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Alesis IO2 EXPRESS USB Interface

Recording has never been so easy, and just like every other piece of technology, it's getting much more portable too! The iO2 express USB interface is small enough to slip into your rucksack, but sounds big enough to make a record! With 2 mic inputs, MIDI and Line, you can record almost any source wherever you are. Powered by the USB port of your PC, this plug and play recording system is simple and neat and won't get in the way of your creativity.

Here's what Alesis say about the i02 Express

The iO2 EXPRESS is a compact, audio-recording interface for home studios and portable recording setups. This two-channel USB device for Mac and PC-based systems enables you to record at up to 24-bit resolution for input into virtually all DAW, recording, and performance software.

This compact recording interface is small enough to comfortably fit into your mobile recording rig, laptop bag, or backpack, yet contains high-quality components and circuitry suitable for the studio.


Discrete-design preamplifiers and true 48-volt phantom power ensure that you capture microphones' complete signal. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of your session or performance gets recorded - and played back on your monitoring system. It's class compliant, so you can use the plug-and-play iO2 EXPRESS with virtually any computer.

The iO2 EXPRESS is USB bus powered so you won't need to carry a bulky power supply, and its performance is optimized for minimal laptop battery drain so you'll be able to track long sessions and gigs remotely.


The iO2 EXPRESS has two input channels. Each channel has an XLR microphone input, a 1/4" TRS insert for external effects units, and a 1/4" TS jack that works with line-level sources and can accommodate direct connection of guitars.

The iO2 EXPRESS sends and receives two audio channels on a single USB cable for simple, universal interface. You can monitor your sessions on any studio monitoring or other loudspeaker system via dual 1/4" balanced outputs. For remote tracking and alternative playback, the iO2 EXPRESS has a 1/4" TRS headphone output.

The iO2 EXPRESS features traditional MIDI In and Out jacks for for playing and controlling software with keyboard and pad controllers, workstations, and other MIDI-compatible instruments.


Each channel has a gain trim control, and there's a master level control for optimal gain staging. When monitoring on headphones, you'll appreciate the dedicated volume control.

You can also visually monitor levels and operation using the tricolor, stereo metering tree and lighted status indicators


The iO2 EXPRESS comes complete with a copy of Steinberg Cubase LE digtal audio workstation (DAW) software. Cubase is one of the most popular DAWs in the world thanks to its intuitive approach to composing, recording, editing and mixing.

In addition to the included software, the iO2 EXPRESS is compatible with virtually all audio and MIDI software.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 26 November 2014

    Brilliant product. Works straight out of the box!

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 29 April 2014

    Very good

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 17 April 2014

    The instructions on how to register the product are extremely poor. It took the best part of two hours to discover the 20 (yes twenty) digit code to register. By that time I was physically exhausted. I have yet to pick up the product to see if it works, I was all for throwing it out of the window !

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 03 February 2014

    As Above

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 18 January 2014

    We were recommended tis interface and the recommendation has not let us down. Easy to set up and use from a laptop although with no manual either with it or on line we are not sure what the other knobs and sockets do.

    Riho | Purchase date: 20 July 2011

    Excellent performance and very easy connectivity to Mac. Would suggest anyone as quick and simple interface with reasonable recording quality. Possibility to blend input monitor with computer output is perfect for a jam or voiceover.

    Mr S Dusk | Purchase date: 28 March 2011

    A top little interface which allowed the recording from midi drum kit with ease. The phantom power for the microphone input was invaluable too. Very good value.

    Mr Richard Eslick | Purchase date: 15 February 2011

    Excellent basic piece of kit which I use on the move with my laptop. The added bonus of Steinberg Cubase LE 5 with which I can upload to my cubase 5 on my home studio makes this a perfect fit for mobile recording

    Mr G Campling | Purchase date: 16 December 2010

    Great product at the best price I could find, delivered within 24 hours of order during Xmas week!. Excellent service

    Sak | Purchase date: 09 December 2010

    This interface has been a great purchase for me at a great price. I've used it for over a year now and it has never let me down. The sound quality from the outputs is not bad, and actually the mic inputs are pretty good considering the price. The big advantages for me are having phantom power for my mics, and a direct/USB knob so that I can adjust the balance in my headphones between the playback tracks from my DAW and the guitar or mic signal level I'm recording. Having a physical rather than digital gain pot for each input channel is a welcome addition. The interface is small, light and bus-powered so it's also been ideal for use with my laptop away from home, and it feels solid enough to live in my rucksack without me worrying. I would have preferred S/PDIF instead of insert capabilities so it gets four stars, but other than that I've been very happy with this in everyday use.

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