Audient Audio Interface iD4 MKII, Class A Console Microphone Preamp (High Speed USB-C, Monitor Mix and Monitor Panning Function, 2 Headphone Outputs, Mac/PC/iOS Compatible), Black
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It would be much faster and more accurate to set the input/DAW listening balance with software faders - and actually, that is how they seem to have implemented it on the bigger iD14 MKII model. The iD4 mk2 is exclusively USB bus powered, however unlike for its predecessor, connectivity is now via the latest USB-C style port. Hands-On Design: Including a Scroll control that offers a more hands-on approach to the manipulation of volume, automation and processing, producers and artists alike can achieve the exact tone they need with minimal hassle. Featuring an Audient Console mic pre, class-leading converters, dual headphone outputs, and a JFET Instrument Input, iD4 gives you everything you need to create studio-quality recordings at home. Furthermore, the iD4 uses an ingenious monitor pan to let you pan both the mic pre and DI input to help create a balanced and transparent headphone mix.
Create and customise low latency headphone mixes, utilise the flexible monitor control or simply keep an eye on your levels – all from one easy to use app. Now it also comes with free plugins and creative software with ARC including Steinberg's Cubase LE and Cubasis LE2 (for iOS), Waldorf PPG 2. The iD4 is a 2-in 2-out 24-bit / 96kHz compact desktop design with one rear-mounted mic/line input and one front-mounted instrument input.
iD4’s converters make sure you hear every nuance, every detail of your audio, letting you hear your mix more accurately. For truly compact audio interfacing on the move, Audient’s recent EVO series has much to offer and an impressive, slick design.
Audio loopback is becoming an increasingly in-demand feature due to the prevalent rise of podcasting, Youtube/content creators and gaming streamers. The microphone inputs, based on the Audient ASP8024‑HE console, were clear, spacious and noise‑free. I even tend to find that when I ask people what budget interfaces they are using, it’s very common for them to say the Audient iD4 or the Scarlett 2i2. You receive the Audient iD4 and the first thing you’ll probably notice is how compact and light the interface is.What I'd like to mention is that the volume knob is significantly less robust compared to all others.
The Audio ID4 MkII combines form and function with two headphone outputs powered by a Class-AB headphone amp and a volume encoder with iD ScrollControl virtual scroll wheel which lets you control DAW hosts, plug-in parameters and even navigate through the iTunes library. Not only that but the onboard impedance of 6000 Ohms allows users to drive even the most powerful headphones to a preferred level. You won’t be setting up a full home recording studio with it, of course not, but for small post production, mixing and more, it’s a great interface to start with (and keep) for both home, studio, and on the move. Turn iD4’s volume knob into a virtual scroll wheel and take control of a variety of compatible onscreen parameters. The periodic ripple (presumably mostly to be blamed on the ADC - try a different sample rate) is maybe +/-0.Just to note that the specs suggest the best performance is to be had with a pure USB‑C connection, whereas I was going into a regular USB 2. What is the level difference you get between using line-in and mic in at 11 o'clock while leaving output level unchanged? The iD4 MkII has a handy Monitor Mix knob that lets you balance direct monitoring and software playback. Finally, the top panel includes a five-step output meter that temporarily doubles as a level indicator when you adjust one of the controls. To connect the iD4 to an iOS device with a lightning port, an Apple Camera Connection Kit and Active USB hub must be used.