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IK Multimedia

AXE I/O

2-In / 5-Out Premium USB Audio Interface

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IK Multimedia

AXE I/O

2-In / 5-Out Premium USB Audio Interface

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  • Key Info

IK Multimedia AXE I/O is a 2-In / 5-Out Premium USB Audio Interface that features Selectable Active/Passive/discrete JFET/Pure instrument preamp & Patent pending Z-TONE™ input for a tonal palette never heard before

Delivery

UK Delivery

FREE Next Working Day Delivery on orders over £49.00.

Orders placed before 4pm will normally be dispatched the same day and will be delivered on the next working day between 9am and 6pm.

Delivery Upgrade Options (Over £49)

  • Pre 12.00pm Next Working Day - £4.99
  • Pre 10.30am Next Working Day - £14.69
  • Saturday / Sunday - £14.99

International Delivery

Delivery is charged at a flat rate of £21. The following list of countries are available at checkout:

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Returns

Flexible 30 Day Returns Period

If for whatever reason, you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can return it to Music Matter within 30 days of receiving the item.

You must return an item in the same condition as it was received, not altered in any way, as well as including:

  • All original packaging such as boxes, bags and tag
  • Accessories such as cables and remote controls
  • Certificates, manuals and warranty cards
  • Free gifts or bonus items including software
  • All items included in a bundle

No Returns / Exchange On

  • Software where the item has been unsealed.
  • Software serial codes delivered by email

Click here to view our full Returns Policy.

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Warranty

Minimum 12 Months Warranty

All new & used goods supplied by Music Matter are warranted free from defects for 12 months from the date of supply (unless otherwise stated).

Extended Warranty

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Overview

Since IK pioneered guitar amp & effects modeling in 2002, IK Multimedia has spent more time studying guitar and amp recording than possibly anyone else on the planet. Modeling over 400 pieces of gear has required tens of thousands of hours painstakingly measuring the interactions between instruments, pickups and amplifier circuits, not to mention the cooperation of the world’s most iconic guitar players, amplifier manufacturers, and engineers to learn how to create and capture great guitar tones.

AXE I/O is a professional 2 in/5 out audio interface – and controller - designed specifically with the needs of the recording guitarist in mind, providing best-in-class sound quality and powerful features aimed squarely at making your recordings faster, easier and better than ever.

AXE I/O offers an exclusive triple-topology, fully discrete input circuit, with both PURE and JFET input stages, to go from transparent to tube-like with just a single switch.

Its patent-pending Z-Tone™ impedance-adapting circuit interacts with your guitar's pick-ups to give you a massive range of tonal flexibility, you’ve never heard before.

Plus AXE I/O includes a dedicated Amp Out, so you can process your recording with real guitar amps and stomps without the need for external accessories (and without having to unplug your existing connections!). This low-noise out also eliminates ground loops, to keep even the highest-gain re-amplification as quiet as possible.

And AXE I/O seamlessly integrates with the included AmpliTube 4 Deluxe to select presets and control values via the front input knob, and lets you connect pedals and switches to get the most from your virtual rig without ever taking your hands off your axe.

Every element of AXE I/O has been created with no-compromise quality and real-world usefulness.

A truly high-end audio interface for everybody

117 dB dynamic range, 3 Hz – 32 kHz frequency response, up to 1 MOhm impedance – these aren’t the specs you typically find on instrument inputs. But they’re essential to capturing the most accurate details of your performance, for coaxing the best performance from your instrument, and for keeping your sound pure and transparent.

AXE I/O provides 2 Hi-Z front ¼" inputs for guitars and basses, 2 rear combo inputs with phantom power to connect mics and line instruments, and clear precision front peak meters to conveniently monitor the signal level at the channels input. Two floating balanced outputs, two unbalanced and one floating unbalanced Amp out plus a high-current headphone out let you connect monitors, mains and headphones, with independent volume for both. A Monitor knob makes it easy to blend direct monitoring and the audio from your computer for zero latency monitoring.

24-bit, 192 kHz conversion and an ultra-stable, low jitter internal clock ensures the highest fidelity, whether you’re capturing vocals, acoustic instruments, amplified guitar or just direct signal for use with AmpliTube.

Your guitar’s golden channel AXE I/O’s main channel offers 3 different circuit topologies – that means you have 3 different options to adapt to any type of guitar, pick-up and style so you can always dial in the perfect tone from any instrument.

PURE: a completely transparent and ultra-accurate instrument preamp that won’t color your sound in any way.

