NAMM 2020: IK Multimedia unveils the compact AXE I/O SOLO audio interface for guitarists

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NAMM 2020 (opens in new tab): IK Multimedia has announced the AXE I/O SOLO, a more compact version of the company's premium guitar audio interface.

The unit was developed with guitarists looking to record on a budget or on-the-go in mind, featuring 2 inputs and 3 outputs in a portable and convenient form factor. 

The AXE I/O SOLO features IK's high-end PURE microphone preamp, an instrument input with proprietary tone-shaping options, an exclusive Amp Out to incorporate real gear into a recording setup, and 24-bit, 192 kHz converters with a wide dynamic range, for pristine recordings in all musical genres. Not bad for a little device...

The unit also has the ability to act as a controller for IK's AmpliTube 4 software, IK's guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC/iPhone/iPad, which comes included if purchased. Also included will be a suite of T-RackS mixing & mastering plug-ins and Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software.

If the AXE I/O SOLO didn't have enough features already, it also comes with a streamlined re-amplification setup, offering guitar and bass players the chance to incorporate real amps and pedals without the need for an external conversion box.

A blend knob is also featured, allowing users to mix direct and processed signal for zero-latency monitoring.

The AXE I/O SOLO will be available later in 2020, and will retail for $249.99. it is available now for preorder. 

For more information, head to IK Multimedia (opens in new tab).

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).