Each week Tom Whitwell of Music Thing highlights the best of the new music gear that's coming out, as well as noteworthy vintage equipment:
Line6 certainly aren't shy of offending the pro-audio fraternity with the marketing hype for their new Toneport
range of audio interfaces. "In minutes," their website blabbers, "You'll be creating sounds that typically take an
entire studio, an expert engineer, and a huge hourly rate to pull off!" You can hear the forums fuming from here.
There's no shortage of interfaces to connect a PC/Mac to guitars, monitor speakers, and professional microphones that need phantom power (a 48v DC current passed down the microphone cable to power an on-board pre-amp). Apple never did get round to releasing their widely rumoured "Asteroid" box (unless you count that as the iControl), but Focusrite, Harmony Audio and many others produce workable boxes with various bells and whistles. So, what can Line6 bring?