Apple / Emagic Firewire Audio Interface for GarageBand
AppleInsider claims to have knowledge of a new audio interface for GarageBand users in the coming months. An audio \'breakout box\' of sorts, Asteroid will include two XLR/ TRS audio input connectors, two RCA analog output jacks, and a standard headphone jack. The device reportedly will draw power through a single FireWire 400 port and include a phantom on/off power switch.
The new device was developed in part by portions of Apple\'s Germany-based Emagic subsidiary that have now become part of the iPod division. Leveraging the music device expertise of Emagic, the breakout box will sport a software-driven input gain control and a limiter circuit to automatically prevent audio clipping or distortion. Users will also be able to link together up to four of the devices to add support for additional instruments, microphones, or other audio sources.
Expected to debut in January, alongside a revised version of Apple\'s iLife digital lifestyle software suite, Asteroid will integrate with a new version of GarageBand, sources said. The GarageBand software update will deliver a simplified setup, recording and playback support for Asteroid, and input gain and mute controls.
The new version of GarageBand will also allow users to monitor Asteroid\'s operational states, including limiting, input level and output level. It will be capable of automatically detecting the presence of the Asteroid device and allow users to record from 2 mono channels on 2 tracks simultaneously, or through a single stereo channel.