This Fantastic bundle from Scan ProAudio features the compact and powerful Zoom UAC-2 USB 3.0 Audio Interface, along with the Premium Studio Class AKG K702 Headphones.
An absolute classic matched up with a current champion. The AKG 702's have been highly recommended in the studio for a number of years now and offer great performance on a budget. We've matched these up with the best performing budget USB interface out there right now, the Zoom UAC2. The convertors used in the Zoom offer great sonic clarity and the headphone amp thanks to the added voltage provided over USB manage to drive these headphones better than a lot of other interfaces in the price bracket. Match them together and you have possibly the best performing and sounding starters package for anyone wishing to get into production.
Zoom UAC-2 - Scan Recommended - The new budget audio interface champion!
Zoom is a company that many users may remember as being one of the early proponents of digital effects and over the last few years they've expanded into other fields, such as their superb hand held recorders for both audio and video as well as these amazing little interfaces which in our own testing here at Scan come out as simply being great in every metric we could establish.
The interface itself is a simple 2 in and 2 out interface with midi which on the surface looks like a fairly common spec, however its under the hood where things start to get really interesting as we discovered.
Thanks to the improvements in latency offered under USB3 and some well tuned drivers we've been seeing performance scores that give you half the latency of a good USB 2 device. At the lowest 32 buffer settings the interface has a total RTL (the time it takes for audio to enter, be processed and be routed back out to your speakers) of around 4ms, with a 64 buffer setting offering around 5ms.
By contrast the best of the best USB 2 interfaces available for under £1000 can manage around 6ms and in real terms you can start to feel lag around 10ms - 12ms meaning that anything up to around a 128 buffer or under on this interface is going to be perfect for the recording artist who needs to add realtime effects before monitoring.
Don't need the real time effects on your monitoring chain? Then you can switch the interface to the direct monitoring mode for real time audio foldback, and there's even a reverb on the monitor mixer, that wont get recorded, but will make vocalists a lot happier when recording!
Whilst we were blown away by this performance coming from USB at this or indeed any price point, other parts of the interface are as equally well thought out too.
Giving you the ability to record at up to 24bit/192kHz, the included convertors include a Burr Brown PCM4202 ADC & AKM AK4396 DAC both of which in the recent past have been found on a number of higher end interface solutions but rarely if ever before at a price point this low. Of course the choice of convertor is directly affected by the quality and design of the signal path and once again, the Zoom UAC-2 has a well thought out path and sounds great in use and allows them to offer class leading dynamic range and signal-to-noise rates that give you a sound quality that punches far above its weight. This coupled by the converters inbuilt ability to 4X upsample before processing, ensures that far less digital noise and aliasing can occur, allowing you to capture high quality transparent recordings every time.
All this ties up into at a great package at a previously unseen price point, making the Zoom UAC our current budget model to beat. If you need a simple 2 in / 2 out interface, this could be your ideal solution, however if you need more I/O for your studio the Zoom UAC-8.
"These AKG K702 Headphones are fantastically detailed headphones for doing mixdowns on, a perfect complement to decent studio monitors for nailing those mix details" Scan Pro Audio Team
The K702 are the new reference for open-back dynamic AKG headphones. They combine an extremely accurate response with yet unseen agility and spaciousness. This is achieved by using revolutionary flat-wire voice coils and a patented Varimotion™ two-layer diaphragm. A totally open design and a high performance cable complete these reference headphones.Their comfortable, specially shaped '3D-form' ear pads and a padded genuine-leather headband ensure a perfect fit. They are individually tested and numbered.
maximum wearing comfort for long work sessions
Sophisticated open technology
for spacious and airy sound without compromise
Unique flat-wire voice coil
for higher sensitivity, better impulse and treble response
Patented Varimotion two-layer diaphragm
for improved high-frequency range and better performance at low frequencies
Specially shaped 3D-foam ear pads
for optimum fit and ease of use
These superlative K702 open-back dynamic headphones provide an outstandingly accurate sound and excellent imaging. Whether you prefer the holistic approach or like to listen analytically, the K702 from AKG will turn perception into pure enjoyment.
AKG is the first manufacturer in the world to use the revolutionary flat-wire technology in headphones. The result is a truly dramatic sound that places every musician at their correct location with pinpoint accuracy. This kind of agility, spaciousness, brilliant highs and velvety, punchy bass is simply miraculous. Pre-selected transducers guarantee minimum channel tolerances as requested for professional audio applications.
AKG also improved the cushioned genuine leather headband which increases the comfort and let you enjoy your K702 for hours. Furthermore high complex manufacturing processes were applied to let the K702 appear in their delicate but robust finish. Finally each K 702 with attached cable is tested individually at the end of the production line to meet our costumers highest quality requirements.
Using advanced technologies is not an end in itself but a way to make music come to life. The K702 is the result of more than sixty years of research and development devoted to creating the perfect headphones.
The K702 is backed by a two-year parts and labour warranty from AKG.
Experience pure perfection!