Arturia AudioFuse Dark Black

USB Audio Interface

  • 24 Bit / 192 khz
  • 2 Mic/line/instrument inputs
  • 2 Phono/line inputs
  • 4 Line Outputs (2x Speaker Out L/R Stereo): 6.3 mm jack
  • ADAT Input and output
  • S/PDIF coaxial input and output
  • Wordclock input and output
  • MIDI in/out
  • 3-Port USB hub
  • 2 Headphone outputs: 6.3 mm jack and 3.5 mm mini-jack stereo
  • Talkback function with integrated microphone
  • Direct monitoring
  • 48V Phantom power
  • Phase invert switch
  • Separate master and monitor mix channels
  • A/B Speaker selector
  • DIM/mute/mono switch
  • Aluminum housing
  • Compatible with PC, MAC, iOS Devices, Android & Linux

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Recording / Playback Channels 14x14
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 2
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 4
Headphone Outs 2
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock 1xIn, 1xOut
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 127 mm
Depth in mm 127 mm
Height in mm 66 mm

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Truly a swiss army knife type gear, but not (yet) perfect
Jay / Hamburg, 03.09.2017
13.7.2019 - Addition to my initial review after 2 years of daily use in a project studio:

PROs
+ The metal cover (which comes with the unit as standard) has saved me from oblivion on several occasions during a live gig (food spilled all over it) and in the studio with heavy equipment dropping on it - no problem

+ The ability to secure the unit through a Kensington-type computer lock proved very useful (although it then covers the Midi in port)

+ Arturia has added, through a firmware update, the ability for the unit to be powered off so the issue of continuous heat possibly damaging internal components has been eliminated

CONs
- The extremely loud THUD noises (yes, there are two in a 1-second interval) hitting the speaker outs every time the unit is powered up has remained very annoying (and dangerous to the wrong speakers). Arturia's arguments for not fixing or considering this are not sticking, a piece of gear touted as sophisticated and professional must have a simple audio protection circuit (I would have paid extra for it). I end up having to unplug and replug 2 pairs of speakers every time the unit is powered up. Or, leave the unit powered on (heat issue).

- Since about 14 months or so the unit sometimes and suddenly increases the speaker-out volumes to close to 100% when I try to turn down the volume. This happens without warning or any rhyme or reason. Imagine being in the middle of a recording session trying to adjust the volume a bit and instead the speakers suddenly blast at full power. Frantically turning down the volume knob will only increase the volume even further - weirdly. Arturia is aware of it (you can check their online support blog) and has not bothered to fix this through a firmware update or otherwise - for a year. Sorry, simply not acceptable.

- Pressing (e.g. activating) the talk-back mic button also creates a very loud and nasty CLICK sound sent to the headphone outs and for musicians monitoring at louder volume levels this can potentially damage hearing

- Last not least, through no apparent reason of excessive abuse, the speaker selector button simply vanished into the unit itself after I pressed it. Working with a pair of tweezers and micro screw driver could not solve the problem. Now I am stuck with selecting the speaker set through the software. That is annoying and unpractical. This in my view is a built-quality issue of Arturia.

SUMMARY of my additional comments
Arturia tried the impossible and deserves credit for it - hence I am only dropping the total to 4 stars instead of 3. BUT, and that is a BIG but, I take issue with Arturias lack of response to fixing the sudden volume jumps (I am not the only one with this issue - check the blogs and the web). Furthermore the built- or design quality is (why are there these clicks and thuds?) is something I must take issue with as a customer.

Would I buy it again now? May be not, but then I'd also have to live with fewer features in one box - but also with fewer thuds, clicks and disappearing buttons. The Audiofuse is still good value for many musicians, but please do your homework carefully prior to spending your money.

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My initial review in summer of 2017

I have a small home/project studio in Shanghai creating and recording EDM both ?in the box? (Apple iMac running Logic Pro X and Ableton Live) and using external gear. I was looking for a new, versatile, compact, semi-professional USB audio/midi interface to replace my existing Presonus Audiobox.

Audiofuse seemed just what the doctor ordered and after using it a couple of months now I can share some of my personal observations/experiences.

Build quality
It is a surprisingly small and chunky, full metal chassis with a sturdy metal cover (you can take this baby anywhere in a backpack without worrying about broken off knobs or switches). The buttons are very ?clicky? and solid, the large volume knob is super accurate moving in half decibel increments from minus128 db up to zero. No volume ?jumping? that you often have in cheaper interfaces!! All input/out connectors are well mounted and nothing wiggles.

