11 thoughts on “Arturia AudioFuse Review

  1. Some very helpful info in this demo/review.

    This is an impressive box. I’d been leaning toward the Zoom U-series for my next interface.

    What sets this apart from the other interfaces out there is the combination of connectivity, configurability, and well-thought out design. If you are making a device to be used with other portable devices, then getting lots of i/o and configurability into the box, and making the layout very comfortable– it’s really pretty stunning.

    Calling it a “swiss army knife” is only a good metaphor if you are talking about the one with 2 blades and a can opener. It’s an audio/midi interface with good routing options.

    Hopefully, the sound quality, reliability, and driver stability are good. I’m not surprised that the device runs warm, given everything that’s packed in there. Hopefully, they’ve tested it for use on a very hot day.

    1. @stub
      I actually have a Zoom U-44 which also has some decent routing features.
      However, this unit has some impressive connections. The Zoom is battery operable though and is made for a more traditional approach (I use it as a field interface), but if I had various synth gear and drum machines (and the money) the AudioFuse seems solid.

        1. Generally I like it. The preamps could be more robust in my opinion, but I haven’t had too much of an issue with it. Hardware latency seems to be fine. I use it exclusively with an iPad Pro 10.5. It’s my only system now.
          The AD DA converter mode is nice when I just want to hook it up to a piece of AV gear (in my case a TV for using headphones).
          It’s a little unwieldy (not as discrete like an H5) but still okay. I bought the mount for it to attach to a mic stand. Ironically, I was running my bass through it with a midi footpedal and guitarist as well all being piped though AUM (fantastic app).
          The optical in though isn’t Adat. It’s only 2 channel. The interchangeable capsules come in handy. I’m kinda ready for any situation. I got the extension cable as well.
          Ironically, I’m selling everything though because I need camera equipment instead. But this is a capable ecosystem.

  2. “Is it the ultimate studio hub?” Not with just two inputs, it’s not.

    And that form factor is a pretty big space hog for what it is, thanks to I/O in front and back and controls on top. I guess it’s okay for mobile where you’re just sort of scattering stuff on a table or a hotel bed or whatever, but it doesn’t say “studio” to me at all.

    1. First of all, it has 4 inputs. Also, considering the ratio of size to i/o, it’s clearly not designed for a home studio or professional studio. It’s for a portable studio or live rig. If it works well, it will be a good features set for some people.

      The ADAT i/o means that a person could, when needed, use something like a Behringer ADA8200 for 8 mic channels, and 8 additional line outs without an extra DA/AD in those paths.

      1. It’s the perfect home studio rig for me. After 15 years of having rackmounted MOTU boxes (and the racks and patchbays that went along with that), this is the first time i’ve truly been happy with my audio interface. I have 4 synths, 2 drum machines and a few effects, and it’s more than sufficient for me, not to mention it sounds better than my MOTU boxes did by a mile. I thought having cables exposed on my desktop was going to be annoying, but it’s immensely liberating after years of having stuff hidden neatly in a rack. Most importantly, it’s been rock solid with my Mac, in a way that I’ve never experienced with other interfaces I’ve used.

  3. Hello.

    Does anyone know whether the AudioFuse is AC or DC coupled? I have had difficulty locating this particular spec on Arturia’s website, so I appreciate any answers you can provide.

    ~ Isaiah

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