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[2021’s latest] Overview of new audio interfaces!

2021-03-30

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New audio interfaces have been being released one after another since the beginning of 2021! With a wide range of price and types, this time I’m going to introduce the lineup of new products and its features!

ANTELOPE AUDIO / Zen Go Synergy Core

ANTELOPE AUDIO, which has been manufacturing high-end products mainly for professionals, has released a portable USB bus-powered model!
Amazing high spec is packed into this compact housing. AD/DA converter with a dynamic range of up to 127dB, console-grade discrete mic preamp, and 64-bit AFC clock; it's amazing how USB bus power made it!
Input/output are analog 2in/2out, SPDIF, and 2 headphone outputs.
Also, it comes with carefully selected analog modeling effects from the Synergy Core platform powered by both FPGA and DSP. A total of 37 effects are included; 2 preamps, 4 equalizers, 5 compressors and limiters, 22 guitar amps and cabs, reverb, expander, noise gate, and tuner! *The AFX2DAW, a software that allows FPGA FX to be used via plug-in seamlessly, is not compatible with Zen Go Synergy Core. The settings can be saved for each recording scenario, and the loopback function that can also be used for streaming is installed. The one that can be packaged at a high level from the entrance to the exit of the sound!

 

TASCAM / US-HR series

The popular TASCAM interface, the US series, has been redesigned!
192kHz support, and sound quality and driver stability have been improved. What’s unique is that it officially supports for OBS streaming software.
It’s also compatible with iOS devices, and is equipped with a mono/stereo switchable loopback function. You won’t hesitate to enjoy the high-quality sound with a good reputation from the previous US series for live streaming and podcasting!
In addition, the audio buffer size can be selected from 4 samples for the best performance according to the environment. (Windows only) The wide lineup of the bundled software includes DAW software Steinberg Cubase LE and Cubasis LE 3, as well as IK Multimedia SampleTank 4 SE and Antares AUTO-TUNE UNLIMITED, which are free for 3 months. The US-HR series consists of 3 models, US-1x2HR/US-2x2HR/US-4x4HR, with different numbers of inputs/outputs.

 

AUDIENT / iD4mkII, iD14mkII

A new model for 2021 has been released by AUDIENT, which is highly reputed for its sound quality! It brings the same discrete Class A circuit as the classic studio console for professionals, ASP8024 Heritage Edition, with further refined high sound quality of the mic pre. In addition, not only the mic pre, but also the instrument input of the Class A/discrete design with JFET is equipped for the DI input from such as guitar. You can see the production commitment to correspond to any input source in high quality. And the converter has dramatically improved to dynamic range of ADC 120dB and DAC 125.5dB! This gives you more accurate mixing. While having all these features, the iD14mkII has a loopback function, which enables flexible utilization! Also, what is unusual is that the built-in or USB mic can be assigned as your talkback mic with the talkback function, so you don't have to sacrifice your valuable mic pre for talkback! (Please note loopback and talkback functions are not available on the iD4mkII) The bundled software package called ARC CREATIVE HUB also has attractive contents as below.

Bundled software

✔️ Cubase & Cubasis LE 3 Needless to say, these are popular DAW software. Cubase for PC and Cubasis for iOS are bundled.
✔️ Retrologue 2 An emulation of analog synthesizers.
✔️ M-Tron Pro LE An emulation of the Mellotron.
✔️ Torpedo Wall of Sound An amp simulator. You can freely control the speakers of popular amps and miking.
✔️ Subito Piano Realistic grand piano sound source.
✔️ Waldorf Edition 2 LE Software sound source such as wavetable synth.
 
 

M-AUDIO / M-Track Solo, M-Track Duo

First of all, what is shocking is the price!
In addition to its extremely portable housing, it’s affordable yet basic performance required for computer music is well-equipped.
Equipped with USB bus power, direct monitoring, and phantom power, the inputs are available for microphone/Line/instrument! Microphone, guitar, synth, rhythm machine, mixer... it's ready for any input source.
The direct monitoring function of M-Track Duo can be switched between stereo and monaural, so it can be flexibly supported regardless of the source. When not using this function, you can still adjust to lower the latency with the dedicated software.
Also, it’s compatible with iOS devices, so it can be used as an audio interface for streaming as well.
In addition, the bundled software is well-equipped as shown below, and you can start your work immediately!

Bundled software

✔️ Pro Tools | First M-Audio Edition
✔️ MPC Beats
✔️ AIR Music Tech Xpand!2 A synth plug-in that makes it easy to create the sounds of synth, string, percussion, piano, etc.
✔️ Eleven Light A guitar amp plug-in
✔️ 20 types of Avid effects Such as reverb, equalizer, delay, and filter
 

IK MULTIMEDIA / iRig Pre 2

A pocket-sized audio interface for mobile devices that supports the popular audio-based social media app, Clubhouse. It supports many apps such as the official iOS camera, Instagram Live, and LINE LIVE.
Connect to Android devices or DSLR cameras, as well as iOS devices where you can easily record and stream.
Since it is equipped with an XLR microphone input terminal that supports phantom power, it can also connect to a high-quality condenser microphone, making it easy to stream in full-scale quality in various situations. In addition, the iRig Pre 2 is now equipped with a new practical direct monitoring function that adapts to you!
It presents one complete form as an audio interface with a 4-pole TRRS cable.

Key features

  • High-quality mic preamp with +48V phantom power
  • Seamlessly works with digital SLR cameras
  • Improved headphone output and volume control
  • Direct monitoring control the input signal
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AUDIENT / iD14mkII オーディオインターフェイス

AUDIENT

iD14mkII オーディオインターフェイス

¥32,545(excl. tax)¥35,800(incl. tax)

オーディオインターフェイス、USB-C、2in/4out(ヘッドフォン含む)

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AUDIENT / iD4mkII オーディオインターフェイス

AUDIENT

iD4mkII オーディオインターフェイス

¥20,272(excl. tax)¥22,299(incl. tax)

オーディオインターフェイス 、USB-C

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ANTELOPE AUDIO / Zen Go Synergy Core オーディオインターフェイス

ANTELOPE AUDIO

Zen Go Synergy Core オーディオインターフェイス

¥56,000(excl. tax)¥61,600(incl. tax)

オーディオインターフェイス、USB-C

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IK MULTIMEDIA / iRig Pre 2

IK MULTIMEDIA

iRig Pre 2

¥6,345(excl. tax)¥6,980(incl. tax)

オーディオインターフェイス、3.5mm端子標準ヘッドセット入力付iPhone/iPad用

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TASCAM / US-1x2HR

TASCAM

US-1x2HR

¥11,520(excl. tax)¥12,672(incl. tax)

オーディオインターフェイス、1マイク入力、1LINE/楽器入力、USB

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TASCAM / US-2x2HR オーディオインターフェイス

TASCAM

US-2x2HR オーディオインターフェイス

¥16,020(excl. tax)¥17,622(incl. tax)

オーディオインターフェイス、2IN / 2OUT、USB

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TASCAM / US-4x4HR

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US-4x4HR

¥24,120(excl. tax)¥26,532(incl. tax)

オーディオインターフェイス、4IN / 4OUT USB

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