Coinciding with their announcement of Reason 6 and Reason Essentials, Propellerhead are taking their first step into the third dimension with the unveiling of Balance, a 2/2 USB bus powered audio interface. 24/96 recording quality and a heap of inputs, including two XLR mics with+48v, two guitar ins with a pad, and two stereo 1/4″ inputs.
interesting features include the ‘Clip Safe’ dynamic level attenuator and an onboard tuner
A headphone and two 1/4″ outputs come out the other end, and which of each you use at any given time is selected atop the unit. We love the look of the unit – it’s something of a design statement and we’re big fans of things out of the norm (the bright red Monkey Banana Turbo monitors we have in for testing at the moment will attest to that. We never want to see them leave!). More interesting features include the ‘Clip Safe’ dynamic level attenuator and an onboard tuner, and the built in Ignition key will make it easier to use the upcoming Propellerhead software – considering that Balance is only available as part of a package with Reason Essentials but there’s a free update to Reason 6 for existing owners of Reason or Record on purchase we think that Propellerhead are really taking the Studio in a Box idea to the next logical step: including the audio interface.
Balance is out on the 30th of September just like Reason 6 and Essentials, but until then you can take a look at the Propellerhead made video…