Apogee Interfaces Now Shipping With iOS Lightning Connector

Apogee_one_duet_quartetApogee Electronics recently announced that their ONE, Duet and Quartet audio interfaces are shipping with iPad/iPhone Lightning, as well as 30-pin and Mac USB cables, providing direct connectivity to iPad, iPhone and Mac — including the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Here are the details:

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Sonoma Wire Works’ GuitarJack 2 USB Now Shipping

guitarjack-usb-audio-ioGuitarJack 2 USB is now available from Sonoma Wire Works’ online store, and will be available from authorized dealers worldwide within the next few weeks.

GuitarJack 2 USB is a multi-platform, studio quality audio I/O interface for Mac, PC and select mobile devices. The interface’s platform-agnostic flexibility eliminates the need for multiple audio interfaces for each device and/or operating system. Continue reading

Apogee Intros Duet USB Audio Interface

Apogee_DuetWith a four-input USB audio interface called Quartet, and a newly-updated one-input interface called ONE, it should come as no surprise to readers that Apogee Electronics’ new two-input (four-output) USB audio interface is christened Duet.

The Duet audio interface for for iPad and Mac makes a direct digital connection to Apple’s iPad (iPhone, iPod touch) and Mac, and features Apogee’s Maestro control software, iOS device charging, and MIDI connectivity. The updated Duet debuted at The 2013 Winter NAMM Show.

When used with iPad or an iOS device, Duet works with any Core Audio compliant app like GarageBand, Auria and MultiTrack. For recording on a Mac, Duet works with Logic, Pro Tools, GarageBand, Ableton Live and any Mac Core Audio compliant application. Continue reading

Apogee Quartet Now iPad Compatible

Apogee_QuartetAt the 2013 Winter NAMM Show: Apogee Electronics announced that its updated Quartet USB audio interface is now compatible for use with the iPad.

The Quartet is a 4 input, 8 output USB audio interface and can make a direct digital connection to the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Mac. Continue reading

Universal Audio Unveils Apollo Audio Interface

At The 2012 NAMM Show: Audio recording gear manufacturer Universal Audio today unveiled Apollo, their high-resolution audio interface that combines UA’s analog design with UAD Powered Plug-Ins in a single recording system that works on both Mac and PC*.

With Apollo, music producers and performers can track through UAD-Powered Plug-Ins in real time, via a professional 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™-ready audio interface that with 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality.

“Apollo is the culmination of 10 years of analog and digital audio development here at UA,” said Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio founder. “In many ways, it’s brought the analog and digital sides of our company together. With Apollo, we’re delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording with all the conveniences of modern digital equipment, including next-generation Thunderbolt technology.”

Apollo is a high-resolution audio interface, featuring premium mic preamps and top-end converters to deliver the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Its Core Audio and ASIO* drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Moreover, Apollo’s Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions, even months and years later.

Apollo differentiates itself from all other audio interfaces, however, via its onboard UAD-2 DSP Acceleration. This onboard processing allows for recording through UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins — with nearly instant sub-2ms latency — so that music producers can monitor, audition, and “print” audio using a range of popular analog emulation plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.**  The onboard UAD-2 processors are also available for mixing and mastering, offloading processing from the host computer.

Of note is that Apollo offers compatibility with Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology, as found on the recent iMacs, MacBook Pros, and MacBook Airs. Available via a user-installable Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately), Thunderbolt provides lower latency, reduced audio buffer size, improved performance at high sample rates, and greater UAD plug-in instances versus FireWire.

“Thunderbolt technology makes possible a whole new class of products to enhance music production workflows and creativity,” says Jason Ziller, Director of Marketing and Planning for Thunderbolt technology at Intel® Corporation. “Products like Universal Audio’s Apollo are using Thunderbolt to rock music producers’ worlds.”

