British audio gear manufacturer Focusrite has debuted a new interface for recording on the iPad. The iTrack Solo is a compact, aluminium-cased 2-channel interface for the iOS platform.
The iTrack Solo is a dual-input audio interface designed for recording instruments and vocals via iPad, (or with a Mac or PC computer). The interface is compatible with GarageBand and other popular recording apps, and it can be used on a Mac or PC with up to 24- bit/96kHz digital performance.
- Focusrite microphone input: iTrack Solo draws on Focusrite?s 25 years of expertise in high-performance pro-audio
- Made for iPad (MFi). Compatible with Mac OS X and Windows: Record with many apps including GarageBand – with up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
- Direct connections for microphone and instrument: Plug electric, electroacoustic or bass guitar and microphone into the front panel to record
- Signal halos for level and clip indication: Two lights surround the input level knobs to ensure you are recording at the correct volume
- Connect directly to a loudspeaker system: Rear panel phono connectors provide line level outputs to an audio system for playback
- Aluminium unibody case: Roadworthy protection for even the most adventurous musician.
iTrack Solo features a low-distortion, low-noise Focusrite microphone preamp as used in Focusrite’s flagship Liquid Saffire 56 interface. Phantom power allows the use of top-quality studio microphones. Alongside the microphone input on the front panel, there?s an instrument input for guitar and bass.
Owners of Focusrite’s popular Scarlett 2i2 USB interface will find the layout and features of the iTrack Solo familiar. Focusrite’s “halo” indicators around the input knobs let you know if you are recording at the correct level (green) and glows red when recording levels are too high. A large monitor knob controls the output level. Monitoring can be switched to listen to your recording signal against your backing track without the latency introduced by your music software.
A supplied cable connects iTrack Solo to the iPad, powered by the included USB cable that delivers the power necessary to run the iTrack?s components. There is also a pair of phono connectors on the rear panel for connecting to an audio system for playback.
Availability: Focusrite’s iTrack Solo recording interface will be available from October 2012, at MSRP $199.99 ($159.99 street).