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Old 10th January 2018
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JoeCo introduces best in class Cello interface

JoeCo introduces best in class Cello interface with 384k recording and 125 db dynamic range. Renowned UK manufacturer introduces desktop interface with category-defining feature set including new Adaptive Conversion technology.

With 125 dB dynamic range, operation up to 384k and the world-renowned build quality of one of professional audio's most trusted brands, JoeCo is proud to introduce Cello, its first desktop audio interface, making its debut at the 2018 NAMM Show.

Created to deliver the ultimate combination of high-end performance and classic design, Cello is a 22 input, 4 output USB 2.0 interface for Mac and PC, boasting a true analogue front end and remarkable 384k recording, all for the extremely competitive suggested retail price of $899. With its tactile control surface, Cello brings the classic era of electronics straight to your studio, offering an irresistible invitation to take advantage of one of the audio industry's most advanced feature sets.

The cutting-edge specification includes a carefully curated selection of dedicated effects for Cello's new preamp design, developed in house by JoeCo. Adaptive Conversion technology, offering new ADC and DAC filtering options, enables users to tailor the performance of their Cello depending on their choice of sample rate and the source they are recording – a world first in this price bracket. JoeCo's exclusive new Top+ algorithm provides high-end sparkle for added energy and expanse. In addition, JoeCo's already world-famous clocking algorithms have been rewritten especially for Cello.

All of this comes in a compact interface that sets a new standard in digital conversion clarity and sonic imaging. With sharp stereo imaging and unequalled transient accuracy, Cello can handle the demands of high-end sound design with ease. Users can expect to capture an authentic analogue warmth blended with the crisp precision of one of the world's most advanced recording devices.

Also at the heart of Cello's unique appeal is JoeCo's famous rock solid reliability. Based in Cambridge, JoeCo is the company behind the award-winning BLACKBOX range of professional multi-track recorders and BLUEBOX interface recorders. For a decade, JoeCo products have been the choice of thousands of audio industry professionals working in mission critical applications including major concert tours, live television broadcasts and more. When professionals demand the best possible audio quality coupled with technology they can trust, they choose JoeCo.

"We are known as a provider of absolutely dependable professional audio solutions, and we believe that everyone deserves to benefit from that same quality," explained JoeCo Managing Director, Joe Bull. "Cello is designed and built in the UK to the same no compromises standard as every other product in our range - the highest specification features and the best audio quality available, all for a price you can afford."

Other Cello features include a built in talkback microphone and on-board monitor controls. At the front end, the two microphone inputs include discrete analogue mic preamps with 80 dB gain, Hi-pass filter, Pad and Phase Reverse, with two dedicated preamp only channels to ensure signal purity.

Inserts points are incorporated in both mic channels for outboard equipment. S/PDIF and 16 channels of Adat Lightpipe input are provided for use with external preamps. Mastering grade monitor outputs ensure the best results, while the unit can also accept external wordclock.

"Cello represents a step forward in every sense," concludes Bull, "and it has a touch of analogue style that's hard to resist. We're very proud to introduce what we believe is the best audio interface in this price range, bar none".

Cello will make its worldwide debut at the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim California, between January 25th and 29th, on booth 12106, and is due to ship in the second quarter of 2018.
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Old 10th January 2018
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Nice. Inserts on the mic pre's. I really like the Bluebox pre's so I'm sure these will sound amazing. I predict the design will look a lot cooler in the future rather than now.
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I predict the design will look a lot cooler in the future rather than now.
Seriously, could they make it look any more boring???
Old 10th January 2018
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Seriously, could they make it look any more boring???
Yeah. Not so sure about the graphics but, in practice, those knurled knobs, buttons, meters and screen, look to have good ergonomics; so I guess I would learn to live with it...until it becomes 'cool.'
Old 10th January 2018
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note to self: hire professional graphic designer before releasing interface - or at least consult with one for 1 minute to avoid disaster
Old 12th January 2018
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Typical GS reaction

I mean, if you look at lake people etc high end professional gear, does it not always look like this? As in, the same engineer(s) who built the guts also built the case?
If judging by looks alone, this looks like something true professionals use instead of the prosumer looks-first garbage that is sold by the truckloads at GC

If this indeed is the business, I will upgrade to this board no doubt. Any idea if it is class compliant USB though?
Old 12th January 2018
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If judging by looks alone, this looks like something true professionals use instead of the prosumer looks-first garbage that is sold by the truckloads at GC
Agreed. It's ugly as sin, but that means they didn't hire a marketing team and industrial design team to make something pretty. Those savings are transferred on to the customer.
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Agreed. It's ugly as sin, but that means they didn't hire a marketing team and industrial design team to make something pretty. Those savings are transferred on to the customer.
I bet you drive a Prius.....

