IK Multimedia Axe I/O One review – a nicely priced audio interface designed for guitar and bass players

The latest in the Axe I/O family is a compact and portable recording solution with dedicated features for electric guitars

IK Multimedia Axe I/O One
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

If you’re looking for a compact and cost-effective way to connect your guitar to a computer, there are loads of small audio interfaces around – but none offer the guitar-centric facilities of IK Multimedia’s Axe I/O One.


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    Size and weight.

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    Good basic set of features.

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    Dedicated guitar input facilities;

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    Amp output.

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    Facility to connect external control pedals/switches.

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    No stereo recording option.

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If you want to connect your guitar to a computer for recording or to access software amp simulations, then you’ll need a guitar audio interface

Now, while there are plenty of them available out there, apart from including a Hi-Z input (which you’ll need in order to plug in a guitar), few manufacturers of these boxes add features that are directly of benefit to us guitar players. One exception is IK Multimedia, which has a range of audio interfaces that are tailor‑made for guitarists. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.