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IK Multimedia AXE I/O Audio Interface with Advanced Guitar Tone Shaping

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IK Multimedia AXE I/O Audio Interface with Advanced Guitar Tone Shaping
Key Features
  • Font-Panel 1/4" Hi-Z In and Amp Out
  • 2 Combo XLR/1/4" Mic Instrument Inputs
  • 4 TRS Balanced Line Outputs
  • +48V Phantom Power
The AXE I/O Audio Interface with Advanced Guitar Tone Shaping from IK Multimedia is a professional 2-in/5-out audio interface and controller designed for the recording guitarist. It can be used with Mac or Windows computers and offers best-in-class sound quality, which makes your guitar recordings faster, easier, and better in DAW applications.
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IK Multimedia AXE Overview

The AXE I/O Audio Interface with Advanced Guitar Tone Shaping from IK Multimedia is a professional 2-in/5-out audio interface and controller designed for the recording guitarist. It can be used with Mac or Windows computers and offers best-in-class sound quality, which makes your guitar recordings faster, easier, and better in DAW applications.

The AXE I/O offers triple-topology, fully discrete input circuits with both PURE and JFET input stages. This allows you to go from transparent to tubelike with just a single switch. The Z-Tone impedance-adapting circuit interacts with your guitar's pick-ups to give you a large range of tonal flexibility. When it comes to recording with microphones, AXE I/O offers two combo XLR-1/4" inputs with +48 phantom power.

Furthermore, AXE I/O features a dedicated amp output so you can process your recording with real guitar amps and stomp boxes without the need for external accessories. The low-noise 1/4" output eliminates ground loops and is built on the front panel for easy access. Just record a track with a clean copy of your guitar's signal. Now you can use the amp output to experiment with different amp, stompbox, and microphone settings, or swap out a whole new rig. It is designed to keep high-gain reamplification as quiet as possible.

The AXE I/O integrates with the included AmpliTube 4 Deluxe software to select presets and control values via the front input knob. Set behavior, MIDI channel, MIDI CC#, minimum and maximum values, and more, to dial in the best settings for whatever application you want to control. This lets you connect pedals and switches to get the most from your virtual rig without taking your hands off your guitar. The AXE I/O Audio Interface with Advanced Guitar Tone Shaping is a full-blown analog in-the-box studio, out of the box. An onboard tuner is also included.

2-input/5-output USB audio interface
Discrete Class-A microphone preamps
24-bit / 192 kHz maximum sample rate
3 Hz to 35 kHz frequency response
>117 dB dynamic range
Very low latency
Ultra-low jitter clock for transparent, world class sound
Top of the line converters
High-current balanced outputs
High-current professional headphone amplifier
Includes guitar & bass, mixing and mastering software
AmpliTube 4 Deluxe: Over 140 ultra-realistic models of iconic guitar amps, cabs, FX, and more
10 T-RackS Singles for mixing instruments, including EQs, compressors, reverb, delays, mic modeling, and more
Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software

IK Multimedia AXE Specs

Form FactorDesktop
Display2 x Multi-Segment LED Meter
Channels of I/OAnalog:
2 Input / 5 Output
Maximum Sampling Rate192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps2 Preamps
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TS Unbalanced Mic/Line Input
2 x 1/4" TS Unbalanced Hi-Z Input
1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone Output
Phantom Power48 V (on 2 Channels)
Digital Audio I/ONone
Host Connection / USB1 x USB Type-B
Host Connection ProtocolUSB 2.0
USB (Non-Host)None
MIDI I/O1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Performance
Frequency ResponseA/D Converters:
3 Hz to 35 kHz
Headphone Output Power180 mW per Channel into 0 Ohms
Dynamic RangeHeadphone Outputs:
112 dBA
THD+N-100 dBA
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card SlotNone
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.11 or Later
Windows 8 or Later
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Processor Requirement64 GHz
Power
Power RequirementsAC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
AC Input Power110 to 120 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Physical
Dimensions8.37 x 8.31 x 2.09" / 21.26 x 21.11 x 5.31 cm
Weight2.9 lb / 1.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.575 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.8 x 10.1 x 5.2"

IK Multimedia AXE Reviews

Latency noticeable

By Anthony
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-30

Bought this aiming for low latency amp effects, ended up with still quite noticeable delay. My Focusrite performs far better

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