Compact audio interface with
advanced guitar tone shaping

Best-in-class guitar recording starts here

AXE I/O, IK’s award-winning audio interface, set a new standard for guitar-oriented recording interfaces. Now AXE I/O Solo brings the same great tone shaping, convenient features and premium sound to everyone, everywhere, in a compact and affordable 2-in / 3-out format.

Key Features

  • 2-in / 3-out USB audio interface
  • ACTIVE/PASSIVE pick-up selector
  • PURE and JFET input stages
  • Z-Tone® impedance-adapting circuit
  • Amp Out for reamplification or Tone Modeling using TONEX for Mac/PC
  • Comes with AmpliTube 5 SE and TONEX SE for Mac/PC
  • High-resolution, Class A mic preamp
  • 24-bit, 192 kHz sound quality
  • Wide frequency response ideal for instruments
  • Best-in-class analog/digital conversion
  • Ultra-low noise floor for high-gain recording
  • Designed and made in Italy

The best interface I’ve ever used. This interface is just… mind-blowing.

AXE I/O Solo combines IK’s two decades of innovation in analog modeling and hardware design to make recording guitar faster, easier and better than ever.


Your guitar’s golden channel

AXE I/O Solo offers a triple-topology instrument input designed to preserve your guitar’s unique character, combined with powerful tone-shaping features to adapt to any guitar or bass, and helps you coax a wider range of sounds from any instrument.


Pick your pickup:

PASSIVE: designed to accommodate everything from low-output vintage pickups to hotter modern humbuckers with ultra-low noise and extended frequency response.

ACTIVE: bypasses unnecessary gain stages when using active pick-ups, to keep your signal path as direct, transparent and clean as possible.


Choose your channel:

PURE: a completely transparent and ultra-accurate preamp
circuit that won’t color  your sound in any way.

JFET: a Class A JFET input buffer for subtle harmonic
enhancement, midrange focus and warmth.

AXE I/O Solo also offers IK’s patent pending Z-TONE® circuit, letting you dial in impedance from 1 MOhm (“sharp”) down to 2.2 kOhms (“bold”) that interacts with your pick-ups.

At the maximum impedance, you’ll find your sound tighter, sharper and more precise. Increase the load and the sound becomes thicker and bolder. 

You’ll quickly find yourself using these controls to give your guitars even more sonic character – with just a few minutes’ experimentation you can dial in a sound that fits the mix beautifully.


PURE mic preamp for transparent recording

AXE I/O Solo offers a high-definition, Class A mic preamp designed for transparent and clean recording. An extended, flat frequency response captures the full tonal range of your voice or instrument without coloring the sound, and best-in-class dynamic range ensures ultra-quiet recordings.


Tone Modeling and reamplification made easy

AXE I/O Solo also includes a dedicated Amp Out so you can create the perfect Tone Models of your amps and pedals using TONEX for Mac/PC. Or process your recorded tracks using real guitar amps and stomps without the need for external accessories (and without having to unplug your gear). This low-noise output also eliminates ground loops during amplification and Tone Modeling to keep your high-gain amps as quiet as possible.

It’s simple: Connect the Amp Out to your amp, then mic it up using AXE I/O Solo’s microphone preamp. Now you can create a perfect Tone Model using TONEX for Mac/PC. Capture a clean copy of your signal while recording and feed it back to your amp afterwards to experiment with different amp, stompbox and microphone settings without re-recording countless takes.

AmpliTube TONEX

AXE I/O Solo now ships with TONEX SE

Model the sound of any amp, cabinet, combo or pedal, and turn it into a plug-in to use on both Mac/PC or iPhone and iPad for the ultimate tone experience. Explore ToneNET and IK’s new TONEX Signature and Tone Partner Collections and discover gear you’ve always wanted to own.

TONEXMAX + AXE I/O + AmpliTube 5 MAX

AXE I/O SOLO + AmpliTube 5 + TONEX Bundle

Read more about:
AmpliTube 5 | TONEX

A truly high-end audio interface for everybody

The original AXE I/O set a high bar for sound quality. AXE I/O Solo preserves the best-in-class dynamic range, ultra-low self noise and wide, extended frequency response essential to capturing the most accurate details of your performance, and for keeping your sound completely pure and transparent.

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Advanced instrument input with Z-TONE

Pick-up selection

Discrete JFET/PURE preamp selection

Patent pending Z-TONE impendance tonal control

Reference headphones out

Noiseless AMP OUT for re-amplification

  1. Advanced instrument input with Z-TONE
  2. Pick-up selection
  3. Discrete JFET/PURE preamp selection
  4. Patent pending Z-TONE impendance tonal control
  5. Reference headphones out
  6. Noiseless AMP OUT for re-amplification

AXE I/O Solo offers separate master & headphone volume and a Monitor knob to blend direct signals and the audio from your computer for zero latency monitoring.

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MIDI input/output

2 expression pedals/single - double switches

2 balanced reference monitor out

PURE mic input/line input

  1. MIDI input/output
  2. 2 expression pedals/single - double switches
  3. 2 balanced reference monitor out
  4. PURE mic input/line input

24-bit, 192 kHz conversion and an ultra-stable, low jitter internal clock ensures the highest fidelity, delivering truly professional-grade recordings for everyone.

Advanced digital control & routing


AXE I/O Solo also includes a powerful, convenient Control Panel application to manage inputs & outputs and assign routing & controller inputs.


In the INTERFACE tab, you can view the active inputs, enable phantom power and control the ground lift to dial in the least noise for your setup. Adjust output volume, direct monitoring routing, select the sample rate and more.

The CONTROLLER tab gives you control over the 2 controller inputs. Set behavior, MIDI channel, MIDI CC #, minimum and maximum values, and more, to dial in the best settings for any application you want to control.

The AXE I/O Solo Control Panel lets you keep focused on your work, instead of adjusting settings on the unit itself, for a faster, freer workflow.

Download the AXE I/O Solo Drivers and Control Software

It will transform the way in which you record guitar.

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