Neat design extends to the hardware unit itself. What’s decidedly inconvenient, though, is the location of the power switch. It appears, however, that the bulk of the software bundle is Windows-only, so Mac users might be a little miffed. In operation, the ESU sounds as an audio interface should: At the front and on the far left there are dual XLR audio ins with independent phantom power.
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So, if you suffer from that annoying phenomenon of only being able to hear a signal on just the left or right stereo channel, pressing the buttons will centre the sound. It appears, however, that the bulk of the software bundle is Windows-only, so Mac users might be a little miffed.
Image 1 of 2 The ESU’s front panel packs in a lot of connectivity. ESI has gone to the trouble of bundling a good deal of sound-colouring software, though, as well as Steinberg’s Cubase 4 LE sequencer for Mac and PC and a special edition of modular soft synth Tassman.
Image 2 of 2 The remaining inputs and esu18008 are round the back.
The latter can be linked into four pairs if need eei and you have the choice of balanced and unbalanced lines. Neat design extends to the hardware unit itself.
While guitarists hanker for a signature tone from their audio devices, those making recordings usually want clean sound and that’s what this device delivers. Above the dual input rotaries channels and and the master level control for all eight outputs and the headphone section, there’s a row of status LEDs.
What really impresses is the ‘s flexibility and, considering the price, build quality.
The esii control panel is tidy enough, with level meters for the 16 analogue ins and dual digital ins, plus meters and sliders for the eight outs. So, you can add ‘character’ in software rather than it being introduced by the interface. One feature you don’t often see on a unit of this type is a Mono mix button, but the has two of them. It’s round the back and a faff to reach if the is flightcased. Cons Not much software for Mac users.
ESI – Product Archive: ESU
Each input has its own pad button alongside comfortingly rubberised level knobs and LED level indicators. Mac owners running Leopard will also need to perform a firmware upgrade to get things going. A press of Mono A enables you to create a mono mix of signals arriving at inputs one and two, while Mono B does the same for inputs three and four.
It would be nice to see a FireWire port at rear, rather than USB, and a power switch at front, but these are minor niggles when you take into account how much is on offer to you for so little cash.
ESI ESU1808 USB Audio Interface
Individual phantom power and pads on the mic inputs. What’s decidedly inconvenient, though, is the location of the power switch. In operation, the ESU sounds as an audio interface should: Sample rates range from Before plugging in and making some noise, es1u808 trip to the manufacturer’s website is necessary in order to download the latest Vista or OS X drivers.
The is USB eus1808. That said, the plug for the supplied PSU has a knurled, screw-on sleeve, so you won’t have to worry about the power cable dropping out after a bout of brutish behaviour. That’s an awful lot of connectivity for one 1U box.
ESI ESU User Manual | 23 pages
Plenty of good bundled software. SU shows the latest audio interface technology for external usage on notebook and desktop computers.
The casing seems road-worthy enough, so for live use, or for those who have numerous hardware synths, it’s an ideal, cost-effective computer audio solution. At the front and on the far left there are dual XLR audio ins with independent phantom power.