Image 1 of 2 The ESU’s front panel packs in a lot of connectivity. Sample rates range from What’s decidedly inconvenient, though, is the location of the power switch. Plenty of good bundled software. Image 2 of 2 The remaining inputs and outputs are round the back.
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At the front and on the far left there are dual XLR audio ins with independent phantom power. The casing seems road-worthy enough, so for live use, or for those who have numerous hardware synths, it’s an ideal, cost-effective computer audio solution. So, if you suffer from that annoying phenomenon of only being able to hear a signal on just the left or right stereo channel, pressing the buttons will centre the sound.
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What’s decidedly inconvenient, though, is the location of the power switch. ESI has gone to the trouble of bundling a good deal of sound-colouring software, though, as well as Steinberg’s Cubase 4 LE sequencer for Mac and PC and a special edition of modular soft synth Tassman.
Image 2 of 2 The remaining inputs and outputs are round the back. One feature you don’t often see on a unit of this type is a Mono mix button, but the has two of them.
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Cons Not much software for Mac users. The is USB 2. So, you can add ‘character’ in software rather than it being introduced by the interface.
A press of Mono A enables you to create a mono mix of signals arriving at inputs one and two, while Mono B does the same for inputs three and four. In operation, the ESU sounds as an audio interface should: Above the dual input rotaries channels and and the master level control for all eight outputs and the headphone section, there’s a row of status LEDs.
SU shows the latest audio interface technology for external usage on notebook and desktop computers. Before plugging in and making some noise, a trip to the manufacturer’s website is necessary in order to download the latest Seu or OS X drivers.
Plenty of good bundled software. It would be nice to see a FireWire port at rear, rather than USB, and a power switch at front, but these are minor niggles when you take into account how much is on offer to you for so little cash. The on-screen control panel is tidy enough, with level meters for the 16 analogue ins and dual 188 ins, plus meters and sliders for the eight outs.
Sample rates range from Neat design extends to the hardware unit itself. While guitarists hanker for a signature tone from their audio devices, those making recordings usually want clean sound and that’s what this device delivers.
That said, the plug for the supplied PSU has a knurled, screw-on sleeve, so you won’t have to worry about the power cable dropping out after a bout of brutish behaviour. Each input has its own pad button alongside comfortingly rubberised level knobs and LED level indicators.
What really impresses is the ‘s flexibility and, considering the price, build quality. Individual phantom power and pads on the mic inputs.
It’s round the back and a faff to reach if the is flightcased. Image 1 of 2 The ESU’s front panel packs in a lot of connectivity. Mac owners running Leopard will also need to perform eesu firmware upgrade to get things going. The latter can be linked into four pairs if need be and you have the choice 18008 balanced and unbalanced lines.
That’s an awful lot of connectivity for one 1U box. It appears, however, that the bulk of the software bundle is Windows-only, so Mac users might be a little miffed.