We brought you initial news about this late last year, but now Arturia has unveiled AudioFuse, which they describe as a next-generation audio interface, successfully setting a new standard in audio quality and workflow. Here's their press release in full:
AudioFuse admirably succeeds where many audio interfaces have failed, fusing the superior sound of high-end mixing consoles with unsurpassed connectivity and instant-access audio streams, stylishly housed in a compact, carefully-constructed chassis. Clearly, anyone who's remote recording but still seeks the sound of a professional studio need look no further!
By being built on a fully-symmetrical audio chain where every stage has been diligently designed, AudioFuse offers unrivalled sonic purity. Its two DiscretePRO® microphone preamps take the best of yesterday's vintage mixing consoles and today's technology to provide a unique, totally discrete circuit that goes beyond the limitations of integrated circuits. AudioFuse's 24-bit AD/DA (Analogue-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analogue) convertors are of the latest generation, delivering audio with startling transparency (at up to 192kHz sampling rate). In conjunction with Arturia's advanced clocking system they guarantee extremely accurate timing. Sounds serious? It is. Quite literally.
Like what you're hearing? How about this, then. AudioFuse has been directly developed with workflow of musicians in mind. Need to adjust the gain on INPUT CHANNEL 1? Turn the topside GAIN 1 knob. Need to switch between two pairs of speakers connected to the rear-mounted (SPEAKER A and SPEAKER B) balanced 1/4-inch outputs? Press the SPEAKER A SPEAKER B button. More level needed for the two front-mounted PHONES outputs (on both 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch connectors)? Turn up the appropriate PHONES knob. Nothing is buried behind convoluted menu-driven access systems, so no need to stop in your tracks and risk stopping the creative flow mid flow while scratching your head trying to work out what to do next. Quite the opposite, in fact. For everything is directly accessible and controllable. Which is how it surely should be.
Modern-day musicians more often than not need to connect a variety of equipment to an audio interface. Here, too, AudioFuse succeeds and even exceeds in meeting their expectations. Everything -- microphones, instruments, turntables, pro audio equipment, Macs, PCs, tablets... even iOS and Android smart phones -- can be directly connected with minimum fuss and maximum flexibility, thanks to clearly-labelled ADAT, MIDI, phono, S/PDIF, Word Clock, USB, XLR/ balanced 1/4-inch combo connections, to name but a few... the lengthy list goes on. One thing's for sure: never has so much been so professionally packaged into something so small.
Speaking of which, AudioFuse also acts as a three-port USB/MIDI hub as well as offering a TALKBACK feature (to give directions to talent in another room using the built-in microphone) and INSERT connections (to add external line level devices, such as compressors or other effects processing, into the signal flow before the digital conversion stage). Enjoy zero-latency DIRECT monitoring of recorded signals then blend them into the COMPUTER mix courtesy of another clearly-labelled knob.
Knowing that each and every AudioFuse unit has had to pass rigorous testing and even comes complete with its individual measurement chart showing the output plot is another good reason for owning one. An aluminium chassis toughened to withstand the rigours of the road together with its eye-catching leather-covered top ensures that AudioFuse looks as good as it sounds. Its well-thought-through user interface ensures that it is easy to use while maintaining that all-important creative workflow. Working with AudioFuse is an unforgettable and enjoyable experience... a next-generation audio interface, indeed!
Pricing and Availability: AudioFuse will be shipping in Spring 2015 and available to buy in a choice of silver, grey, and black colour finishes from Arturia online or through the company's global network of dealers and retailers for €549.00 EUR/$599.00 USD.