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Microphone Month 3

Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials Reviews

4.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • Joe LaPlante
    from Providence, RI September 12, 2012

    The Truth!

    This is my first review ever! I felt compelled to write it. I am really impressed with this interface! It looks sweet and is very functional. Integration in Reason is Butter Smooth. But what impressed me most is the sound quality! I have had a few of audio interfaces (focusrite, motu, tascam, lexicon, m-audio, and I just came from an Apogee One) and I have to say that sonically...this one sounds the best to me. Granted there are certainly pricier options. But, if you only need two channels at a time this one is hard to beat. And, if you use Reason, the clip safe and tuner options make this a must buy!

  • LaShawn McPike
    from Illinois March 30, 2012Music Background:
    Hip Hop Producer


    I purchased this a little over two weeks ago and I am satisfied with this purchase, I recently had a rack interface but needed to upgrade to a smaller interface for my home studio and this is the choice I went with and glad I did. The clip safe feature is a really nice feature to have and the installation was a breeze, it works great with Reason 6.2 as expected but also works great with Cubase 6.5 as I am running both. The knobs are great compared to the knobs on some other interfaces I have used in the past and the overall quality of Balance is great and suits my recording needs.

  • Scott
    from Afghanistan October 28, 2013Music Background:
    Singer/songwriter/ Musician

    Very Impressive

    Like all propellerhead stuff this works perfectly, the first time. Clipsafe is awesome, the sound is very clear and I'm getting takes while on the road that sound just as clear as in my studio with a very expensive interface. Balance is small and sits well on a desk and I almost never have to unplug anything becasuse of all the inputs. Best of all no latency recordings! It was either the apogee duet or this and I chose this and I'm glad I did.

  • Jef Fiorini
    from Whippany, NJ November 29, 2013Music Background:
    Midi Composer, performing musician

    Reason 7

    Amazing bag of tricks in this software. I hope I learn everything there is to learn about the racks and effects. I'm still having issues with the audio driver. ASIO Balance driver is still under-performing. I hope someone comes out with an upgrade for it. Otherwise, the software is chuck full of amazement.

  • John Young
    from Hollywood, CA November 18, 2013Music Background:
    Radio Producer

    Quiet, Good looking, Lousy headphone port

    Wanted a mic interface to replace my H4n's noisy mic preamp. This is a good looking unit with dead quiet mic preamps. On-spec mic amplification (ideal setting at 2:00) but headphone monitor sucks, even fully cranked up it's only about half of the volume it should be. Tested several headsets too. My iPhone puts out a louder sound. Had to buy a separate headphone amp. Paid a premium for this unit to get the ugly connectors on the back and out of the way of the dials vs. competitors. At this price point, it really should have 4-in-/4-out and possibly 192KHz recording.

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