Arturia already has a number of audio interfaces. They are quite appreciated. But one thing that is not, is cheap. The basic AudioFuse model costs $ 699. IT IS no for an optional bedroom manufacturer. But the company knows that the more people create music, the larger the user base, so serving that entry level is important. The MiniFuse line is the answer to that need.
The three-model offering starts at $ 99 for the MiniFuse 1. It’s the most basic of the new devices with a single combined input for XLR and 1/4-inch instruments. But it has the same preamplifiers, 110db dynamic range, five-year warranty and software package as the rest of the range. All MiniFuzes can also act as USB hubs, so you can connect the controller via an interface and save some computer space. What you mostly lose by choosing the best option are MIDI inputs and outputs. You also can’t connect direct tracking to the USB output, you can just switch between them.
The $ 149 MiniFuse 2 adds second input, MIDI input and output ports, and has mixed control to balance between direct tracking of your input and what’s coming out of your computer. This is convenient for recording live sound when even the slightest latency is unacceptable.
The MiniFuse 4 has not yet received a price, and will not be delivered until next year. But it has line inputs on the back, two extra audio outputs, and an extra headphone jack so you and your coworker can watch the song together without filling the recording space with more noise. If you use a decent amount of outboard equipment or work with vocals often, this is probably the right way to go. Additional outputs and inputs are especially handy for directing sound from your computer, processing with external effects, and then restarting in your DAW for final mixing.
The MiniFuse line comes with a solid software package, including Ableton Live Lite, Analog Lab Intro, a package of four Arturia FX, Native Instruments Guitar Rig 6 LE and quarterly subscriptions to Auto-Tune Unlimited and Splice.
MiniFuse 1 and MiniFuse 2 are now available for pre-order, and delivery will begin in November.
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