Arturia MINIFUSE 2 Black (2 in/ 2 out) USB 2 Interface Black
The Arturia MINIFUSE 2 Black (Arturia Minifuse 2 in Black) is a portable (2 IN and 2 OUT) audio interface. It offers you the ability to record your vocals, guitars, bass, podcast, or even produce your tracks at the highest studio quality. It is part of the award-winning Arturia AudioFuse Line of studio audio interfaces and which means is it class-compliant & bus-powered. This means that the MINIFUSE 2 Black is a plug-in-and-go device. Because it is powered by a USB; it won’t need an additional power supply. Therefore it is perfect for home studios and mobile recordings. Each Combo Jack and Gain Knob represent a separate channel on the MINIFUSE 2 Black. The unit offers you 2x individual channels to work with.
The MINIFUSE 2 Black will fit right into your setup with a straightforward set of ins and outs. Both single combo inputs let you easily connect either XLR or 1/4” jack cables it’s great for microphones as well as instruments. Connecting the MINIFUSE 2 Black to a computer is quick and easy as all you need is a USB-C connection type. You can also connect USB devices like your MIDI keyboard with the additional USB hub socket.
Great Audio Quality with MINIFUSE 2 Black
For true audio enthusiasts, the MINIFUSE 2 Black provides you with 110db of dynamic range and a class-leading equivalent input noise of -129dB. It also supports sample rates of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192 kHz and provides a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. This essentially means that every recording you make will sound incredible as it offers rich dynamics with a clear noise-free signal and studio-grade quality.
Front Panel – Primary Functions
On the front panel of the Arturia MINIFUSE 2 Black, you will find 2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs for microphones with 48V phantom power. You can connect either a microphone or instrument to each input. The GAIN knob allows you to adjust the level of your connect mic or instrument with backlit knobs that respond to your input. The Gain knob controls the gain of the input preamp. Use it to adjust the volume of the input to ensure that you are capturing a good signal without overloading. The knob also features a LED indicator to help with setting input gain. The LED will illuminate blue when an instrument or microphone source is detected. If the input signal overloads, the LED will illuminate red. If this happens, turn down the Gain knob.
The 48V switch turns on phantom power for the input(s). The phantom power will deliver a power current to a connected microphone. Only certain types of microphones, like condenser microphones, require phantom power. The Monitor volume knob controls the volume of the signal sent to the speakers (outputs L & R on the rear panel).
The MINIFUSE 2 Black also includes a Direct Monitor switch that activates and deactivates the Direct Monitoring feature. Direct Monitoring allows you to hear the input signal without any latency incurred by computer processing. While active; the input signal will be mixed with any signal coming from the computer and sent to the speaker and headphone outputs. While inactive, only the signal coming from the computer will be heard through the speaker and headphone outputs.
Front Panel – Additional Functions
Unique to the MINIFUSE 2 Black is a Monitor Mix knob. This controls the mix of the direct input signal (Direct Monitoring) and computer audio playback. Its default position is Fully Clockwise. At minimum position, you will only hear the signal from the interface input(s). As you turn up the knob, you will gradually crossfade to computer playback. At maximum position, you will only hear computer playback. The Direct Mono switch controls how the input signals are distributed across the stereo output when using Direct Monitoring. In the inactive position, input 1 is sent to the left channel (output 1) while input 2 is sent to the right channel (output 2). In the active position, inputs 1 and 2 are turned into mono signals that are sent to both channels; effectively this means that both inputs will playback centred in the stereo image instead of panned to one speaker or the other.
You can connect your favourite headphones to the 1/4” stereo headphone output. The headphone output mirrors the Monitor Output but has its own independent volume control. Headphone Volume adjusts the volume of the headphone output.
On the rear panel of the MINIFUSE 2 Black, you will find 2x 1/4” balanced stereo outputs. Here you can connect active studio speakers to the 1/4” balanced stereo outputs. Alternatively, you can connect devices such as amplifiers and mixers. The MINIFUSE 2 Black also features both MIDI IN and MIDI OUT connections. The MIDI IN allows you to connect MIDI devices to this jack using a standard 5-pin MIDI cable. You can trigger and control software instruments and effects by connecting devices into this input. The MIDI Out is essentially MIDI output that allows you to output MIDI data from your computer to control other MIDI-compatible hardware devices.
The Hub Port is a convenient USB port that allows you to plug in other USB devices such as thumb drives or MIDI controllers. Also present is the USB port. Here you can connect the interface to your computer by plugging the supplied USB cable into this port and your computer. This connection provides power to the interface and enables the communication between the interface and your computer. Finally, you will find the Kensington lock. When used in conjunction with a Kensington lock cable this offers you to secure the interface as an optional security feature.
Portable work station
Because the Arturia MINIFUSE 2 Black is a compact and lightweight interface, it means that you take your studio on the go. It features a rugged aluminium casing that can handle the mobile producer’s lifestyle. Its portable size means that you can put it in your bag and capture studio-quality recordings just about anywhere. Even remote locations are possible as you can use your laptop to power the interface via USB-C. Best of all it is compatible with both Mac and PC including Laptops and Laptops. For additional control of the MiniFuse Control Center app allows you can control its inputs, outputs, settings and firmware updates in one place. The MINIFUSE 2 Black is truly a versatile device that can work for you and provides total recording freedom.
Software included with the MINIFUSE 2 Black
The MINIFUSE 2 Black also comes with an exclusive selection of software titles offering everything you need to give your sound the professional edge. This isn’t a bundle of premium plugins or demos. The MINIFUSE 2 Black software is the same exceptional software that music and audio professionals use worldwide.
With Ableton Live Lite you can compose, record, perform and produce anything with an introduction to one of the most widely-used musical software titles in the business. Analog Lab Intro will instantly add inspiring sounds from our award-winning keyboard emulations to your mix. It offers hundreds of presets to explore, from vintage ‘80s synths to fat modern sounds.
Arturia FX will colour your sound with 4 premium FX plugin recreations of studio classics; a lush plate reverb, a gritty analog preamp, a classic tape echo, and a rich stereo chorus. Native Instruments GUITAR RIG 6 LE is an inspiring selection of amps, cabs, delays, reverbs, stompboxes and compressors, so you can build your own processing chains and customize your perfect guitar tones. Auto-Tune Unlimited (3-months free subscription) will help refine your vocal parts for perfect harmony or go full trap-style autotune. Your MINIFUSE 2 Black offers a 3-month subscription to the industry’s favourite voice tuning plugin. Finally, the Splice Creator Plan (3-months free subscription) will give you access to millions of hi-def royalty-free samples, from lo-fi drum loops to punchy vocal one-shots, as well as synth sounds, Splice Skills tutorials, and much more.
This Minifuse 2 in BLACK is also available as a BLACK Arturia Minifuse 1 (1 in/ 2 out) USB 2 Interface.