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Audient Sono USB Audio Interface For Electric Guitar Players

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Audient Sono USB Audio Interface For Electric Guitar Players
Key Features
  • For Live, Studio & Rehearsal Use
  • High Speed USB 2.0 Computer Interface
  • 3-Knob Tone Stack & 12AX7 Tube
  • Authentic Amp/Cab Sim via Two Notes
Designed for electric guitarists and their accompanying bands, the Audient Sono is a 10-in/4-out USB type-C audio interface with a tube-powered front-end. It also sports a three-knob tone stack, as well as onboard amp-simulation and speaker-cab emulation from Two Notes, a renowned amp-modeling company.
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Audient Sono Overview

Designed for electric guitarists and their accompanying bands, the Audient Sono is a 10-in/4-out USB type-C audio interface with a tube-powered front-end. It also sports a three-knob tone stack, as well as onboard amp-simulation and speaker-cab emulation from Two Notes, a renowned amp-modeling company.

With its relatively compact construction, the Sono can integrate with your pedalboard, accepting your whole effect chain through its amplifier input. Hit the Sono with your guitar and you've got options for how to proceed. You can tweak how hard you hit the tube with the Input knob, or how hard you hit the digital power-amp stage with the Drive Knob. The Output knob adjusts the output level. Adjust the tone to your liking with Bass, Mid EQ, and Treble knobs. Access multiple amps and cabs from the sound of Marshall 4x12s to sweet Fender timbres.

The Sono also allows you to route your output in a variety of ways: foresake the amplifier for DI feed straight to house. Monitor the sound with headphones for silent practicing, record over USB to the computer, or feed sound directly to an amplifier.

If you'd like to record a DI sound quickly and reamp later, the Sono can take a dry DI signal for later tweaking. Two combination XLR-1/4" inputs with Audient Console mic pres can accept mic and line-level sound sources. Combine these with ADAT inputs for eight channels from an external interface and you can record your band efficiently and effectively. Give yourself five channels for the drums,with three left over for guitars and bass. Plug in a condenser mic, switch on phantom power, send it through the tube, and you can now overdub some warm lead vocals.

A monitor mix allows for zero-latency monitoring while recording, so you never have to worry about latency problems during the tracking process. For the live player, Sono lets you store up to three presets on the unit itself via the Cab button, letting you take your exact sound with you live, and letting you leave the amplifier at home.

The Sono comes with a power adapter as well as two USB cables, so it can work with any computer.

Key Features at a Glance
  • 10-in/4-out USB interface
  • Classic valve preamp with 12AX7 tube
  • 3-band tone control
  • Two Notes power amp and cab simulation
  • Reamp output
  • 2x Audient Console mic pres
  • High-performance AKM AD/DA converters
  • ADAT input for expandability
  • Main speaker output
  • Independent headphone output
  • Zero-latency monitoring with monitor mix
  • USB 2.0 compliant
  • 24-bit / 96 kHz
  • All-metal enclosure
  • Free plugins and software with ARC

Audient Sono Specs

Key Specs
Channels of I/O
Analog / Digital:
10 Input / 4 Output at 96 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate
96 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Inputs
2 Preamps
Analog Audio I/O
2x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced Mic/Line Input
1x 1/4" TS Unbalanced Hi-Z Input
2x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
1x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
1x 1/4" TS Unbalanced Re-Amp Output
Digital Audio I/O
1x TOSLINK Optical ADAT Input
Host Connection
1x USB-C
OS Compatibility
macOS 10.6 or Later
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Power Requirements
AC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
Maximum Sampling Rate
96 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Inputs
2 Preamps
Signal Processing
Gain/Trim Range
Mic Inputs:
60 dB
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O
2x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced Mic/Line Input
1x 1/4" TS Unbalanced Hi-Z Input
2x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
1x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
1x 1/4" TS Unbalanced Re-Amp Output
Phantom Power
48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Digital Audio I/O
1x TOSLINK Optical ADAT Input
Host Connection
1x USB-C
Host Connection Protocol
USB 2.0
MIDI I/O
No
Performance
Dynamic Range
A/D Converters:
114 dB
Outputs:
114 dB
Headphone Outputs:
114 dB
Digital Audio
Sample Rates
Up to 96 kHz (AD/DA Conversion)
Bit Depths
Up to 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
Compatibility
OS Compatibility
macOS 10.6 or Later
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Power
Power Requirements
AC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
AC/DC Power Adapter
12 VDC at 2 A, Center-Positive (Included)
Physical
Dimensions
8.98 x 7.36" / 22.81 x 18.69 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.435 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12.4 x 9.2 x 4.4"

Audient Sono Reviews

You don't need it but it sounds amazing.

By peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-20

The only people who would ever need this are guitarists/bassists. Maybe I could see a vocalist using it but I don't do vocals so I wouldn't know. If you are not looking to record guitars into your DAW then stop reading this and go pick up the Focusrite Scarlett which is the gold standard. If you are a guitarist with a lot of pedals and record into your DAW then this is what you are looking for. You still don't need it but you will probably keep it anyways because it really sounds amazing. This has a tube but even still I was surprised at how warm and rich it sounds. I usually only record dry and then apply effects inside the DAW. But I had to break out all my pedals with this. You really don't need it and I considered returning it but I decided to keep it because of how good it sounds. There's a bit of a learning curve to recording, it's not as easy as they make it sound, for me at least. With the Scarlett I can just plug the signal in and go. This required a little bit of fidgeting but that might also be just me. I'm not the smartest person so if you have any technical proficiency then hey, I could accidentally get this working perfectly so you're going to do better than me. Five stars even though I don't need it. But I want it and guitars are about the only thing in my life I refuse to be hampered by practical constraints. I've always regretted impulsive and impractical purchases in every area of my life except with music. With music I've always regretted when I didn't follow my heart and my desires.

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