IK Multimedia Announce AXE I/O® SOLO Premium Guitar Interface
IK Multimedia’s AXE I/O SOLO is the latest addition to its range of AXE I/O® high-end guitar interfaces with advanced tone-shaping features. It maintains the award-winning, best-in-class tone from the original, while offering a more budget-friendly mobile format.
AXE I/O SOLO is a compact, bus-powered 2-in/3-out USB audio interface that features IK’s high-end PURE microphone preamp; an instrument input with proprietary tone-shaping options; an exclusive Amp Out to incorporate real gear into a recording setup; and 24-bit, 192 kHz converters with a wide dynamic range, for pristine recordings in all musical genres.
AXE I/O SOLO can also act as a controller for use with IK’s included AmpliTube® or other favourite guitar-friendly software, offering a complete, affordable solution for players who want the best possible tone for their tracks.
IK’s high-definition Class A PURE mic preamp is designed for transparent and clean recording, with an extended flat frequency response, capturing the full tonal range of voices and instruments without colouring the sound.
Proprietary tone-shaping options let users dial in the perfect settings for their instruments or coax a wider range of tones from a single instrument:
First, an active & passive pickup selector adapts instantly to any instrument. The active channel bypasses unneeded gain stages, ensuring the signal is always as direct and uncoloured as possible.
Next, AXE I/O SOLO offers both a PURE circuit for pristine, transparent sound and a JFET circuit for adding warmth and harmonics, all within a single device.
Finally, IK’s proprietary Z-TONE® impedance-adapting circuit lets users adjust the input impedance to interact with their guitar’s pickups: at the maximum impedance, sounds are tighter, sharper and more precise, and at lower impedances the sound becomes thicker and bolder.
These controls can give guitars even more sonic character within just a few minutes’ experimentation and users can dial in a sound that perfectly fits their mix.
AXE I/O SOLO offers a streamlined re-amplification setup in a single box. A front panel Amp Out lets guitar and bass players incorporate real amplifiers and stompboxes without the need for an external conversion box. This low-noise out also eliminates ground loops, to keep even the highest-gain re-amplification as quiet as possible.
1/4″ balanced outputs and a headphones out provide comprehensive connections, and a “blend” knob mixes direct and processed signal for zero-latency monitoring. In addition, AXE I/O SOLO also features two dedicated inputs for controller pedals and switches, plus MIDI In/Out, offering a range of options for real-time control over amp modelling plug-ins or recording software.
For seamless, out-of-the-box recording and processing, AXE I/O SOLO comes bundled with AmpliTube 4 Deluxe, IK’s powerful guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC, as well as a suite of T-RackS mixing & mastering plug-ins and Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software.
Pricing and availability
AXE I/O SOLO is now available from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide for $/€249.99 (excluding taxes).
For more information about AXE I/O SOLO, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/axeiosolo
To see AXE I/O SOLO in action: www.ikmultimedia.com/axeiosolo/video
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