Audient’s iD 14 Interface gets off to a great start with two channels of Audient’s classic mic pre-amps from their ASP8024 console. Enclosed in an all-metal case, the compact and stylish iD14 uses Burr-Brown AD/DA converters and has a separate Class-AB headphone output and high-impedance J-FET DI input jacks both on the front panel.
The iD14 has up to 10 inputs using the 2-analog mic/line inputs on the rear panel and a TOSLINK jack for eight additional ADAT inputs or stereo S/PDIF inputs. It has four analog outputs that are assignable within the included iD App, now with ScrollControl, a clever system that changes the iD 14’s volume control into an up/down scrolling wheel/ controller for your DAW.
I found the mic pre-amps to sound great—quiet, clean and without distortion. There is up to 56 dB of gain, a 2.8k-ohm input impedance and the iD App allows for polarity flip and a +10dB input gain boost.
The Audient iD14 sells for $299 and is a solid interface that’s expandable to keep pace with your future studio needs.
Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com