Audient announces iD4 compact audio interface

Audient has launched iD4, a new compact bus-powered audio interface described as perfect for on-the-go producers and singer-songwriters.

Features include one Class-A Audient console mic pre, high performance AD/DA converters, a discrete JFET instrument input, independent Class-A/B dual headphone outputs, console-style monitor control and ScrollControl, Audient’s virtual scroll wheel technology, all housed in an ergonomic, solid steel and aluminium casing.

“iD4 puts Audient’s renowned sound into the hands of budding producers as well as singer songwriters wanting release-quality recordings from the start,” said Audient’s technical director Tom Waterman. “Even when you only need one mic pre, you still get to use the same Class-A mic pre technology found in our flagship ASP8024 Heritage Edition mixing console, so you know you’re getting an accurate translation of your source.

“Alongside superlative quality at its price point, the beauty of iD4 is how simple it is to use,” Waterman added, highlighting the ScrollControl tool. “With a touch of a button the volume encoder becomes a virtual scroll wheel, which means you can use the iD knob to manually adjust DAW hosts, plug-in parameters, write automation and even scroll through your iTunes library – just like you’re using a piece of hardware. You can just plug in and play too.

The JFET instrument input is inspired by the input stage of a classic valve amp, allowing users to plug in their guitar, bass, keyboard or drum machine and start recording instantly. “Having both a mic pre and a DI lets you lay down ideas quickly – whenever they come to you, wherever you happen to be,” Waterman explained.

iD4 comes with two brand new features designed to make the recording process even easier for users: Monitor Mix and Monitor Pan. “The Monitor Mix feature lets you monitor a blend of both iD4s inputs and your DAW playback, providing near-zero latency monitoring whilst recording,” Waterman noted. “Also, if you’re recording an acoustic guitar and vocal, the Monitor Pan feature enables you to pan both the mic pre input and DI input from left to right, making it easy to create a balanced headphone mix that suits.”

Referring to the quality of components as well as its all-metal construction, Waterman concluded: “It might be the smallest audio interface we’ve made, but it’s definitely built to last.”