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ALESIS IO1426 FIREWIRE AUDIOMIDI INTERFACES DRIVER
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Quite a lot, as it happens For recording musicians setting up a computer-based studio, the problem of finding a high-quality audio interface is pretty much a thing of the past. The difficult thing now is deciding which one of the many products, each with their own combination of features, best suits your needs and budget. Sample rates of up to kHz are supported, all Alesis iO1426 Firewire AudioMIDI Interfaces bit. All eight analogue inputs feature switchable phantom power, and two headphone outputs and MIDI In and Out are also featured.
Aside from the driver and mixer software described belowCubase LE is also Alesis iO1426 Firewire AudioMIDI Interfaces in the price and would make a perfectly respectable starting point for those taking their first steps in computer-based recording. Perhaps the first thing that struck me on opening the packaging was how sturdy this unit is.
I didn't do any 'drop' tests with the review unit! The top panel appears uncluttered and well laid out. All eight analogue inputs feature combi-jack sockets that can be used with XLRs or quarter-inch jacks. Gain for all analogue input channels is controlled by a large dedicated knob beneath each input jack and, whatever Alesis iO1426 Firewire AudioMIDI Interfaces the input is being used in, there seems to be plenty of gain available to accommodate a wide range of source signal levels. Also welcome are the five-segment LED input level meters.
Channels one and two also provide an option to switch between mic and line level and a high-impedance circuit suitable for direct recording of a standard electric guitar or bass. Engaging the latter disables the top panel inputs for these channels and allows a turntable to be connected directly to specific phono inputs located on the rear of the unit. These preamps have a higher gain and EQ properties that are tailored for the output from a turntable. In addition to some useful status LEDs showing sample rate and activity on the digital inputs and the meters showing the level Alesis iO1426 Firewire AudioMIDI Interfaces the main outputs, the centre strip of the top panel contains four small buttons at the top and four further knobs.
The former switch the phantom power on and off for each pair of input channels.
However, for anyone who likes to use external hardware while recording, perhaps the biggest plus point is the insert jacks located beneath the combi-jacks on every analogue input channel. In terms of the signal chain, these are placed after the input preamp but Alesis iO1426 Firewire AudioMIDI Interfaces to the D-A conversion, which is ideal if you want to patch in a hardware compressor or EQ while tracking. The rear panel is a little busier but also well organised.
Two Firewire connectors and the power connector round off the rear panel. A quick check of the Alesis web site revealed both Alesis iO1426 Firewire AudioMIDI Interfaces software v1. The Control Panel dialogue provides access to a range of key settings, including the buffer size and sample rate.
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There were some minor differences between the printed manual description of the Control Panel and the latest version of the software but nothing that would cause any significant confusion. The Hardware Direct Monitoring software provides the usual virtual mixing environment. Tabs down the left edge allow the user to toggle between displaying the input channel meters and separate mixer panels for each of the analogue output pairs. These are separate mixes, so it would be possible to provide different monitor mixes via the different output pairs if you so wished. A nice touch is that the second headphone output can be switched to receive a feed from any of the four output pairs; very useful if the engineer needs one mix while running a session but whoever is being recorded Alesis iO1426 Firewire AudioMIDI Interfaces a different balance in their ears.
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The mixer view can be switched between a narrow and a wide display, and it is also possible to hide groups of unused channels. Mixer settings can be saved for later recall and channel names can also be edited. Should you wish, direct monitoring can also be disabled if you want to monitor via your DAW. I'd hesitate to describe the HDM application as the prettiest piece of software I've ever used, but overall it does its job in a functional fashion, and the metering is much more detailed than that provided on the hardware front panel. The stereo imaging appeared to be very good, the bass end was full and there was plenty of detail at the top end.
Recording via the analogue inputs proved to be an equally happy process, whether using a line-level signal, DI'ing a guitar or recording a vocal or acoustic guitar part via a decent condenser microphone. All these subjective observations were backed up with a set of more objective tests via Steinberg's Wavelab and Right Mark's Audio Analyzer. As might Alesis iO1426 Firewire AudioMIDI Interfaces expected, the exact figures varied somewhat with the different bit-depth and sample rate selected and depending upon which inputs were used.
However, using the line-level connections at bit, The Alesis iO 26 uses state of the art FireWire technology to deliver and jitter elimination technology, with high–quality 24–bit/k audio input.
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48V phantom power, 5–segment signal/clip meters, and full MIDI and S/PDIF An AC adapter is also included, for those using a FireWire interface that doesn't supply power. and jitter elimination technology, with high–quality 24–bit/k audio input. The iO 14 is designed for easy use with PC or Mac, and Alesis iO1426 Firewire AudioMIDI Interfaces 2 headphone outputs, 48V phantom power, 5–segment signal/clip meters, and full MIDI and S/PDIF I/O in a An AC adapter is also included, for those using a FireWire interface that.