NAMM 2020 VIDEO: Audient’s affordable EVO audio interfaces will set your recording gain automatically

NAMM 2020: Having wowed us with the quality of its iD4 audio interface, Audient is making another play at the budget end of the market with the EVO range. Focusing on making recording easy, this contains two models: EVO 4 and EVO 8.

We caught up with Audient on the NAMM showfloor. For more info, read on, or watch the video above.

Promising to combine “an intuitive user experience with application-specific features and stunning aesthetics,” the EVOs feature a new mic preamp design with 58dB gain range, converters with 113dB dynamic range, a JFET instrument input, speaker/headphone outputs, low-latency performance, monitor mix and loopback functionality and class-compliant USB-C connectivity.

There’s also the new Smartgain feature, which automatically sets the gain level when the user starts playing or singing. “This is perfect for anyone who wants to focus on being creative, or perhaps is just starting out,” says Audient Marketing director Andy Allen. “Of course pros can still dial in the gain manually, if they choose - as well as benefiting from other features they’d expect from a professional audio interface.”

The EVO 4 is a 2-in/2-out audio interface with two mic preamps. The EVO 8 adds an extra two mic pres, a second pair of speaker outputs and a second headphone output. Both interfaces also include Smart Touchpoints, which appear to be touch-sensitive controls.

The EVO 4 is set to ship in the first quarter of 2020 priced at $129/£100/€119, with the EVO 8 following shortly after at $199/£159.99/€189.99. Find out more on the Audient website.

Audient EVO

(Image credit: Audient)
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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