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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Ego Systems (ESI) Aqua U24M USB 1 2 24bit

4 channel i/o analog, headphone amp, S/PDIF coaxial digital I/O, MIDI.

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Onkyo MSE-U33HB USB 1 1 Shop New

2-in, 2-out, with 3-port USB hub, mic input (1/8"?) and GM/GS synth sound set.

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Onkyo SE-U55 USB 1 1 Shop New

2-in, 2-out, S/PDIF coax I/O, optical I/O, mic in (1/8"), headphone out.

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Xitel MD-Port AN1 USB 1

Analog output.

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Mackie Digital X Bus X.400 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k

Professional large-format digital mixer with 92 inputs and 100 outputs (at 96kHz), FireWire requires an optional card, 24 busses, dual...

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Mindprint Trio USB USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k

2 ch analog in (2 TRS line or 1 XLR mic or 1/4" instrument), 2 analog out (TRS plus 2-pair of mirrored RCA), insert (2 TRS), EQ, zero-...

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Terratec Phase 24 FW FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k

2 analog inputs (1/4" TRS), 2 analog outputs (1/4" TRS), headphone output, S/PDIF I/O (on breakout cable), MIDI I/O (on breakout cable...

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Terratec Phase X24 FW
FireWire 400
mLAN
2 24bit/192.0k

2 analog inputs (XLR/TRS combo), 4 analog outputs (1/4" TRS), 2 insert jacks (TRS insert unbalanced), headphone output, optical I/O,...

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TC Electronic Konnekt 8 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k

2 analog in (2 Combo XLR/TRS for mic/instrument, 2x 1/4" for line), 2 analog out (1/4"), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, 2 headphone out,...

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Edirol UA-3 USB 1 1 16bit

2 ch analog i/o, digital i/o, 1/8" mic input, instrument input, headphone out. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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Terratec Aureon 5.1 USB MKII USB 1 2 16bit/48.0k

2 analog input (3.5 mm, mic in on 3.5mm), 6 analog out (3 stereo 3.5mm), S/PDIF optical i/o, headphone out. 49.99 euro.

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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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Griffin iMic (original) USB 1 $35.00 Shop New

USB, 2 channel in and out on 1/8 inch jacks, switchable mic/line input. This has been upgraded at least once, still called iMic.

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Telex P-800 USB 1 $36.00 Shop New

Discontinued, manufacturer website was formerly ...

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Griffin USB Audio Hub USB 1 $39.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. USB, 4-port hub optimized for use with USB audio devices. Discontinued.

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Griffin iMic (2005) USB 1 2 $39.00 Shop New

2 channel in and out on 1/8" jacks, switchable mic/line stereo input. (Model updated 11/2005, not sure what's changed since the original...

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Griffin iFire FireWire 400 $40.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire to Apple Pro...

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Griffin PowerMate USB 1 $45.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface, volume knob/programmable scrolling controller for any app.

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Xitel HiFi-Link USB 1 20bit $50.00 Shop New

1/8" out only, comes with 30 foot 1/8"-2RCA cable

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Engineered Audio Aurius USB 1 16bit/48.0k $55.00

2 ch analog out on 1/8" jack with FM transmitter for sending to any radio receiver within 30-50 feet.

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