We first brought you news of this one from the Frankfurt MESSE show back in March and now TC Electronic has let us know that its Konnekt 8 audio
Interface is shipping.
Basically the same as the Konnekt 24D but without the onboard DSP, TC say that the audio interface provides recording and
performing musicians with the highest possible sound quality from input to the
recording application - which might just be Cubase LE as the software is included with the Konnekt 8 to allow users to start recording right out of the box.
Konnekt 8 features 2 IMPACT mic preamps, which are
switchable to dedicated Hi-Z guitar inputs or balanced line inputs, 2 analog controlled
balanced outputs, 2 AUX line in to monitor external devices, 2 coaxial S/PDIF (stereo)
I/O, sample accurate MIDI and FireWire connectivity. The state-of-the art design allows
the unit to be used as a stand-alone mixer with the front panel light ring providing easy
access, instant control and visual feedback of important mix parameters.
TC say that Konnekt 8 has a number of innovative features that transcend the conventional way of
thinking about audio interfaces...
TC NEAR (Network Expandable Audio Recording)
makes it possible to stack up to four Konnekts together to obtain a massive amount of
I/O. Not only can multiple devices be connected to the computer, but two musicians
each with a networked Konnekt 8 can direct monitor each other in real time.
working with active monitors will appreciate the analog volume control that ensures an
extremely low noise floor. Other monitoring options include two headphone outputs,
one with a speaker muting function that mutes the speaker automatically when the
headphone jack is plugged in.
The Konnekt 8 audio interface is based on the new DICE II digital interface chip from
TC Applied Technologies. DICE II provides a very stable clock rate, crucial to digital
sound quality and it ensures digital signal integrity using patent-pending Jitter
Elimination Technology (JET). Konnekt 8 also includes low latency drivers for Mac OS X (including the new Intel-based Macs), Windows XP and all audio applications that
support WDM, ASIO and Core Audio drivers.
Pricing and Availability:
retails for EUR 320 ex. VAT.