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Alesis io 2 Portable 2-Channel 24-bit 48kHz USB Audio MIDI Interface   

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The Alesis iO|2 USB audio/MIDI interface boasts a heavy-duty, bead-blasted aluminum housing and 24-bit/48kHz conversion quality. It's rugged and port...Click To Read More About This Product

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Surprisingly small, tough-as-nails, and unbeatably priced.

The Alesis iO|2 USB audio/MIDI interface boasts a heavy-duty, bead-blasted aluminum housing and 24-bit/48kHz conversion quality. It's rugged and portable with switches and knobs securely attached. It has 2 channels with XLR and 1/4" inputs, dual preamps with 48V phantom power, input meter, 1/4" TRS inserts, MIDI I/O, S/PDIF I/O, headphone jack, 1/4" balanced outputs, and USB port.

USB power means no looking for an outlet. The io|2 uses ultralow latency ASIO 2.0 drivers and comes with Cubase LE software. It's perfect for computer-based project studios, laptop-based portable recording setups, and electronic musicians.

FEATURES
  • USB audio interface
  • 2 channels
  • 24-bit/48kHz A/D/A conversion
  • 2 XLR mic inputs with 48V phantom power
  • 2 - 1/4" balanced line inputs
  • 1/4" balanced main outputs
  • 1/4" TRS inserts
  • Headphone jack
  • 4 segment signal/clip LED meters
  • Ultra low-latency ASIO 2.0 drivers
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • USB powered
  • Low power usage
  • Bundled with Steinberg Cubase LE
  • 7"W x 5"H x 8"D
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2.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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YOU pay for what you get!

This is no platinum sounding interface, but it does a pretty good job all the same. I have used it with two large condensers on marimba, upright bass, piano and drums, and...Read complete review

This is no platinum sounding interface, but it does a pretty good job all the same. I have used it with two large condensers on marimba, upright bass, piano and drums, and have been very pleased with the outcome. Definately nothing to complain about nor rave about. I dig it, i think it will do nicely for archiving ideas, and using for midi. The sound quality is fair, but you do have to push the pres a bit to get those sounds you are looking for. Pretty sweet for recording odd things outside and beyond. As an expiremental artist i will say the mobile feature takes home the blue ribbon. I am definately happy with this purchase and hope that it will last me a good while.

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Underpowered mic preamps

I'm using my iO/2 in GarageBand 3.0.2 on an Intel iMac Dual Core running at 2GHz with 1.5GB of RAM. I hooked up a 48v condenser mic that had always provided low-noise,...Read complete review

I'm using my iO/2 in GarageBand 3.0.2 on an Intel iMac Dual Core running at 2GHz with 1.5GB of RAM. I hooked up a 48v condenser mic that had always provided low-noise, clear, high-gain sound through another mixer. I plugged the iO/2 into the iMac with the provided USB cord, plugged the mic into channel 1 of the iO/2 (made sure the cable was securely connected into the mic and unit) turned the switches on the unit to mono and mic and analog, flipped the phantom power switch, dialed up the gain on channel 1 all the way and turned the monitoring to direct. I cranked the headphone gain all the way up and could barely hear someone speaking through the mic. The 48v light was on, but none of the level LEDs were lighting up, even though the speaker was talking loudly into the mic. Tried as I could, I could not get the unit to produce recordable gain.Out of desperation to get the project done, I plugged in a rackmounted Nady 2-channel limiter/compressor via the insert on channel 1 and cranked up the (very low noise) output gain all the way on that channel. Finally, I had good gain to complete the recording!The mic preamp is vastly underpowered. What good is a mobile product that efficiently uses laptop power when the unit requires an additional preamp to provide usable levels?

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1.0

terrible

By New fan of Fender Blacktop HH

from Colorado mountains

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I bought this Alesis, and an EMU 0404 USB, recorded the same acoustic guitar riff into each, the Alesis pre amps were so muddy I couldn't believe it even came to market, and by comparison, the EMU/Creative pre amps produced a crystal clear recording that pleasantly shocked our local DJ. Avoid Alesis.

 
1.0

Junk

By DLJR

from Orlando

The mic pre's are noisy. SPDIF never worked. Alesis failed on this product.

