Propellerhead Balance Recording Interface

6/18/2012 11:08:05 AM
Modern sound cards can be temporarily divided into 2 categories: consuming sound devices which are designed to ouput game, music, and video sounds, and narrower equipment aiming at musicians. It is certain that Propellerhead Balance is in the latter, with 2 XLR microphone inputs that can provide one 48V virtual power, two ¼-inch guitar TRS inputs, two pairs of ¼-inch TRS balanced line inputs to receive the stereo sound source from the external source, one ¼-inch headphone output to follow some perfect pairs of ¼-inch balanced line outputs so as to connect to speakers keeping track of studio.

Description: Propellerhead Balance Recording Interface For Reason

Propellerhead Balance Recording Interface For Reason

It allows you to connect almost any electric musical instrument you may want, whether it is stage microphone, electric guitar, or keyboards with stereo outputs. You can only record from 2 inputs at once, but that is enough for guitar and vocals. Switching between inputs is quite simple – labeled buttons help you easily switch input for each track among microphone, guitar, and 2 line inputs, depending on what you want to record. The total unit is incredible well designed, with inputs and controls marked clearly together with short and fat volume knob.

Recording on PC (or Mac) becomes simple thanks to Propellerhead Reason Essentials Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, a full production environment for MIDI and PCM sound. Although it is a reduced version of Reason, it has everything you need to record, produce, and edit songs. Unlike many competitors, it is so simple and clearly designed that you will not need to spend many hours reading the instruction before using it. We created a 3-minute song with guitar and harmony in many tracks in less than 1 hour after plugging in Balance. Reason and Balance are integrated perfectly, and you have an easy access to features such as line input tracker – allowing you to keep an eye on inputs’ amplification to avoid unexpected distortion during the recording – and a convienient guitar adjustment kit. Preset guitar effects help you easily apply distortion, Fa specification, and many other adjustments. Concurrently, it is easy to access if you just want to increase the distortion.

Description:  Propellerhead Balance Audio Interface

Propellerhead Balance Audio Interface

Sound quality is outstanding. Propellerhead does not reveal accurate details about sound processing, DAC and ADC components, but the specs show that they can record 24 bytes at the resolutions of 44.1 kHz to 96 kHz. Drivers with low lateness mean that you can record and apply real time sound processing to inputs quickly. Standard Windows sound drivers are also provided, so you can use Balance to output sound from any app.

Balance and Reason Essentials package is $490.5. It is more expensive than competitive devices such as M-Audio Fast Track Pro, but is easier to use, has more inputs, is well designed, and has better software – this is the reason why Reason is the industry’s standard. With more than $187.5, you can upgrade Reason Essentials to Reason 6, which has many additional things such as more advanced mixer features and extra bank MIDI sounds.

Although it is the first sound hardware of Propellerhead, it is difficult to imagine that Balance can be more suitable for this purpose. If you are a musician and want to create home studio -quality recordings, this is an advanced combination between hardware and software for this job.


Verdict. This sound card package is a perfect home production environment.

Sound card. USB interface, two XLR inputs with 48V virtual power, two ¼-inch TRS mono inputs, two ¼-inch TRS balanced line stereo inputs, one ¼-inch TRS balanced line stereo output, one ¼-inch headphone output, 24bit/96kHz sample speed and maximum resolution

System requirement. Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X 10.6.3+, multi-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3GB disk space

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Price: $490.5


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