JFET: a Class A JFET input buffer to add subtle harmonic enhancement. A slight midrange focus adds warmth, giving you more tonal options from the same instrument.

ACTIVE: bypasses unnecessary gain stages when using active pick-ups, to keep your signal path as direct, transparent and clean as possible.

All three stages offer 117 dB dynamic range to ensure the cleanest signal. And the 3 Hz – 32 kHz frequency response preserves the full sonic impact of your instrument. Unlike the 20 Hz bass response in budget interfaces, AXE I/O captures the full impact of even the deepest bass and won’t artificially cut off sounds above 20 kHz.

PURE mic preamps for transparent recording

When it comes to recording with microphones, AXE I/O offers two PURE mic preamps designed for transparent and clean recording.

These mic pres offer a wide, flat frequency response: 5 Hz to 32 kHz, ± 0.5 dB (at 96 kHz) to avoid unwanted coloration and perfectly preserve the sonic character of your acoustic guitar, piano or other instrument, and maintain the signature of whichever mics you connect.

They offer 116 dB of dynamic range, for ultra-quiet sound perfect for recording even the most delicate instruments, but make it easy to also pull back and record the loudest amp stack.

Tone and feel like you’ve never heard

Guitar pickups can dramatically change their character depending on the impedance of your preamp. Many guitar amps offer a load of 1 MOhms, while pedals can run much lower. That’s why the tone and responsiveness of your guitar can change so much when plugging into different gear.

AXE I/O’s patent pending Z-TONE™ circuit lets you dial in impedance from 1 MOhm (“sharp”) down to 2.2 kOhms (“bold”) that interacts with your pick-ups.

At the maximum impedance, you’ll find your sound tighter, sharper and more precise. Lighten the load and the sound becomes more thick and bold.

You’ll quickly find yourself using this to give your guitars even more sonic character – with just a few minutes’ experimentation you can dial in a sound that fits the mix beautifully, as if it's been EQ’d.

Highlights

Connections

  • 2 in / 5 out (one low-noise Amp out)
  • 2 ultra-low noise mic in/balanced line in
  • Triple topology guitar input with Z-TONE™
  • 2 balanced monitor out / 2 line out
  • Reference headphones out
  • 2 fully configurable external control input
  • MIDI input/output
  • USB 2.0 compatible with Mac/PC
Best-in-class guitar tone
  • Selectable Active/Passive/discrete JFET/Pure instrument preamp
  • Patent pending Z-TONE™ input for a tonal palette never heard before
  • Amp out can connect to amps and stomps without ground noise
  • Connect up to 2 expression pedals, single and double-switches
  • Fully assignable data-knob – for AmpliTube preset browsing and more
  • Built-in Tuner
  • Rugged/compact metal housing
  • Includes AmpliTube 4 Deluxe
Premium studio sound
  • High-resolution ultra low-noise Class A microphone preamps
  • Best-in-class conversion and superior analog design
  • Asynchronous USB audio, ultra low conversion jitters for premium quality
  • 117dB dynamic range
  • Includes control software
  • Up to 192 kHz sampling rate
  • Includes 10 T-RackS high-end plug-ins and Ableton Live 10 Lite

