affordable to make professional recordings on demand. With simplicity and portability as its core elements, the M-Audio M-Tracks 2x2M is the perfect weapon of choice for the beginner who wants maximum flexibility and zero hassle.
Yamaha Steinberg UR12 Teaming up with Yamaha for the UR12, Steinberg used the acclaimed Class A D-PRE design featuring advanced inverted Darlington circuits for a sumptuously detailed, wonderfully dynamic sound, while the second input offers access to a Hi-Z input for guitars or basses. Featuring recording in stunning 24-bit quality at a whopping 192 kHz, the UR12 offers almost unheard of fidelity for recording in its class. With convenient loopback function specifically for podcasting and other internet streaming activities, this pint-sized powerhouse merges mics or any other input signals with the output from the DAW or other playback software and then sends the merged signal back to the computer for great live streaming audio. The Yamaha Steinberg UR12 is also compatible with all major audio editing, mastering and music production software supporting the ASIO, Core Audio or WDM standard, offering maximum integration, functionality and ease of use at such a bargain. Ideal for the beginner just getting started and not particularly wanting a complicated setup.