Old 12th January 2018
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I kinda like the look!
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I kinda like the look!
Yeah, it's future-retro. The legends look like they're laser-cut.
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22input?

Nm just reread
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Seriously, could they make it look any more boring???
My reaction was the exact opposite: first interface ever I would be tempted to buy just based on the visuals. So refreshingly different!
Old 12th January 2018
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Looks well made - that's beautiful to me.

Can we see that back?
Old 13th January 2018
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No 768k? Dealkiller.
Old 14th January 2018
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This looks really nice - two questions....

1. Is it better to get a USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt interface so it is easy to track with plugins at low latency? Is there any real benefit to buying an interface that is USB 2.0 any more - especially with good Thunderbolt ones being in the same price range?

2. I don't see a picture of the back - is there ADAT out to expand outputs?

It does look nice but just wondering if it I might be better to get something like the presonus quantum or Motu 828es for the same basic price? I'm in the market for a new interface so just getting some opinions on these things - thanks!

Blessings!
Old 14th January 2018
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It does look nice but just wondering if it I might be better to get something like the presonus quantum or Motu 828es for the same basic price?
I am also looking to upgrade my aging audio interface and for the moment I am pretty much set on Presonus Quantum for its ultra low latency, excellent sound and a number of analogue I/O that I need.

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This looks really nice - two questions....

1. Is it better to get a USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt interface so it is easy to track with plugins at low latency? Is there any real benefit to buying an interface that is USB 2.0 any more - especially with good Thunderbolt ones being in the same price range?

2. I don't see a picture of the back - is there ADAT out to expand outputs?

It does look nice but just wondering if it I might be better to get something like the presonus quantum or Motu 828es for the same basic price? I'm in the market for a new interface so just getting some opinions on these things - thanks!

Blessings!
For the best info on latency, see this thread:Audio Interface - Low Latency Performance Data Base :

It’s bit long but there is an updated table with meticulously tested, comparable latency figures. Some hints: USB 2 or 3.1 doesn’t matter but both can outperform a badly written TB driver. And presonus doesn’t fare too well if I remember correctly (but please correct me if I’m wrong).

Edit: I was indeed wrong see three posts down.

And if JoeCo are reading: please submit a sample for testing to the OP of the mentioned thread. It is, as far as I know, the only reliable comparison database available anywhere.

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Some hints: USB 2 or 3.1 doesn’t matter but both can outperform a badly written TB driver. And presonus doesn’t fare too well
Do you mean stability of Presonus TB driver on a Mac? Never seen a single complaint from any user.

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Do you mean stability of Presonus TB driver on a Mac? Never seen a single complaint from any user.

Andrejs
Sorry, I got mixed up a bit re different suppliers. But anyway: I never mentioned reliability, only latency.
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Sorry, I got mixed up a bit re different suppliers. But anyway: I never mentioned reliability, only latency.
Ah, sorry, but latency figures for Presonus Quantum are lowest possible! You must be confusing something.

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Old 14th January 2018
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Ah, sorry, but latency figures for Presonus Quantum are lowest possible! You must be confusing something.

Andres
Yeah, sorry again. Mixup . The numbers are here: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/12868080-post1578.html. It looks like it’s very close to RME which of course is great.
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So does having USB 2.0 vs Thunderbilt not matter in regards to latency, running plugins as you track and also...(I'm asking because I just don't know) does it have anything to do with having less errors with a low sample buffer (like 32 samples for instance)?
Old 15th January 2018
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Typical GS reaction

I mean, if you look at lake people etc high end professional gear, does it not always look like this? As in, the same engineer(s) who built the guts also built the case?
If judging by looks alone, this looks like something true professionals use instead of the prosumer looks-first garbage that is sold by the truckloads at GC

If this indeed is the business, I will upgrade to this board no doubt. Any idea if it is class compliant USB though?
As far as I know, it is fully USB Audio Class UAC2.0 compliant but I can hopefully confirm that soon.
Old 15th January 2018
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fashionista complainers......
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The JoeCo Blue Box Workstation Recorder is not very special from a latency point of view. It will be interesting to see if they have written their own drivers this time around or whether they continue to use off-the-shelf generic ones.
Old 16th January 2018
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I don't mind the look, solid knobs and buttons
I just want to see the I/O on this thing.
Old 16th January 2018
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I don't mind the look, solid knobs and buttons
I just want to see the I/O on this thing.
Seriously, show us the back!
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The JoeCo Blue Box Workstation Recorder is not very special from a latency point of view. It will be interesting to see if they have written their own drivers this time around or whether they continue to use off-the-shelf generic ones.
6.5 ms round trip.
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at what sample rate, on what OS, with what buffer size?
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at what sample rate, on what OS, with what buffer size?
48kHz; Windows 7 (it operates standalone too); not sure about buffer size.
My review here.
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