New Steinberg AXR4 interface features Rupert Neve characteristics
The Steinberg AXR4 is the new high-end audio interface which boasts insane integration with Nuendo and Cubase.
Steinberg recently launched the UR-RT range of interfaces which features hardware circuitry from legendary Rupert Neve designs.
This one is a bit different in that the Rupert Neve character is done via a digital emulation of the “SILK” processing system. The plus side here is versatility, you can enable/disable the colouration and dial in exactly the amount of character that you want – or control it digitally.
The control software features a full 28 x 24 matrix allowing you to create comprehensive internal routings, it features internal DSP effects which can be both monitored and recorded. One of the best features in the new Steinberg AXR4 is the integration with Nuendo and Cubase.
In your project’s track inspector, you have access to most of the fine-tuning controls of the interface – such as the Rupert Neve Character, DSP effects and various other parameters. The DAW saves these settings and recalls them next time you load the project, this is fantastic for maintaining the same tonal character in every recording you do in that project.
Under the hood…
The Steinberg AXR4 comes in two flavours, a USB-C and a Thunderbolt 2 which both support sample rates up to 384 kHz and bit-depth of 32-bits. It boasts ultra-low latency and the least jitter on a Steinberg interface yet.
The front panel of the interface features full VU displays of all of the ins and outs, with a ton of parameters and settings which can be controlled via the panel, software or DAW inspector. In terms of the interface, the preamps are from Yamaha’s top-of-the-range preamps, like in their Rivage console.
The Steinberg AXR4 USB version retails at USD $2699 (Around R40k excl. duties) while the Thunderbolt version goes for USD $2799.