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File this directly under “why has no one done this properly before?”

One of the few remaining annoyances in computer music making is just getting connected. First, you need an audio interface to get proper sound and headphone cueing. Then, you’ve got all this great gear for control – but where to put it? Macs and even many new PCs have few USB ports (especially ultrathin notebooks like the MacBook Air).

Yes, it’s about time someone combined a practical audio interface with a USB hub.

Focusrite/Novation seem to be the right folks for the job. Focusrite’s audio interfaces are some of the best of the bunch – I’ve had good luck with their drivers, and they deliver good sound for the price, thanks to the company’s experience in things like mic pres. Novation, meanwhile, are one of the companies making all the stuff you want to plug in (like the ever-popular Launchpad line).

The Novation-branded Audiobus, labeled “Audiohub 2×4” (meaning I would expect they have other configurations in mind), merges both sides. There’s a 96kHz, 24-bit Focusrite interface for the audio guts, plus a three-port, powered USB hub.

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Specs:

Three USB 2.0 ports
Stereo line input (phono/cinch plug) with high/low gain switch
Four line RCA outputs or two balanced jack outputs
“Loud” outputs, including the headphone jack (with DJs and producers in mind)
Bus-powered audio interface – or connect a 12V DC power supply (included) to power the USB hub
Low latency performance and zero-latency (direct) monitoring

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Crucially, those headphones can be set to outputs 1-2 or 3-4, so you do get separate headphone monitoring. That, combined with loud headphone output gain, indeed makes this DJ and live performance worthy. I also like those output knobs on the top of the unit.

And it works with the iPad, Linux, and the like, too, thanks to class-compliant operation. In fact, the hub combined with the ability to connect to iOS via a USB camera adapter makes this really ideal.

All in all, this looks like a box that ticks all the boxes for live PA and DJing. Where it sacrifices things is for those who need a mic or instrument input. If it’s a hit, though, a variant that does that seems close behind.

MIDI is missing, too, but that fits easily on one of the USB ports, so no complaints. (And then you can add more ports, for yet more connectivity…)

And because it’s hard to find a perfect, leave-it-in-your-bag-at-all-times interface for sampling, DJing, and live electronic performance, I have a feeling this will become a classic if they’ve done their job. Definitely hitting the review queue – stay tuned.

In the meantime, Novation has some nice marketing on this – I like the mention of DJ and Maschine sampling workflows alike, alongside this cute artist video.

Not that you need any of this. They had me at “USB hub.”

Novation Audiohub 2×4

  • Holy Shit! this is EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting! It totally ticks all the Boxes, (Right now I’m using my M-Audio Venom for Live work but Still doesn’t have Discrete 34 out for Headphones or USB Hub. That said most of the Cotroller MFGs all say in fine print somewhere do NOT plug device into a hub LOL. I do it anyways.

  • Holy Shit! this is EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting! It totally ticks all the Boxes, (Right now I’m using my M-Audio Venom for Live work but Still doesn’t have Discrete 34 out for Headphones or USB Hub. That said most of the Cotroller MFGs all say in fine print somewhere do NOT plug device into a hub LOL. I do it anyways.

  • Holy Shit! this is EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting! It totally ticks all the Boxes, (Right now I’m using my M-Audio Venom for Live work but Still doesn’t have Discrete 34 out for Headphones or USB Hub. That said most of the Cotroller MFGs all say in fine print somewhere do NOT plug device into a hub LOL. I do it anyways.

  • but no XLR input????????

  • but no XLR input????????

  • but no XLR input????????

  • oh not even a jack-input. this thing is lacking something I guess 🙂

    • Yeah – like I say, no instrument/mic.

      If there isn’t a version by NAMM with that configuration, though, and similar features – I’ll swallow my Camera Connection Kit.

      • Miguel Marcos

        I hope so. If they add a hi-z/XLR combo, I’ll go for this immediately.

      • Will

        Video? 😉

  • oh not even a jack-input. this thing is lacking something I guess 🙂

    • Yeah – like I say, no instrument/mic.

      If there isn’t a version by NAMM with that configuration, though, and similar features – I’ll swallow my Camera Connection Kit.

