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ALVA Nanoface 12-Channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface

ALVA Nanoface 12-Channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface

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Product Highlights

  • Supports 12 Total Audio Inputs & Outputs
  • Analog RCA L/R Stereo Inputs
  • Analog RCA L/R Stereo Outputs
  • Dual Analog XLR Inputs with Mic Preamps
  • Hi-Z Instrument Input & Headphone Output
  • Single MIDI Input & Dual MIDI Outputs
  • Digital Optical SPDIF Input & Output
  • USB 2.0/3.0 Port for Computer Connection
  • Single Multi-Controller & Bus-Powered
  • Compatible with Both Windows & Mac OS
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The bus-powered and breakout cable equipped Alva Nanoface 12-Channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface affords an ideal combination of analog/digital connectivity, features, flexibility and mobility. It's the perfect tool for working musicians with a home or mobile studio. It also integrates seamlessly into a DJ setup or your home theater surround sound system. The Nanoface is equipped with a total of six audio inputs and six audio outputs. Plus, it's ultra-portable, weighs next-to-nothing, and is easy to operate. It even features a large multi-controller that facilitates simple adjustments and control over I/O features including management, monitoring and phantom power for microphones.

The Nanoface was designed to work seamlessly with both Windows and Mac operating systems. Plus, it supports real analog hardware monitoring, as well as low latency drivers. The Nanoface really lives up to its name by hosting a variety of analog and digital interfaces. It supports dual RCA L/R audio analog inputs and dual RCA L/R analog outputs. It also features dual XLR analog mic inputs, which both come equipped with their own mic preamps, as well as phantom power. There's even a 1/4" Hi-Z instrument input and a 1/4" stereo headphones output. In fact, the stereo RCA outputs can even be routed through the stereo headphones output.

The Nanoface affords a wide variety of digital connection points as well. These include a single MIDI input and dual MIDI outputs. There's also a digital optical SPDIF input and a digital optical SPDIF output. For any musicians or DJs that want to record directly onto their music production software of choice, the Nanoface features a USB 3.0/2.0 interface. This lets you use the Nanoface as a link between your analog or digital recordings and your computer. You'll easily be able to transfer any audio or MIDI data in and out of your Mac or PC - no matter if you're sitting at your desk or in the back of a tour bus. The Nanoface is designed to handle all situations.

The USB 3.0/2.0 interface also doubles as the Nanoface's bus-power source, which means you won't need to drag around an external power supply. The Nanoface is free from any extraneous mixers or software option dialogs as well. This means it functions as a high-speed driver with most modern digital audio workstations (DAWs). All modern audio programs promote a low latency engine and an integrated mixer with plug-in support. Plus, they're also equipped with monitoring features. This allows the Nanoface to be as streamlined as possible. Plus, all device features are controlled by a single multi-controller called, the "Encoder." With a wide variety of digital/analog inputs and outputs, a streamlined design and a single Encoder controller - the Nanoface promotes a simple learning curve and flexible usability for home musicians, road musicians, DJs and home theater aficionados with hi-fi surround systems.

