The most crucial first step to capture exceptional audio quality are the components. The AXR4 thunderbolt interface features industry-leading converters for a maximum sampling rate of 384 kHz with 32-bit resolution. Steinberg raised the bar further with a sample rate of up to 384 kHz, allowing the reproduction of transients, the stereo image and the recording environment to be much more detailed, while the anti-aliasing filter can be set at a level where it won’t be heard.
Steinberg AXR4 Thunderbolt Audio Interface Features
- Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
- AXR hybrid mic preamps with Rupert Neve Designs SILK
- 28 x 24 full matrix mixer
- Plenty of I/O ports like 2 x ADAT, AES/EBU, MIDI, Word clock
- Latency-free DSP-powered monitoring with REV-X reverb, Channel Strip, VCM compressor 276 and EQ 601, including VST 3 plug-in versions
- Stack support for up to 3 units
- Bundled Cubase AI fully supports 32-bit integer format
- Compatible with all major audio editing, mastering and music production software, with full control of settings via the included dspMixFx for AXR software.
With the AXR4, Steinberg’s designers invested many months of careful research in choosing the very best combination of components, to create the ultimate analogue to digital conversion currently available in an audio interface. We have set a new standard by including 32-bit integer converters, which not only allows for a significantly higher dynamic range, but also captures every nuance and detail of the recorded signals in the most precise, transparent manner.
32-bit resolution allows you to record signals with greater headroom, to prevent clipping or digital distortion while recording. Thanks to the higher dynamic range, quiet, subtle and highly detailed signals can be boosted during mixing, without any annoying noise or digital artifacts.
AXR hybrid mic preamps
Hybrid mic preamps, which feature in Yamaha’s state-of-the-art digital mixers, combine clean, natural analogue sound with Rupert Neve Designs SILK processing.
The microphone preamplifiers at the input stage of every audio interface provide the fundamental character of the overall sound. The AXR4 features extraordinarily natural-sounding hybrid microphone preamps, developed by Yamaha, which are available for use on all front input channels. Developed as part of Yamaha’s ‘Natural Sound’ philosophy, the choice of components, mechanical construction, circuit layout, power supply and grounding were all painstakingly evaluated and refined in the AXR4. Final adjustments were made after extensive aural tests by both Yamaha experts and eminent outside engineers, resulting in a totally new design that is genuinely worthy of ‘flagship’ status.
Rupert Neve Designs SILK
The AXR4 features precisely-modelled emulations of the SILK processing found in the high-end analogue devices by Rupert Neve Designs.
Recording engineers have used microphone preamps designed by the legendary Rupert Neve for many years, giving their sound a highly appealing touch of natural compression and saturation. SILK processing adds power and flair to take that exquisite sonic quality to new levels, giving sounds that tend to get lost in the mix new life and lustre.
The SILK processing function provided in the AXR4’s hybrid microphone preamplifiers offers two choices, Red for sparkling energy, and Blue for solidity and power. In addition, a continuously variable Texture control musically shapes the harmonic components to best suit the sound source. The benefits of SILK processing are also evident in the way channel EQ and reverb plug-ins affect the sound.
SILK can be used on all mic input channels, either to specific channels or to all mic input channels to add depth and perspective to the overall mix.
Thunderbolt 2 with low latency
By using Thunderbolt 2 technology, the AXR4 delivers very low latency and high CPU efficiency, a high number of I/Os and two system expansion ports.
SSPLL - the latest virtual jitter reduction technology
SSPLL is currently the most advanced technology for minimizing audio band jitter, which is vital when creating a high-quality audio network for professional applications.