British audio company Evo by Audient has launched Evo 16, a 24-input/24-output audio Interface featuring Evo Preamps, advanced converter technology and Smartgain technology, suited to both desktop and rack installation.

‘Building on the Evo 4 and Evo 8, we wanted to super-size the Evo concept,’ says Marketing Director, Andy Allen. ‘Evo 16 offers the intuitive user experience, professional sound and technical quality you’d expect from parent company Audient, with plenty more I/O than its smaller counterparts. And yet it still fits firmly into the “affordable” audio interface category.’

Evo by Audient Evo 16Evo 16 breaks convention with its high resolution, full colour screen built into the unit. ‘With our all-new Motion UI (user interface) control system, we’ve found a new way of doing things,’ Allen explains. ‘Motion UI uses the wide angle screen to intelligently display information on your session as and when you need it, making any interaction with Evo 16 a fully immersive, easy-to-use experience, more comparable to what you might expect when using a Smart device, with no menu deep diving required to activate features.

‘Working alongside Evo 16’s hardware controls, Motion UI provides a centralised, one-knob control system for adjusting all Evo 16’s hardware parameters,’ he continues. ‘Simply put, every adjustment is displayed on the screen in real time, letting the user make changes on the fly and take full control of the recording session without ever needing to look at the computer.’

As with the smaller Evo products, Evo 16 comes with the Smartgain feature, which automatically sets the gain with the touch of a button. ‘The added bonus with Evo 16, is that it can automatically set the gain for all eight channels at once, ideal for drummers who have multiple mic inputs and synth players needing lots of line inputs,’ Allen says. ‘Smartgain has been designed to take the guesswork out of setting gain. Not only does it save time for the user, but it eliminates the hassle for those working on their own, which means users can spend less time figuring out the tech and more time recording.’

Evo 16’s 8 Evo Preamps provide 58dB of mic gain, while its converters deliver 121dB dynamic range. There is also room for expansion with optical inputs and outputs, making it possible to record anything from just drums to a full band. Ensuring the studio can grow with time, there are both Adat and SPDIF options to add up to 16 extra channels of mic preamps.

The Evo Mixer software compatible with MacOS and Windows gives further options to set up and route inputs and outputs, provide ultra-low latency monitoring and much more. The meticulously designed solid steel chassis with non-slip rubber feet means Evo 16 can fit comfortably either on a desktop, under a laptop or installed in a rack with its optional rack-ears.

Key features:

  • Eight Evo mic preamps with Smartgain.
  • Two JFET instrument inputs.
  • Two independent headphone outputs.
  • Eight line outputs.
  • Two optical inputs.
  • Two optical outputs.
  • Multichannel Smartgain.
  • Evo Motion UI control.
  • Programmable function button.
  • Ultra low latency software mixer.
  • Monitor control.
  • Audio loop-back.
  • Word Clock Output.
  • USB2.0 (USB-C).
  • 96kHz, 24 bits.

Evo 16 is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2022 and will retail at £399.99 inc VAT, €469 inc local VAT and US$499 MAP.


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