IK Multimedia AXE I/O

USB 2.0 Audio Interface

  • An audio interface especially designed for guitarists
  • 2 Inputs for instrument, line and microphone signals
  • With discrete Class A preamplifiers and switchable 48 V phantom power
  • Front-panel Hi-Z instrument inputs, including input 1 with Z-Tone (variable impedance)
  • JFET circuit for subtle harmonic additions and active switching for optimal operation with active pickups
  • Rear mic / line inputs via XLR / jack combo jacks
  • 1 Front panel amp output for re-amping
  • 4 Rear balanced line outputs on 1/4" TRS jack
  • 1 Stereo headphone jack on 6.3 mm stereo jack with its own control
  • Monitor and master volume controls
  • Built-in guitar tuner
  • Preset knob for controlling plugin parameters
  • 2 Inputs for expression pedals or footswitches for real-time control of virtual guitar effects
  • AD / DA conversion with 24 bit / 192 kHz
  • 117 dB dynamic range
  • MIDI in/out
  • With extensive software package (download) with AmpliTube 4 Deluxe, AmpliTube 5 SE, 10 T-RackS processors and Ableton Live Lite
  • System requirements: Windows 7 (64 bit), Mac OSX 10.11 (64 bit)
  • Weight: 1.3 kg
  • Dimensions: 238 x 211 x 53 mm
  • 1.5 m USB cable and power supply unit included

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 2x5
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 2
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 4
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 238 mm
Depth in mm 211 mm
Height in mm 53 mm
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Great USB interface!
TheDodo720, 09.09.2019
I use this interface mainly to record guitar DI and to listen through my monitors (Adam T7Vs). Latency is low and stability with Windows 10 is great so far. The main feature is the DI input of the interface. On the front you have 1 input with lots of options such as "pure" and "JFET", "active" and "passive", and "Z-Tone". All of those shape the sound. Add a little harmonic richness, optimize for passive or active pickups or make the sound more round and warm or sharp and clear (like a guitar tone knob).

I stepped up to this from a Scarlett 2i2 1st gen and the difference in DI sound quality is very noticeable. I don't feel like I need an additional DI box at all.

The microphone inputs on the back are also great, used them to record vocals and they do sound good.

The only thing that I wish this interface had is thunderbolt connectivity, but this way the price is lower and you still have good latency and bandwidth.

Not to forget you get a lot of included software, and the mixing plugins are really good, as well as Amplitube 4 deluxe.

I'm certain you'll be satisfied with this purchase for a home recording solution if you're mainly a guitar/bass player.
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Amazing!
JustinF67, 11.12.2019
I was looking for an interface for mixing on my laptop while I travel, that would also double up as an input for my guitar. My 2nd gen Focusrite 18i8 wasn't doing it for due to the dreadful Windows 10 driver introducing audible artifacts that were driving me nuts.

The AXE I/O was interesting to me since it was made primarily as an interface for Amplitube which I use every day.

This thing is incredible. First; out of the box, it feels rugged. As soon as I got it, I plugged it in, installed the driver and it just worked. The user controls are intuitive and there's even a switch to get the best tone from active pickups. It works seamlessly with Amplitube as one would expect, but also as an ASIO interface for my DAW's (Cubase, Cakewalk and Mixbus 32C)

I love this thing!
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CyberSan, 23.10.2020
Best audio interface every if You are guitar player. Very low latency.
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Great gear, poor software support on Mac
why_not, 06.05.2020
Hello, this interface is great. Insanely low latency, active/passive pickup support, tone shape on guitar input signal, direct amp out, midi in/out, headphones with mixer dry/daw signal, sampling rate up to 192 KHz, class A preamps and phantom power.

But on Mac systems I'm not having good times with companion software Amplitube. It become unstable with sampling rates higher 96KHz. Even daw plugins make my daw crash!!!

So if your music production platform is on a windows system or if you're not interested on bundle software go for it!
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