You can find out more about Anubis at the Merging Technologies website. The Zen Tour successor brings major upgrades from the original, which was Antelope’s first attempt at a formidable desktop-sized audio interface. It comes bundled with 36 effects, including preamps, EQs, compressors, guitar amps and support for Antelope’s Edge and Verge modelling mics. RME have always been known for their fantastic sounding and super-stable interfaces and the latest version of the Babyface range, the Babyface Pro, is no exception. Prices for the Audient range start from around just £99 for the iD4, £159 for the iD14, £299 for the iD22 and £453 for the iD44. You can learn more about the Focusrite 2i2 as it was featured in a 3 way review of a series of Focusrite interfaces…. Apple schedules November 10 press event, first ARM Macs inbound! The Tascam MiniStudio Creator and its little brother the MiniStudio Personal are like no other audio interfaces we have used or reviewed because they are aimed firmly and squarely at the home or project studio broadcast market, and by that we mean podcasters or those doing live streaming or video production for applications like YouTube. In 2019 they launched an improved architecture, Synergy Core, that uses both FGPA and DSP chips to deliver near-zero latency onboard processing during recording or mixing. This thing looks great, sounds great and after writing this we really want to get our hands on one. Over the years we have reviewed all the Audient interfaces. Please refresh the page and try again. If you're looking for an audio interface with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, low-latency performance, advanced I/O and excellent sound quality then the Focusrite Red 4Pre should be known to you. You can find out more at the Antelope Audio website. The Quartet is a very solid looking and feeling little unit that would look great on your desktop. And i have used also Apollo (the first version not the Black faced or MK2). Both units feature 2 stunning sounding mic preamps and have line/instrument inputs as well as having a fantastic sounding high impedance input on the front for guitars and bass. Sonically the Quartet is every bit an Apogee. There’s no doubt that AudioFuse provides a beautiful and contemporary approach to audio interfacing with a great design, compatibility with a huge range of possible audio sources, a great sound and a highly tactile control set. All four iD units are built to last like solid little tanks, even the little iD4 with a single mic preamp and JFET DI (which is also common to all the iD interfaces) is built for the road, or more likely thrown into your laptop back to work on the go. • Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII Remember that the Big Knob Studio and Studio + are still full featured monitor controllers with all the normal speaker switching facilities as well as Mono, Dim and Mute controls you just get the added bonus of being able to route 2 channels at a time to a DAW for recording at up to 192KHz 24 bit. 4 x Analog Inputs (Mic, Line, Instrument), Separate outputs for high and low impedance headphones. 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To find out more check out the link to the Tascam website. The drivers also deliver minimal round trip latency times which makes DAW-based monitoring a realistic option. All of this make the 2i2 a great ‘starter’ interface. The Scarlett 2nd generation interfaces, including the 2i2, now also ship with Avid Pro Tools First as part of the Focusrite Creative Pack, which features the free version of Pro Tools software, together with 12 additional plug-ins, including the Eleven Lite for guitar amp emulations and Tape Echo to bring the sound of classic analog delays to mixes. Well now Mackie have taken that concept a stage further with Big Knob Studio and Studio +. The large number of supported surround formats will please all Film and TV Post Studios and its AoIP standards support makes it the perfect choice for Broadcast Studios, OB Vans or Editing Rooms. When it's a synthesizer for what is for the most of us, let's face it, a hobby, the synthesizer itself IS the luxury. The almost mixer-like functionality of the Big Knob could be a very easy and cost effective way of working. It offers 2 Focusrite channels giving a great sound and includes a veritable bundle of software from both Focusrite and Softube making it a steal at a street price of around £100. Excellent selection of onboard processing. I have the Zen Tour and I think it's great. However, for those just wanting to dip their DSP toe into the UAD-2 plug-in world, there is now the new Arrow Thunderbolt 3 bus powered interface. It is very compact for its functionality and feels solid. I love the fact that it even comes is three colour configurations Deep Black, Space Grey or Classic Silver so you can choose your interface to suit your mood. For starters, the new Zen Tour sees the addition of 4x DSP chips and a total of 2x FPGA processors, a huge push from the original’s lone FPGA FX processing chip. there are also two stereo mini-jack headphone outputs making it easier for two people to work together. In this article, we take a look at our pick of the most popular audio interfaces you can buy today, all of which are designed to live and function on your desktop and not be rack mounted. The Babyface Pro sounds every bit as good as its bigger brothers in the RME interface range but in a small portable package. 1. Bath It sounds nice and bright with plenty of crystal clear top end. The compact form factor of Anubis and its robustness makes it the ideal choice for Location Recording and Live Events monitoring. All rights reserved. However, for those just wanting to dip their DSP toe into the UAD-2 plug-in world, there is now the new Arrow Thunderbolt 3 bus powered interface. I’m not a big fan of this concept but it works really well and lets them cram massive functionality in a compact box. On the surface, the LED display is touch-sensitive so you can quickly adjust headphone volume and select and mute tracks. There are 32 AFX slots and each slot can run up to eight effects. We hope to have one to play with very soon. and we hope you have found this article useful. The unit was announced at NAMM in January 2015 and we finally got a unit for review in August 2017, but in our opinion it was well worth the wait. Visit our corporate site. For deeper editing and to control onboard effects, you can open the free Spire iOS or Android app which integrates with Spire Studio over Wi-Fi. Perhaps the least expensive interface in our list but don’t write it off because of it’s price. There’s also the AFX2DAW extension, which adds direct plugin style access to the Synergy Core AFX from your DAW (Thunderbolt for Apple only for now). Receive news and offers from our other brands? This list is our pick of the best desktop audio interfaces available today. It has a high-quality built-in microphone and is battery-operated with hours of recording memory. MusicRadar is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. James recently redesigned his studio headphones monitoring system around a pair of X2P units and a pair of its little brother the AM2. There's nothing amateurish about the Prism Sound Lyra, the RME Babyface Pro, the Merging Anubis or the JoeCo Cello, but the most obvious rival for the x4's crown is Antelope Audio's Zen Tour.