Audient iD22

10-in/14-out USB Audio Interface with 24-bit/96kHz Resolution, Two Mic Preamps, Instrument Input, 8-channel ADAT I/O, and Monitor Controller Functionality
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A Great Upgrade for Your DAW-based Studio

The Audient iD22 gives you two classic Audient microphone preamplifiers, pristine AD/DA converters, and user-defined console-style monitor controller functionality - in an elegant, all-metal package that'll class up your studio. The iD22 delivers impeccable detail and stunning dimensionality whether you're tracking or mixing. It sports flexible I/O, USB2.0 connectivity, and is expandable via ADAT - ideal for partnering with Audient's ASP880 for ten-channel recording. If your music-creation setup is DAW-based, you'll really appreciate the major sonic and ergonomic benefits you get from the Audient iD22.

Audient iD22 Features at a Glance:
  • 2-in/6-out high-performance 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA converters
  • Two superb Class A mic preamplifiers
  • One discrete JFET instrument input
  • Fully balanced insert points for integrating outboard gear
  • High-current headphone amplifier fed by an independant DAC
  • Main and alt stereo outputs
  • 8-channel ADAT I/O
  • User-defined console-style monitoring functionality with hardware control
  • Class-compliant USB2.0 connectivity with integrated DSP mixer
  • +48V phantom power for your condenser mics; -10dB pads
  • Plug-and-play CoreAudio Mac OSX operation
  • Phase reversal and low-end rolloff per channel
Upgrade your DAW-based studio with the Audient iD22!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
iD22 Block Diagram
iD22 Spec Sheet
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 10 x 6
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line), 1 x 1/4" TS (instrument), 2 x 1/4" (return)
Analog Outputs 4 x 1/4" (2 x stereo pair), 2 x 1/4" (send)
Digital Inputs 1 x Optical (ADAT, S/PDIF)
Digital Outputs 1 x Optical (ADAT, S/PDIF)
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
Headphones 1 x 1/4" TRS
USB 1 x Type B
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Power Supply 12V DC power supply
Depth 7.13"
Width 8.93"
Height 3.46"
Manufacturer Part Number iD22

Customer Reviews

5/5
Based on 40 reviews
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5/5

Perfect Mobile Rig, Amazing Central Hub

When I bought the iD22, I was originally just looking for a 2 speaker, clean D/A, with a big knob. I also loved dim and cut, and programmable function buttons. I wasn't really planning on using the preamps except in quick mobile situations as I have some pretty nice ones already. However, the preamps on this thing have blown me away! I now use them as my go-to pre's for tracking certain vocals, acoustic guitars, and percussion instruments. They have a nice smooth tone that is very easy to mix, and plenty of headroom.When people walk into my studio, they see all this great gear and ask me what my favorite piece is. I know it sounds crazy, since I own some great pieces (Apogee converters, API pre's, various Neumann mics, AKG 414eb, Vox and Boogie amps, etc..) but I always say the iD22! It's become irreplaceable, and I wouldn't even think twice about buying a new one if anything happened to mine.I only have 2 gripes about the iD22, and one has already been fixed. Firstly, the software was a bit buggy at first. I did run into some clocking issues with the old firmware, but Audient is really good about keeping their stuff up to date so this is no longer an issue. The second issue is no Thunderbolt or USB 3. While I haven't yet run into any real bandwidth issues, it would be nice to know I have something a bit more future-proof. I'm sure Audient will release something that meets these needs down the line, and when they do you can bet I'll upgrade.Overall, I can gaurantee you will be satisfied with the iD22 if this is the route you take. There are a ton of great portable interfaces out there and for that we are extremely lucky, but this little guy has made me really happy.
Music background: Professional
5/5

A true value purchase!

There are so many choices out there and this and this unit is simply put; GREAT! Clear defined sound, mobil, solidly build, intuitive, stable... I could go on and on. If you are reading this and wondering which path to take, look no further and purchase the iD22. You will not be sorry. TRUE VALUE!!
Music background: multi instrumentalist, lifelong lerner
5/5

Super clean, super quiet

It's a good time to be recording music on a budget. We've already heard companies likes apogee and RME step things up with products like babyface and the one/duet/quartet series, but now Audient has stepped up to the plate and pushed things further. This is a KILLER interface offering a level of quality and number of features unprecedented for the price. Finally, I own an interface/preamp that is virtually silent when you turn it all the way up (as though my imperfect hobbyist-level equipment didn't already add enough noise to my signal chain). This is a very clinical, color-free representation of the sound, but personally, I've always felt that color comes best from instruments, performance, effects and even microphones. Oh yeah, I'd say this thing was built like a brick, but bricks aren't made of metal. Nothing on this unit feels cheap and there are none of those annoying plastic covers for the knobs that can fall off and get lost. The only bad thing I can say about the build is that it has no power switch (whatever, I'm using this thing to run all of my computer audio anyway so I rarely turn it off). Let me also add that Audient's customer service was prompt (even at 2am PST), polite and ultimately very effective (more on that below). I will say two things though... 1) RE: your OS (as of Thanksgiving 2013) If you're using windows, hold on, it's not ready for prime time there, but it's coming. If you're running Mavericks (OS X 10.9), you MIGHT encounter an error where your software will crash because the unit needs a firmware update (but you won't be able to access the firmware update because the software is crashing). Just go to the help desk section of Audient's website, fill out a form and they'll promptly send you a file that will fix the problem. Suffice to say, I've got this thing running like a champ. Admittedly, I've been a bit down about working, but the quality of this unit has relit a creative fire. 2) The only reason I'd suggest that you DON'T buy this unit is if you're NOT interested in expanding the amount of available channels. SPL has a product coming out soon (the Crimson) that matches and beats the feature list of the ID22 (and the preamps will probably be in the same ball park) all save for ADAT expandability. Personally, I plan on eventually recording some live drum kits, so I'm glad that I went with this option. However, if you're the kind of person who is good with 2 channels, you might want to wait for the SPL Crimson.
Music background: Hobbyist with some formal music production training
5/5

Audient id22 Deserves a Sixth Star!

