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Nio is the new audio interface from Novation designed for the mobile music producer. It's small, lightweight and connects via USB. It offers two inputs and four outputs using RCA jacks, plus an additional instrument jack at the front and a microphone XLR (with phantom power) at the rear. Nio has some cool features, which set it apart from the crowd, including an extensive suite of effects, powered by the unit's own DSP chip. These include effects from the Supernova synth and Focusrite dynamics and can be used live, in real-time, and won't tax the computer's CPU. Nio retails for £149 and is on sale now.