      • Miguel Marcos

        I hope so. If they add a hi-z/XLR combo, I’ll go for this immediately.

      • Will

        Video? 😉

  • oh not even a jack-input. this thing is lacking something I guess 🙂

    • Yeah – like I say, no instrument/mic.

      If there isn’t a version by NAMM with that configuration, though, and similar features – I’ll swallow my Camera Connection Kit.

      • Miguel Marcos

        I hope so. If they add a hi-z/XLR combo, I’ll go for this immediately.

      • Will

        Video? 😉

  • padlock

    Didn’t the EIE line do this like 2 years ago?

    • Mutis Mayfield

      And none of them could charge the ipad. Fail.

      • Tyler

        oh yeah, because the iPad chargine is the deal-breaking feature lmao.. get real

        • lokey

          flexible power supplies are -key- for hubs, imo.

        • Mutis Mayfield

          I’m using my ipad as center of my live looping gigs and I can’t depend on battery life so that’s why I’m using a dock (is202 for turntable conection and yes dvs djing too wow) in my real job.
          So the point is why I want a usb hub if I can’t get charging? I could do the same with regular hub and class compliant usb interface…

          So better options are the next coming Griffin Studio connect hd (199€) or focusrite (these are toys for sure lol)

          The main problem with all the ipad related hardware begins for two fronts: usb kidnapping and charging. Booth two sides of the same problem due to propietary connector and idevices chargers (not so standard neither)
          The solutions to this problem have different approarches. The first is use a dock and midi hardware (until docks with usb host arrive, the focusrite is the first) but usually no hub compatibility.
          The other way is hacking the dock itself like untergeek did with the alesis io dock.
          http://www.untergeek.de/2013/01/tech-hack-alesis-io-dock-with-usb-hub/

    • Will

      And it has 4 XLR/Combo inputs with phantom power, metering, 5-din MIDI i/o, 4 outputs, 4 inserts, and you can route 1+2, 3+4 or both to the headphones.

      Only ‘problem’ with it is that it’s 16/44.1. Not an issue for most electronic musicians.

      • And that it’s bigger, this could fit in laptop bag easier. What will be interesting is the Price if this thing is 199 and you don’t care about 96khz then the EIE (Red) is better deal.

        • Will

          Fair point, was thinking the same. Plus, if you’re tooled for DJing you most likely live in RCA connection land and inserts, 5-din MIDI and XLR connections are probably just overhead.

          Different strokes and all that. This bit of kit doesn’t really deserve ‘Finally’ though. 🙂

      • Ahmad

        The EIE had the 16 bit “issue”. Whereas the EIE pro offers 24/96khz

        • Will

          True though the 24bit version doesn’t work with iOS.

  • padlock

    Didn’t the EIE line do this like 2 years ago?

    • Mutis Mayfield

      And none of them could charge the ipad. Fail.

      • Guest

        oh yeah, because the iPad chargine is the deal-breaking feature

        • lokey

          flexible power supplies are -key- for hubs, imo.

        • Mutis Mayfield

          I’m using my ipad as center of my live looping gigs and I can’t depend on battery life so that’s why I’m using a dock (is202 for turntable conection and yes dvs djing too wow) in my real job.
          So the point is why I want a usb hub if I can’t get charging? I could do the same with regular hub and class compliant usb interface…

          So better options are the next coming Griffin Studio connect hd (199€) or focusrite (these are toys for sure lol)

          The main problem with all the ipad related hardware begins for two fronts: usb kidnapping and charging. Booth two sides of the same problem due to propietary connector and idevices chargers (not so standard neither)
          The solutions to this problem have different approarches. The first is use a dock and midi hardware (until docks with usb host arrive, the focusrite is the first) but usually no hub compatibility.
          The other way is hacking the dock itself like untergeek did with the alesis io dock.
          http://www.untergeek.de/2013/01/tech-hack-alesis-io-dock-with-usb-hub/

    • Will

      And it has 4 XLR/Combo inputs with phantom power, metering, 5-din MIDI i/o, 4 outputs, 4 inserts, and you can route 1+2, 3+4 or both to the headphones.

      Only ‘problem’ with it is that it’s 16/44.1. Not an issue for most electronic musicians.

