The AxePort Pro from CEntrance is a professional USB direct box for use with electric guitars and basses, and features true plug-and-play installation. The unit is very compact and enables instant computer recording to any audio software running under Windows XP/Vista or Mac OSX. NOTE – it’s a USB device, and it connects to the iPad using the USB Camera Connection Kit. But Apple’s little white dongle doesn’t provide enough power to run the AxePort Pro’s preamp, so you have to use a powered USB hub (or some other powered USB device, like the iConnect MIDI) in between the iPad connector and the AxePort Pro to provide power. You can also use a portable USB juice pack. If you use it with a regular laptop or desktop, no additional power source should be needed.
A rugged chassis allows the unit to be used in virtually any environment, while the AxePort Pro’s low-noise circuitry will preserve high-quality audio sources. The 1/8″ stereo mini headphone output can power most headphones, features a dedicated volume control, and delivers zero-latency monitoring via a direct circuit.
Setup is virtually non-existent, allowing the user to create a mobile recording situation anywhere a computer is available. Native Instruments’ Guitar Combos modeling software enhances the usefulness of the product, especially for the on-the-go musician that needs high quality recording with minimal headaches.
Compact, USB based direct box for electric guitar and bass with 24-bit/96kHz performance
Low-noise with input level control knob
High quality analog to digital (A/D) conversion
Loud headphone amp with output level control knob
Universal driver for use of multiple simultaneous units (including MicPort Pro)
Includes Native Instruments’ Guitar Combos modeling software
USB bus powered – no batteries or external power supply needed
Rugged anodized aluminum construction
USB cable included
Input Connections 1 x 1/4″ TS phone
1 x USB (shared with output)
Output Connectors 1 x 1/8″ stereo mini (for use with headphones)
1 x USB (shared with input)
Input Level +15dBV (minimum gain) to -15dBV (maximum gain)
Output Level -6dBV @ 16Ω load, 0dBV @ 32Ω load
Controls Headphone volume
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 1.5dB
Noise THD+N: 0.01% (-0.5dBFS, 1kHz, minimum gain)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 4.5 x 1.9 x 2″ (114 x 48 x 51mm)
Weight 2.2 oz (62 g)
Specialties USB bus powered with no batteries or external power supply required