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Audient Limited iD14

Audient iD14

3.8 3.8 out of 5, based on 4 Reviews

The Audient 1D14 is a perfect fit for my personal project studio. I've had one since it initially shipped in June 2015.


26th January 2016

Audient iD14 by Mister Gray

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Audient Limited iD14

Sound Quality:
Upgrading from a Scarlett 2i2 to the iD14 was a satisfyingly DISTINCT experience. This was an objective improvement in sound quality coming through my monitors. By my perspective, certainly well beyond the $200 price difference.

That said, this is obviously a very small interface sample size. Take that 5 star score accordingly. I'd score it a 4.5 if I could, for the occasional slight audible crackle when changing headphone volume with the encoder.

Ease of Use
Functionally, this thing is a breeze, both the hardware unit and software interface. Disclosure: I don't do anything complex, and haven't used the ADAT input.

The Mac drivers have been sort of confusing, thus the 4 star rating. Sometimes the updates don't want to install to the applications folder. The troubleshooting guide on the Audient site helps get you there. Firmware was difficult to update in the early versions, but Audient seems to have smoothed that process out significantly.

Features
The instrument DI is sweet, and the quick mute and mode functions work for a one man show like myself. I dig the tactile response of the phantom power switches. It's a nice touch (haha). The dbfs meter/volume indicator gets you in the ballpark, but isn't a precision instrument.

I've never had an issue with headphone volume (except the aforementioned crackle).

The non-bypassable preamps bother me if I get sucked into the internet's audio OCD, but stepping back from those threads brings a healthier perspective, and the preamps sound good anyway (by my estimation).

Aesthetically, it's a solid box that adds a little class to my desk.

Bang for Buck
Off the charts. Hydrogen bomb detonation for the buck. It's so good for $300. Highly recommended.

31st January 2016

Audient iD14 by oretez

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Audient Limited iD14

This, for me, was an impulse purchase. I'd bid on a used ASP800 and lost more on lack of focus than price (went for a ridiculously low price) & being in buying mode I, of course (as I am a long standing member of this web site), had to buy something.

Been a long time fan (as much as I'm a fan of anything) of Audient. Not an uncritical fan but over the years I can't think of a single design of their's that I have used with which I had any serious issues. The original ASP008 had heat issues. The stock fan, when that was added, was noisy but mod to the industrial heavy duty quiet(ish) fan was cheap & easy. (And while it voided warranty I'd had enough experience with Audient for that to not be a concern on two fronts. The first was that I was not expecting any QC issues with the unit. (I'd used a fanless ASP008 regularly w/o encountering problems (other than making sure there was sufficient ventilation, if I'd kept it for 30 yr. it might have had a shorter life than the one with a fan . . . or not)). Additionally all my experience with Audient suggests that if I'd run into a warranty issue with a self-modded unit that they would have been very fair in evaluating situation. For me to have that idea, let alone expressing it is high praise.

When the mico was introduced I wrote a review for print media (un-published) and later in an on-line text blog (not mine) incorporated in a very short list of entry-level 'next step' (beyond pro-sumer interface, pro-sumer compact mixer) pres.

The Audient pres have for me always been work horse units. Clean. Transparent. No matter the marketing hype I was not sure I'd be happy with the new generation Audient gear. The ASP008's were 'blown out' in the UK and if shipping to US had not been an issue I would have picked up another one of those rather than budgeted for either 800 or 880. In that respect bidding on the ASP880 was impulse as well . . . but cheap enough that if I didn't find it useful I could resell it easily.

Saying all of that because I didn't have high expectations for iD14. Expected a discount 'built to price' product. First issue is that I use Linux & WinXP for editing audio and iD14 only goes back to Win7 as far as drivers. A main reason for purchase was for the Adat to USB connection so I thought initially it might not be difficult to build a driver for Linux. Audient has changed suppliers for A/D conversion in their new line of products, migrating to more current TI converters. Additionally with modern manufacturing protocols everything runs from the proprietary DSP chip. Thus even an ADAT out only Linux driver is not a trivial matter. Should have been desperately disappointed.