Technical Specifications

Common

  • Conversion: 24-bit A/D, 24-bit D/A
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz
  • Power: DC IN
  • Device Connection: USB B-Type 2.0
  • Enclosure: metal sheet
Line Outputs 1-2 (Monitor)
  • Configuration: Electronically balanced and floating, automatically compensates level when connection is balanced or unbalanced, tip hot.
  • Output impedance: 150 Ohms balanced, 75 Ohms unbalanced
  • Output Level: 0 dBFS corresponds to +21 dBu
  • Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
  • Dynamic Range: 116 dB(A)
  • THD+N: -106 dB(A) at -1 dBFS
  • Channels 1-2 crosstalk: 115 dB(A)
Line Outputs 3-4
  • Configuration: Unbalanced
  • Output impedance: 75 Ohms
  • Output Level: 0 dBFS corresponds to +16 dBu
  • Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
  • Dynamic Range: 115 dB(A)
  • THD+N: -102 dB(A)
  • Channels 3-4 crosstalk: 112 dB(A)
Output 5 (Amp output)
  • Configuration: Unbalanced, floating, with selectable ground lift
  • Output impedance: 100 Ohms
  • Output Level: 0 dBFS corresponds to -6 dBu
  • Frequency response: From 10 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
  • Dynamic Range: 110 dB(A)
  • THD+N: -104 dB(A)
Headphones Out
  • Output impedance: Virtually ideal source (zero Ohms) until clipping
  • Maximum Output level: +12 dBu into 50 Ohms load (approx 180 mW)
  • Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
  • Dynamic Range: 112 dB(A)
  • THD+N: -100 dB(A)
Mic Inputs 1-2
  • Configuration: Class-A discrete differential microphone preamp, pin 2 hot
  • Input impedance: 4 kOhms differential
  • Input level, min gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a +12 dBu signal at the XLR input
  • Input level, max gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a -37 dBu signal at the XLR input
  • Frequency response: From 5 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
  • Dynamic Range: 116 dB(A)
  • THD+N: -106 dB(A) at -10 dBFS
Line Inputs 1-2
  • Configuration: Class-A discrete differential line receiver, tip hot
  • Input impedance: 20 kOhms differential
  • Input level, min gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a +26 dBu signal at the TRS input
  • Input level, max gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a -24 dBu signal at the TRS input
  • Frequency response: From 5 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
  • Dynamic Range: 116 dB(A)
  • THD+N: -106 dB(A) at -10 dBFS
Instrument Inputs 1
  • Configuration: Multiple topology instrument preamp
  • Input impedance, PASSIVE mode: Variable from 1 MOhms down to 2.2 kOhms
  • Input impedance, ACTIVE mode: 10 kOhms
  • Input level, min gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a +14 dBu signal at the TS input
  • Input level, max gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a -17 dBu signal at the TS input
  • Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
  • Dynamic Range: 117 dB(A)
  • THD, PURE mode: 0.0015 %
  • THD, JFET mode: 0.5 %
Instrument Inputs 2
  • Configuration: Hi-Z instrument preamp
  • Input impedance: 1 MOhms
  • Input level, min gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a +14 dBu signal at the TS input
  • Input level, max gain: 0 dBFS is obtained with a -17 dBu signal at the TS input
  • Frequency response: From 3 Hz to 32 kHz within 0.5 dB (96 kHz sample rate)
  • Dynamic Range: 117 dB(A)
  • THD: 0.006%
Connections and Controls
SKU IK-AXE-IO
Brand IK Multimedia
Colour No
Condition New
Audio Interface Connectivity No
Number of Inputs No
Number Of Outputs No
Number of Mic Preamps No
Bit Depth No
Resolution No
Form Factor No
Input Type No
Output Type No
Operating System No
Included DAW Software No
Bus Powered No
Phantom Power No
EAN 8025813785038

Delivery

UK Delivery

FREE Next Working Day Delivery on orders over £49.00.

Orders placed before 4pm will normally be dispatched the same day and will be delivered on the next working day between 9am and 6pm.

Delivery Upgrade Options (Over £49)

  • Pre 12.00pm Next Working Day - £4.99
  • Pre 10.30am Next Working Day - £14.69
  • Saturday / Sunday - £14.99

International Delivery

Delivery is charged at a flat rate of £21. The following list of countries are available at checkout:

Click here to view our delivery options

Returns

Flexible 30 Day Returns Period

If for whatever reason, you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can return it to Music Matter within 30 days of receiving the item.

You must return an item in the same condition as it was received, not altered in any way, as well as including:

  • All original packaging such as boxes, bags and tag
  • Accessories such as cables and remote controls
  • Certificates, manuals and warranty cards
  • Free gifts or bonus items including software
  • All items included in a bundle

No Returns / Exchange On

  • Software where the item has been unsealed.
  • Software serial codes delivered by email

Click here to view our full Returns Policy.

Payments

Secure Online Payment Powered By Sage Pay 

We accept the following debit / credit cards:

Card Payments

Paypal

Pay for your item(s) in just a few clicks with PayPal. PayPal

Finance

Klarna Retail Finance

Instant Online Finance With Klarna

Finance is a great way to spread the cost of your purchase.

To make it easy we’ve teamed up with Klarna Retail Finanace whose smart technology lets you apply for and complete the loan application quickly and entirely online.

Quick and Easy

Simply add the items to your basket and at the checkout, select the Klarn finance option that suits you.

The quick application form should take no more than a couple of minutes to complete and you’ll receive an instant decision.

Click here for more information about applying for finance.

Warranty

Minimum 12 Months Warranty

All new & used goods supplied by Music Matter are warranted free from defects for 12 months from the date of supply (unless otherwise stated).

Extended Warranty

Many manufacturers offer a free extended warranty upon registration.

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