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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Mackie Digital X Bus X.200 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k $12995.00 Shop New

Professional large-format digital mixer, FireWire requires optional card, 68 inputs and 76 outputs at 96kHz, up to 64 analog mic/line...

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Prism ADA-8XR FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k $11236.00 Shop New

Modular with option slots for many configurations: 16 channel AD converter, 16 Channel DA converter, 8 channel AD/DA etc. Optional cards...

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Prism Orpheus FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $5000.00 Shop New

8 in (4 combo XLR/TRS), 8 out (TRS), 2 instrument in, Optical I/O, S/PDIF I/O, wordclock I/O, MIDI I/O, 2 headphone outs.

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Apogee AD-8000
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
mLAN
24bit/48.0k $4995.00

FireWire requires 400 or 800 AMBus card, 8-in (XLR balanced analog), 8-out (with optional D/A card), AES digital i/o (2-in, 8-out),...

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Apogee Trak2
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
mLAN
2 24bit/96.0k $3995.00

FireWire requires optional 400 or 800 AMBus card, 2-in (XLR balanced analog mic or line), 2-out analog (XLR), 8-out analog (with...

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Apogee AD-16X
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
24bit/192.0k $3594.00 Shop New

FireWire requires optional X-FireWire card, 16-in (DB25 balanced analog...

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Apogee DA-16X
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
24bit/192.0k $3495.00 Shop New

FireWire requires optional X-FireWire card, 16-out (DB25 balanced...

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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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Apogee Rosetta 800
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
24bit/192.0k $2995.00

FireWire requires optional X-FireWire card, 96k base model can be upgraded to 192k...

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Digidesign Digi 002 (MX002) FireWire 400 4 24bit/96.0k $2495.00 Shop New

Control surface and audio I/O with 8 automated faders, 8 soft knobs, transport controls, works as stand-alone digital mixer, includes...

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Digidesign Digi 003 Factory (MX003) FireWire 400 4 24bit/96.0k $2495.00 Shop New

Audio I/O and control surface with 8 analog in (4 mic-level XLR or 4 line/instrument TRS, plus 4 line-level TRS), 8 analog out (8 TRS...

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Apogee Ensemble Mobile FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $2495.00 Shop New

DC-powered version of the Ensemble. 8 analog in (4 XLR, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), (4) Hi-Z instrument inputs, (2) analog inserts, ADAT...

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Mindprint DTC Dual Tube Channel USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $2299.00 Shop New

2 ch analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo line or 2 XLR mic), 2 analog out (2 XLR or 2 TRS), 2 inserts (2 TRS), 2 Haufe mic preamps, tube...

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AJA Io FireWire 400 24bit $2290.00

Video interface with audio. 4 channel analog audio in (XLR/TRS combo), 8 ch analog out (8 on db25 or 4 on XLR), 4 ch AES/ebu digital i/o...

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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 Ensemble FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $1995.00 Shop New

8 analog in (4 XLR, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), (4) Hi-Z instrument inputs, (2) analog inserts, ADAT i/o, SPDIF i/o, word clock i/o,...

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Radikal Technologies SAC-2.2 USB 1 $1849.00
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RME Audio Fireface 800 FireWire 800 4 24bit/192.0k $1799.00 Shop New

13 analog inputs (8x1/4" balanced, 4xXLR, 1x1/4" unbalanced), 9 analog outs, (8x1/4" balanced, 1x1/4"unbalanced), ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o....

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TC Electronic PowerCore FireWire FireWire 400 $1745.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire processor adds DSP horsepower to any VST or MAS DAW (PC or Mac). Comes with a bunch of plug-ins. Other...

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Yamaha 01X
FireWire 400
mLAN
24bit/96.0k $1699.00 Shop New

28 channel digital mixer.

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