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Alesis has announced the new CORE Series of 24-bit USB Audio Interfaces, which they say provide complete, fully integrated recording solutions. Here's the details in Alesis' own words:
CORE Series interfaces offer a full range of recording solutions including XLR+1/4" combo inputs, Mic/Line or Guitar level switching, headphone outputs with level controls for efficient monitoring, and each model ships with a Cubase® 7 LE. CORE 1, a single input/dual output inline interface, is ideal for on-the-go recording or the budget-conscious producer. CORE 2 offers both audio and MIDI connections for full studio integration. Topping out the series is the CORE 8, an eight-channel rack mount interface suited for live or studio applications.
Alesis CORE Highlights:
CORE 1: 1-Channel In-Line USB Audio Interface
CORE 2: 2-Channel Desktop USB 2.0 Audio+MIDI Interface
CORE 8: 8-Channel Rack Mount USB 2.0 Audio Interface
As Alesis Product Manager Nate Lane explains, "Each recording interface in the CORE family was purpose-built for different customers with different primary applications. CORE 1 has a micro-sized aluminum housing that not only makes it portable, but ready to take a beating. CORE 2 shares the same aluminum housing material and takes a step up with high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz recording quality and two built-in USB-powered hubs for additional gear. CORE 8 addresses a different need with a utilitarian 2U rack-mounted interface for the budget-conscious home recordist looking to record drum kits or multiple instruments or vocals at the same time -- all without sacrificing mic preamp or recording quality."
Pricing and Availability:
The CORE Series will have the following respective street prices, CORE 1 ($49.99 USD), CORE 2 ($149.99 USD), CORE 8 ($299.99 USD).
I guess I've been trying to recreate a Korg Electribe all this time..