British manufacturer Audient starts off 2021 right with the introduction of two new audio interfaces and an inexpensive studio package. While the Audient iD4 MKII and iD14 MKII improve the manufacturer’s entry-level iD series interfaces in several aspects, the EVO Start Recording Bundle collects Audient’s EVO 4 audio interface, SR 1 condenser microphone, a pair of SR2000 studio headphones, and matching accessories into an affordable starter kit.
Audient iD4 / iD14 MKII interfaces
Like their predecessors, the iD 4 MKII and iD 14 MKII are aimed primarily at beginners. Both models sport upgraded AD/DA converters with improved dynamic range. Another update concerns the Windows/macOS/iOS computer connection, which is now USB-C.
Like the previous-generation interfaces, the iD 4 MKII and iD 14 MKII have built-in Class-A microphone amplifiers coming from Audient’s high-end ASP8024 HE large-format console. Both have discrete JFET instrument inputs as well. The iD 4 MKII features that and one XLR/line combo input, while the iD14 MKII has two of these and is therefore suitable for stereo recording. Another difference is the presence of an optical input for ADAT and S/PDIF digital audio. Additionally, the iD4 MKII is equipped with two line outputs, while the iD14 MKII has four line outputs. The iD 4 MKII has a single headphone output, while the iD 14 MKII has two.
Both units are class-compliant with Windows, macOS and iOS devices. A software package containing a proprietary mixer application, versions of Cubase LE and Cubasis LE, and several VSTi plug-ins is included, in addition to 3 free online courses from Produce Like A Pro. The Audient iD 4 MKII and iD 14 MKII will be available from February 2021, priced EUR 149 and EUR 249 respectively.
EVO Start Recording Bundle
Alongside the iD MKII interfaces, Audient introduced the EVO Start Recording Bundle. With it, the manufacturer wants to address podcasters, streamers, gamers and other content producers looking for an affordable, reasonably complete recording solution. Thus, the EUR 220 bundle includes an EVO 4 audio interface, the SR1 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, SR2000 studio headphones, microphone shockmount, and XLR connection cable. The bundle will be available starting February 2021.