Line 6 TonePort UX2
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Line 6 TonePort UX2

TonePort UX2, USB audio interface from Line 6 in the TonePort series.

MGR/MattG 04/10/2010

Line 6 TonePort UX2 : MGR/MattG's user review

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This is an entry level recording interface with two XLR inputs, two quarter inch instrument inputs, and two quarter inch line in's. It has a head phone jack, also quarter inch. It has two analog quarter inch outs and a Spdif digital out. There are two footswitch controls and a stereo monitor in. It connects via USB, and supplies phantom power. The interface comes with Pod Farm software which is a modeling plug in. It also comes with Ableton Live Lite, and Reason Adapted.

I bought this unit from an ebay store for $189. I shopped for many different units but I felt this was the best thing for a beginner to learn to record on. It came with everything I needed, software and all, to get started and learning the basics.

It is very easy to use. All you have to do is plug in, make sure you have the right input selected and record. The setup was easy as well. If you are using the Ableton software that was included, it guides you through to get the interface set up. If you have your latency settings set right, the interface has very small latency even when you are recording a processed signal. The Pod Farm plugin has some neat sounding presets and you can get some decent sound by tweaking EQ. The controls are very easy to use as well. Both of the mics have a gain control and there is a headphone level and an output level. The phantom power button is clearly labeled. Once you figure out how to use reason, it is also a powerful program. Each program is only a trial version but they all are very usable to start out.

I wish you could select the input you are recording with on the interface itself and not in a program. It also needs to be able to record inputs simultaneously. This isn't really a complaint for the interface, but they could have included a tutorial on how to use Reason with Albeton.

It seems to be built very well. I haven't had any trouble with it yet. There isn't much else to say here.

I think this is the best little package you can get for $200 or less. It has everything you need to get started and is fairly easy to use. You certainly wont end up with Pro Tools professional recording but it is a great way to learn.

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