Portable & Functional
Sound quality, extraordinary features and ease of use with real analog hardware monitoring and low latency drivers for both Windows and Mac OS X - all together in a lightweight and portable housing
Supports Six Audio Inputs & Six Audio Outputs
The Nanoface provides six audio inputs and six audio outputs - enough for a small home studio, a DJ setup or even a home theater surround sound setup. There's a MIDI input and two MIDI outputs, which forms a perfect combination to connect a keyboard and external synthesizers/samplers
Analog Inputs x 4
The two analog XLR inputs are equipped with two high-quality mic preamps, which allow the simultaneous recording of different sources at the same time - like a microphone, electric guitar and synthesizer. Plus, there are stereo analog RCA Left and Right audio inputs as well
Analog Outputs x 4
With stereo analog RCA Left and Right audio outputs, as well as a stereo two-channel headphone output jack, the four analog outputs provide a flexible setup for monitoring two stereo signals at the same time like main speakers and headphones. Plus, the RCA output signal can be routed to the stereo headphone output and individually adjusted
Hi-Z Instrument Input Jack
There's even a 1/4" Hi-Z instrument input jack which can be used alternatively instead of the RCA analog input second channel. When Hi-Z input is great for electrical instruments like guitar or bass. Plus, it features characteristics for direct recording and is routable to any of the four analog inputs. It's ideal for spontaneous jam sessions with a laptop or as a mobile recording input without the need for more equipment - live or with band rehearsals
Digital Optical SPDIF Input & Output
The digital input and output works in standard SPDIF format, which makes the Nanoface a perfect partner for a digital signal from a CD player or an effect unit as a source for a surround sound receiver
Analog Sound Quality
Alva has put years of experience into their development team in order to make sure they've integrated a very sophisticated circuit design that will result in excellent specification numbers and an extraordinary audiophile sound
Mic Preamps
The Nanoface provides two mic preamps with very low noise specifications, low distortion specifications and switchable 48V phantom power for use with condenser mics
Pocket Studio
The Nanoface lives up to its name; it measures only a quarter of the size of most bigger interfaces, while affording more inputs and outputs as well. This yields one of the lightest audio interfaces around
USB 3.0 / 2.0 Interface
The Nanoface is the perfect solution for musicians and DJs that require a full recording studio not only at home, but also on the road for composing and mixing in high-quality no matter where they happen to be. The USB 3.0/2.0 interface allows you to listen with the best possible headphone quality as well. Most importantly, it affords transfer of all audio and MIDI data in and out of your Mac or PC
Bus-Powered via USB Connection
The Nanoface requires only the power from the USB connection to operate. This means no annoying power supply and the freedom to work in a park, cafe, train, bus, airport or even an airplane
Partner to Modern Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)
The Nanoface takes advantage of Alva's sensible downsizing without sacrificing total functionality. It's designed as a partner to modern DAWs. There are no software option dialogs or integrated mixers - just a high-speed driver. ASIO/WDM for Windows and Core Audio for Mac OS X. Plus, since all modern audio programs provide a low latency engine, integrated mixer with plug-in support, and monitoring features - they already emulate a complete studio workflow, which means the Nanoface can do more with less
Simple Learning Curve & Easy Operation
All Nanoface features like management, monitoring and phantom power for the microphones is operated by a single multi-controller or "Encoder" located directly on the unit. The "Encoder" and an audio sequencer is all most musicians need. This results in a simple learning curve and extraordinary usability that's ideal for live situations
Encoder Operation
The Encoder controls all four analog output gain; route RCA output to headphone output; output RCA on headphones output (gain); RCA input gain for microphone/instrument preamps; XLR input gain; 48V phantom power for both XLR inputs; switching an RCA input to Hi-Z input; hardware monitoring for RCA inputs; reset to default values
Number of Channels 12
Phantom Power Yes (48V)
Mic Preamps Analog microphone preamps x 2
Microphone Inputs Analog XLR microphone inputs x 2 (with dual mic preamps)
RCA Connector Analog RCA L/R input connectors x 2
Analog RCA L/R output connectors x 2
Digital Connectivity Digital Optical SPDIF input x 1
Digital Optical SPDIF output x 1
Headphone Connector Analog stereo headphone 1/4" (6.35mm) jack
Instrument Support Hi-Z instrument input 1/4" (6.35mm) jack
MIDI Connectors MIDI input connector x 1
MIDI output connectors x 2
USB Port USB 3.0/2.0 port
Bus-Power Yes (USB)
Controller "Encoder" multi-controller
Compatibility Windows OS
Mac OS X
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
ALVA Nanoface 12-Channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface
  • Breakout Cable
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty

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    Fair price for good-quality soundcard

    By Paulo

    from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer


    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight


      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about ALVA Nanoface 12-Channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

      This is a good soundcard for those who don't need more than 2 channels at a time. It is relatively easy to use, the sound quality is great. It is compact and works fine. I recommend it for those who want to record good demos, gigs and rehearsals. It is also fine for a home studio.

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      Portable USB Interface w/ midi I/O

      By DS

      from WA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer


      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight


        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about ALVA Nanoface 12-Channel USB Audio/MIDI Interface:

        Not bad for the price range. Lightweight, has MIDI I/O. Made by RME partner Alva, but not professional level interface like RME babyface.

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