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New on the scene, interface manufacturer Alva present the Alva Nanoface - a new, affordable and portable interface with fantastic converters and excellent connectivity options. The Nanoface has 4 analogue inputs, 2 mic pres, one instrument input, 4 analogue outputs and digital S/PDIF in/out. The pocket-sized unit allows you to make all these connections via a simple breakout cable, making the Nanoface easy to transport and setup anywhere - whether you be in a small studio on the road.
Here's what Alva say about the Nanoface
Most interfaces provide a big software package with useful features, but have a steep learning curve and consume the most important thing a musician does not have., "time", time to mess with all the technical stuff.
So the ALVA designers decided to try another way: Sensible downsizing, reduction to the max - with total functionality. The ALVA Nanoface is the partner of modern digital audio workstations. There are no software option dialogs or an integrated mixer. Just a high-speed driver. ASIO and WDM for Windows, Core Audio for Mac OS X.
All features - including volume, monitoring, preamp gain and phantom power for the microphones - can be controlled with ONE multi controller (the "Encoder"), directly on the unit. In combination with an audio sequencer this is what most all musicians need. No more. No less.
Four analogue inputs - two of them equipped with high-quality mic preamps - allow the simultaneously recording of different sources at the same time, like a microphone, an electric guitar and a synthesizer.
Four analogue outputs provide a flexible setup for monitoring two stereo signals at the same time, e. g. with main speakers and headphones. The signal from output 1/2 can be routed to output 3/4 and individually adjusted.
The digital I/O works in standard SPDIF format. This makes the ALVA Nanoface the perfect partner for a digital signal from a CD player, or an effect unit as a source for an external DA converter.
A MIDI input and two MIDI outputs form a perfect combination to connect a keyboard and external synthesizers or samplers.
Normally, great converters are expensive! With the ALVA Nanoface, we´ve changed the game. Thanks to the years of experience of our development team, we´ve integrated a very sophisticated circuit design. The result: an extraordinary audiophile sound.
The ALVA Nanoface provides two mic preamps with very low noise and distortion specifications. Including switchable 48V phantom power for condenser mics.
Electrical instruments - guitar or bass - need a special instrument input with Hi-Z characteristics for direct recording. The ALVA Nanoface provides an instrument input.
Perfect for spontaneous jam sessions with a notebook or as mobile recording station without the need for more equipment.
The pocket studio
The ALVA Nanoface lives up to its name - it measures only a quarter of the size and provides more I/Os than some bigger interfaces. In doing so it´s as light as a feather. The elegant gloss black housing weighs less than a key in your pocket.
USB - bus power
The ALVA Nanoface is the perfect solution for musicians or DJs, who need a complete recording studio not only at home, but also on the road and want to compose or mix music in quality they are accustomed to, or just want to listen in the best possible headphone quality.
It only needs one USB 2.0/3.0 connection, to transfer all audio and midi data in and out of the computer.
The ALVA Nanoface works completely with the power from the USB connector. It does not need a power supply. Work anywhere: in a cafe, park, train or even an airplane. Personal freedom!
ALVA Nanoface Features & Specifications
- Analogue inputs 1+2 (2 x mic preamp)
- Analogue inputs 3+4
- Analogue outputs 1+2
- Hi-Z instrument input
- Digital SPDIF I/O (optical)
- Phones output (analogue output 3+4)
- 2 x MIDI output
- MIDI input
- Breakout cable Extension cable optional available (1 & 3 m / 3.2 & 9.8 ft.)
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