The Computer Audio Interface Guide

This guide covers computer audio interfaces (sometimes referred to as "I/O"s or "breakout boxes") for PC or Mac. These provide audio input, output and additional features which improve upon any built-in audio jack. This guide does not cover internal PCI cards, just external connectors (USB, FireWire etc). See the bottom of this page for an intro to the terminology and trends.

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Apogee Duet2 USB 2 2 24bit/192.0k $595.00 Shop New

Built-in: 1/4" headphone out. For other I/O the Duet2 requires either a breakout cable (2 ch analog in on XLR/TRS combo for line/mic/...

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Behringer B-Control BCA2000 USB 2 2 24bit/96.0k $259.00 Shop New

3 analog inputs (XLR mic, 1/4"), 6 analog out (2 1/4", 4 RCA) optical S/PDIF i/o, ADAT i/o, MIDI i/o, 100mm faders, headphone out

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CME Xcorpio A USB 2 24bit/96.0k $159.00 Shop New

2 analog in on XLR, 2 analog out on RCA, headphone out. Small clip-on "bionic portable design" for guitarists.

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CME Xcorpio I USB 2 24bit/96.0k $159.00 Shop New

2 analog in on TRS, 2 analog out on RCA, headphone out. Small clip-on "bionic portable design" for guitarists.

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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX USB 2 1 24bit/96.0k $130.00 Shop New

Surround sound audio interface w/ 6 analog outputs (L/C/R/LS/RS/SW), optical S/PDIF i/o, 2 ch. line input, mic input, infrared remote...

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Edirol UA-1000 USB 2 4 24bit/96.0k $945.00 Shop New

Rackmount 10 channel in/out with tons of i/o options, ADAT i/o, wordclock i/o, MIDI, etc. Note: Windows only, no Mac support. Branded as...

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Edirol UA-25EX
USB 1
USB 2
2 24bit/96.0k Shop New

2 ch analog in (on XLR/TRS combo, one of which can take an instrument in), 2 ch analog out (on TRS and RCA), digital in/out (on optical...

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Lynx Aurora 16
USB 2
FireWire 400
24bit/192.0k $3295.00 Shop New

16 analog I/O on DB25 connectors, 16 AES digital I/O (DB25 breakout), MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O. Comes stock with an empty card slot,...

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Lynx Aurora 8
USB 2
FireWire 400
24bit/192.0k $2195.00 Shop New

8 analog I/O on DB25 connectors, 8 AES digital I/O (DB25 breakout), MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O. Comes stock with an empty card slot, which...

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Marian UCON CX USB 2 4 24bit/96.0k $899.00

8 analog in (4 XLR/TRS combo, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), ADAT I/O, MIDI I/O, word in, headphone out, UCON mixer software. Works...

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MOTU 828 mkII (USB2.0) USB 2 2 24bit/96.0k $795.00 Shop New

8 analog, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, adds the following to the original 828: 96k, SMPTE+MIDI i/o,...

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MOTU MicroBook USB 2 1 24bit/48.0k $269.00 Shop New

4 analog in (1 Mic TRS with included adapter to XLR, 1 instrument 1/4", 2 more inputs on either 2 TRS or 1 mini stereo 1/8"), 4 analog...

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Native Instruments Audio 8 DJ USB 2 1 24bit/96.0k $449.00 Shop New

4 stereo inputs (8 RCA), 4 stereo outputs (8 RCA), 2 optional phono preamps, MIDI I/O, headphone out, compatible with Final Scratch...

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Roland Quad-Capture USB 2 2 24bit/192.0k $349.00 Shop New

Also known as the Roland UA-55. Two analog input channels on XLR/TRS combo connectors, two output channels on TRS connectors, two...

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Roland Octa-Capture USB 2 8 24bit/192.0k $819.00 Shop New

Also known as the Roland UA-1010. Eight analog input channels on XLR/TRS combo connectors, eight output channels on TRS connectors, two...

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Roland Tri-Capture USB 2 1 24bit/96.0k $159.00 Shop New

Also known as the Roland UA-33. Two analog channels can be recorded from a choice of inputs: (1) XLR mic input, (1) instrument input, or...

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Tascam US-122L USB 2 2 24bit/96.0k $199.00

2 analog input (2 XLR or 2 1/4" TRS), 2 analog out (RCA), instrument input, MIDI i/o, headphone out.

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Tascam US-144 USB 2 2 24bit/96.0k $269.00

2 analog input (XLR or 1/4" TRS), 2 analog out (RCA), instrument inpout, S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out.

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Tascam US-122mkII USB 2 2 24bit/96.0k $199.00 Shop New

2 analog input (2 XLR or 2 1/4" TRS or 1 instrument), 2 analog out (RCA), MIDI i/o, headphone out, includes Steinberg Cubase LE4.

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Tascam US-144mkII USB 2 2 24bit/96.0k $270.00 Shop New

2 analog input (2 XLR or 2 1/4" TRS, 1 instrument), 2 analog out (RCA), instrument input, S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out.

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