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.

(Sort by clicking a header. Filter by selecting a port. 238 interfaces match current criteria.)

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-100 USB 2 1 16bit/48.0k $160.00 Shop New

? analog inputs (1 XLR, 2 RCA, 1 instrument), 2 analog out (2 RCA), phono preamp, headphone out, includes Audacity.

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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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Tapco Link.USB USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $199.00 Shop New

2 input (Combo XLR/TRS), 2 output (TRS), phantom power, headphone out. Comes with Mackie Tracktion software for Mac and PC. (Tapco is a...

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Tapco Link.FireWIre FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

2 input (2 Combo XLR/TRS), 2 output (TRS), S/PDIF I/O, phantom power, FireWire bus power, headphone out. Comes with Mackie Tracktion...

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Swissonic USB Studio D USB 1 2 20bit/96.0k $849.00

24 bit on the digital I/O. 20 bit on the A-to-D and D-to-A. 2 mic pres with phantom power, 2 HI Z instruments, 4 stereo line inputs,...

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Steinberg MI|4 USB 1 2 $899.00 Shop New

4-in (2 XLR mic, 4 1/4" balanced), 2-out (1/4" balanced), SPDIF i/o, MIDI i/o. This is sold as part of a package with Cubase SL. Street...

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Sound Devices USBPre USB 1 $695.00
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Roland UA-3D USB 1 1 16bit $225.00 Shop New

2 ch i/o, optical 5.1 output, optical in, 1/8" mic input, instrument input, headphone out, includes Cool Edit Pro.

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Roland UA-100 G USB 1 20bit $595.00

MIDI sound module with audio, 2 ch RCA in, 2 ch RCA out, MIDI i/o, optical S/PDIF out, champagne gold panel.

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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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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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Red Wine Audio USB Select USB 1 24bit/96.0k $499.00

2 analog outputs (RCA), S/PDIF out. Only runs on SLA battery pack (usb power inactive). Includes 3-foot Red Wine Digital Cable. Based on...

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Red Wine Audio Isabellina USB 1 16bit/48.0k $1500.00

2 analog outputs (RCA), S/PDIF out (on a BNC), optical out. Only runs on SLA battery pack (usb power inactive). "Converts directly to...

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Radikal Technologies SAC-2.2 USB 1 $1849.00
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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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