Lewitt has announced CONNECT 6, the manufacturer’s first USB audio interface. Aimed at content creators and musicians, the CONNECT 6 not only boasts a striking exterior design that’ll surely turn heads. It’s also got some very interesting features, including a built-in DSP for flexible routing and onboard effect processing.
Lewitt CONNECT 6
Until now, the Austrian company Lewitt was best known for its innovative microphones like the LCT 640 TS, LCT 1040, and LCT 441 FLEX. With CONNECT 6, the manufacturer now sets out to capture a share of the highly competitive market for USB audio interfaces. Which features does CONNECT 6 offer that might give it an edge over the competition?
The first thing that meets the eye is the interface’s highly unusual design. (One of my colleagues immediately commented: “That’ll make a great base for LEGO figures!”) While it’ll surely turn heads, I can imagine that it might be a bit too extravagant for some users, to put it mildly. In any case, it’s an obvious indication that Lewitt is aiming the CONNECT 6 at gamers, streamers, and content creators, in addition to musicians – similar to the recently announced M-GAME line by M-Audio.
Plenty of I/O
This continues with the connectivity options, where the CONNECT 6 offers a bunch of features clearly geared towards streaming and podcasting applications. The interface has two XLR-1/4” combo inputs for microphones and instruments, each equipped with a preamp that delivers a whopping 72 dB of gain. In addition to this, you can hook up a stereo source to the 1/8” Aux input. There are three USB-C connectors in total – one for the computer, one for a phone, tablet, or second computer, and a third one for power – the CONNECT 6 charges mobile devices while connected. According to Lewitt, it’s possible to send and receive audio back and forth between your computer and phone. CONNECT 6 supports both iOS and Android devices.
In terms of outputs, you get two balanced speaker outputs (1/4”), two independent headphone outputs, and one 1/8” stereo speaker output.
One thing to consider is the interface’s complete lack of hardware controls aside from one large, clickable knob. There are no dedicated physical knobs for the preamps and headphone outputs, and no buttons for activating phantom power or sending input sources to the monitor mix. While you can use the big push knob to set the preamp gain and headphone volume, that might not suit everybody’s workflow.
Highly flexible routing
However, the routing options are really interesting, and again, they’re designed with streaming and podcasting in mind. The built-in DSP runs a software mixer that lets you combine microphones with audio from a computer, mobile device, or another input. In addition to three virtual stereo channels, there’s loopback channel for capturing audio from a Zoom call, game, or similar computer-based sources. You can create two independent audio mixes, e.g. one for monitoring and a different one for sending to a streaming software. Everything’s controlled using the included Control Center software.
But that’s not all, because the DSP can also process effects. The CONNECT 6 comes with three zero-latency DSP effects (compressor, expander, EQ) that relieve your computer’s CPU of these duties.
All of this combined makes for a very interesting first foray into the world of audio interfaces by Lewitt. With its highly flexible routing options, the CONNECT 6 looks like a great choice for anyone involved in streaming, gaming, or podcasting. And some of its features could prove to be very useful for music production, as well.
Price and availability
The Lewitt CONNECT 6 is available to order from Thomann* for €289. It should ship in about two weeks.
More information about Lewitt CONNECT 6
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- Lewitt CONNECT 6: Your LEGO figures are going to love it!: Lewitt
- Plenty of connectivity: Lewitt
- The CONNECT 6 features a built-in DSP for routing and effects: Lewitt
- Included effects: compressor, expander, equalizer: Lewitt