Although it has spent much of its life as a software company, Arturia is no stranger to making hardware. In fact it now makes a bigger range of hardware products than you might have realized with the Origin, MiniBrute and MicroBrute, BeatStep, Keylab and MiniLab amongst others. AudioFuse, however, is a step in a different direction, and it’s going to be released very soon. It’s a 4-in, 4-out audio interface with a few tricks up its sleeve.
It seems to be designed to work with pretty much everything and Arturia is claiming compatibility with Mac, PC, Linux, iOS and even Android devices, which is an impressive selection. After all, why limit your potential audience? Just as importantly it seems to be aiming to solve a lot of studio connectivity hassles. Because honestly, nobody really likes having to plug in more devices than really necessary.
As such it will have (in no particular order) external inserts, MIDI I/O, S/PDIF and ADAT, a three-port USB hub (for the many of us still encumbered with dongles), USB power for most features, phono ins, speaker outs, direct monitoring, separate headphone outs with individual gain, talkback and dual inputs. They seem to have gone for a very hands-on approach, with lots of knobs and buttons on the top surface. All this in a seriously small footprint for the space-conscious desk musician.
I genuinely can’t wait to get my hands on one of these to see if it’s as good as it looks on paper. Anything that means connecting fewer devices and taking up less space is always good, and the finish looks seriously solid. Now all that remains is to see how it sounds.
AudioFuse will retail at EUR599 / $599 and you can read more about it here.