Alesis announced the iO2 EXPRESS recording interface, with two input channels.
The iO2 features discrete-design preamplifiers and 48-volt phantom power for use with virtually all microphones and audio sources. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of each session or performance gets captured and played back faithfully. The bus-powered USB interface is class compliant for plug-and-play operation with Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista and 7.
Each channel has an XLR microphone input, a 1/4” TRS insert for external effects units and a 1/4” TS jack that works with line-level sources and can accommodate direct connection of guitars.
The iO2 Express sends and receives two audio channels on a single USB cable for universal interface to a computer. Users can monitor sessions on any studio monitoring or other loudspeaker system via dual 1/4” balanced outputs. For remote tracking and alternative playback, the iO2 Express has a 1/4” TRS headphone output. The iO2 Express features MIDI In and Out jacks for playing and controlling software with keyboard and pad controllers, workstations, and other MIDI-compatible instruments.
It comes complete with a copy of Steinberg Cubase LE digtal audio workstation (DAW) software.
Pricing & Availability
The iO2 Express will be available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers Q2, 2010. It has a U.S. Retail Price of $149.00 and an estimated street price of $99.00.