Leonberg, Germany (May 9, 2017)—ESI Audiotechnik GmbH—a branded and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) pro audio design/manufacturing firm since 1998—has introduced its 24-bit/96 kHz-capable U168 XT and U86 XT USB audio interfaces featuring what are arguably a recordist’s most commonly needed I/O at very attractive price points.
Mac or PC-ready, the U168 XT provides four microphone preamps via front-panel XLR inputs with phantom power, two of which are switchable Hi-Z instrument inputs (with XLR/TRS combo jacks); 16 line inputs and eight line outputs via quarter-inch TRS, all on the rear panel; S/PDIF I/O via RCA connectors; dual headphone outputs with individual gain adjustment; L/R mix outputs via quarter-inch TRS; 16 channel MIDI I/O; and USB 2.0 port.
Smaller that its full 19-inch wide sibling, the U86 XT is identical to the U168 XT, only with fewer I/O points. These differences consist of two front-panel XLR/TRS combo mic/line/instrument inputs with phantom power; eight line inputs and six line outputs via quarter-inch TRS, all on the rear panel; and single headphone output with gain adjustment.
Both the U168 XT and U86 XT ship with an eight-track version of Bitwig Studio music creation/performance software and a license for Stanton’s Deckadance LE software.
The U168 XT is shipping now; the U86 XT is scheduled to ship in early June.
The U168 XT and U86 XT are priced at approximately $599 and $435 list, respectively.
ESI Audiotechnik GmbH