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ALESIS IO2 Express Audio Interface

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  • Record up to 24-bit, 48 kHz audio into virtually any software
  • Monitor sessions with balanced studio monitor and headphone outputs
  • High-quality A/D and D/A converters, discrete-design preamps, 48V phantom power, USB bus powered – no external power supply needed
  • Inputs for microphones, line-level sources, and instruments including guitars
  • Tricolor stereo level meter and lighted status indicators for visual monitoring
  • MIDI Input and Output jacks for playing and controlling software with instruments

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Style Name: iO2 Express
Technical Details
Item Weight363 g
Product Dimensions12.7 x 15.7 x 5.1 cm
Item model numberIO2 EXPRESS
ColourSilver
Country Produced Inchina
Hardware PlatformCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
  
Additional Information
ASINB003HR30FU
Best Sellers Rank 2,042 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight726 g
Date First Available1 Jan. 2010
  
 

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Style Name:iO2 Express

Product Description

24-Bit USB Recording Interface

Box Contains

iO2 EXPRESS; USB Cable;Software CD;Quickstart Guide


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I bought the iO4 in a hurry. I woke up one day to discover my old but lovely E-Mu audio interface had entered digital dementia and given up on me. Meh, as they say. I needed to finish a project, and I needed a decent 24bit card with four analogue ins, four outs, USB, and at least two XLR connections with phantom power. Oh yeah, I also needed to keep the bank manager from shouting at me again.
After a while of perusing several spec sheets, the iO4 suddenly leaped out at me. I bought it early in January 2012, the unit only having been released in the UK a week or two before. Without much in the way of reviews out there, it was a bit of a leap of faith for me, in as much I could have been buying a donkey rather that a workhorse.
But, in its favour was the name Alesis, a company of goodly repute. The other big plus was the asking price. £120 for a unit boasting 24bit analogue recording, four mic XLRs, four 2.5 inch instument ins, 48v phantom power, pre amps, four analogue outs, midi jacks, LED clip monitoring and the capacity to insert external FX in to the audio chain. Surely there must be some kind of mistake here. That seems a little too good in the whole pound per spec game. What's the catch?
Well, after using the unit for a couple of projects, there isn't one. It just works, simply efficiently and without fuss. To me, that's the salient feature in a piece of musical gear. It gets the job done without being a demanding little brat.
It is the very essence of simplicity. Class compliant, no drivers to install, just plug it in and it's there. Alesis recommend using the ASIO4All drivers for ASIO compatability, and I was able to achieve perfectly good latency figures for VST instruments in Cubase, hitting that line between lag and crackle with the accuracy of a Federer forehand.
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Style Name: iO2 Express Verified Purchase
Not sure why all the reviews are for the " Alesis RAL I/O2 Express grey" Amazon listing - it's the same product, but this is the listing I saw first.

This is a reasonably well built bit of kit. Yes, it's just plastic but, unless you're in the habit of dropping or standing on your gear, it'll be fine. It's got a useful selection of inputs and controls for most 2-channel recording - say a guitar/DI and mic, or a couple of mics. The supplied USB cable is a useful 1.8m (6ft) so you can spread your gear around.

The mic inputs are surprisingly clean - there's definitely a bit of noise at high gain, and a small amount of hash from the USB circuitry, but quite respectable given the price. The phantom power seems quite clean and ran 2 condenser mics just fine. The guitar input mode noise floor is relatively high (depends on pickup output level and impedance, so use a DI box or effects unit to buffer the signal to get the best out of it. With a lo impedance source the guitar/line inputs are also pretty clean.

I have not used the MIDI ports much, but I had no problems during a quick test with digital piano and keyboard.

As for software, I have not bothered with the bundled Cubase LE at all - I've used Cubase SX before, but I have other software now. It seems a bit of a cop-out not to supply proper ASIO drivers but rely on ASIO4ALL, a free 3rd-party driver. However, ASIO4ALL works just fine for me on WinXP and Win7/64bit so I'm happy enough.

The only area I can find to complain about is the headphones output. I used the IO2 with 32ohm phones and it had no bass at all.
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Before buying this I had a Lexicon Lambda which was excellent but after 5 or so years started to hiss and crackle due to a dodgy USB port, to get it mended would have been around 70-80 pounds so I decided to look for a new one. This being at £99 looked almost too good to be true.

This is a lovely bit of kit, so much better laid out than the Lambda and a lot more functionality. With the Lambda I was forever having to turn it around to plug and unplug stuff which I believe caused the USB port to fail, with the Alesis it stays in the same place the whole time. The sound is brilliant too, no hiss or high pitch wines that you get with some audio interfaces. The pre-amp works a treat as does the phantom power, I've not tried the inserts yet and TBH can't see me using them. Great that the headphones have their own volume too so all I have to do to record in the same room is turn down the main volume.

I was originally a bit put off by it requiring to be plugged into the mains (the Lambda ran off the USB) but it has an upside for me. The Alesis USB is plugged into my Mac which I only use for music production, I keep it clear of any other software. I have a PC for everything else and send the audio to the Alesis as this is connected to my amp. Since the Alesis has its own power I don't need to have the Mac switched on to power it as I did with the Lambda.

I've been using it daily for 3 months now with no issues.
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I am updating this review after owning this for a few weeks. The more I have used this the more pleased with it I am. It works well with Linux which is an essential for me. The 24 bit audio sounds good and the unit has lots of features for the price making it versatile. I had read criticisms about construction but it seemed OK: I have managed to buy a plastic container to hold it as damage to exposed knobs & switches in transit seems the big danger.

Why spend a fortune on a portastudio type device when this can turn your computer into one for a lot less. Also, look at a Linux distro like 'Ubuntu Studio' to use lots of free software - so much more than the included crippleware on the disc that comes with the io2. It is a bit of a learning curve but worth it as the software is brilliant these days.
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