 
3.0

a couple of things you should know

By alejo-4-gQe

from Undisclosed

this interface has a lot of driver issues, you most likely will have to use it with asio4all. if you have a logitech webcam it might not work. it also doesnt work with some multiple usb adapters. its not too great on laptops but seems pretty solid on desktops. ive had mine for a year and a half and theres a lot of noise on the volume knob already. other than that, it actually has pretty good sound quality. im buying a macbook soon, hopefully it wont give me any problems.

 
5.0

BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK

By ultradust

from Dallas, TX

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I have been producing pro audio for about 10 years; I know at lot of gear and have seen a lot of junk. This unit is stellar. Driver installation took literally 25 seconds; after plugging in the USB cable for the first time, the unit powered up almost instantly, applied the drivers and was ready to record within one minute. The sound quality is amazing for a portable unit; the signal is pristine and pop/click-free. The levels from a Rode NT1000 were hot enough to more than clip if I wanted to. I highly recommend this unit for anyone wanting a high-quality portable recording solution.

 
2.0

u can not rely on it !!!

By Ayman

from Egypt

i got this Alesis IO2. it has the following problems :-1- it has major DRIVERS problems. i have to keep plugging and unplugging it untill it responds.2- there is LATENCY in the direct monitoring.3- lots of problems with MIDI ; smetimes it plays and holds some notes. and sometimes it gives a strange distortion when i use the midi on CUBASE SX3, and i have to restart the cubase. i'm sure it's the CUBASE problem, because i've been using it for years with an M-AUDIO DELTA1010 and never faced any problem.4- i tried to contact the customer and technical service but it seems that they are not free to solve the customers problems.

 
1.0

Bad Product

By MTWest

from Maine

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Driver issues up the wazzoo. I'm an experienced programmer and musician, and after trying a number of fixes, it all boils down to one thing: the Alesis io|2 is a bad, inconsistent, and unreliable product. As with other users, I will never buy an Alesis product again. Instead, I'm returning mine and getting an Edirol UA-25. My friend (Fruity Loops beta Tester) owns one and suggested it.

 
2.0

No longer works

By mmmk

from Undisclosed

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Good features, looks nice. However after I updated my operating system(OS X), input no longer works. Now I can no longer use inputs. So it's worthless at this point. Although I do like the device, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

 
5.0

Awesome little Interface!

By Carol-86_ZX

from New England

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I bought this to primarily record ideas and demos on the road into my laptop. This thing rocks! Preamps are more than adequate and very quiet. Tough little monster, too, I've dropped it a bunch of times. Well worth the $$!

 
4.0

YOU pay for what you get!

By kendall janacek

from Austin, TX

This is no platinum sounding interface, but it does a pretty good job all the same. I have used it with two large condensers on marimba, upright bass, piano and drums, and have been very pleased with the outcome. Definately nothing to complain about nor rave about. I dig it, i think it will do nicely for archiving ideas, and using for midi. The sound quality is fair, but you do have to push the pres a bit to get those sounds you are looking for. Pretty sweet for recording odd things outside and beyond. As an expiremental artist i will say the mobile feature takes home the blue ribbon. I am definately happy with this purchase and hope that it will last me a good while.

 
2.0

Underpowered mic preamps

By Quackman-Rqi2D

from California

I'm using my iO/2 in GarageBand 3.0.2 on an Intel iMac Dual Core running at 2GHz with 1.5GB of RAM. I hooked up a 48v condenser mic that had always provided low-noise, clear, high-gain sound through another mixer. I plugged the iO/2 into the iMac with the provided USB cord, plugged the mic into channel 1 of the iO/2 (made sure the cable was securely connected into the mic and unit) turned the switches on the unit to mono and mic and analog, flipped the phantom power switch, dialed up the gain on channel 1 all the way and turned the monitoring to direct. I cranked the headphone gain all the way up and could barely hear someone speaking through the mic. The 48v light was on, but none of the level LEDs were lighting up, even though the speaker was talking loudly into the mic. Tried as I could, I could not get the unit to produce recordable gain.Out of desperation to get the project done, I plugged in a rackmounted Nady 2-channel limiter/compressor via the insert on channel 1 and cranked up the (very low noise) output gain all the way on that channel. Finally, I had good gain to complete the recording!The mic preamp is vastly underpowered. What good is a mobile product that efficiently uses laptop power when the unit requires an additional preamp to provide usable levels?

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