Audient ID14 USB Audio Interface 10-in/4-out
Audient is widely known for the quality of their mic preamps, and two of these are found in the Audient ID14, a top rated audio interface that works well with the iPad. These sought-after preamps are paired with Burr Brown AD-DA converters, which ensure that sound quality does not degrade as it converts from analog to digital and vice versa. Also complementing the mic preamps is a dedicated JFET DI instrument input, for high quality instrument capture. It also helps that the ID14 looks as premium as it sounds, with console-style monitor control with polarity, cut, talkback, cue mix, and other controls. The Audient ID14 also makes room for future expansion, thanks to its 8-channel ADAT input, which gives you up to 10 channels to work with.
- A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
- Connectors: USB (Requires Lightning to USB Adapter)
- Simultaneous Channels: 2 (Up to 10 via ADAT)
- Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x 1/4" DI (Instrument), 1 x ADAT/S/SDPIF
- Outputs: 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" Headphones
- MIDI: USB
- Power: Requires AC Power Supply or Powered USB Hub
- Phantom Power: 48V (When using AC Power Supply)
If there was one word to capture how most reviewers feel, it would be "amazing". Almost everyone agree that the ID14 improved the quality of their iPad recordings, so much so that many used them in their final mixes. Multi-platform compatibility was also commended along with its overall premium build.
There were a few who initially had software related issues when using Windows/Mac, but were resolved through driver or firmware update.
If you have the budget and want nothing less than the best rated audio interface with the capacity to expand via ADAT, then get the Audient ID14 ASAP.