Image 1 of 2 The ESU’s front panel packs in a lot of connectivity. Neat design extends to the hardware unit itself. One feature you don’t often see on a unit of this type is a Mono mix button, but the has two of them. In operation, the ESU sounds as an audio interface should: Plenty of good bundled software. Cons Not much software for Mac users. SU shows the latest audio interface technology for external usage on notebook and desktop computers.
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What’s decidedly inconvenient, though, is the location of the power switch. It’s round the back and a 188 to reach if the is flightcased.
It would be nice to see a FireWire port at rear, rather than USB, and a power switch at front, but these are minor niggles fsu you take into account how much is 18808 offer to you for so little cash. In operation, the ESU sounds as an audio interface should: At the front and on the far left there are dual XLR audio ins with independent phantom power. The is USB 2.
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Above the dual input rotaries channels and and the master level control for all eight outputs and the headphone section, there’s a row of status LEDs. Neat design extends to the hardware unit itself. Individual phantom power and pads on the mic inputs. Before plugging in and making some noise, a trip to the manufacturer’s website is necessary in order to download the latest Vista or OS X drivers.
The casing seems road-worthy enough, esy for live use, or for those who have numerous hardware synths, it’s an ideal, cost-effective computer audio solution. SU shows the latest audio interface technology for external usage on notebook and desktop computers. ESI has gone to the trouble of bundling a good deal of sound-colouring software, though, as well as Steinberg’s Cubase 4 LE sequencer for Mac and PC and a special edition of modular soft synth Tassman.
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So, if you suffer from that annoying phenomenon of only being able to hear a signal on just the left or right stereo channel, pressing the buttons will centre the sound.
Image 1 of 2 The ESU’s front panel packs in a lot of connectivity.
So, you can add ‘character’ in software rather than it being introduced by the interface. A press of Mono A enables you to create a mono mix of signals arriving at inputs one and two, while Mono B does the same for inputs three and four.
That’s an awful lot of connectivity for one 1U box. Image 2 of 2 The remaining inputs and outputs are round the back.
Each input has its own pad button alongside comfortingly rubberised level knobs and LED level indicators. The latter can be linked into four pairs if need be and you have the choice of balanced and unbalanced lines.
Mac owners running Leopard will also need to perform a firmware 18008 to get things going. While guitarists hanker for a signature tone from their audio devices, those making recordings usually want clean sound and that’s what this device delivers.
Sample rates range from Cons Not much software for Mac users. The on-screen control panel is tidy enough, with level meters for the 16 analogue ins and dual digital ins, plus meters and sliders for the eight outs. That said, the plug for the supplied PSU has a knurled, screw-on sleeve, so you won’t have to worry about the power cable dropping out after a bout of brutish behaviour.
What really impresses is the ‘s flexibility and, considering the price, build quality. It appears, however, that the bulk of the software bundle is Windows-only, so Mac users might be a little miffed. Plenty of good bundled software. One feature you don’t often see on a unit of this type is a Mono mix button, but the has two of them.