NAMM 2022: Audient’s iD44 MKii audio interface promises “console sound on your desk”

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NAM 2022: Audient has announced an upgrade to its popular iD44 audio interface – the iD44 (MKII). This adds new features and improved quality, bringing it in line with new developments elsewhere in the top brand. As Audient CMO Andy Allen says, “We saw an opportunity to improve on the best.”

The THD+N figure of the ADCs on the MKII sees a 9dB improvement for even cleaner sound, with less extra noise and even less audible distortion, while three user-defined function keys allow users to enter and exit and change entrances with ease. And with 24-bit/96kHz quality at your fingertips, the iD44 is once again ready for high-end recording tasks.

iD44 (MKII) has a new all-digital internal audio loopback feature that allows users to capture playback from multiple applications on the computer, all at the same time as microphones plugged into the interface.

It is touted as the perfect solution for podcasters, streamers and other online content creators who often record their own live audio and add effects and pitting digitally while remotely streaming VC audio from guests, audience and attendees.

To further assist those working in groups, a new dual headphone amp – with both a 1/4-inch jack and a mini-jack – means that now three sets of headphones can be plugged in at once, and a chassis and a new-look fascia help distinguish the MKII.

“When it comes to audio performance, the iD44 was already fully specified,” continues Andy Allen. “Yet we saw an opportunity to improve on the best: to make a major improvement to the most important ADCs, incorporating much-needed additional features and styling them with a beautiful new smoke gray finish. All at the same price, still offering more value to our customers.

“Combining these enhancements with four Audient Console mic preamps, state-of-the-art converters, ADAT expandability and balanced inserts means the iD44 (MKII) truly delivers the audio performance of an Audient console right on your desk, and guarantees that with the iD44, our customers benefit from a professional quality audio interface without breaking the bank.

iD44 (MKII) will be available around June 2022 and will cost £499.99 incl. VAT, €599 incl. VAT and $699, the same price as its laudable predecessor.

Learn more on the Audient site.