Review: PreSonus Revelator io44 – Mixdown Magazine

Words by Campbell Courtney

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With the rise of streaming, podcasting, and the demand for portable and more affordable audio gear, we’re seeing more and more hardware geared towards this market, and the PreSonus Revelator io44 is one such device.

Designed with live streamers in mind, Revelator io44 is a great choice for an interface for streaming, podcasting, or music production. Its small form factor and solid construction make it ideal for both permanent and portable studios, with built-in DSP processing helping to alleviate the demanding nature of audio processing software.

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While Revelator io44 is primarily aimed at live streamers, it is equally applicable in a music context. It’s especially useful for musicians on the go or working with limited space. The interface has a single combo mic/instrument input, a TRRS headphone input that will also allow recording from headphone mics, especially good for gaming and streaming, as well as a TRS line input for recording phones, MP3 players, mixers, etc. DJ, and anything else with a line level stereo output. Everything you could possibly need from one small, portable interface.

Built-in DSP effects are included with the unit, for real-time processing of incoming signals that are of high quality and did not affect recording latency to any noticeable degree during testing. Internal DSP processing frees up your computer’s processing power, allowing for smoother operation of other programs, whether it’s other plug-ins, streaming software, or CPU-intensive video games.

Included are equalizers, compressors, limiters, reverbs, delays, and a variety of vocal effects. Universal Control software, which can be downloaded for free from the PreSonus website, allows you to easily control these parameters and save them with up to six user presets, with another eight pre-made presets. A nice touch that allows both those familiar and unfamiliar with advanced audio processing to get a clean, professional-sounding recording right out of the box. Presets can also be saved and shared among other Revelator users, meaning there’s no shortage of presets for any situation or context.

Setting up and using Revelator was a very easy process. After downloading the Universal Control software, it was as simple as connecting the interface to the computer. The interface and software instantly started working as intended. Immediately we had a signal through the device, Universal Control and Ableton, the DAW we used for our tests. The signal was clear thanks to the XMAX-L digital preamps, which provide low noise and plenty of headroom. The interface allows recording up to 96 kHz at 24 bits for high-quality, professional-sounding recordings.

In our tests, the factory presets did a great job of cleaning up the signal and reducing noise, giving us an instant, professional-sounding recording. When using a gaming headset with a built-in microphone and one of the built-in presets, signal clarity was significantly improved while buzzing, hissing, and popping were minimized. Testing with a single-coil Fender Stratocaster, the ‘electric guitar’ preset did an excellent job of eliminating that infamous single-coil hum, while maintaining the sonic characteristics of the instruments.

There are a variety of touch features on the device. A small OLED screen provides crucial information and navigation of interface functions. It is controlled by a single rotary knob that scrolls through different parameters and allows you to set these parameters to suit your needs. Also included are a pair of ‘Preset’ buttons that toggle between two pre-set presets with the push of a button. Allowing you to recall your favorite preset channels with the push of a button.

Another useful feature of io44 is the loopback functionality. This allows the recording of computer audio, whether it be video games, videos, or music, on a separate channel within the interface and in your recording software. Having individual recordings of each element makes editing and balancing sources much easier during post-production, while also optimizing level adjustments during real-time performances such as live broadcasts, since all audio sources are monitored in the same location. Level adjustments can be made both from the device and from the Universal Control software.

Included with the interface is Studio One Artist software, PreSonus’ proprietary digital audio workstation, meaning those who purchase Revelator io44 will have immediate access to tracking and editing software. Also included is the Studio Magic bundle, which compiles a range of VST plugins for deeper editing and processing options during post-production.

The Presonus Revelator io44 audio interface is a great choice for those looking to get into streaming, podcasting, or who want to take their studio with them wherever they go. The small size and solid construction lends itself to those who travel a lot or those who don’t have a lot of home studio space to work on. Ease of use is great for streamers and podcasters who may not have extensive knowledge of audio processing, with a range of presets providing professional recording options at the push of a button.

It also appeals to the experienced musician and producer, with a variety of effects and deeper editing parameters to really dial in the desired sound. Not to mention the included Studio One and Studio Magic software, Revelator aims to provide everything you need to start streaming, podcasting, and music production right from the start.

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