Neat design extends to the hardware unit itself. Image 2 of 2 The remaining inputs and outputs are round the back. The is USB 2. One feature you don’t often see on a unit of this type is a Mono mix button, but the has two of them. It would be nice to see a FireWire port at rear, rather than USB, and a power switch at front, but these are minor niggles when you take into account how much is on offer to you for so little cash. So, if you suffer from that annoying phenomenon of only being able to hear a signal on just the left or right stereo channel, pressing the buttons will centre the sound. In operation, the ESU sounds as an audio interface should:
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SU shows the latest audio interface technology for external usage on notebook and desktop computers.
A press of Mono A enables you to create a mono mix of signals arriving at inputs one and two, while Mono B does the same for inputs three and ewi. Image 2 of 2 The remaining inputs and outputs are round the back. That’s an awful lot of connectivity for one 1U box. Individual phantom power and pads on the mic inputs.
What’s decidedly inconvenient, though, is the location of the power switch. In operation, the ESU sounds as an audio interface should: ESI has gone to the trouble of bundling a good deal of sound-colouring software, though, esu108 well as Steinberg’s Cubase 4 LE sequencer for Mac and PC and a special edition of modular soft synth Tassman.
Each input has its own pad button alongside comfortingly rubberised level knobs and LED level indicators. Sample rates range from It’s round the back and a faff to reach if the is esuu1808.
It would be nice to see a FireWire port at rear, rather than USB, and a power switch at front, but these are minor niggles when you take into account how much is on offer to you for so little cash. At the front and on the far left there are dual XLR audio ins with independent phantom power.
edu1808 Before plugging in and making some noise, a trip to the manufacturer’s website is necessary in order to download the latest Vista or OS X drivers. That said, the plug for the supplied PSU has a knurled, screw-on sleeve, so you won’t have to worry about the power cable dropping out after a bout of brutish behaviour.
Above the dual input rotaries channels and and the wsu1808 level control for all eight outputs and the headphone section, there’s a row of status LEDs.
One feature you don’t often see on a unit of this type is a Mono mix button, but the has two of them.
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So, if you suffer from that annoying phenomenon of only being able to hear a signal on just the left or right stereo channel, pressing the buttons will centre the sound. Image 1 of 2 The ESU’s front panel packs in a lot of connectivity. It appears, however, that the bulk of the software bundle is Windows-only, ei Mac users might be a little miffed.
Cons Not much software for Mac users. Mac owners running Leopard will also need to perform a firmware upgrade to get things going. Neat design extends to the hardware esu11808 itself. What really impresses is the ‘s flexibility and, considering the price, build quality. So, you can add ‘character’ in software rather than it being introduced by the interface.
While guitarists hanker for eis signature tone from their audio devices, those making recordings usually want clean sound and that’s what this device delivers.
The is USB 2. The latter can be linked into four pairs if need be and you have the choice of balanced and unbalanced lines.
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Plenty of good bundled software. The on-screen control panel is tidy enough, with level meters for the 16 analogue ins and dual digital ins, plus meters and sliders for the eight outs.
The casing seems road-worthy enough, so for live use, or for those who have numerous hardware synths, it’s an ideal, cost-effective computer audio solution.