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.
It’s been a little while coming but the team at Universal Audio are very pleased to be able to announce that their Ox - The Amp Top Box and the controller software are now fully Windows compatible.
The team at Antelope Audio has introduced two updated audio interfaces with some very exciting new DSP technology inside. The new Discrete 4 and Discrete 8 Synergy Core Edition audio interfaces introduce the company’s new Synergy Core DSP technology. This is a pairing of Antelope’s already established FPGA effects processing with a pair of powerful new ARM digital signal processing chips. It looks like these audio interfaces could be the most powerful all-in-one units we’ve ever seen.
Electric guitar recording is extremely popular in music production, especially in the home recording crowd. It’s such a popular form of recording that many pro audio brands have specifically designed and engineered audio interfaces for the job. In this article we share our experiences on a selection of the most popular electric guitar-centric audio interfaces you can buy today.
We’ve shortlisted several popular audio interfaces you can buy today, all of which share a couple of common threads being that these products provide a minimum of 8 microphone preamps and are housed within 1U chassis. We’re spoilt for choice! Which would you buy?
Did this recording rig work or did we break it? On paper this rig should work, however, experience has taught us that in the real world these sorts of setups can throw up an issue or two. In this test we placed several microphones around a drum kit in order to test the performance of two Focusrite Clarett’s paired using ADAT connected via USB-C to an Apple iPad Pro 2018 in an input heavy tracking session example.
Back in January 2019 at the Winter NAMM show, our friends at console, mic pre and interface manufacturer Audient announced the new Sono audio interface. Sono forges a new path for the UK based company as it is firmly geared towards guitar players who want to produce high quality recordings with a minimum of extra kit. We have been using Sono not only to record guitars using the built in room, microphone and speaker cabinet simulation by Two notes audio engineering, but also vocals and drums for this demo session. Take a look and listen to how this small, yet powerful interface is able to adapt to all of your studio requirements.
Some weeks ago we asked the audio community to tell us which kind of audio interface they use with Pro Tools, Studio One, Logic Pro X or one of the many other DAWs they used each day.
Over 2000 DAW users took the poll and the results are in, with one clear winner, what’s more to those of you who like to be ahead of the technology curve you may be disappointed, if not surprised.
We have been aware that a small number of owners of the more recent Apple computers like the Mac mini 2018 and the MacBook Pro 2018 have had some issues with audio glitching when using an USB audio interface.
In this video, supported by Antelope Audio, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at some of the latest Antelope Audio gear. James teams up with songwriter and guitarist Paul Sundt and they use the Antelope Orion Studio 2017 to track a song called Crazy Lady. This video is the story of recording this track, and how it was mixed using the new Antelope Audio AFX2DAW plug-in.
In this video with the support of Universal Audio, Paul Drew shares his thoughts and ideas when it comes to mastering the track Thought of Love by Rooftop Renegades. In this final part in the series, Paul shows us how he uses the SSL Bus Compressor to glue to mix together then he reaches for the new Brainworx bx_masterdesk, which he uses as a “one stop” mastering processor.
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 (formerly known as Editor's Choice Awards) for being such fantastic products.
I think it’s fair to say we have waited quite a “long time” for the Slate Digital VRS8 Virtual Recording Studio audio interface, the first from Steven and the team. So was it worth the wait? Rather than have just one unit, I have been lucky enough to get my hands on two VRS8 interfaces to use in my studio on a real life session. How did they hold up and most importantly, how do they sound in action?
We would like to know what protocol you use for your PRIMARY interface, so take our poll so we can see what trends are taking place, is USB still as popular as it once was, is Thunderbolt taking over, how popular are there new Audio over IP interfaces?
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.