PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 ReviewPreSonus has always been a big name when it comes to audio gear for home studios, in both the high-end and budget markets. Their AudioBox USB 2×2 is easily one of the best-performing audio interfaces you can get around. If you are on a budget, this might just be the model for you. One thing we can appreciate about PreSonus is their rugged approach to design. The entire AudioBox Series comes with a very durable, heavy-duty chassis that can withstand some serious abuse – very sturdy indeed!
Audient iD4 ReviewThe iD4 is a simple two-input/two-output offering featuring a mic preamp – complete with phantom power for using condenser mics – as well as an instrument level DI for plugging in your guitar or bass. On top of this, there’s a main output for your speakers and dual headphone outputs. The whole thing is powered via USB and, with Apple’s camera connection kit, it can also work with an iPhone/iPad. However, the studio devilry is in the detail: Audient has really thought about everything with value and usability in mind, making what is a budget solution feel anything but inexpensive.
MOTU M2 ReviewThe MOTU M2 gives you top-notch performance, and it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg! Compatible with Mac, PC, and iOS, this 2-in/2-out USB-C audio interface includes ESS Sabre32 Ultra DAC technology, which enables you to hear your recording with crystal-clear clarity. And its low-latency performance and great-sounding mic pres make recording a snap. Are you a podcaster? If so, this USB audio interface’s built-in loopback functionality was tailor-made for you. You’ll also appreciate the M2’s full-color LCD screen, which provides you with convenient front-panel metering. And you can take the M2 anywhere, thanks to its ultra-compact, bus-powered design.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 ReviewThe 3rd generation Scarlett 2i2 offers upgraded preamps, a new Air mode to enhance high-end detail, a USB-C port that minimizes latency to undetectable levels, increased headroom and much more besides. A 2-in/2-out interface with a combo XLR/¼-inch input jack, preamp gain knob, line/instrument level switch and Air switch for each input, the Scarlett 2i2 has a 48-volt phantom power switch, monitor level knob, direct monitor mode switch (off/mono/stereo), ¼-inch TRS headphone jack with level control knob, USB-C port plus ¼-inch TRS left and right line outputs.
Focusrite Scarlett Solo ReviewThe Solo is now the Scarlett line’s base offering, and is available at an entry-level price. While some might look at the price and assume Focusrite has skimped on quality in comparison to the Scarlett 18i20 interface, the only difference between the models is that the Solo has scaled-down input and output capacity, and therefore doesn’t require the DSP routing of the 18i20. Its smaller size appeals to singer/songwriters, vocalists, or mobile DJs.