Audient Introduces Sono Amp Modeling Recording Interface with Tube Preamp Stage

January 11 2019, 00:35
British audio company Audient has teamed up with leading cab simulation pioneers, twonotes audio engineering to present Sono, an audio interface with a tube guitar preamp stage for  guitarists and musicians, featuring powerful modeling capabilities. The combination provides countless tonal options for guitarists, whether they're recording, practicing or playing live. The integrated DSP runs the modeling without latency, with external software only used to configure the multiple simulations. And Sono always records a clean D.I signal, so users can capture performances and re-amp the signal later.

Combining Audient's analog and digital conversion recording technology with the speaker-cab simulation technology from twonotes, Sono features an on-board 12AX7 tube stage and 3-band tone control alongside twonotes Torpedo power amp modeling and cab simulation, all in a compact desktop type unit. 

"With twonotes, the creative possibilities are endless and you can really start dialing in the tones your hear in your head," says marketing manager, Andy Allen. "Choose from a wide range of guitar and bass cab models based on classics such as the Marshall 4x12, Fender 2x12 or Ampeg Fridge, with more tones downloadable from Torpedo Remote if needed. You can even customize everything from the room type, microphone model and placement too, and once you're happy with your sound, you can store your favorite presets on board Sono and play them in standalone mode at any time - without the need for a computer."

Sono allows users to monitor the blending between the guitar input signal and DAW playback, ensuring delay-free recording, playback and monitoring, without the latency problems when tracking with software. In addition, Audient encourages Sono users to integrate their existing pedalboard. "Plug in your favorite distortion, reverb and delay pedals directly into Sono's D.I, dial up a tone and instantly start recording or jamming without the need to mic up and play through a noisy amp (or annoy your neighbors)," Andy explains.

"However, if you do want to record in the more traditional sense, Sono will always record a clean D.I signal, so you can capture your performances as creativity strikes and reamp through your favorite hardware amps later without the need to buy a dedicated re-amp box," he adds. 

Guillaume Pille, twonotes owner, has been a fan of Audient for some time. "Audient interfaces have long been in our list of benchmark products used to try out our plugins and hardware units," he says. "Today, the whole twonotes team is very excited to present what we think is the perfect interface, not only for the guitarist and bassist, but also for any musician who wants to bring color into his recordings."

Alongside the more guitar-centric features, Sono is a powerful interface in its own right, with two Audient console mic pres for studio quality recordings, expandability up to 10 inputs via ADAT for recording drums, class leading converters as well as the unique 'to valve' feature. "Try routing vocal microphones or synths through the classic tube/valve preamp, analog EQ and twonotes processing and start creating crazy new sounds or simply add that classic analog warmth to your recordings," adds Andy.

"Sono is all about developing creativity and providing an easy-to-use gateway into the world of professional audio recording. It really is a fun tool for guitarists and engineers alike. With Sono anything is possible."

Sono is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2019 and will retail at USA MAP $449.
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