As it turned out had a call for a very last minute (original guy ran into travel difficulties) session at a 'field' venue. Initially it looked like all I'd have to do is track some drums, perhaps so scratch bass. So with a lunch box & RME converter as front end this looked like a reasonable test for the iD14 (I did bring along back up, which in a way defeats a portion of the test which was for portability). For the kind of project this was I was OK with my API pres plus a pair of what ever the client had (i.e. didn't intend to use the pres on the iD14). As far as the main reason I bought the iD14 it, if anything, exceeded expectations. Highly portable, while I had a pair of laptops try the one not specifically optimized for audio (though it is not a general purpose unit either). It is an elderly Lenovo T61 that has been highly modified over the years and does a good job with audio (dual drives etc.) dual boot Linux Win7. No problems with drivers into Win7. Console is functional with sufficient controls to sync (with RME converter) easily. Only did a single test pass with a couple of tracks then used it simply as one might an old school analog recorder for the next 3 hours.

Session was that mix of challenging but with 'right feel' that at the very end decided to try to nail some bass against the usable perc. with some scratch acoustic guitar. First I used the pres on the iD14 for the guitar. And I was at least mildly surprised at how well they held up in comparison with my 500 pres (primary API, which would not typically be the 1st go to for acoustic rhythm guitar). On at least one track I both DI'd the bass (thru the iD14) and used a MD441 on the cabinet . . . & was quite pleased with how well the id14 DI worked, pleased with easy for setting appropriate balance (with DI) from the dynamic mic. I had not been particularly concerned about getting the 'mix' perfect (since I did not expect to be recording any more of it and it would all just be raw material for whom ever mixed it).

As a USB A/D/A it is never going to have the latency one would want . . . but reality is that is an issue no matter the technology. But capturing the right 'feel' for the bass in conjunction with a rough stereo mix of the drums was in no way (for me) problematic . . . Admittedly the S/W I use does let me compensate for pass thru-loop but one can either spend hours or simply use rule of thumb 'default' . . . would not have been surprised with some drift (adat synic is not really very good, ugly square waves) but for what ever reason (certainly that 'pop' music is of brief duration helps) at this point in the project using the iD as the playback source to over dub bass was not a deal breaker.

I am aware that over all high marks (in the 1-5) are primarily because it exceeded expectations. Have no idea how it compares with iD22. Believe Audient when it says that pres are equivalent to their other pres, though would still not tend to use them if phantom power were needed . . . not because of any experienced problems, I remain prejudiced against wall warts, switched power for most audio needs (& if I have to carry independent phantom power that decreases items portabilty). Rough feeling is that overall RME Silver 'feels' subjectively like a 'better' unit. But 'bang for buck' combined with portability this thing is difficult to beat.

For me on a practical level this is the Mico with USB I/O & Adat in. Comfortable with the pres & not dissatisfied with converters.

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14th June 2017

Audient iD14 by Martel80

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Audient Limited iD14

That was the first product I tried from the Audient House and I must say that I fell in love instantly.

I could tell you how rough and well built it is , or how rich the Mic Input sounds with a 4033a connected to it.....or maybe I could tell you how usefull the mono button is on that little bad boy .....but I wont.

I'd rather let you go and buy it....or not and miserably fail and invest your money on a subpar product at this price point.

Your call Bob.
The review are all real, this thing is monstrous and you'll get to the ID22 once you'll share the same experience as we all did.

I'm usually very hasch when I review product ( or i prefer to call it realistic and clear ), but I got to give to caesar what belong to ceasar .

Good Job Audient



P.S. I gave it 4 stars for Sound Quality but this is based on an overall professional converter opinion. If it was to be rated compared to its competition, this is a 6/5 to anything in its price point....and far far away from its competiition.

 
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