      • And that it’s bigger, this could fit in laptop bag easier. What will be interesting is the Price if this thing is 199 and you don’t care about 96khz then the EIE (Red) is better deal.

        • Will

          Fair point, was thinking the same. Plus, if you’re tooled for DJing you most likely live in RCA connection land and inserts, 5-din MIDI and XLR connections are probably just overhead.

          Different strokes and all that. This bit of kit doesn’t really deserve ‘Finally’ though. 🙂

      • Ahmad

        The EIE had the 16 bit “issue”. Whereas the EIE pro offers 24/96khz

        • Will

          True though the 24bit version doesn’t work with iOS.

  • padlock

    Didn’t the EIE line do this like 2 years ago?

    • Mutis Mayfield

      And none of them could charge the ipad. Fail.

      • Guest

        oh yeah, because the iPad chargine is the deal-breaking feature

        • lokey

          flexible power supplies are -key- for hubs, imo.

        • Mutis Mayfield

          I’m using my ipad as center of my live looping gigs and I can’t depend on battery life so that’s why I’m using a dock (is202 for turntable conection and yes dvs djing too wow) in my real job.
          So the point is why I want a usb hub if I can’t get charging? I could do the same with regular hub and class compliant usb interface…

          So better options are the next coming Griffin Studio connect hd (199€) or focusrite (these are toys for sure lol)

          The main problem with all the ipad related hardware begins for two fronts: usb kidnapping and charging. Booth two sides of the same problem due to propietary connector and idevices chargers (not so standard neither)
          The solutions to this problem have different approarches. The first is use a dock and midi hardware (until docks with usb host arrive, the focusrite is the first) but usually no hub compatibility.
          The other way is hacking the dock itself like untergeek did with the alesis io dock.
          http://www.untergeek.de/2013/01/tech-hack-alesis-io-dock-with-usb-hub/

    • Will

      And it has 4 XLR/Combo inputs with phantom power, metering, 5-din MIDI i/o, 4 outputs, 4 inserts, and you can route 1+2, 3+4 or both to the headphones.

      Only ‘problem’ with it is that it’s 16/44.1. Not an issue for most electronic musicians.

      • And that it’s bigger, this could fit in laptop bag easier. What will be interesting is the Price if this thing is 199 and you don’t care about 96khz then the EIE (Red) is better deal.

        • Will

          Fair point, was thinking the same. Plus, if you’re tooled for DJing you most likely live in RCA connection land and inserts, 5-din MIDI and XLR connections are probably just overhead.

          Different strokes and all that. This bit of kit doesn’t really deserve ‘Finally’ though. 🙂

      • Ahmad

        The EIE had the 16 bit “issue”. Whereas the EIE pro offers 24/96khz

        • Will

          True though the 24bit version doesn’t work with iOS.

  • When I look at this picture “AudioHub-PP_Image7.jpg” I can’t help but think “Oh boy, this is one mess of a cable salad…”

    • Foosnark

      That’s what I thought too. I prefer to have a separate hub, so I can have two smaller tangles of cables instead of one larger one.

      I’m already in cable hell with my current setup. 6 things sticking out of the back and 4 out of the front of my Komplete Audio 6, and an assortment of differently-shaped guitar pedals to juggle while trying to keep all the knobs in easy tweaking range.

      I wouldn’t want to attempt to attach the 10 different things connected to my computer via USB to the same box 😛

  • When I look at this picture “AudioHub-PP_Image7.jpg” I can’t help but think “Oh boy, this is one mess of a cable salad…”

    • Foosnark

      That’s what I thought too. I prefer to have a separate hub, so I can have two smaller tangles of cables instead of one larger one.

      I’m already in cable hell with my current setup. 6 things sticking out of the back and 4 out of the front of my Komplete Audio 6, and an assortment of differently-shaped guitar pedals to juggle while trying to keep all the knobs in easy tweaking range.

      I wouldn’t want to attempt to attach the 10 different things connected to my computer via USB to the same box 😛

  • When I look at this picture “AudioHub-PP_Image7.jpg” I can’t help but think “Oh boy, this is one mess of a cable salad…”

    • Foosnark

      That’s what I thought too. I prefer to have a separate hub, so I can have two smaller tangles of cables instead of one larger one.

