Sonic Core Scope XITE-1 Audio Interface
The Sonic Core Scope XITE-1 Audio Interface is a brilliant DSP digital music production system for composition, mix- & mastering, recording, sound design and other applications around professional audio processing.
The Sonic Core Scope XITE-1 Audio Interface is based on the SCOPE Technology, well known for the established excellent sound quality, high degree of operational reliability and flexibility. The products combine powerful software packages and DSP hardware for computers, providing the system with inputs, outputs and DSP processing power. An immense variety of effects, mixers, samplers, synthesizers and other professional tools provide you with a highly flexible studio system that can be adapted to your special requirements.
The Sonic Core Scope XITE-1 Audio Interface does all the high resolution computations for the plug-ins you have loaded in your SCOPE software and handles the incoming audio signals, as well as the routing of all external or software devices on its powerful DSPs.
The sophisticated soft- and hardware architecture permits arbitrary system configurations. So it's your choice how to use your XITE: a mixing desk for recording, mix & mastering, an expressive playable instrument, or an effect rack that feels like good, solid hardware. Or all at the same time. In SCOPE you just load the required plug-ins and wire everything up to your liking. This way you can set up your personal virtual studio, which can be taken everywhere thanks to the optional laptop connectivity through the express card interface. The consistent low latency technology permits a comfortable, analogue like workflow. With SCOPE XITE you have your complete studio in one device.
The Sound Design Genius
The sample-based precise floating-point processing allows a sound design with feedback loops, modulations and resonances, which are possible usually with analog devices only. This and the excellent sound algorithms have made the authentic, lively and characterful sound of SCOPE an established benchmark.
The Performance Giant
With its 18 First Class SHARC Processors in one Rack Unit, SCOPE XITE-1 provides you with the Technology of world-class real digital Studio Devices and Hardware Synthesizers. Thanks to the exceptional performance of the Super Harvard Architecture, it can house sophisticated Synthesizers, Effects, Mixing and Mastering Plug-Ins for an entire Music Production.
The Studio Core
With its real-time processing, XITE-1 is a real hardware unit and predestined to be connected to further latency free hardware equipment. The Multiple high-quality inputs and outputs and free routing capabilities of its Plug-Ins makes the XITE-1 to a central unit of your production setup, which can be used live on stage and for direct monitoring comprehensively.
Sonic Core Scope XITE-1 Audio Interface Specifications
- XITE-1 Processors: 12 x SHARC (333 MHz, 4. Generation) + 6 x SHARC (60 MHz)
- Sample Rates: 32 kHz/44.1 kHz/48 kHz/96 kHz
- Internal Audio Signals: 32 Bit
- Control Accuracy: 32 Bit
- Internal Word Length: > 80 Bit
- Rack Unit: 19"/1HE
- Dimensions: (without rack brackets): 445 x 192 x 45 (mm/W x L x H)
- Weight: 5.1 kg
- Power Supply: 12V external
Sonic Core Scope XITE-1 Audio Interface Front Panel
- 1 x Headphones (Stereo Jack) Output with Volume Control
- 2 x Mic, Hi-Z (Instrument) or Line (XLR/Mono Jack) Inputs with Gain Control
- Phantom Power: 48 V (switchable)
- Impedance Transformer
- Pad-Switch for -20 dB Gain reducuction
- Volume and Gain Control: Complete control range
Sonic Core Scope XITE-1 Audio Interface Rear Panel
- 2 x ADAT optical (16 Channels, 8 Channels SMUX at 96kHz)
- 2 x Z-Link (16 Channels at 96 kHz)
- 1 x Analog Input and Output (XLR symmetric, +4 dBu)
- 1 x Stereo AES/EBU Input and Output
- 1 x MIDI In, Out und Thru
- 1 x Word Clock Input and Output (BNC)
- 1 x XTDM Expansion Slot
- PCIe Connection (HDMI Cable to PC/Notebook)
Sonic Core Scope XITE-1 Audio Interface System Requirements
- PCIe Slot (PC) or ExpressCard Slot (Notebook)
- Windows 32 Bit or 64 Bit
Sonic Core Scope XITE-1 Audio Interface Includes
- Scope XITE-1
- PCIe Card
- Virtual Studio Software
- Power Supply
- Installation CD/DVD
- User Manual
- Cable Set
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Although the XITE may be considered a synthesizer based box, it truly is an 'all-in-one' studio package for a pro-sumer or professional. I've been an audio tech for decades and have seen/heard/tried almost all of the gear that is out there, and the capabilities of the XITE are stunning and stellar. One should appreciate that audio DSPs are the workhorses of name-brand outboard gear, and that they can be configured to accomplish whatever audio task one desires depending upon the algorithm loaded into them. Suffice to say, the XITE-1 has actually been on the map and performing flawlessly before the UAD Apollos even hit the drawing board...care to guess which market they were going for? If you are a home recorder who cares about quality and longevity, this is the only box you should consider as the foundation of your home recording rig.
I have used scope in a professional capacity for 15 years.The improvements and additions to the Scope platform over the years always surprised my ears. The Xite-1 is no exception. It is leaps and bounds beyond in DSP power and management. The build quality is gorgeous machined aluminum on black chassis. The additional preamps sparkle, and have replaced my in-line solution and external ($800+) preamp. The output is also cleaner than that of my external da, and XLR. What I also didn't expect was to receive as many devices as I did, the cables it came with and the exemplary service and shipping from Front-End Audio and Sonic-Core North America. Kudos to both for enabling me to use the best hardware ever made. It is way more hardware and software than it looks like. Truly integrates ALL of your gear!
I wanted to wait a little while after it's arrived before I could do a honest review. It comes with a plenty of stock synths which sound good and definitely a sound quality upgrade from pure native. It allows you to "rewire" your sequencer using the XITE-1 drivers and mix and master within the scope environment. It's not really rewire and in fact its much better.. you'll see :) To summarise, Scope XITE-1 is a very high quality piece of gear that allows you to upgrade your DAW to the next level in terms of functionality. Highlights are Low latency soundcard... No latency between the environment and your sequencer. SOUND QUALITY. My mixdowns/productions have stepped up definitely and I am no noob... Less effort to get "the sound" with less effects than before. Massive DSP power Best ITB reverbs I've heard. (easily) Massive routing capabilities This review does not do justice to the power of this box.
Sonic Core's Xite-1 is an incredible piece of equipment that has become the heart of my home studio. It's difficult to describe the sound of Xite's plugins as words like 'warmer', 'fuller' and 'vibrant' are very subjective but for me, that's what they sound like. I tried routing a mix I was working on in Ableton Live through one of Scope's mixers and I immediately noticed the depth, clarity and 'punch' my mix had that was lacking before. Working with the Scope environment is like working with a hardware-filled studio. The environment is incredibly flexible - you can route anything to anywhere. However, you lose the integration of working with your DAW's mixer. You have to save a Scope project separately to your DAW's session. In this way, your DAW becomes an extension to Scope rather than the other way round. For those who'd prefer to mix in their DAW and use the Xite's plugins in their DAW's mixer, this is possible using Scope's XTC mode.