Reviewed: Audient Sono Interface
Audient is a company known for consistently producing high-quality products that push their own boundaries and embrace change while remaining firmly grounded in their history and holding themselves to a high regard. From their large format consoles to the more recent line of interfaces, such as the ID44, Audient produce top quality products in whatever they put together. That is why the Audient Sono, a partnership with cabinet impulse response behemoth Two Notes Engineering, is really a phenomenal leap forward for guitarists that incorporates a multitude of widely used and loved technologies into one easy-to-use box. Featuring two preamps, headphone and monitor outs, onboard EQ and drive as well as an optical input to expand the inputs available on the Sono, this product, while aimed at a specific market, can really be the catalyst for some amazing sounds and recordings.
Reviewed: PreSonus Studio Series USB-C Interfaces
PreSonus are one of the most consistent companies in pro-audio. Since 1995, they’ve been bubbling away at producing products that meet the needs of engineers and musicians of all skill-levels: ranging from budding bedroom producers laying down demos for future hit songs, to professional engineers working in recording and rehearsal studios. In addition to phenomenal, practical audio interfaces in the updated Studio Series, PreSonus is known for it’s FaderPort products, digital mixers and ridiculously popular monitor controllers - the PreSonus Central Station PLUS is almost as synonymous with top-tier recording studios as Yamaha’s NS-10 monitors.
Reviewed: Steinberg Cubase 10
Favourite DAWs are like opinions: everyone’s got one. At this point, most plug-ins work on both PC and Mac, and all DAWs will work great on most operating systems. DAW choice comes down to workflow and clientele. Who will you be recording? What kind of monitoring options do you need for playback? Do you need multiple I/Os for mixing? Are you recording and mixing or using it solely for mastering?
Reviewed: PreSonus Studio 24
Over the years I have had the opportunity to use and abuse a number of interfaces from PreSonus. While they vary in size and specification greatly, in order to offer the right tools for the right job, they all share a common trait. No matter what your budget is, or your I/O requirements, any PreSonus audio interface is going to be built like the proverbial. Designed for use by audio professionals and home users alike, every device released by PreSonus is always ready for the task at hand and is tough enough to handle any job you want to throw at it. As such, it came as no surprise when I unboxed the new Studio 24 interface this month that I found the unit to be built like a brick.
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.