      I’m already in cable hell with my current setup. 6 things sticking out of the back and 4 out of the front of my Komplete Audio 6, and an assortment of differently-shaped guitar pedals to juggle while trying to keep all the knobs in easy tweaking range.

      I wouldn’t want to attempt to attach the 10 different things connected to my computer via USB to the same box 😛

  • heinrichz

    Looks cool. Could i record my iPad synths with this directly into Ableton ?

    • audiorun

      No, you’ll need e.g. the iConnectMIDI2+ for this purpose.
      The audio is then digitally transfered to a virtual audio interface on your machine running Ableton, and from there you can select the iPad’s Audio out as an input.
      iCM2+ also charges the iPad btw, so you can leave it connected all the time.

      • heinrichz

        Nice, that exactly what i need, thanks for the info !

    • Will

      Yes, actually. It wont be a digital signal (like the iconnectMIDI provides) but whatever. You can do it out of your headphone jack right now. Not the best quality but in a mix there’s a good chance the slight fidelity loss wont matter.

  • heinrichz

    Looks cool. Could i record my iPad synths with this directly into Ableton ?

    • audiorun

      No, you’ll need e.g. the iConnectMIDI2+ for this purpose.
      The audio is then digitally transfered to a virtual audio interface on your machine running Ableton, and from there you can select the iPad’s Audio out as an input.
      iCM2+ also charges the iPad btw, so you can leave it connected all the time.

      • heinrichz

        Nice, that exactly what i need, thanks for the info !

    • Will

      Yes, actually. It wont be a digital signal (like the iconnectMIDI provides) but whatever. You can do it out of your headphone jack right now. Not the best quality but in a mix there’s a good chance the slight fidelity loss wont matter.

  • heinrichz

    Looks cool. Could i record my iPad synths with this directly into Ableton ?

    • audiorun

      No, you’ll need e.g. the iConnectMIDI2+ for this purpose.
      The audio is then digitally transfered to a virtual audio interface on your machine running Ableton, and from there you can select the iPad’s Audio out as an input.
      iCM2+ also charges the iPad btw, so you can leave it connected all the time.

      • heinrichz

        Nice, that exactly what i need, thanks for the info !

    • Will

      Yes, actually. It wont be a digital signal (like the iconnectMIDI provides) but whatever. You can do it out of your headphone jack right now. Not the best quality but in a mix there’s a good chance the slight fidelity loss wont matter.

  • André et Michèle

    Really like the looks of it, though waiting for one w/ more inputs . . .

  • André et Michèle

    Really like the looks of it, though waiting for one w/ more inputs . . .

  • André et Michèle

    Really like the looks of it, though waiting for one w/ more inputs . . .

  • Anangel Argonaut

    This would indeed be perfect for guitarists, with audio jack in… Connect a couple of controllers via USB and bam!

  • Anangel Argonaut

    This would indeed be perfect for guitarists, with audio jack in… Connect a couple of controllers via USB and bam!

  • Anangel Argonaut

    This would indeed be perfect for guitarists, with audio jack in… Connect a couple of controllers via USB and bam!

  • partofthepuzzle

    This looks well thought out. Any idea on price and availability?

  • partofthepuzzle

    This looks well thought out. Any idea on price and availability?

  • partofthepuzzle

    This looks well thought out. Any idea on price and availability?

  • siike92

    Yup, Akai’s EIE does it. Plus it looks sexy as hell

    • Alex G

      plus it has MIDI 😉

  • siike92

    Yup, Akai’s EIE does it. Plus it looks sexy as hell

    • Alex G

      plus it has MIDI 😉

  • siike92

    Yup, Akai’s EIE does it. Plus it looks sexy as hell

    • Alex G

      plus it has MIDI 😉

  • charlie

    Would buy if only had a one jack input for the guitar…

  • charlie

    Would buy if only had a one jack input for the guitar…

  • charlie

    Would buy if only had a one jack input for the guitar…

  • dbmarin

    Yeah, the EIE Pro may be a bit bulkier than this unit, but with 4 neutrik inputs, phantom power, selectable monitoring (input or output), USB & 5-pin MIDI with analog meters, I’m happy for now.

