New USB audio interface from Sound Devices
September 11, 2010

New USB audio interface from Sound Devices

AMSTERDAM - Sound Devices ( is at IBC with a new version of its USBPre computer audio interface. USBPre 2 is a two-channel, portable interface designed to interconnect audio sources to Mac OS and Windows computers over USB.

The next generation product features an entirely new electronic design, along with the same extended-bandwidth, low-noise microphone preamplifiers and digital converters as Sound Devices 7-Series digital recorders. The USBPre 2 can be used for voiceover recording, reference playback and monitoring, as well as test and measurement.

A plug-and-play device, the USBPre 2 accepts mic level, line level, consumer line level and SPDIF digital (coaxial or TOSLINK) inputs. Its microphone preamplifiers have selectable analog limiters, high-pass filters, 48V phantom power, and high-resolution LED meters. Because the USBPre 2 draws its power solely from the computer’s USB port, no additional power source is required.

Balanced XLR outputs offer superior rejection to interference and are switch-selectable between mic or line level. Additionally, a consumer RCA-type output is available for connection to unbalanced inputs. Its headphone amplifier easily drives full-sized headphones.

Sound Devices’ managing director Jon Tatooles says the USBPre 2 is well suited to serve as a portable audio interface for Avid, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere Pro editing systems. System engineers, he says, will also appreciate its ability to output full line level signals on XLR connectors.

The USBPre 2 will be available in October for $649.