IK Media IRIG AXE I/O

IK Media IRIG AXE I/O


The audio interface guitar players were waiting for.
Premium audio interface with advanced guitar tone shaping

Key Points
  • 117 dB Dynamic Range
  • 3 Hz – 32 kHz Freq Response
  • 24-bit, 192 kHz Conversion
  • USB B-Type 2.0

  
Manufacturer: IK Media
Availability: In Stock
Discount Price: £369.00
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IK Media IRIG AXE I/O

The audio interface guitar players were waiting for.


Premium audio interface with advanced guitar tone shaping

The audio interface guitar players were waiting for

Since we pioneered guitar amp & effects modeling in 2002, IK Multimedia has spent more time studying guitar and amp recording than possibly anyone else on the planet. Modeling over 400 pieces of gear has required tens of thousands of hours painstakingly measuring the interactions between instruments, pickups and amplifier circuits, not to mention the cooperation of the world’s most iconic guitar players, amplifier manufacturers, and engineers to learn how to create and capture great guitar tones.

AXE I/O brings all that experience to you.




    "AXE I/O ups my game in the studio."
    Joe Satriani

 

AXE I/O is a professional 2 in/5 out audio interface – and controller - designed specifically with the needs of the recording guitarist in mind, providing best-in-class sound quality and powerful features aimed squarely at making your recordings faster, easier and better than ever.


AXE I/O offers an exclusive triple-topology, fully discrete input circuit, with both PURE and JFET input stages, to go from transparent to tube-like with just a single switch.

Its patent-pending Z-Tone™ impedance-adapting circuit interacts with your guitar's pick-ups to give you a massive range of tonal flexibility, you’ve never heard before.


Plus AXE I/O includes a dedicated Amp Out, so you can process your recording with real guitar amps and stomps without the need for external accessories (and without having to unplug your existing connections!). This low-noise out also eliminates ground loops, to keep even the highest-gain re-amplification as quiet as possible.


And AXE I/O seamlessly integrates with the included AmpliTube 4 Deluxe to select presets and control values via the front input knob, and lets you connect pedals and switches to get the most from your virtual rig without ever taking your hands off your axe.

We even included an onboard tuner so you can be ready to record in an instant whenever inspiration strikes.

Every element of AXE I/O has been created with no-compromise quality and real-world usefulness.

It’s the interface we wish we’d had all along.


A truly high-end audio interface for everybody

117 dB dynamic range, 3 Hz – 32 kHz frequency response – these aren’t the specs you typically find on instrument inputs. But they’re essential to capturing the most accurate details of your performance, for coaxing the best performance from your instrument, and for keeping your sound pure and transparent.

AXE I/O provides 2 Hi-Z front ¼" inputs for guitars and basses, 2 rear combo inputs with phantom power to connect mics and line instruments, and clear precision front peak meters to conveniently monitor the signal level at the channels input. Two floating balanced outputs, two unbalanced and one floating unbalanced Amp out plus a high-current headphone out let you connect monitors, mains and headphones, with independent volume for both. A Monitor knob makes it easy to blend direct monitoring and the audio from your computer for zero latency monitoring.

24-bit, 192 kHz conversion and an ultra-stable, low jitter internal clock ensures the highest fidelity, whether you’re capturing vocals, acoustic instruments, amplified guitar or just direct signal for use with AmpliTube.

But that’s just scratching the surface.
 

Specs

AXE I/O Specifications

Common

    Conversion: 24-bit A/D, 24-bit D/A
    Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz
    Power: DC IN
    Device Connection: USB B-Type 2.0
    Enclosure: metal sheet

Line Outputs 1-2 (Monitor)

    Configuration: Electronically balanced and floating, automatically compensates level when connection is balanced or unbalanced, tip hot.
    Output impedance: 150 Ohms balanced, 75 Ohms unbalanced
    Output Level: 0 dBFS corresponds to +21 dBu
    Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
    Dynamic Range: 116 dB(A)
    THD+N: -106 dB(A) at -1 dBFS
    Channels 1-2 crosstalk: 115 dB(A)

