Today Focusrite announced two new members of its Scarlett range of USB 2.0 audio interfaces: the Scarlett 18i8 (18 in, 8 out, pictured, right) and Scarlett 6i6 (6 in, 6 out).
Both audio interfaces are geared toward recording artists, producers and bands; they differ primarily in their I/O configuration. Both feature Focusrite mic pres, and Focusrite’s 24bit/96KHz conversion for ‘maximum transparency’. In addition to Mac or Windows operation, both interfaces are compatible with iOS devices (via an Apple iPad camera connection kit).
The Scarlett 18i8 is the first Focusrite interface to include four mic preamps, and can also record up to four line inputs at the same time for recording an entire band live. An ADAT option allows the connection of external mic preamps and also includes S/PDIF I/O.
Sonoma Wire Works, makers of the GuitarJack iOS audio I/O, have announced GuitarJack 2 USB, a multi-platform I/O interface for Mac, PC, and select mobile devices. GuitarJack 2 USB eliminates the need for multiple audio interfaces for each device and/or operating system. The company is exhibiting this week at Musikmesse 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Together with Sonoma’s LLA solution for Android, GuitarJack 2 USB completes a low latency audio reference platform for OEM manufacturers of Android devices.
“We believe that the future of audio hardware and software should be multi-platform, seamlessly combining mobile, laptop and desktop recording. GuitarJack 2 USB is just the beginning,” says SWW President Doug Wright. Continue reading
At Musikmesse 2013, Universal Audio has announced the Apollo 16 Audio Interface.
Apollo 16 is Universal Audio?s flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering 16 x 16 analog I/O – twice the analog connectivity of the original Apollo model. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins – from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more** – on both Mac and Windows 7.*
Here’s a video intro for the new Apollo 16 Audio Interface: Continue reading
On the latest Apple computers, FireWire 400 and 800 ports have been superseded by Thunderbolt ? a new, high-speed serial interface developed by Intel and Apple.
Focusrite has announced that their Saffire FireWire interfaces can be connected to a Thunderbolt-equipped computer using a FireWire 400-800 cable (included with all Saffire interfaces later this year) and the Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter, available inexpensively from Apple and third parties. Saffire interfaces are 100% compatible with Thunderbolt using this adaptor. Continue reading
This set of videos, via Ableton, offers a basic introduction to working with Ableton Live 9. Continue reading
Reader Joel Carlo (aymat) – a digital media developer based out of Barcelona, Spain – shared his detailed review of Steinberg’s new UR22 USB Audio Interface.
The Steinberg UR22 is a 2-in/2-out, bus-powered audio and MIDI interface aimed at the home studio and mobile markets. Continue reading