Arturia have unveiled their first audio interface: the AudioFuse. The new desktop interface consciously moves away from the single-knob and break-out cable design of other audio manufacturers and instead opts to provide as much hands-on control as possible.
With a pair of trademarked DiscretePRO mic preamps, high-quality 24-bit AD/DA conversion, sample rates up to 192kHz and accurate clocking, the AudioFuse is an intriguing proposition.
When it comes to connectivity, the AudioFuse is well equipped and has been designed with musicians in mind. As such, it has two pairs of speaker outs, a pair of headphone outputs, each with 1/4-inch and 3.5mm sockets, and USB ports for connecting or powering other devices. On top of that, there's ADAT connectivity, MIDI, phono, S/PDIF, Word Clock, XLR/ balanced 1/4-inch combo connections.
The AudioFuse could easily form the centre of a small studio, providing a talkback function for communicating with recording talent, and insert points for adding line-level devices (EQ and compression for instance) between the preamps and the converters. Direct monitoring is also possible as well, to avoid the timing issues associated with recording latency.
Arturia's new audio interface is also road-ready with a sturdy aluminium chassis, and an accompanying box to protect it from knocks during transport and also to stop undesirables from messing with your settings! It is set to retail for around $549 and should become available in the Summer.