Allen & Heath ICE-16 Interface/Capture Review

Allen&HeathICE-16Allen & Heath has introduced a brand new product, the ICE-16. The ICE-16 is dual-purpose: it is a 16-channel In/Out Firewire 400/USB 2.0 audio interface for you computer's DAW and it also works standalone, capturing high quality multi-track recordings directly to a fast, USB thumb drive.

A 1-rack space unit, the ICE-16 records and playbacks 16-channels at up to 24-bit, 96kHz resolution. Alternately in stand- alone mode, 16-channels of audio, at up to 48-kHz/24-bit can be simultaneously recorded straight to a USB hard drive or memory stick/thumb drive. The ICE-16 is expandable with several units linkable for recording many channels.

Allen & Heath's ICE-16 connects to any audio mixer or analog source using 1/4-inch input jacks and RCA output jacks. Signal present and peak LEDs are provided for each channel showing either input or output. There is assignable headphone monitoring and ASIO drivers and Core Audio support for MAC and PC DAWs running Logic, Sonar, Cubase and Pro Tools.

Suggested MAP is $999. Learn more at http://allen-heath.com.

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com