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Propellerhead Balance Audio Interface

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The Balance from Propellerhead is a two-in by two-out audio interface for Mac and Windows, developed to cater for home and project studio producers and musicians.

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Propellerhead Balance is a two-in by two-out audio interface for Mac and Windows developed to cater for home and project studio producers and musicians. Fully USB 2 powered with separate volume controls for monitors and headphones, it contains 8 input connections to keep all instruments, mics and devices connected and ready to record with the press of a button—without software pop-ups or control panels. The included Reason Essentials packs in all the recording editing, effects, instruments and mixing tools needed to create great sounding tracks.

Perfect integration with Reason and Reason Essentials

Balance’s class compliant drivers on the Mac and ASIO/WMD driver for Windows ensure hassle free installation and compatibility with all applications from iTunes to ProTools. Integration with Propellerhead products goes further. Hardware buttons on Balance bring up a large meter/tuner in Reason and can also enable “Clip Safe,” Propellerhead’s new recording technology that with one click heals clipped recorded audio. Musicians no longer have to worry about losing a great recording because gain levels were too high, and can stay focused on creating that goose bump evoking performance.

Balance Audio Interface Main Features

  • Clip Safe
    Clip Safe is a magical lifeline for distorted takes – a red-eye tool for recorded audio. Clip Safe records your take on two channels, one at a lower volume. If your recording clips, it lets you substitute it for the other one. Don't ask us how it works, it just does.
  • Recording Meter/Tuner
    Just a button-tap away, Reason Essentials' Recording Meter lets you tune your guitar and set the levels from across the room.
  • All the inputs you'll ever need. And then some.
    On the back of Balance you'll find inputs for all your gear: two microphone preamps with phantom power, high impedance guitar and bass inputs with pads, and four line inputs.
  • Hardware input source selection
    With Balance your instruments are always connected and you are always ready to record. Use the buttons on the front panel to select the active inputs. We've put all the controls at your fingertips.
  • Record Ready LEDs
    When a Reason Essentials audio channel is active and armed for recording, the Ready LEDs light up. Just hit record and play. The software will take care of the rest.
  • Large main output and headphone level controls
    On Balance the controls you reach for most often are the easiest to find.
  • Output muting and Direct Monitoring
    Hit the Mute button once to mute the main outs. Press and hold the button to activate direct monitoring of the input channels, for latency free recording or standalone use.
  • Powerful headphone amplifier
    No headphones are too tough for Balance's powerful headphone amp, ensuring earshattering volumes with even the quietest of headphones.
  • USB 2.0 powered
    Plug and play – Balance is powered through the USB port. On the Mac, no drivers are required. On Windows, the drivers come pre-installed with Reason Essentials.
  • Built-in Ignition Key
    Your license is stored on your interface. When you're at your friend's house, authorize the software through Internet Verification. Or bring Balance – it fits in your laptop bag.
  • Revolutionary technology that just works
    Bus-powered, low latency, Core Audio/ASIO- compatible interface with inputs for all your gear. No software control panel—all settings are on the front panel.
  • Everything you need — includes Reason Essentials. Just like its bigger brother, Reason Essentials puts making music in focus. From concept to completion, it has all the essential tools for turning good ideas into great songs.
  • Want Reason + Balance? Upgrade the included Reason Essentials with our Reason Upgrade to get the full version.
  • Already own Reason? Balance with Reason Essentials also upgrades previous versions of Reason to brand new Reason 6.5

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Clean, low latency 2ch in/out USB audio interface

While browsing DolphinMusic.co.uk for some stuff, I thought of trying this "Add your review" thingy with one of my dearest audio hardware products: Balance :)

Ok, this is the best 2ch USB audio interface I ever owned (I have 3 now).

The audio quality is clean and clear both at high and low volume levels and I get the lowest latency values when comparing it with my other audio interfaces at the same sample rates. Headphone output level is great too, btw :)

Balance's tight integration with Reason works like a charm. The handy Clip Safe and Meter/Tuner buttons and the fact that it also acts as an Ignition Key to hold my Reason 6 license, freeing one USB port. That's a huge bonus to me.

Another "bonus" is the included copy of Reason Essentials. It was the perfect gift for my daughter (Singer+Bass player) along with 1 of my older audio interfaces (eh ;).

I use Balance even as my default Windows 7 audio device (something I usually avoid doing with the other interfaces due to their "not so great" WDM drivers)

The amount of inputs is also huge thing to me. I have my main stereo synth, a 2nd stereo aux cable usually connected to my iPad or OP-1, 1 other mono synth (no guitar, eh ^_^) and 1 mic, all connected to Balance "permanently".

Pressing those selector buttons is quicker, safer and easier than constantly unplugging/plugging cables each time I need to change the audio source to record/sample/listen to :)

Quick Direct Out mode is also very handy. I use it a lot when simply playing and fooling around with my hardware synths, avoiding the need to boot up a DAW or even Reason just for that.

Been also using it with Live 8.3 with no issues.

The design, the big knobs and the high-quality package is also worth mentioning, btw :)

So, basically, I'm an extremely happy owner and user of this little black'n'red box.

Now, back to some headphone searching... :)

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