Apollo incorporates design hallmarks from classic UA analog gear. Dedicated front-panel controls are present for all the most frequently-used features, including preamp gain, channel selection, mic pad, +48V phantom power, low cut, monitor level, and dual headphone controls.

Apollo’s connectivity includes 4 digitally controlled analog mic preamps, 8 balanced line inputs and outputs, dual front-panel JFET DIs, digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs, 8 channels of ADAT, 2 channels of S/PDIF, word clock I/O, FireWire 800 (standard), and a Thunderbolt expansion bay.

The Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface will be available in both DUO CORE and QUAD CORE processing formats (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively). Apollo will be shipping in the first quarter of 2012, with an estimated “street” price of $1,999 (DUO processing model) and $2,499 (QUAD processing model). Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card will be shipping in the first half of 2012, with pricing TBD.

Getting Started With Ableton Live – Connecting An Audio Interface

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Ableton has kicked off a new series of tutorials, designed for new users, that look at getting started with Ableton Live.

The first episode walks you through the steps of setting up and connecting an audio interface to use with Live.

16 Channels Of Audio For $500 – TASCAM’s US-2000

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TASCAM has announced the US-2000, a new one rackspace 16-input audio interface that’s expected to sell for under $500.

US-2000 features

  • 16-in / 4-out USB 2.0 audio interface.
  • 96kHz / 24-bit audio resolution.
  • (8) XLR microphone inputs with phantom power.
  • (6) 1/4? balanced line inputs.
  • (4) 1/4? balanced line outputs.
  • (2) 1/4? instrument inputs (chan. 7 & 8 on front panel “combi “jacks).
  • Stereo S/PDIF digital in and out.
  • 100-LED meter bridge (5 segments for each input and output).
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring with mono/stereo switch for each pair of inputs.
  • 1/4? balanced stereo monitor output with its own volume control.
  • 1/4? stereo high-powered headphone output.
  • Mac and Windows compatible.
  • Steinberg Cubase LE4 48-track recording software included.
  • High-tech, attractive aluminum case design.

If you’ve used the TASCAM US-2000 USB audio interface, leave a comment with your thoughts on it! Continue reading

Native Instruments Audio 4 DJ

2009 NAMM Show: Native Instruments introduced AUDIO 4 DJ, a USB 2.0 audio interface specifically designed for TRAKTOR and other DJ software.

Based on the AUDIO 8 DJ interface that is also at the heart of Native Instruments’ TRAKTOR SCRATCH DJ system, the AUDIO 4 DJ offers a 4-in/4-out configuration with the same audio quality, but with a smaller footprint and a more affordable price.

Two stereo inputs with software-switchable phono preamps allow DJs to connect turntables, CD decks and music production gear for various live performance and recording purposes. Two stereo outputs provide the necessary connectivity for routing two decks into an external DJ mixer, or outputting a separate master and cue signal when mixing in software. All audio connections are in RCA format for straightforward interfacing with DJ equipment.

AUDIO 4 DJ is equipped with studio-quality 24bit/96 kHz audio converters from Cirrus Logic that provide crystal-clear treble and rich bass response, and features special high-gain output stages that deliver a powerful +10dBu signal with additional headroom. Low-latency operation down to less than 4ms enables the high degree of precision and responsiveness that professional DJ performances rely on. AUDIO 4 DJ also features a ground point for turntables and an adjustable headphone output, as well as signal level LEDs for all inputs and outputs. The interface is completely bus-powered, making a cumbersome AC adapter unnecessary.

AUDIO 4 DJ comes as a full-featured DJ system due to the inclusion of TRAKTOR LE, a compact version of Native Instruments’ TRAKTOR software that offers two decks with high-quality time-stretching, an integrated mixer, performance effects, loop and cueing functions, and a powerful track database. All owners of AUDIO 4 DJ can also take advantage of a discounted upgrade to the full-featured TRAKTOR PRO software at any time.

AUDIO 4 DJ is available now for purchase in the NI Online Shop for a suggested retail price of $249 / €229 .