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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FireWire 400 (97)       |      FireWire 800 (9)       |      mLAN (8)       |      USB 1 (121)       |      USB 2 (24)
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Tascam FireOne FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $399.00 Shop New

2 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 1 instrument), 2 analog out (TRS), MIDI i/o, transport controls (works with many DAW apps), function keys...

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Tascam US-800 USB 2 6 24bit/192.0k $370.00 Shop New

6 analog in (6 XLR/TRS combo), 2 analog out (2 RCA), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, includes Cubase LE4.

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Tascam US-2000 USB 2 8 24bit/96.0k $650.00 Shop New

14 analog in (8 XLR mic, 6 1/4" TRS), 2 instrument in, 2 inserts (1/4" TSRR), 4 analog out (4 1/4" TRS), S/PDIF i/o, includes Cubase LE4...

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Tascam US-1641 USB 2 8 24bit/96.0k $500.00 Shop New

14 analog in (8 XLR, 6 1/4" TRS), 4 analog out (4 1/4"TRS), 2 instrument in, S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, includes Cubase LE4....

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MOTU 828 mkIII FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $795.00 Shop New

10 analog i/o, 16 ch ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o, word clock i/o, headphone out, MIDI i/o, SMPTE, built-in hardware-based effects. AudioDesk...

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MOTU Traveler-mk3 FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $895.00 Shop New

8 analog in (4 XLR mic, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), 16 ch optical i/o (16 ADAT at up to 48k, or 8 ADAT at up to 96k, or 2 stereo TOSLink...

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M-Audio ProFire 2626 FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $900.00 Shop New

8 analog in (on XLR/TRS combo), 8 analog out (TRS), 16ch ADAT i/o, (2) instrument inputs, 26 simultaneous inputs, S/PDIF i/o (on fanout...

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MOTU 896mk3 FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $1295.00 Shop New

8ch analog i/o (XLR/TRS combo in, XLR out), 16ch ADAT i/o, 2ch AES i/o, and 2ch S/PDIF i/o. Can do simultaneous input/output of all...

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Presonus FireStudio Mobile FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $400.00 Shop New

8 inputs (2 combo XLR mic/unbalanced TS instrument, 6 balanced TRS line), 2 line out (TRS), headphone out, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O. Small 1...

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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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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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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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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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M-Audio MobilePre v2 USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $179.00 Shop New

2 analog inputs (two XLR/TRS combo or two 1/4"), 2 analog outputs (two 1/4"), "direct monitor" mode, phantom power, headphone out

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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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