Audient’s EVO 16 has one knob, a high-resolution screen and a smart device experience

The 24-in, 24-out interface is dubbed the EVO line’s “most powerful” yet.

Audient EVO 16

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After teasing a new EVO audio interface with the promise of giving users “a new way of doing things”, Audient has announced the EVO 16, which touts a smart device-esque user experience.

The EVO 16 is a 24-in, 24-out audio interface fitted with eight EVO preamps, advanced converter technology and the brand’s Smartgain, which works across all its eight channels simultaneously.

It’s been dubbed by the brand as its “most powerful” audio interface to date, and one which continues its mission of making recording easy.

User feedback is offered through a high-resolution, full-colour screen on the front panel, which works in tandem with a single smart knob to make each function easily accessible with “no menu deep diving” needed.

“Motion UI provides a centralised, one-knob control system for adjusting all EVO 16’s hardware parameters,” says Audient Marketing Director Andy Allen. “Simply put, every adjustment is displayed on the screen in real time, letting the user make changes on the fly and take full control of the recording session without ever needing to look at the computer.”

Smartgain, the automatic gain-setting feature seen on smaller EVO interfaces, returns on the EVO 16 with expanded capabilities: it can now automatically set the gain for all eight channels through a single button push.

“Smartgain has been designed to take the guesswork out of setting gain,” Allen continued. “Not only does it save time for the user, but it eliminates the hassle for those working on their own, which means users can spend less time figuring out the tech and more time recording.”

Going into more detail on the preamps, they each provide 58dB of microphone gain, while its AD converters offer 121dB of dynamic range to accommodate a wide variety of sources and ensure pro-grade audio performance.

For expanding the EVO 16’s I/O, there are optical inputs and outputs as well as ADAT and SPDIF options that help fit up to 16 extra channels of microphone preamps.

EVO 16 comes in a solid steel chassis with non-slip rubber feet so it can sit on your desk, along with being able to be installed in a rack with optional ears.

Audient EVO 16
Image: Audient

The EVO 16 will be available in the “second quarter of 2022” with a price tag of $499 / £399.99 / €469.

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