  • dbmarin

    Yeah, the EIE Pro may be a bit bulkier than this unit, but with 4 neutrik inputs, phantom power, selectable monitoring (input or output), USB & 5-pin MIDI with analog meters, I’m happy for now.

  • dbmarin

    Yeah, the EIE Pro may be a bit bulkier than this unit, but with 4 neutrik inputs, phantom power, selectable monitoring (input or output), USB & 5-pin MIDI with analog meters, I’m happy for now.

  • zach

    I’ve been researching the best iOS-powered live guitar rig and this would be absolutely PERFECT were it not for the entirely deal breaking lack of a 1/4″ line in! It’s got the RCAs, how much trickier is adding another jack? Throw in two jacks that mirror the stereo RCA ins and SOLD.

  • zach

    I’ve been researching the best iOS-powered live guitar rig and this would be absolutely PERFECT were it not for the entirely deal breaking lack of a 1/4″ line in! It’s got the RCAs, how much trickier is adding another jack? Throw in two jacks that mirror the stereo RCA ins and SOLD.

  • zach

    I’ve been researching the best iOS-powered live guitar rig and this would be absolutely PERFECT were it not for the entirely deal breaking lack of a 1/4″ line in! It’s got the RCAs, how much trickier is adding another jack? Throw in two jacks that mirror the stereo RCA ins and SOLD.

  • poopoo

    Emagic 62m was a usb soundcard with a built in hub……at least 10 years ago

  • poopoo

    Emagic 62m was a usb soundcard with a built in hub……at least 10 years ago

  • poopoo

    Emagic 62m was a usb soundcard with a built in hub……at least 10 years ago

  • Not bad. But, it looks like the iConnectivity line has Novation beat.
    http://youtu.be/HGAVa0KGy6Y

  • Not bad. But, it looks like the iConnectivity line has Novation beat.
    http://youtu.be/HGAVa0KGy6Y

  • Not bad. But, it looks like the iConnectivity line has Novation beat.
    http://youtu.be/HGAVa0KGy6Y

  • Ashley Scott

    not only the Akai EIE: The MPC Ren includes a 2-port hub (which it should for the price – all wallwart powered controllers should).

  • Ashley Scott

    not only the Akai EIE: The MPC Ren includes a 2-port hub (which it should for the price – all wallwart powered controllers should).

  • Ashley Scott

    not only the Akai EIE: The MPC Ren includes a 2-port hub (which it should for the price – all wallwart powered controllers should).

  • booga

    Please check you facts before writing, it is not the first audio interface with USB hub.
    http://www.akaipro.com/product/eiepro

  • booga

    Please check you facts before writing, it is not the first audio interface with USB hub.
    http://www.akaipro.com/product/eiepro

  • booga

    Please check you facts before writing, it is not the first audio interface with USB hub.
    http://www.akaipro.com/product/eiepro

  • audiorun

    Looks like this audio hub is *not* dedicated to professional musicians or even the iPad, but may fit rather well into consumer setups that just enjoy playing with a bunch of preset loops and maybe layer some synth line on top.
    Right, Emagic EMI6/2 had MIDI >10 years ago, and I can’t see where this is any better than the iTrack Dock, which charges the iPad, has multiple inputs made for musicians and serves as a nice dock too.

    I also agree that the cable salad pictured above gets even worse when attaching a USB MIDI interface and XLR-to-RCA adapter cables.

  • audiorun

    Looks like this audio hub is *not* dedicated to professional musicians or even the iPad, but may fit rather well into consumer setups that just enjoy playing with a bunch of preset loops and maybe layer some synth line on top.
    Right, Emagic EMI6/2 had MIDI >10 years ago, and I can’t see where this is any better than the iTrack Dock, which charges the iPad, has multiple inputs made for musicians and serves as a nice dock too.

    I also agree that the cable salad pictured above gets even worse when attaching a USB MIDI interface and XLR-to-RCA adapter cables.

  • audiorun

    Looks like this audio hub is *not* dedicated to professional musicians or even the iPad, but may fit rather well into consumer setups that just enjoy playing with a bunch of preset loops and maybe layer some synth line on top.
    Right, Emagic EMI6/2 had MIDI >10 years ago, and I can’t see where this is any better than the iTrack Dock, which charges the iPad, has multiple inputs made for musicians and serves as a nice dock too.