Line Outputs 3-4


    Configuration: Unbalanced
    Output impedance: 75 Ohms
    Output Level: 0 dBFS corresponds to +16 dBu
    Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
    Dynamic Range: 115 dB(A)
    THD+N: -102 dB(A)
    Channels 3-4 crosstalk: 112 dB(A)

Output 5 (Amp output)

    Configuration: Unbalanced, floating, with selectable ground lift
    Output impedance: 100 Ohms
    Output Level: 0 dBFS corresponds to -6 dBu
    Frequency response: From 10 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
    Dynamic Range: 110 dB(A)
    THD+N: -104 dB(A)

Headphones Out


    Output impedance: Virtually ideal source (zero Ohms) until clipping
    Maximum Output level: +12 dBu into 50 Ohms load (approx 180 mW)
    Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
    Dynamic Range: 112 dB(A)
    THD+N: -100 dB(A)

Mic Inputs 1-2


    Configuration: Class-A discrete differential microphone preamp, pin 2 hot
    Input impedance: 4 kOhms differential
    Input level, min gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a +12 dBu signal at the XLR input
    Input level, max gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a -37 dBu signal at the XLR input
    Frequency response: From 5 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
    Dynamic Range: 116 dB(A)
    THD+N: -106 dB(A) at -10 dBFS

Line Inputs 1-2

    Configuration: Class-A discrete differential line receiver, tip hot
    Input impedance: 20 kOhms differential
    Input level, min gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a +26 dBu signal at the TRS input
    Input level, max gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a -24 dBu signal at the TRS input
    Frequency response: From 5 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
    Dynamic Range: 116 dB(A)
    THD+N: -106 dB(A) at -10 dBFS

Instrument Inputs 1


    Configuration: Multiple topology instrument preamp
    Input impedance, PASSIVE mode: Variable from 1 MOhms down to 2.2 kOhms
    Input impedance, ACTIVE mode: 10 kOhms
    Input level, min gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a +14 dBu signal at the TS input
    Input level, max gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a -17 dBu signal at the TS input
    Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
    Dynamic Range: 117 dB(A)
    THD, PURE mode: 0.0015 %
    THD, JFET mode: 0.5 %

Instrument Inputs 2


    Configuration: Hi-Z instrument preamp
    Input impedance: 1 MOhms
    Input level, min gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a +14 dBu signal at the TS input
    Input level, max gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a -17 dBu signal at the TS input
    Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
    Dynamic Range: 117 dB(A)
    THD: 0.006%

Connections and Controls

Front Panel

    Two 1/4" instrument input jacks
    Two analog potentiometers for Input GAIN
    Two 5 segments input level meter (peak)
    Two INST, LINE, MIC LEDs
    Analog potentiometers for Z-Tone control
    Pick-Up selector (PASSIVE/ACTIVE)
    Preamp topology selector (JFET/PURE)
    +48V phantom power switch
    Tuner switch
    Tuner display and LEDs
    USB LEDS
    MIDI IN/OUT LEDs
    push-encoder for Presets
    Monitor knob
    1/4" headphones output jack
    Master potentiometer for main output control
    1/4" Amp output jack

Rear Panel

    On/Off power switch
    External DC power input
    MIDI I/O 5-pin DIN connectors
    B-Type USB socket for connecting a computer (Mac/PC)
    2 x 1/4" TRS External controllers sockets
    2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced floating line outputs
    2 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced line outputs
    2 Combo sockets for MIC input and Instrument input (auto selecting)

Package includes


    AXE I/O
    USB A-Type to USB B-Type connection cable (1.5m/4.32ft)
    DC power supply

Dimensions


    Size: 23.8cm/9.37" x 21.1cm/8.31" x 5.3cm/2.09"
    Weight: 1.3kg/2.9lb

Compatibility

Computers

64-bit application. Requires a 64 bit CPU and Operating System.
Mac® (64-bits)

Minimal: macOS 10.11 or later. One free USB port.
Windows® (64-bits)

Minimal: Windows 7 or later. One free USB port.
 




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