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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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The iO2 EXPRESS is a compact, audio-recording interface for home studios and portable recording setups. This two-channel USB device for Mac and PC-based systems enables you to record at up to 24-bit resolution for input into virtually all DAW, recording, and performance software.
This compact recording interface is small enough to comfortably fit into your mobile recording rig, laptop bag, or backpack, yet contains high-quality components and circuitry suitable for the studio.
FLEXIBLE RECORDING AND PLAYBACK
Discrete-design preamplifiers and true 48-volt phantom power ensure that you capture microphones’ complete signal. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of your session or performance gets recorded – and played back on your monitoring system. It’s class compliant, so you can use the plug-and-play iO2 EXPRESS with virtually any computer.
The iO2 EXPRESS is USB bus powered so you won’t need to carry a bulky power supply, and its performance is optimized for minimal laptop battery drain so you’ll be able to track long sessions and gigs remotely.
The iO2 EXPRESS has two input channels. Each channel has an XLR microphone input, a 1/4” TRS insert for external effects units, and a 1/4” TS jack that works with line-level sources and can accommodate direct connection of guitars.
The iO2 EXPRESS sends and receives two audio channels on a single USB cable for simple, universal interface. You can monitor your sessions on any studio monitoring or other loudspeaker system via dual 1/4” balanced outputs. For remote tracking and alternative playback, the iO2 EXPRESS has a 1/4” TRS headphone output.
The iO2 EXPRESS features traditional MIDI In and Out jacks for for playing and controlling software with keyboard and pad controllers, workstations, and other MIDI-compatible instruments.
Each channel has a gain trim control, and there’s a master level control for optimal gain staging. When monitoring on headphones, you’ll appreciate the dedicated volume control.
You can also visually monitor levels and operation using the tricolor, stereo metering tree and lighted status indicators.
COMPLETE THE PACKAGE
The iO2 EXPRESS comes complete with a copy of Steinberg Cubase LE digtal audio workstation (DAW) software. Cubase is one of the most popular DAWs in the world thanks to its intuitive approach to composing, recording, editing and mixing.
In addition to the included software, the iO2 EXPRESS is compatible with virtually all audio and MIDI software.
Two-channel computer audio recording interface
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
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
USB bus powered – no external power supply needed
This product is class compliant; it does not require drivers
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Updated from io2. This item has volume issues which the previous one did not. Reserving judgement until I can resolve these.Published 6 months ago by Kate Alcorn
Very cheap interface and it does everything I want it to, same as any unit that would cost a lot more.. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great but needed more inputs. Thought I could pair it with my iO2, but sadly this is not possible. Great Plug and Play devicePublished 7 months ago by ChrisK
Not that great. While I do use it as a basic mic input, I really wish I'd spent an extra £10-20 on something a little more powerful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alex Huxley
Worked well with the Cubase software supplied, but does not work with audacity or other software, would benefit from a dedicated driver. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bob Poyser
Bought it to replace my scarlett 2i2 - so I could capture some duo work.
Easy set up - working with a mac book pro 15 inch. Read more
Plug and play. Just connected to the Apple mac and was recording in perfect sound immediately. great piece of kitPublished 12 months ago by Neale Dickson
Does the job nicely, but after a while the, volume knobs develops sound distortion. Mercifully this does not seep into the recordings'Published 13 months ago by sha