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Roland Announce Rubix Line Of Audio Interfaces

Roland have announced their new line of portable USB audio interfaces for Mac, PC and iPad. The Rubix line consists of 3 units – The Rubix 22, 24 and the 44 all of which are designed with transparent, low-noise pre-amps and support for audio resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz.

The Rubix 22 has 2 ins/2 outs, the 24 has 2 ins/4 outs and the 44 as you can probably guess has 4 ins/4 outs. All 3 interfaces also support MIDI I/O and feature combo jack inputs, Hi-Z inputs and headphones outputs. The 24 and 44 also feature a hardware compressor/limiter! A ground lift switch on the back should also help laptop users with ground loop issues. There’s a switchable power source on the 22 and 24 which allows you to power the interfaces with a USB battery when connecting them up to an iPad. The 44 does however require an AC adapter. The activity LEDs are visible from the front and the top of the units, making monitoring signal input from any angle very convenient .

Key Features

  • 2-in/2-out / 2-in/4-out / 4-in/4-out USB audio interface.
  • 2 / 4 low-noise mic preamps with XLR combo jacks.
  • Hardware compressor/limiter (Rubix 24 & Rubix 44).
  • Hi-Z input for guitar and other high impedance sources.
  • MIDI In/Out ports.
  • Extensively shielded, low-noise design.
  • Sturdy and compact metal construction.
  • Easy-to-read indicators show vital information.
  • Low latency, class compliant drivers.
  • Ground lifts for quiet operation in a variety of venues.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite.

Info on pricing & availability yet to be confirmed.

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M-Audio Announces M-Track, M-Track Plus & M-Track Quad Sound Interfaces

Along with the new Axiom controllers announced at NAMM the newly re-vitalized M-Audio introduce us to a hat trick of new interfaces too.

Offering three distinct models, the M-Track Series combines a robust feature set with extreme ease of use to create versatile audio/MIDI interfaces for every level of musician.
Starting with phantom-powered XLR jacks, line inputs with guitar-level switching, TRS audio inserts, and latency-free monitoring, the M-Track Series provides a comprehensive
range of inputs, outputs, and connection options designed to work efficiently in the modern studio or on the go. Simple controls, effective metering, and rugged chassis make the M-Track Series ideal for withstanding the rigors of day-to-day use. From the entry-level M-Track to the pro-line M-Track Quad, each model offers a reliable platform that can accommodate the myriad of devices that can come and go in a changing project studio.

M-Track QuadM-Audio M-Track Quad

Four-channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface

  • 24-bit / 96 kHz audio resolution
  • Zero-latency audio monitoring
  • 4 XLR+1/4” combo inputs accommodate any source
  • Selectable phantom power and guitar-level switching
  • 4 TRS 1/4” inserts; MIDI in and out
  • 1/4” balanced outs; monitor (1, 2) with level; fixed (3,4)
  • Headphone out with independent level control
  • USB connection; powered USB hub with three ports
  • Ignite™ by AIR software quickly captures musical ideas
  • Includes Avid® Pro Tools® Express for advanced production

M-Track PlusM-Audio M-Track Plus

Two-channel Portable USB Audio/MIDI Interface With Digital I/O

  • 24-bit / 48 kHz digital audio processing
  • Zero-latency audio monitoring
  • 2 XLR mic inputs with selectable phantom power
  • 2 balanced 1/4” line inputs with guitar-level switching
  • 2 TRS 1/4” inserts; MIDI in and out
  • Balanced 1/4” main outputs with level control
  • Headphone out with independent level control
  • USB powered for ultra-mobility; sturdy aluminum shell
  • S/PDIF coaxial digital in/out
  • Ignite™ by AIR software quickly captures musical ideas
  • Includes Avid® Pro Tools® Express for advanced production

M-TrackM-Audio M-Track

Two-channel Portable USB Audio/MIDI Interface

  • 24-bit / 48 kHz digital audio processing
  • Zero-latency audio monitoring
  • 2 XLR mic inputs with selectable phantom power
  • 2 balanced 1/4” line inputs with guitar-level switching
  • 2 TRS 1/4” inserts; MIDI in and out
  • Balanced 1/4” main outputs with level control
  • Headphone out with independent level control
  • USB powered for ultra-mobility
  • Includes Ignite™ by AIR and Ableton® Live Lite

M-Track Quad

The flagship of the family, M-Track Quad offers up to four simultaneous audio inputs. As with the entire M-Track family, the M-Track Quad features four individual mic inputs with
selectable 48V phantom power, 1/4″ line inputs with guitar-level switching, and per channel audio inserts. A second set of outputs operates independent of the monitor level control, providing extra versatility.

M-Track Plus

At home in the more advanced digital studio, the step-up M-Track Plus is built on the M-Track’s foundation, with the addition of coaxial S/PDIF digital input and output jackson the back panel and a robust metal casing.

M-Track

This entry-level model offers two-channel operation. Each channel provides both XLR and 1/4″ inputs. Phantom power (48V) and guitar-level switching are provided. Professional audio converters and discrete preamp design deliver up to 24-bit, 48 kHz digital audio for use with virtually any software. 4-segment LED metering and multiple status lights provide real-time visual feedback. A single USB cable provides both power and data, making setup a snap. Intuitive controls include individual gain knobs, a convenient zero-latency mix knob, plus a headphone output with its own level knob. MIDI in and out jacks are provided, in addition to the balanced main 1/4″ outputs.

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