    I also agree that the cable salad pictured above gets even worse when attaching a USB MIDI interface and XLR-to-RCA adapter cables.

  • Listening to some of the feedback here I think that more then few people don’t get that this is geared toward live performance for DJ’s and electronica performers with more than 1 controller. The small/home Studio Market is already saturated with XLR/ 1/4 inch let me record my Guitar noodling setups but not with this feature set. Saying this is consumer level (in the pejorative) is misleading as the feature set looks like something for live performance, given the emphasis on the headphone setupt for live Cuing up of Tracks.

    Now the AKAI EIE (Red one not the Pro) looked sweet and I was excited when that came out but I know a couple people who were disappointed with theirs saying it was all show-no go and advised to steer clear, of course YMMV. The Pro version (Silver) is better but I doubt it is in the same price range as this (guessing*) and is not class compliant (the Red one is but no 96khz), it needs a driver so no iDevice use there. There is also the size factor the AKAI is big. The iTrack Dock is a dedicated iPad device so really is an apples and oranges comparison. This unit is flexible enough to use with both PC’s and iDevices.
    XLR’s inputs are a nice to have but speaking as someone who performs live I would be hooking my Hardware synths to a dedicated sub-mixer (that has XLR and 1/4 jacks etc ) and feeding the output of that into something like this anyways. I will say that a lack of hardware MIDI is downer because I would have to use a USB port for one of those.
    So obviously this device isn’t for everyone (is there a device for everyone?) but given the Feature set and form factor, if the price is right this thing will probably be in a lot of gig bags.
    *Oh I just noticed (after I wrote this) the Price drop on the AKAI EIE PRO to $249.00 that’s pretty competitive and has all the features being asked for here except for the things I noted earlier. So I’m really curious to see what the Focusrite will be priced at.

  • Listening to some of the feedback here I think that more then few people don’t get that this is geared toward live performance for DJ’s and electronica performers with more than 1 controller. The small/home Studio Market is already saturated with XLR/ 1/4 inch let me record my Guitar noodling setups but not with this feature set. Saying this is consumer level (in the pejorative) is misleading as the feature set looks like something for live performance, given the emphasis on the headphone setupt for live Cuing up of Tracks.

    Now the AKAI EIE (Red one not the Pro) looked sweet and I was excited when that came out but I know a couple people who were disappointed with theirs saying it was all show-no go and advised to steer clear, of course YMMV. The Pro version (Silver) is better but I doubt it is in the same price range as this (guessing*) and is not class compliant (the Red one is but no 96khz), it needs a driver so no iDevice use there. There is also the size factor the AKAI is big. The iTrack Dock is a dedicated iPad device so really is an apples and oranges comparison. This unit is flexible enough to use with both PC’s and iDevices.
    XLR’s inputs are a nice to have but speaking as someone who performs live I would be hooking my Hardware synths to a dedicated sub-mixer (that has XLR and 1/4 jacks etc ) and feeding the output of that into something like this anyways. I will say that a lack of hardware MIDI is downer because I would have to use a USB port for one of those.
    So obviously this device isn’t for everyone (is there a device for everyone?) but given the Feature set and form factor, if the price is right this thing will probably be in a lot of gig bags.
    *Oh I just noticed (after I wrote this) the Price drop on the AKAI EIE PRO to $249.00 that’s pretty competitive and has all the features being asked for here except for the things I noted earlier. So I’m really curious to see what the Focusrite will be priced at.

  • Listening to some of the feedback here I think that more then few people don’t get that this is geared toward live performance for DJ’s and electronica performers with more than 1 controller. The small/home Studio Market is already saturated with XLR/ 1/4 inch let me record my Guitar noodling setups but not with this feature set. Saying this is consumer level (in the pejorative) is misleading as the feature set looks like something for live performance, given the emphasis on the headphone setupt for live Cuing up of Tracks.

