Audient EVO 16: an affordable “smart” audio interface for smooth recording

The Audient EVO 16 is a 24-in/24-out device with a one-button control system.

Please welcome what seems to trigger the next generation of affordable audio interfaces, the Audient EVO 16! This delicious interface seems to rewrite everything we know about Audient Evo interfaces and completely changes the game.

Hearing EVO 16

Eight award-winning EVO preamps deliver 58dB of microphone gain and ‘Advanced Converter Technology’ delivers a whopping 121dB of dynamic range.

The Audient EVO 16 has two features that will really make an impact in digital audio. First, the high-resolution color screen on the front of the device. Coupled with the Motion UI (user interface) control system, this wide-angle screen displays relevant information about your session and interactions with the audio interface. Every adjustment you make is displayed on the screen in real time!

Additionally, the screen helps activate the one-button control system of the interface. As a result, the interface can determine the appropriate settings without you having to worry or intervene. Notably, Audient says the experience is like using a smart device as you don’t need to explore different menu options like on older equipment.

EVO 16 delivers the intuitive user experience, professional sound and engineering quality you expect from parent company Audient, with significantly more I/O than its smaller counterparts. And yet, it still fits firmly into the “affordable” audio interface category.

Andy Allen, Marketing Director – EVO by Audient

Secondly, there’s the Smartgain function which automatically sets the gain for all 8 input channels at the touch of a button. It’s also available on smaller EVO products, and it’s the perfect time-saving solution when working on large sessions. For example, drummers who need multiple microphone inputs no longer have to worry about gain staging.

Now you can perfectly match the level of stereo pairs with the power of the lightning-fast Smartgain algorithm. Using “advanced peak analysis”, it automatically analyzes, adjusts and sets your gain to the “perfect levels” in less than 20 seconds.

Finally, ADAT and SPDIF options add room to expand your recording workspace with up to 16 additional channels of mic preamps.

In addition, the included EVO Mixer software is compatible with MacOS and Windows. Then you’ll have more options for routing inputs and outputs, setting up ultra-low latency monitoring, and more.

All of this is housed inside a strong steel frame that rests on non-slip rubber feet. The EVO 16 will easily sit in style on a desk, under a laptop or installed in a rack with its optional rack ears.

Audient plans to ship the EVO 16 in Q2 2022 for $499/£400/€469.