Connectivity and expandability
Another party piece of Audiofuse. You can read up on the detailed specs, but needless to say there is nothing you don?t have. From a Phono RCA input (incl. a separate GND connector), two separate speaker set outs, Midi in/out, a triple USB hub, an SPDIF/ADAT light pipe and conventional in/out (allowing for 8 input channels to be added using additional hardware - awesome!), inserts for outboard effects, 2 dedicated headphone outs with both 1/4? and 3.5 mm jack outs as well as 2 combined XLR and 1/4? mic/instrument inputs. There is even a build-in talkback mic? p.s.: I connected a 20-year old Alesis QSR using the ADAT pipe - it worked like a charm and the sound came in with fantastic quality.

Functionality
With so much stuff cramped into such a small box one wonders how accessible important functions really are. Well, Arturia did a great job and one can tell they were really listening to people who use this kind of gear for a living. it is literally a full mixer boiled down to what you really need. I find myself not having to use the Audiofuse software for changing routings and settings too often. Pretty amazing come to think of it how much practicality can come from 19 buttons and 6 knobs using a surface area of just 11 cm x 11 cm. One of the buttons conveniently opens and closes the Audiofuse control center software on your computer - this is very useful.

Sound quality
In one word: Great. The noise floor for the mic/instrument preamps is sooooo low that you can crank the inputs all the way up and still not hear anything. The headroom is really amazing and whatever I recorded (voice or synths) ended up in the box at pristine audio quality. I have the Audiofuse outputs connected to my trusted Genelec monitors. The Audiofuse does not have a ?sound? per say, a flat frequency and no noise allow for the sound to travel to the speakers unchanged. The same goes for the headphone outs.

Latency
I am not a tech-wizard by a long shot, I just use gear to make music. I could not detect any audible issues with latency - USB 2.0 can handle over 400 Mb/s (that?s easily more than 15 audio channels simultaneously)? that does it for me.

DAW compatibility
No problems with both Logic Pro X and Ableton Live.

Pro?s
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1) Superb build quality and portability

2) Professional sound quality

3) Broad connectivity

4) Compatibility (did I mention it connects to iOS devices? Although, I have not tried it yet?).

5) No break out cable (a big plus in my book), except for the ?old? Midi ins/outs.
And it is expandable by up to 8 additional inputs using ADAT/SPDIF.

6) Well thought out control surface

Con?s
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1) If you want the unit to run at full specs, you need to connect it to an external power supply (it comes with it) and USB. Then the unit becomes EXTREMELY (!!) hot. To a point where it is uncomfortable to touch. Arturia claims that this is ?normal? as the metal chassis is used to dispense heat. But, for one, heat is the enemy to longevity of electrical parts and two, no device you constantly have to touch should be that hot - it?s neither comfortable nor re-assuring.

2) The unplugging or plugging in of the power cable or the USB cable causes an extremely loud and nasty ?thud? noise to hit the speaker outs. The same things goes for when you are powering your computer up or down with Audiofuse connected. My Genelecs have protection circuits built in, but other speakers may get damaged from this. There is no dedicated power button either, so the only ?safe? way for the unit to be powered down is to first unplug the speaker cables. This is at least annoying.

3) While all 18 buttons are constantly backlit using LEDs (brightly lit when the function is turned on, dimmed when off) the text on them is hard to read - let alone at any angle other than straight from the top, which is hardly ever the case as users are generally sitting down during a recording session.

4) The headphone outputs, at least for my personal taste, are not powerful enough by a subjective ?30%? or so. Audiofuse is clearly no consumer device so Arturia should expect for some higher impedance studio headphones to be used which require more power. Strangely enough my cans (AKG K240 at 55 ohms and AKG K712 at 62 ohms) are not really ?high impedance?, yet they are barely comfortably ?loud? whereas my Apple EarPods are blown apart by the Audiofuse. I acknowledge that this might be a bit subjective and depending on personal tastes.

Conclusion
Truly a highest quality swiss army knife type gear. Exceptional when it comes to the combination of robustness, functionality, connectivity, sound quality, portability and user-friendly access to key functions using real knobs and buttons. Would I buy it again? Yes. But, the market for portable high-quality USB interfaces is crowded and any potential buyer should do their homework first whether Audiofuse is really what they need. If so, it is an excellent choice.
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Emmanouil Xanthakis, 18.12.2018
Have been using this beautiful piece of hardware only for a few days and have to say I'm very impressed. Tons of features and so far it's been rock solid regarding driver performance under Windows 7
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  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: Yes
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