Audient’s budget‑friendly interfaces get a welcome update and a new look.
The iD4 and iD14 were Audient’s entry into the crowded budget end of audio interfaces. The iD4 offers two‑in and two‑out, whereas the iD14 makes up the numbers with two inputs, four outputs and an optical port for potentially another eight inputs. Audient thought it was time for a refresh, and in this review we’re checking out the new MkII versions.
Straight out of the box these are smart‑looking devices. The all‑metal construction gives them a decent heft and a luxuriously smooth feel. The grey tone and colour‑matched knobs gives them a subtle and serious presence on the desktop, and it’s remarkable how much cooler the capitalised logo looks than the lower‑case ‘swoosh’ they used previously. These are beautiful little boxes.
They are designed as desktop interfaces with all the controls on the top surface exactly where I like them to be. The knobs are reasonably solid with a little bit of give in the large encoder, and it does have a nicely satisfying bump as it turns. The majority of the connections are on the back with just the instrument input and dual headphone socket falling past the front edge’s smooth curve. They are absolutely solid on the desk and do not feel like entry‑level audio interfaces in the slightest.
The connections and layout of the iD4 MkII are identical to the original. You have a single combi Mic/Line input on the back with the phantom power button located slightly annoyingly next to it. A pair of jack outputs feed your speakers at the rear, and the headphones are located usefully at the front, where you can plug in both a 3.5mm and a quarter‑inch at the same time. Input 2 is...