Guitar.com has been taking a close look at AXE I/O, courtesy of session guitarist and guitar tutor Leigh Fuge. He answers his own question: "Has IK Multimedia found a way to create an interface which stands out from the pack? Absolutely."
Here are some of his key comments:
"With its analogue style topology, seamless AmpliTube integration, built-in tuner and bundled recording software and plugins, this could be a worthy investment to get your recording career off to a flying start."
"The AXE I/O’s spec sheet is very impressive indeed. Offering a sample rate of up to 192kHz and a 3Hz-32kHz frequency response, this unit can capture every nuance of your instrument."
"It quickly becomes apparent that the AXE I/O is a one-stop shop for anyone starting to record in their bedroom or for the professional guitarist on the road looking to take a studio with them."
"The unit is easy to set up, and even if you’ve never used this sort of product before, you can get stuck into some serious recording time in no time."
"One of our favourite features is the easy integration with AmpliTube. The unit has a preset knob on the front, which allows you to scroll through presets you’ve created, meaning you can control your virtual rig without having to click between presets with the mouse."
Leigh's final verdict is pretty definite:
"Overall the AXE I/O is absolutely no-nonsense, straight to the point and game-changing for guitar players looking to record direct into an interface. And the sounds are wonderful."
Guitar.com awards AXE I/O 9 out of 10 score