With home studios becoming increasingly popular, NAMM 2020 saw a plethora of new audio interfaces being launched across the board. In no particular order, we’ve put together a list of the best new audio interfaces that were announced at the show. Take your pick!
With the rise in podcasting, streaming and gaming, alongside the continuing rapid expansion of home recording, the EVO concept is designed for the affordable audio interface market.
The EVO range provides new EVO mic preamps with 58dB gain range, high-quality converters with a 113dB dynamic range alongside a JFET D.I, Smartgain, Smart Touchpoints, speaker/headphone outputs, 4ms low latency performance, monitor mix and loopback functionality.
EVO 4 is priced at £99.99 and will be out in the first quarter of 2020, and EVO 8 will retail at £159.99 but it has not been announced when yet.
Solid State Logic SSL 2 / SSL2+
Solid State Logic (SSL) has launched two new audio interfaces, the SSL2 and SSL2+, as part of its latest personal studio range. Both are USB-powered and include high-quality mic preamps and monitoring, a 4K analogue enhancement-mode inspired by classic SSL consoles, and an SSL Production Pack software bundle.
The two-in/two-out SSL 2 features two analogue mic preamps with 24-bit/192kHz conversion, a single headphone output, monitor mix control for critical low-latency monitoring tasks, and balanced monitor outputs.
The SSL2+ builds in a production hub for those wanting to collaborate, with an additional headphone output including independent monitoring, MIDI I/O, and unbalanced outputs for DJ mixers.
The SSL 2 is available priced £149.99 + VAT and the SSL 2+ at £199.99 + VAT.
RME Babyface Pro FS
The Babyface Pro FS features RME’s SteadyClock FS technology, which stabilises the clock frequency and therefore enables high-quality analogue conversion.
This new pro audio interface also features a variety of upgrades to the original Babyface Pro, including increased headphone power and a range of plugins from companies like Scuffham Amps, Gig Performer, and Brainworx via the Plugin Alliance.
IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo I/O
IK Multimedia has brought out its first iRig audio interface since its initial iRig offering 10 years ago, the iRig Pro Duo I/O.
iRig Pro Duo I/O is a two-channel audio/MIDI interface with analogue inputs to record microphones, guitar/bass, keyboards, synths, and more.
A sequel to IK’s renowned iRig Pro Duo, the iRig Pro Duo I/O features updated mic preamps with increased gain, the addition of a USB-C cable, and dedicated PC drivers to ensure optimal performance on laptops and tablets.
It will be available in late January 2020 for $/€199.99 from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorised dealers worldwide.
Mackie product bundles
Although not a brand new audio interface, Mackie launched multiple new product bundles for home studios at NAMM 2020 which include its Onyx Producer 2•2 USB interface.
Producer and Performer Bundles will be available beginning in February 2020; Creator and Studio Bundles will be available as of March 2020. Of course, you can also purchase the Onyx interface individually.
PreSonus ioStation 24c and Thunderbolt Quantum 2626
The new PreSonus ioStation 24c audio interface and production controller delivers the tools needed for both audio recording and DAW control. It combines the recording capabilities of the Studio Series USB-C 24-bit, 192 kHz audio interfaces with the award-winning functionality of the FaderPort USB production controller.
The ioStation 24c features two of PreSonus’ XMAX Class A analogue mic preamps as well as 24-bit, 192 kHz analogue-to-digital converters.
The ioStation 24c comes with Studio One Artist and is available at a price of $299.95.
The newest model in PreSonus Quantum series of audio interfaces, the Quantum 2626 uses the Thunderbolt 3 bus to achieve a roundtrip latency as low as <1 ms, enabling you to record and monitor with up to 24-bit, 192 kHz fidelity without leaving your DAW. High-quality converters on every analogue input and output provide 115 dB of dynamic range.
The Quantum 2626 provides up to 26 inputs and 26 outputs, with eight of PreSonus’ XMAX Class A analogue microphone preamps, two instrument inputs, and 6 balanced line level inputs.
It also comes with Studio One Artist and is now available at PreSonus dealers for $599.95.