Reviewed: Mackie Onyx Producer 2•2
Mackie has been a staple company in professional and home audio for a long time. Their famed ‘Big Knob’ series of monitor controllers are used in studios all around the world. Their live consoles mix bands every single day, and their budget studio monitors are a common choice for budding producers and educational institutions. Enter the Onyx Producer 2•2, a USB 2.0 interface with two combo jack inputs, MIDI I/O and a DAW/input mix knob for zero latency recording.
Reviewed: Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB
The Focusrite Clarett range focuses on tour audio interfaces designed to offer the kind of quality and features found in units costing twice the price. The series ranges from the desktop Clarett 2Pre (10-in, 4-out) and Clarett 4Pre reviewed here (18-in, 8-out) to the single-rackmount Clarett 8Pre (18-in, 20-out) up to the Thunderbolt-only Clarett 8PreX, with a very respectable 26-in, 28-out. Aside from the consistent visual presentation, the line is also held together by its reliance on Focusrite’s decades of analogue design experience, along with Air-enabled preamps that reproduce the input impedance, clarity, and frequency response curve of the company’s original ISA mic preamp.
Reviewed: Audient iD4 Audio Interface
We’ve seen a few interesting interfaces from Audient over the past couple of years, always ticking all the boxes and delivering the goods on signal quality and ease of use. This month I got to have a whirl on another model from the Audient range—the iD4, an interface that originally had me thinking it might be something different compared to what it actually had on offer. No, this is not a four-input device. Instead, it’s a clever little solution for the guitarist who wants a simple way to get great quality audio recording.
Reviewed: Steinberg UR-RT4 audio interface
Steinberg’s range of UR audio interfaces has been around for a number of years now, with details of the expected upgrade to certain models recently being released. At present, the existing models currently stand proud on features and audio quality for their price points. Steinberg did not need to bring out replacements for these proven interfaces, and that is not what they have done here. The new UR-RT4 is not a replacement for the UR44, so don’t think of this as just another upgrade. The UR-RT4 is part of a whole new direction for the UR range that introduces two new interfaces designed to deliver a greater standard in audio quality with something very special that will make these models stand out from the regular UR range, and that something special comes with the name of Rupert Neve in the design process.
Reviewed: Audient iD44 audio interface
Let’s face it; there are plenty of audio interfaces on the market today to fill just about every price point. And a lot of them do just that, and little more. One thing is for certain though, that when Audient releases an audio interface, it isn’t all about ticking off a budget for the consumer, but rather delivering a quality interface and converter for those who are serious about their audio capture. From their largest consoles to their smallest interfaces, Audient brings an attention to detail that surpasses price point expectations. Not only that, the feature set and quality of craftsmanship always leave me wanting more time with these units. So, it was with great anticipation that I unboxed the Audient iD44 audio interface this month. My first impressions? Well, let’s say I was pleasantly surprised.
Reviewed: Warm Audio WA73-EQ Single Channel Mic Preamp
I’ve often said that most home studios can certainly achieve professional results by simply setting up one single channel of serious front-end for their recording setup. You don’t need a large format console or eight channels of AD conversion if you’re just recording a single track at a time. Rather than wasting money on unnecessary track counts that will never be used, why not invest in one seriously good input section and get the most from your recording? Whether it’s in a professional studio looking for added variety in their sounds or the serious home recording setup, the WA73-EQ from Warm Audio is certainly going to get the earbuds tingling.
Reviewed: PreSonus Studio 1824
I don’t know about all of you reading this, but I for one have been using PreSonus hardware in some form or another in my one personal recording setup for the last decade. This does not mean I’m biased in any way. I don’t favour this brand over others just because I have used their products, but I have definitely found certain PreSonus devices offered me a solution that I could not find elsewhere. That said, I don’t use PreSonus for my main audio interface; however, I have tested and tried just about every model that has been released in the last ten years. It’s not become my main interface purely because my system is based around another specific piece of hardware.
Reviewed: Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB audio interface
It’s been a while since I had my hands on a Focusrite Clarett audio interface, with the previous Thunderbolt model landing on my desk several years back. There were some restrictions with this in that it wasn’t exactly PC friendly, and it certainly wasn’t a friend to your hip pocket either. But a lot has changed in the last couple of years, and now with the release of the Clarett 8Pre USB audio interface there have been a number of improvements. A smaller size, a smaller price tag, greater AD/DA conversion and a wider compatibility makes this an audio interface that many of you may well now stop and consider. If you’re looking for eight high quality microphone preamps in one single rack space with conversion worthy of backing them up, then the Clarett 8Pre USB might just be for you.