Audient have unexpectedly teamed up with French guitar tech specialists Two notes engineering to create Sono, a digital audio interface with a built-in 12AX7 valve preamp which also incorporates Two notes' Torpedo, the combined modelled power amp and guitar-cab simulator.
Aimed at recording and gigging guitarists, Sono features two of Audient's usual high-quality console mic preamps and A-Ds. Once in the digital domain, guitar signals have access to a range of guitar and bass cab models including the Marshall 4x12, Fender 2x12 or Ampeg Fridge, and more are downloadable on-line. Users can choose the virtual room environment in which the virtual amp is placed and store presets without having to use a computer to do so, and of course there's a latency-free monitoring option, as well as a DI to add in favourite pedals and processors before the A-Ds.
Editor-in-Chief Paul White stopped at the Audient stand on his travels around NAMM and was given a rundown of Sono's capabilities by Audient's Harry Lewis — you can see our video of their conversation below.
Sono is expected to ship by Spring and will retail at $449 in the USA£418.80 in the UK.