Black Lion Audio 'Revolution 2x2': Black Lion Audio's First Studio-Grade Bus-Powered Portable Audio Interface built with Revolutionary Analog Design

The Music Telegraph | Text 2021/02/05 [11:06]

Black Lion Audio 'Revolution 2x2': Black Lion Audio's First Studio-Grade Bus-Powered Portable Audio Interface built with Revolutionary Analog Design

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2021/02/05 [11:06]

 

▲ Inside of 'Revolution 2x2' audio interface

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Black Lion Audio 'Revolution 2x2': Black Lion Audio's First Studio-Grade Bus-Powered Portable Audio Interface built with Revolutionary Analog Design

 

 

American boutique audio company Black Lion Audio has recently introduced 'Revolution 2x2', the bus-powered (2x2 USB-C) studio-grade (24-bit/192 kHz) portable audio interface. 'Revolution 2x2' is Black Lion Audio's inaugral entry into the hotly contested bus-powered, portable audio interface market, representing revolutionary analog design thanks to the top-tier sound of large, high-end converters costing thousands of dollars now being available in a hand-sized product that does not break the bank.

 

▲ Revolution 2x2 (front)

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The most revolutionary thing to note about Revolution 2x2 is the quality of its sound - the top-tier sound of large, high-end converters costing thousands of dollars now being available in a hand-sized product that does not break the bank. Better still, Revolution 2x2 readily utilizes Black Lion Audio’s new Macro-MMC clocking technology, based on its numerous clocking products and modifications; Macro-MMC’s circuit implementation brings converters to new heights - well beyond what has been witnessed with other audio interfaces anywhere near its class. Clearly with that in mind, Balck Lion Audio engineers also assembled its finest AD/DA (Analog-Digital/Digital-Analog) converter technology to provide Revolution 2x2 users with record-making power previously unobtainable in an audio interface that is so small and affordable.

 

Additionally, Revolution 2x2 internally integrates Black Lion Audio’s PG-i technology, based on its extensive experience in engineering its best-in-class power conditioners, with all power rails being highly filtered in every active stage - something not found even in the most well-respected, high-end products. Put it this way: with power being decoupled across all of Revolution 2x2’s circuitry - preamps, converters, internal power supply, and even the clock, any noise contamination from other devices plugged into the audio interface itself is discernibly reduced.

 

However, hi-fi digital design alone does not cut it; indeed, it takes serious analog circuitry for facilitating the very best capture and playback of audio. As such, Revolution 2x2 is built with the most cutting-edge, high-end ICs (Integrated Circuits) with high-end Vishay, Nichicon, and Wima capacitors being used. Ultimately, all internal gain-staging has been optimized for the very lowest signal-to-noise ratio and all analog I/O connections have not only been built with the finest components but are also fully decoupled and balanced - right to the very core of the converter. Most manufacturers do not follow this practice, failing to prevent extra noise contamination during both audio capture and playback as a direct result. 

 

▲ Revolution 2x2 (rear)

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With its included Revolution Software Suite, Revolution 2x2 starts with Studio One Artist - the cutting-edge DAW for all production needs from PreSonus. And as if that alone was not enough to be getting on with, Black Lion Audio has helpfully included select plug-ins from Brainworx (bx_digital - the hi-fi, mastering EQ of the future), iZotope (Elements - includes Nektar, Neutron, Ozone, and RX8, so everything needed to repair, mix, and master audio), and Plugin Alliance (Lindell Audio 6X-500 - hardware-modelled preamp and passive EQ).

 

“Revolution 2x2 will begin shipping in February 2021 but initial supply will be constrained due to the shortage of the premium components chosen by our engineers for this interface.” So states Black Lion Audio Chief Operations Officer Preston Whiting, before adding: “We could have subbed in alternative parts for the sake of speed but the sound would have been compromised and we refuse to do anything that negatively affects the experience of our customers or audio quality of our products.”

 

 

* 'Revolution 2x2' will begin shipping through Black Lion Audio’s growing global network of dealers/distributors (https://www.blacklionaudio.com/dealers) with a MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) of $399.00 USD and an SSP (Suggested Selling Price) of €399.00 EUR (excluding VAT) in February 2021.

 

 

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About 'Black Lion Audio' 

 

Founded in 2006, Black Lion Audio is a boutique audio company based in Chicago. Collectively it takes pride in providing customers with outstanding quality gear for their recording studios at prices that are ridiculously affordable. As such, the company has built a reputation for supplying superior quality sound in a cost-effective manner within the space of a few short years. Yet, given the current economic climate, it is no wonder that major labels, project studios, software companies, and high-profile tracking and mix engineers make up a significant portion of the company’s client base. Indeed, its work can be heard in award-winning major motion picture scores and soundtracks, major television shows and commercials, as well as being utilised by prestigious organisations and major label acts alike. 

 

 

 

 

 

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