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Audient Sono

Guitar Recording Interface
By Paul White

Audient Sono

Audient have used their considerable expertise to create an audio interface just for guitarists.

Audient's Sono is an audio interface designed specifically with guitarists in mind — and that doesn't mean just adding a high‑Z instrument input and then saying 'job done'. The Sono includes a high-voltage (over 200 Volts) 12AX7 dual‑triode valve in the preamp signal path plus an analogue three-band tone section optimised for guitar. If it just stopped there that would be good news, but Audient have done a licensing deal with Two Notes to add their respected Torpedo processing, which provides power amp simulation and IR-based cabinets with a useful choice of 20 cabinets (plus the ability to purchase more) and the capability to store three presets within the Sono itself.

Very importantly, all the processing is handled via the on-board SHARC DSP, so there's none of the latency associated with using plug-ins and no additional CPU load. In addition to its obvious recording functions, the Sono can also be used for re-amping (a dry signal may be sent via channel 3) or even for playing live without a computer. What the Sono doesn't do is try to replace your entire processing chain, so if you want specific overdrive, reverb or other effects you can use your own pedals in front of it or add further effects using plug-ins, just as you would when recording with a standard amplifier. Because the input stage of the Sono replicates that of...

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Published May 2019