    Now the AKAI EIE (Red one not the Pro) looked sweet and I was excited when that came out but I know a couple people who were disappointed with theirs saying it was all show-no go and advised to steer clear, of course YMMV. The Pro version (Silver) is better but I doubt it is in the same price range as this (guessing*) and is not class compliant (the Red one is but no 96khz), it needs a driver so no iDevice use there. There is also the size factor the AKAI is big. The iTrack Dock is a dedicated iPad device so really is an apples and oranges comparison. This unit is flexible enough to use with both PC’s and iDevices.
    XLR’s inputs are a nice to have but speaking as someone who performs live I would be hooking my Hardware synths to a dedicated sub-mixer (that has XLR and 1/4 jacks etc ) and feeding the output of that into something like this anyways. I will say that a lack of hardware MIDI is downer because I would have to use a USB port for one of those.
    So obviously this device isn’t for everyone (is there a device for everyone?) but given the Feature set and form factor, if the price is right this thing will probably be in a lot of gig bags.
    *Oh I just noticed (after I wrote this) the Price drop on the AKAI EIE PRO to $249.00 that’s pretty competitive and has all the features being asked for here except for the things I noted earlier. So I’m really curious to see what the Focusrite will be priced at.

  • John Kennedy

    weird. in the fotospread w/ the io box, monitors, 3 controllers, iphone, headphones and laptop, why is the laptop there? it’s not plugged in to anything. the only sound source is an iphone connected to the RCA inputs. What are the controllers controlling? nada. bad presskit!

    • Actually the Laptop is plugged in (Green Cord) the actual connection is obscured by the headphones.

      • John Kennedy

        you are correct. my bad. if i didn’t already have a MOTU Ultralite, this could be useful for streamlined computer-based A/V gigs, but it would get me nowhere when i’m playing guitar, doing mic feedback with drums and amp, and playing multiple soft-synth racks – and want to record everything i’m doing live AND tweak/record multiple inputs from other bandmembers as well. glad i have the Ultralite – it’s maybe twice as wide but has WAY more than twice the connectivity/flexibility. this thing is a good starter box for the electroCPU musician, though, assuming the price is reasonable, say, roughly the same as 2 of novation’s controllers.

  • John Kennedy

    weird. in the fotospread w/ the io box, monitors, 3 controllers, iphone, headphones and laptop, why is the laptop there? it’s not plugged in to anything. the only sound source is an iphone connected to the RCA inputs. What are the controllers controlling? nada. bad presskit!

    • Actually the Laptop is plugged in (Green Cord) the actual connection is obscured by the headphones.

      • John Kennedy

        you are correct. my bad. if i didn’t already have a MOTU Ultralite, this could be useful for streamlined computer-based A/V gigs, but it would get me nowhere when i’m playing guitar, doing mic feedback with drums and amp, and playing multiple soft-synth racks – and want to record everything i’m doing live AND tweak/record multiple inputs from other bandmembers as well. glad i have the Ultralite – it’s maybe twice as wide but has WAY more than twice the connectivity/flexibility. this thing is a good starter box for the electroCPU musician, though, assuming the price is reasonable, say, roughly the same as 2 of novation’s controllers.

  • John Kennedy

    weird. in the fotospread w/ the io box, monitors, 3 controllers, iphone, headphones and laptop, why is the laptop there? it’s not plugged in to anything. the only sound source is an iphone connected to the RCA inputs. What are the controllers controlling? nada. bad presskit!

    • Actually the Laptop is plugged in (Green Cord) the actual connection is obscured by the headphones.

      • John Kennedy

        you are correct. my bad. if i didn’t already have a MOTU Ultralite, this could be useful for streamlined computer-based A/V gigs, but it would get me nowhere when i’m playing guitar, doing mic feedback with drums and amp, and playing multiple soft-synth racks – and want to record everything i’m doing live AND tweak/record multiple inputs from other bandmembers as well. glad i have the Ultralite – it’s maybe twice as wide but has WAY more than twice the connectivity/flexibility. this thing is a good starter box for the electroCPU musician, though, assuming the price is reasonable, say, roughly the same as 2 of novation’s controllers.

  • RichardL

    Looks good. The Swiss Army Hub.

  • RichardL

    Looks good. The Swiss Army Hub.

  • RichardL

    Looks good. The Swiss Army Hub.