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NAMM2015: Arturia AudioFuse

Arturia make some fine hardware, but they have the most egregious press releases in the industry. I received two insanely-long press releases about their new corporate President alone. They've also been teasing a new audio interface and today they are ready to reveal it. The AudioFuse comes in at a whopping $600, with USB for connecting to iOS and Android.

Meaningless Arturia Hyperbole:

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.

Actual Features (that I could make out):

  • 2 Inputs
  • 6 Outputs:
      • 2 Stereo Pairs for Speaker A and Speaker B
      • 1 1/4" Headphone Jack
      • 1 1/8" Headphone Jack

It may do more than that, the press release goes on for 8 paragraphs. I'll be damned if I know exactly what it does though, because no where in those 8 paragraphs does it just come out and say it. Everything is buried in a layer of buzz words.

If you're looking to blow $600 on an audio interface you'll have that opportunity this Spring.

Update: Arturia have now posted an official page for the AudioFuse. If you scroll way the fuck down you'll get this list:

Actual Features:

  • 14 Input, 14 Output channels
  • 4 analog inputs
     • 2x Mic/Instrument/Line
     • 2x Phono/Line
  • 4 analog outputs
  • 2 analog inserts
  • ADAT In & Out
  • S/PDIF In & Out
  • Word Clock In & Out
  • MIDI In & Out
  • 3-port USB hub
  • 2 microphone preamps with DiscretePRO® technology
  • 2 phono RIAA preamps
  • 24-bit latest generation AD/DA converters at up to 192kHz sampling rate.
  • Option for analog soft-clipping
  • A/B speaker switching
  • Direct monitoring
  • Separate Master & Monitor mix channels
  • USB interface with PC, Mac, iOS, Android & Linux compatibility
  • 3 models: Silver, Grey, Black

I just double-checked and the original email did not link to that page. There is still no link to it from the main Arturia News page either. Thanks to reader Koshdukai for finding this hidden gem!

Reader Comments 11

It looks to be a nice box for a laptop/ipad setup for a bedroom or portable solution. Although the hype sure made it sound like it was going to be a higher end unit like an Apollo. I think they could have scrapped the speaker B outputs and saved some money or given us an extra pair of inputs - as a portable solution no one is going to carry two pairs of speakers.

January 22, 2015  | person_outline Roy

I thought they were working on some "no latency" soundcard. Is this it? Doubt it.

January 22, 2015  | person_outline Soltec

Sorry I just don't see anything special here. As in nothing at all.

Along those lines, is someone keeping track of how many times "paradigm shift" has been used at NAMM this year? A slapable offense in my book.

January 22, 2015  | person_outline KDub

Well to give them the benefit of the doubt, the "paradigm shift" was that they combined some of the functionality of the iconnect devices into a traditional audio interface. Of course, it's debatable if that's a "paradigm Shift". I think it's just an evolution of interfaces and eventually all interfaces will provide similar features.

January 22, 2015  | person_outline Roy

Arturia really does make some fine hardware; I've got a Beat Step and a SparkLE and the ratio of Bang / Buck on these li'l toys is huge. But yeah, it sounds like they're a company that suffers a wide gap between design&production and marketing.

I work for an extremely large technology company, and when I see stuff like this, it really makes me wonder what the problem is. Because it's almost certainly not that the entire company is borked. It could be a single person in a key role who holds mandatory brainstorming sessions to come up with terms like "AudioFuse®" and "DiscretePRO®" because that's what they were taught in MBA school. Or maybe they're, like, totally hot and have some VP wrapped around their little finger. The frustrating thing is to work for a company like this and watch how the products sell well because they're awesome despite the dillweed(s) in marketing who are happily accepting all of the credit.

January 22, 2015  | person_outline Mister Pickle

+1 Mister Pickle ..... (sigh) Marketing Kids

January 22, 2015  | person_outline KDub

Don't be too harsh .... It does bring together a few features that I want packaged nearly together. It's not that these things don't exist on other units, or there aren't workarounds on other interfaces, but trying to find them all in one box is hard.... try it!

I'm talking about ....

seperate mic pre controls for each input ... with phase and pads
Two headphone outs ( 1/4 and 1/8 inch ) on the front... with big level knobs ( cable clutter on back )
MIDI I/O
Monitor switching
Big volume knob
a built in talkback mic
Word clock
Digital inputs

Oh and able to be powered by an iPad! Wow.

We'll see if it sounds good ... But if it does I can't think of anything out there that has all this in- the-box.
I'll be looking for reviews....

January 23, 2015  | person_outline Lee Faulkner

I would prefer the possibility to charge an iPad, but this seems to be impossible. So it's useless for me and for almost everybody being productive with an iPad. So I keep waiting for the iConnect Audio 4+.

January 23, 2015  | person_outline Nik

@Nik
Critiquing the above hardware based on a limitation created by Apple is the only useless thing I see.

January 23, 2015  | person_outline Sonicflux

What limitation is that? My iconnectMIDI4+ charges my iPad. It's sweet.

January 24, 2015  | person_outline Mister Pickle

iTrack Dock charges ipad too, officially supported by Apple.

January 26, 2015  | person_outline jeikkonen
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