Ok...so this product falls into a pretty specific niche market: It does not have a ton of inputs or outputs, it does not have MIDI, only two mic preamps, only one headphone out, not bus powered, does not work with Windows (yet) or iOS (yet), it is heavy and not as portable as other similar interfaces. So why would you want it? What sets it apart? The SOUND! Before this purchase, I listened to and compared every interface available to get a feel for the sound of the input section (obviously it would be very difficult to compare all the output sections unless you bought them all and only kept one...or you work at Sweetwater ;)). There were several things that were consistent regardless of the different recordings I heard. Everything that passed through the id22 on the way in sounded fantastic! The preamps are absolutely outstanding - clear, present, dynamic, and great top to bottom balance...and I offer this is not just compared to other interface preamps...I would say they hold their own against stand-alone mic amps in the $700-$1000 per channel category. I have not owned a ton of preamps in the past but I can give direct comparison to a few: Focusrite ISA One, Vintech X73, and Amek 9098 DMA. If I had to choose the one of those that sounds closest it would probably be the ISA One (even though the ISA has an output transformer and the Audient is transformerless)....with one important difference: I really think the Audient has less noise! Yep. It's that good. I would have ZERO hesitation using the built in preamps for jazz or classical recording (two applications where clean, ultra low noise, high headroom signal paths are desirable). I have tested the id22 with a few microphones, SDC, LDC and dynamic (including the ubiquitous SM-7b)...and it sounded equally amazing on all. I know lots of folks buy the SM-7 because it generally always sounds useable to good on a variety of sources and has excellent rejection in less-than-ideal recording environments...but the down side is it needs a ton of gain to drive it. The id22 offers ample gain without adding any additional noise to the path. No Cloudlifter or other signal boost needed here. I have not had a chance to test the DI myself yet, but understanding the DI input is a discreet circuit (not just routed through the pre), I would imagine it presents quite a contrast to other interfaces. Likewise I have not tested the channel insert functionality...but knowing it is there has made me start looking at gear that would be a good compliment for tracking. The headphone output is beautiful. Plenty of clean, noise free amplification, tight and extended lows and clear mids and highs. Zero problems with setup on Mac...and latency performance is excellent. I tend to go by what I hear rather than numbers posted. The id22 has performed flawless so far at lowest buffer settings on my Mac. Audient has stated they are working on both Windows drivers and in the future direct support for iOS devices. This device paired with an iPad or iPhone for 2-track location recording would be AMAZING. Audient if you are reading this...if possible try to implement this the way Apogee did...whereby the id22 would provide power / charge to the iOS device by direct USB > Lightning or 30 pin connection rather than through the USB CCC. It is also nice to know if I decide to expand the number of simultaneous channels I want there is an option for ADAT or optical SPDIF input (not unique to the id22, but again, nice to have). Negatives...only a couple so far: - I would like a power switch. I tend to power down my equipment when it is not in use so this would be a nice addition. - Headphone socket is on the rear. Not a deal breaker, but since this is a desktop interface it just makes sense to put the headphone on the front. - Dim function does not apply to headphone output (or at least I have not figured out how to make this happen yet). - The lack of MIDI port is not a real issue for me. A large amount of MIDI equipment has implemented MIDI via USB anyways. So to wrap- Why buy?: You want the absolute best construction and sound quality, per-dollar value is important, and you only need a couple of inputs / outputs. Why not?: You are not on a Mac, want a rackmount interface, need more I/O without expansion, or need something smaller and the compromises necessary when using USB bus-powered designs are acceptable.
Music background: Former Mastering Engineer, Enthusiastic Hobbyist :)
5/5

Surprisingly great sound,quiet preamps!!

I bought this to use at home to either double track guitars/bass recordings away from the studio.I was really surprised by the quality of the preamps how quiet yet musical they were from the start!! In fact I now do a lot of vocals right from home now because of the quality recording I'm getting from out of this little bad!!
Music background: recording engineer,part time musician,live sound tech

Sweetwater Advice

Nathan Wall

The Audient iD22 is the hub of my project studio, and for good reason. The I/O options are stellar for making the most of all my recording gear, and when I need to use the iD's pres, it doesn't disapoint. The mix software is well-desisgned and intuitive. Often overlooked, it lets me pick and choose exactly the set up I need for recording and mixing. I couldn't be happier.

Dave Brow

I have recently made the Audient iD22 monitoring system the center of my studio, and it is fantastic! The headphone amp is loud and sounds very detailed. Having everything I need at my fingertips really keeps the creative process flowing. The Audient mic pres are exceptional, and this has been a great addition for high quality recording!
See also: USB Interfaces, Audient, Audient USB Audio Interfaces, Audient Monitor Management