Turning A Large Format Console Into A Portable Studio
Audient Interfaces – Providing all the performance of a large format console in the palm of your hand
With the myriad of different audio interfaces available, one has to wonder which one is truly right for them when trawling through the minefield of different hardware options. Whatever it is that you consider when choosing an interface, whether ease of use, build quality or simply whichever one is budget friendly, you’ll likely be looking for a professional grade quality interface, above all. Something that can withstand almost any sound you throw at it, accurately represent what’s being played and provide a quality recording anywhere, anytime is hard to come by – besides , you only get that sort of professional studio quality recording in a custom built studio right? Wrong.
With the new Audient range of interfaces, you have all the audio performance of a large format console in a compact desktop package which can fit in your lunchbox! This is not your usual audio interface as each of the new interfaces from Audient use the same Class-A Audient console mic preamps that are featured in their flagship ASP8024 console which can be found in studios all over the world. In response to the emergence of digital console, Audient decided to stay their course in the world of analogue consoles and decades later have perfected their sound, only now, it can be carried in your backpack rather than crane lifted into the room.
Today we’re taking a look at three of the different audio interfaces the Hampshire, based brand have to offer.
Audient ID4 2 In 2 Out USB Audio Interface
As we’ve previously mentioned Audient have stated that they are the “only company that use the same Class-A Audient console mic preamps throughout our entire product range, whether you’re in the studio with an Audient console or on the road with iD4”. This basically means you get the same versatile mic preamp that their consoles are famous for in their highly portable interfaces. Before you start thinking that this is some kind of stripped back version, it’s not really. The Audient ID4 2 In 2 Out USB Audio Interface is the smallest interface the brand have constructed making it an extremely portable option for those who need to record at home or on the road, but it is an absolute beast when it comes to connectivity and quality of sound – nothing has been compromised here. It features one XLR Combi Female connection that can take a mic or ¼” jack as well as a direct D.I. channel to provide a myriad of recording options.
It’s easy to use and has been constructed with a clear, concise panel that features the brand new Audient ScrollControl. This large volume encoder actually does so much more than adjust volume of the interface, but can act as a scroll wheel to adjust different parameters within your DAW – even your iTunes library and Twitter feed, making it a great addition to your studio. Perhaps one of the most interesting features is the harmonically rich JFET D.I connection, which has been designed to replicate the input stage of a valve amplifier guaranteeing that whatever you plug in to it, whether guitars, basses or drum machines – it all sounds great. There’s also zero latency monitoring when you blend your input signal with your DAW playback. With both large and small jack connections, you can also plug in two sets of headphones at once, meaning you can record with your band mates at the same time whilst listening to the same mix.
Audient ID14 2 In 4 Out USB Audio Interface
Next up we have the slightly larger Audient ID14 2 In 4 Out USB Audio Interface that features not one but two Audient console mic preamps with class-leading converter technology and that coveted JFET instrument input for superior clarity. The interesting thing about this particular model is that it features 2-in with optical expansion allowing up to 10 inputs, and 4-out High Performance Burr Brown AD/DA Converters in a small and rugged metal chassis. This means you can record two instruments at once.
The Audient ID14 2 In 4 Out USB Audio Interface also features an 8-channel ADAT /SPDIF input for expanding with external mic preamps offering a vast array of connectivity for the musician who needs a versatile audio interface with superior control over their sound. The entire range, including this one is also compatible with Windows and macOS which means you can make music straight out of the box. It’s also been conceived by analogue console designers calling on decades of experience to provide you with the very best sound at all times – so that’s definitely something you can rely on. The Audient ID14 also features the Audient ScrollControl system for ease of use.
Audient ID22 10 In 14 Out USB Audio Interface
Last, but by no means least we have this absolute monster of an audio interface. The Audient ID22 10 In 14 Out USB Audio Interface features 2 mic inputs with optical expansion (allowing up to 10 inputs) and 14 connections out all with High Performance Burr Brown AD/DA Converters to provide a smooth and accurate sonic representation of what you’re playing. Even though it’s only very small in size, it delivers a ground breaking performance that will impress the most experienced studio producers as it’s essentially a full studio sound in something the size of a sandwich.
With this interface you get 2 of the legendary Audient Console microphone preamps inside which provides all the convenience of digital recording with that coveted analogue warmth and versatility. It’s compatible with Mac or PC so making music across a wide range of platforms is not a problem, and it’s built like an absolute tank. The JFET D.I offers your instruments and vocals that warmth needed to get the best out of your sound without interfering with the nuances of your instrument. The iD22 features an array of optical input and output connectors that support both ADAT and SPDIF offering huge range of options, meaning the interface can expand up to a total of ten inputs so recording separate drums is completely achievable.
For those that rely on accuracy and responsiveness, you’ll be pleased to know the Audient ID22 features a high speed USB 2.0 connectivity for data transfer and to power the unit. However, it is worth noting though that with iD14, you do need the supplied power adapter when using phantom power. It’s essentially an entire recording desk in one very easy to use and highly portable box.
View a complete range of audio interfaces over at the Dawsons website.