The is USB 2. One feature you don’t often see on a unit of this type is a Mono mix button, but the has two of them. At the front and on the far left there are dual XLR audio ins with independent phantom power. Sample rates range from It’s round the back and a faff to reach if the is flightcased. That said, the plug for the supplied PSU has a knurled, screw-on sleeve, so you won’t have to worry about the power cable dropping out after a bout of brutish behaviour.
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ESI ESU review | MusicRadar
Plenty of good bundled software. One feature you don’t often see on a unit of this type is a Mono mix button, but the has two of them. Neat design extends to the hardware unit itself. Mac owners running Leopard will also need to perform a firmware upgrade to get things going. So, you can add ‘character’ in software rather than it being introduced by the interface.
Cons Not much software for Mac users. Image 1 of 2 The ESU’s front panel packs in a lot of connectivity. The on-screen control panel is tidy enough, with level meters for the 16 analogue ins and dual digital ins, plus meters and sliders for the eight outs.
What’s decidedly inconvenient, though, is the location of the power switch. Individual phantom power and pads on the mic inputs. It would be nice to see a FireWire port at rear, rather than USB, and a power switch at front, but these are minor niggles when you take into account how much is on offer to you for so little cash.
Each input has its own pad button alongside comfortingly rubberised level knobs and LED level indicators. The latter can be linked into four pairs if need be and you have the choice of balanced and unbalanced lines.
Image 2 of 2 The remaining inputs and outputs are round the back. Before plugging in and making some noise, a trip to the manufacturer’s website is necessary in order to download the latest Vista or OS X drivers. Above the dual input rotaries channels and and the master level control for all eight outputs and the headphone section, there’s a row of status LEDs.
What really impresses is the ‘s flexibility and, considering the price, build quality. The casing seems road-worthy enough, so for live use, or for those who have numerous hardware synths, it’s an ideal, cost-effective computer audio solution. That’s an awful lot of connectivity for one 1U box. Sample rates range from While guitarists hanker for a signature tone from their audio devices, those making recordings usually want clean sound and that’s what this device delivers.
That said, the plug for the supplied PSU has a knurled, screw-on sleeve, so you won’t have to worry about the power cable dropping out after a bout of brutish behaviour.
ESI Audio ESU1808 USB 2.0 Audio Interface
A press of Mono A enables you to create a mono mix of signals arriving at inputs one and two, while Mono B does the same for inputs three and four. At the front and on the far left there are dual XLR audio ins with independent phantom power.
SU shows the latest audio interface technology for external usage on notebook and desktop computers. It appears, however, that the bulk of the software bundle is Windows-only, so Mac users might be a little miffed.
The is USB 2. It’s round the back and a faff to reach if the is flightcased. ESI has gone to the trouble of bundling a good deal of sound-colouring software, though, as well as Steinberg’s Cubase 4 LE sequencer for Mac and PC and a special edition of modular soft synth Tassman. So, if you suffer from that annoying phenomenon of only being able to hear a signal on just the left or right stereo channel, pressing the buttons will centre the sound.
In operation, the ESU sounds as an audio interface should: