September 27, 2012
Focusrite has introduced its iTrack Solo, a hardware interface designed to allow 2-channel recording in any iOS device; specifically the iPad. Although compatible with PC’s, the iTrack was specifically designed to use with the iOS GarageBand software. The unit itself comes with LED indicators for input levels, as well as separate input controls for both microphones and amplified sources – it also has on-board connections for direct loudspeaker routing.
The beauty of a hardware recording unit (opposed to software recording), is the latency free monitoring and the high-quality, unadulterated signal that it’s capable of producing. It will be available in October at around $160.…
September 10, 2012
This past week Apogee revealed the Quartet, a four input/eight output USB interface, studio control center. It’s no secret that we have a fondness for Apogee gear here at UniqueSquared. Their streamlined design, combined with great audio quality, and ease of use, makes their products stand out from the competition. You can listen to our Podcast, which we record through the Apogee Duet 2 or, check out our reviews of the Apogee MiC and Apogee Jam.…
January 19, 2012
Not content with their position as the most likely to get name dropped in the world of DSP plugins, Universal Audio have brought their expertise to the the realm of high end audio interfaces. Meet Apollo, an 18 x 24 Firewire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface. All the specs are there- 24 bit/ 192 kHz sound, great preamps and great converters. One might be forgiven for thinking UA were gunning for Apogee with this one. Well, at least before they look under the hood and see what else is going on.
You guessed it, UA’s DSP plugin system is under the hood! “That’s pretty cool,” you say, “but how is that different from all the other systems that offer DSP in an interface?” Well, the more obvious upshot here is that all that real-time processing means latency free recording, even when using UA’s well loved plugin series. The less obvious (and very cool) …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
October 12, 2011
M-Audio has long been a leading manufacturer of pro audio recording equipment. One of their most popular interfaces, the Fast Track, was considered the industry standard for home recording since it’s introduction in 2004. It was a high quality USB interface that was very simple to use at home or on the road.
The Avid M-Audio Fast Track C400 is a compact and ergonomic USB audio interface with the capability to record up to 24bit/96kHz audio with up to 4 simultaneous channels at a time with the help of a digital S/PDIF input. When it comes to playback and mixing, the 6 outputs of the Fast Track C400 will come in handy to give you separate feeds for, say, a headphone amp or outboard gear.
The Fast Track C400 departs from the traditional look of a USB audio interface and comes in an ergonomic form ideal for the home …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
January 19, 2011
Akai Professional has a knack for putting out amazing products that have substance as well as a sense of style. The MPC-2000 is an icon and it’s very image and/or outline represents Remix culture. We discovered another eye catching Akai interface called the Akai EIE or Electromusic Interface Expander at the NAMM show in Anaheim. It blends beautifully futuristic capabilities with 2 juicy analog VU meters that light up when you power on. We think this is perfect for live remixers and DJ’s that need more from their interface. Check out the vid for the details and I’ll shop for sunglasses to match.
Scott: Scott Magno DJ Madflip here with UniqueSquared.com. We’re back at Akai with Dan. We’re going to talk about this unique interface here the Electromusic Interface Expander (EIE) lets talk about that, look at this piece.
Dan: Ok. What you’ve got here this is the EIE.