Our friends at Antelope Audio have been busy with not just one but three new products that were previewed at the recent winter NAMM show and are now officially announced. Edge Go is the world’s first bus-powered modelling microphone designed to give users a complete studio experience with microphone and audio hardware emulations onboard using Antelope’s real-time FPGA FX platform. Antelope’s Orion series also gets an update with the new Orion32+ Gen 3 and Orion32 HD Gen 3. These audio interfaces offer an amazing amount of audio I/O that set a new price and performance standard.
Cast your mind back 15 or so years ago, there really wasn’t that much choice available to us when it came to small budget friendly desktop audio interfaces. These days it’s fair to say that we’re spoilt for choice! In this article we’ve combined our reviews of a selection of great value desktop audio interfaces you can buy today for your home studio. If you are in the market for a simple 2 to 4 in/out audio interface then hopefully this list will help you in your search.
Our friends at Arturia have revealed a new addition to their AudioFuse interface range. AudioFuse 8Pre is a high-spec 8 channel dual mode interface/ADAT expander in a studio-friendly rack format.
As well as the new HypeMic, which should be available almost immediately, Apogee are taking the opportunity at NAMM 2019 to preview several products not due for release for some time. Apogee are showing their Apogee FX Rack DualPath Monitoring Feature, their Pultec Series of plug-ins for Apogee FX Rack - two classic vintage Pultec plug-ins and a Symphony Mk II Dante Software Preview.
At NAMM 2019 Apogee have announced the HypeMiC, which they describe as their ‘next-generation’ studio-quality USB condenser microphone with built-in analog compressor. Now that is not something we have heard before.
PreSonus, the makers of Studio One, has announced five new USB-C audio interfaces, the PreSonus Studio USB-C Series Interfaces sporting 192 kHz, USB-C Audio connectivity.
iCON Pro Audio has announced their new Platform U22 VST, 2-in/2-out USB 3.0 audio interface supporting up to 24 bit and 192KHz sample rate as an addition to their Platform MIDI/audio control range, tailored to match its series siblings.
At NAMM 2019 on booth 15321, Prism Sound will be showing new black-fronted Dante compatible Atlas and Titan multitrack audio interfaces, which will be available from the second quarter of 2019.
Our friends at IK Multimedia have just announced a new electric guitar focused audio interface with controller capabilities called AXE I/O. IK Multitmedia says the AXE I/O “delivers premium sound and innovative features designed for guitarists seeking the perfect way to record with world-class tone and professional techniques”. - Sounds very interesting indeed, wait until you find out how affordable it is…
We get a lot of people asking us what we think is going to be happening in the world of recording during any given year. At the beginning of 2018, we laid out our 5 predictions for the pro audio industry. Before we present our predictions for 2019, in this article we take a look at our predictions for 2018 and see how well we did...
Over the past two years we at Production Expert have had the opportunity to review some of the new wave of audio interfaces from the team at Antelope Audio. Antelope have been on a mission to give us every possible combination of interface form factor, Mac and PC connectivity as well as analogue and digital I/O and it’s true to say there is a lot of overlap when it comes to features. So if you are in the market for a new hub for your recording studio, take a look at six of the Antelope Audio hardware interface reviews.
There’s a setting in Apple Mojave that might be stopping you record audio with your favourite audio application and it has nothing to do with audio drivers being up to date. The problem can affect people using Pro Tools, Studio One, Logic Pro X, or applications like iZotope RX or Final Cut.
Described by MIDIPLUS as an audio interface “specially designed for females” the mirror had us pinching ourselves waiting for the gotcha but it seems to be real.
It's all very well creating gear reviews in small studio working environments but these days systems are getting bigger and bigger to meet the demands of ever-growing productions. In this video from the team at Focusrite Pro find out how leading Holywood post-production houses are employing Dante connected Focusrite RedNet systems to create flexible working environments that can be configured to answer the demands of a new level of content creation.
The team at Universal Audio are very pleased to announce the next phase in the development of their Apollo range of rack-mounted audio interfaces. The Apollo X Series takes everything we know, love and depend upon in the already highly successful Apollo range and gives us 50% more DSP processing power and even better A/D and D/A conversion along with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to your Mac or Windows PC.
When I'm not wearing my Production Expert hat, one of the things I do in the audio word is Live Recording. My company, Location Recordings was set up purely to do this type of work. I love the challenge of having one chance to capture a moment in history. I was recently asked to both video and audio record a concert for the Nation Children's Choir of Great Britain at the Town Hall in Birmingham England. One of the biggest challenges with live recording out on location, is you are never quite sure what extra challenges are going to rear their heads during the course of the setup and recording. Yes, I agree, planning and knowing what is expected on the day is part of pre-event planning but the best-laid plans and all that, but I never like being in a position where I have to say to a client, "No I can't do that". This is how we used the amazing Ferrofish A32 Dante AD/DA Converter in recording the 20th Anniversary Concert of the Nation Children's Choir of Great Britain.
If you are using a DAW like Pro Tools Logic Pro or Studio One, the chances are that you will need to get an interface to enable you to get audio, analog or digital in and out of your chosen DAW. To help, we have consolidated 30 of our most recent DAW interface reviews in this article to enable you to see the differences between them and see how they could fit into your workflow. If you are considering a new interface, for your studio then check out these reviews...
When the team at UK console and preamp manufacturer Audient brought out their first audio interface the rather brilliant iD22 back in 2013. I could not wait to get my hands on one as they promised the same stunning quality mic pres as can be found in their consoles and rack mounted mic pre and A-D boxes. After all, why bother to make different circuits when the one you already have sounds fantastic. Fast forward to 2018 and finally I have my hands on the new Audient iD44, a USB-C interface, or is it in fact much more than that?
There is currently a massive buzz around the new microphone modelling platforms, and like it or loth it, mic modelling or virtual microphones are here to stay. We take a look at the latest offering from the team at Antelope Audio to find out if you can use nothing but their microphone modelling platform in a studio recording session.
There are lots of great audio/music software & hardware products out there in the Pro Audio world. At Production Expert, we review a variety of products designed to make you work smarter and produce better results in your studios. There are occasions when a product is so good we end up buying it for ourselves, these products usually get our Expert's Choice Award (formally known as Editor's Choice Awards) for being such fantastic products.