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Propellerhead Balance

Propellerhead Balance
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item number 270202
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available since October 2011
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Propellerhead Balance - incl. free update to Reason Essential Version 2 (download at Proellerhead), audio interface, 2-in by 2-out, USB 2.0 – bus powered, Hi-end pre-amplifiers, Hi-end 24-bit ADC/DACs, 44.1 to 96kHz, Low latency design, Clip Safe — Never again a lost take because of inadequate level settings. The "built-in recording engineer" watches over your session and automatically heals any clipped recordings (exclusive Reason feature), Mac OS class compliant (no driver on Mac OS). ASIO drivers for Windows installed with the software., Built-in Propellerhead Ignition Key, Direct monitoring (for stand-alone or DAW use), Two XLR microphone inputs w. 48V phantom power, Two 1/4" guitar inputs with padding, Four 1/4" line inputs (two stereo pairs), One 1/4" headphone output, Two 1/4" TRS balanced main outputs, Hardware input source selection, Input level control, Separate output and headphone level control, Output muting, System: Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher, Windows: Windows XP SP3, Vista or Windows 7 (Vista or Windows 7 required for 64-bit), Included Software: Reason Essentials - registered Reason (full Version) users get a free Upgrade to Reason 7 (available directly from manufacturer as download)

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So firstly as an avid user of Propellerhead Software, I had high expectations for 'Balance', Considering that the software is virtually unbreakable!.
Firstly I should point out that I produce music for a living and I use much larger audio interfaces for the bulk of my work.
I wanted to buy 'Balance' for when I am on the move, and since Reason is my main sequencer, it made sense.

**The good points**
The design and look of this interface is excellent and looks good anywhere it sits!
The buttons and knobs are sturdy , durable and the unit feels very strong.
The fact that you can plug in several instruments and mic's and simply switch between them on the interface is a great for home studio recording.
It works well with all software not just reason, I have used it with ableton and several other d.a.w's and everything is great!

**The Down side**
There is no midi sockets for midi in or out, and seen as Reason 7 features midi out, I don't think it will be to long before the devise gets a makeover.
The balance unit does not come with its own power supply and relies on USB power. This becomes an issue when the unit is not connected directly to a master usb socket. Sound will glitch as power and audio information are moving at high speed through a regular usb2 connection.
Windows users have had glitching issues, but there is one sure way to fix that,
1 connect via master usb
2 use the updated driver from the propellerhead website and not the one that comes with the devise
3 Adjust the buffer size depending on how fast your windows machine is, you also might want to change your power saving setting to "use high power" in the control panel.
If you already run "ASIO for all" as your driver, it will not work so well with balance so don't rely on this, you must get the propellerhead driver form the website.

Overall for the home producer "Balance" is a cool looking and very user friendly audio interface, its very portable and carries a great sound when the glitching is ironed out.

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