Audient ID4 Mk1 USB Audio Interface 2-in/2-out (Discontinued)

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 750+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$229
Audient ID4 USB Audio Interface 2-in/2-out

Gearank High Notes

Audient ID4 Mk1: Highest Rated Audio Interface Under $200 - 2019.12

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Bob Thomas 92/100
Gearspace joe_04_04 100/100
Pro Tools Expert James Ivey 94/100
Ask Audio Hollin Jones 96/100
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Overview

Note: This has been superseded by the Audient iD4 MKII.

This was a well-loved interface and received acclaim from users with different experience levels, including musicians, voice-over artists, home studio owners and more.

The ID4 packs Audient's class A mic preamp and JFET DI circuit into a compact and lightweight metal enclosure.

It is designed to be class-compliant, so it works with the iPad and other iOS devices, just as it does with Mac and Windows-based computers.

Since this unit is bus-powered, you'll need a powered USB Hub to get it working with the iPad. Thankfully, this slight inconvenience is minor compared to the benefits of utilizing Audient quality recordings on the go.

Other features include zero-latency monitoring, mix and pan controls, 2 separate headphone outputs, and a console-like interface.

The Audient ID4 MkI is also great portable audio interface for those who want to take advantage of the iPad's mobility, without compromising sound quality.

Artists That Have Used the ID4 Mk1

What Retail Customers Are Saying

Here is a summary of what verified customers have said in their reviews at online retailers
Positives
  • The mic preamp is very transparent
  • Excellent build quality
  • Highly recommended for small home studios
  • Very portable - great for on-site mobile recording
  • Easy to set up and use
Negatives
  • Headphone output settings are reset every time you turn it off
  • A powered USB hub is necessary to use it with iOS devices

Superseded

Many were disappointed when this was discontinued, however Audient released the MKII version with an improved preamp and USB-C connector. See our Audient iD4 MKII recommendation for more information.

iOS Setup Tutorial

Specifications

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
  • Preamp: 1 x Audient Class A Mic Preamp, 1 x JFET DI
  • Simultaneous Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR-1/4" Combo (Mic/Line), 1 x 1/4" DI (Instrument)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" Monitor, 1 x 1/4" (Headphones), 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
  • Power: USB Bus Powered
  • Phantom Power: 48V

About the Author

Raphael PulgarRaphael Pulgar

I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.