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What happened to Aphex IN2 Audio Interfaces
Old 25th June 2014
  #1
Lives for gear
What happened to Aphex IN2

Anybody having tried it ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb4OI-Wt6wg
Old 27th June 2014
  #2
Gear Head
 

yea and not one review anywhere,,strange.
Old 28th June 2014
  #3
I found it in stock at an online music dealer.
Old 28th June 2014
  #4
Gear Maniac
 

I bought one kinda on a whim. It took over 6 months from the time of the order till it arrived which was about 2 months ago (and isn't Aphex located in Sun Valley? this is about 10 minutes from where I work). It took so long that I forgot about it. My dealer didn't know why it took so long to arrive. Maybe Aphex is having some "issues"? Well I have no real use for it so I haven't even opened the box so I couldn't even say how well the thing performs. My guess is the IN2 would have a hard time competing against the stuff from Apogee and their great marketing. I can however heartily recommend the Aphex Headpod 4 headphone distribution amp. I use that all the time and it's great.
Old 28th June 2014
  #5
Gear Head
 

You bought it but hasn't even tried it?
Seriously dude, take one for the team and try it over the weekend.
please

What could make it a hit is if the latency due to the drivers AND the chip(on pc) makes low latency possible and if the built in optical limiters have a "musical" quality.
Old 10th July 2014
  #6
Gear Head
 

I'm so disappointed with this product.

It does not have direct hardware monitoring or a DSP to help achieve zero-delay monitoring of source audio.
let me explain so that those of you who may not have any or little experience with an external audio interface/sound card can understand.

When you plug an instrument/microphone into the IN2 you can clearly see it receives a signal but you cant hear anything.
You need to connect it to a DAW and from within your chosen program sett up software monitoring, and for this to work you need to have a really strong processor and a fast hard-drive or else you meet "MR latency".

Let me make it even more clear,due to the lack of hardware monitoring you can NOT use this device to play/sing along your favorite tracks on for example Spotify.
That sucks!
I don't know who they made this product for but i do think i know why there are no serious reviews of it and why almost no one seem to wanna sell it.?
Old 25th February 2015
  #7
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Originally Posted by andytheswede View Post
I'm so disappointed with this product.

It does not have direct hardware monitoring or a DSP to help achieve zero-delay monitoring of source audio.
let me explain so that those of you who may not have any or little experience with an external audio interface/sound card can understand.

When you plug an instrument/microphone into the IN2 you can clearly see it receives a signal but you cant hear anything.
You need to connect it to a DAW and from within your chosen program sett up software monitoring, and for this to work you need to have a really strong processor and a fast hard-drive or else you meet "MR latency".

Let me make it even more clear,due to the lack of hardware monitoring you can NOT use this device to play/sing along your favorite tracks on for example Spotify.
That sucks!
I don't know who they made this product for but i do think i know why there are no serious reviews of it and why almost no one seem to wanna sell it.?
Bummer about having to open a daw to route sound from the inputs. I just got one today, and sure enough have to open up pro tools in order to hear my keyboard through the inputs. I thought there might have been something in the control panel, nope. Too bad, as the converters and preamps sound good on this.
Old 26th February 2015
  #8
Gear Head
 

Yea the preamps,the limiting and the ad/da sounded great.
They kind of shot themselves in the foot with this one.
It could have been the next great external soundcard for low/mid end users instead I think it will be discontinued.
Old 26th February 2015
  #9
It reminds of when I had the native instruments komplete audio 6. Inputs 3&4 had no sound, and I was pulling my hair out wondering what was going on, until I found out they worked through the daw as well. I do like the sound of the aphex, and I haven't made up my mind whether I want to get rid of it or not - I am really impressed with the sound. For a workaround, I named a pro tools session "aphex" and saved it, so I could just open it up on the fly when I want to hear the inputs on the aphex. An aphex control panel with routing would likely solve this problem. I ran itunes at the same time I was running the pro tools session to control the inputs on the aphex. There were no issues running both at the same time. I just look at it as the pro tools being my "control panel" for the aphex. I had the h/w buffer size in pro tools down to 64 samples! I haven't been able to do that in a while with the interfaces I've had of late.
Old 27th February 2015
  #10
Ok so for anyone that's interested: I'll admit at first I was going to return the unit, but the da conversion on this unit was just so incredible, and the headphone volume was pumped! I could drive my Sony MDr's with no problem with low volume. And the latency is really incredible for a usb device - reminds me of RME in this regard. So it was a toss-up. I decided to hold on to it, until I could put it through the paces as far as the ad conversion and the preamps. When my new keyboard came in, I put it through the line inputs, and was blown away by the sound. I also have a direct box, which I went through the xlr's on the back, and it sounded fantastic, warm, analog - just like I like my sound. Then I ran a latency test by putting one of my favorite plugins on a track in pro tools. I could use the plugin with different settings and no latency I could detect! I actually put a few plugins on the track just to be sure. So, I'm impressed. I also had another issue where I was getting drop outs, clicks, and the like. I have a newer laptop with usb 3 ports, and it was frustrating with the droputs and stuff. I tried different ports, and it would solve the problem, but then it'd come right back. So what I did was plug it into my usb 2 hub, and haven't had a problem since. So there's my two cents on it. I will be getting a SM7b shortly, and will see how that works out.
Old 25th May 2015
  #11
Gear Maniac
 

Just a follow up:
finally took the IN2 out of the box and have been using it for a few weeks as my "late at night" minimal system with a trash can Mac Pro and Sony headphones playing back Youtube and computer audio plus Ableton Live with a few soft synths (USB2 cable from the IN2 directly into one of the USB3 ports on the Mac Pro). I have been pleasantly surprised how great this unit sounds and functions. I have never recorded anything into the IN2 but just use it as a headphone playback system so no comment on the mic pres. The headphone amp sounds fantastic and I am listening at a very modest volume level so suffice to say that the amp could blow out your ears if you dial in loud volume. I shot it out with an Apogee One (the newer model) and the IN2 sounds better, I'd say much better. I was also using a Dangerous Source which I just love and I think the IN2 headphone amp sounds better. When I first hooked the IN2 up, it was running at 192kHz without me realizing and I didn't encounter a hitch. Now I run at 48kHz and a really low buffer size (I think 128) and I get no hickups with Live (I think the Mac Pro also helps). I basically can't detect any latency when playing my MIDI keyboard. The form factor also works well for me.
So if you are looking for a really simple USB audio interface, you should check this out.
Old 27th February 2017
  #12
Here for the gear
 

Got one for £75 from Bax...fantastic..wish I;d bought the lot
Old 9th June 2018
  #13
Gear Addict
So if the mic pres work fine, how does it operate with the SPDIF/digital output acting as a slave to a master interface? I want to get it to add 2 channels to my 8 channel roland octacapture.
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