Arturia is hitting NAMM 2019 hard with exciting announcements like its freaky entry-level synth and the brand new Audiofuse Studio interface. The sleek desktop unit offers quad DiscretePro preamps, quad line inputs (two of them commutable to Phono for connecting turntables), ADAT, and Bluetooth playback – among other valuable functionality like dedicated instrument level outputs, a pair of headphone amplifiers, MIDI I/O, S/PDIF, Word Clock I/O, and Arturia’s AudioFuse Control Center audio routing and master settings control software.
All in all, we get 18 inputs and 20 outputs on this unit, which is plenty of studio power for what’s a compact desktop unit. Personally, I would have liked to see some more synth-friendly functionality like CV outputs, knowing Arturia. But I’m pretty sure its product designers know better when it comes to decisions like this. The AD/DA converters reach up to 24-bit/192kHz and offer up to around 120dB of dynamic range, which is very good for an upper mid-range product like this.
Rounding out the package, Arturia’s AudioFuse Creative Suite offers three vintage preamp emulations to bring your mics to life, a recreation of Dr. Robert Moog’s coveted ladder filter, and the capable Analog Lab Lite analog synth suite.
Price and availability
Fashioned in dark grey with green LEDs for signal monitoring, the AudioFuse Studio will be up for sale this spring, priced at the high-end of desktop interfaces with its EUR 899 / USD 999 price tag. It’s a capable unit for sure, and it’s clearly made with musicians and producers in mind – obviously ones looking to upgrade their gear.
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