By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK – Focusrite, the pro-audio equipment manufacturer, held a launch party earlier this month to debut the iTrack Solo, which is a compact two-channel interface for the iPad and iOS platform that is fully compatible with Mac and PC computers.
Focusrite’s iTrack Solo is a dual-input audio interface designed for recording instruments and vocals, bringing its pro sound “quality to the world of iPad audio recording for the first time,” the company said.
The event, held at The Hit Factory, the Gibson Guitar Showroom on West 54th Street, featured performances by Doe Paoro and Alicia Lemke. During the event, Phil Wagner, president of Focusrite, told TWICE that part of its line of professional recording devices, synthesizers, keyboards and related products have been sold through Best Buy for the past couple of years, as well as Guitar Center and other music retailers.
With the debut of the iTrack Solo, which is available this month at a suggested retail of $199, Focusrite is “actively looking” to expand its distribution through consumer electronics retailers nationwide.
As for the iTrack Solo, it is designed as “the perfect companion for any singer/songwriter wanting to take their demos to the next level” and with results that “can be used in the final mix,” Focusrite said.
The interface is compatible with GarageBand and other popular recording apps, and it can be used on a Mac or PC with up to 24-bit/96kHz digital performance. The iTrack Solo features a professional, low-distortion, low-noise Focusrite microphone preamp as used in the company’s flagship Liquid Saffire 56 interface.
Phantom power allows the use of top-quality studio microphones. Alongside the microphone input on the front panel, there is an instrument input that is designed for guitar and bass, along with the digital conversion.
Focusrite added that the iTrack Solo features a unibody aluminum chassis that is “perfect for recording guitar or keyboard and vocal on the go.
” Owners of Focusrite’s Scarlett 2i2 USB interface will find the layout and features quite familiar since the iTrack Solo is based on the technology found in the supplier’s existing range of computer audio interfaces.
Focusrite’s signature “halo” indicators around the input knobs let you know if you are recording at the correct level (green) or at too high a level (red). There is also a large monitor knob that controls the output level.
Monitoring can be switched to listen to your recording signal against your backing track without incurring off-putting latency introduced by your music software.
A supplied cable connects iTrack Solo to the iPad, and the included USB cable delivers the power necessary to run the iTrack’s high-specification components, Focusrite said. There is also a pair of phono connectors on the rear panel for connecting an audio system for playback.
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