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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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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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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Telex P-500 USB 1 $60.00 Shop New

Analog-to-digital input only? Discontinued, manufacturer website was formerly...

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Telex P-800 USB 1 $36.00 Shop New

Discontinued, manufacturer website was formerly ...

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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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TC Electronic Konnekt 24D FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $495.00 Shop New

4 analog in (2 combo XLR/TRS or 4 TRS), 4 analog out (TRS), ADAT I/O, S/PDIF I/O, built-in effects, multiple units can be networked, bus...

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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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Tascam US-428 USB 1 4 24bit/48.0k $625.00 Shop New

4 input (2 XLR, 2 1/4" TRS, 2 unbalanced 1/4"), MIDI i/o, S/PDIF i/o, includes Steinberg Cubase LE (later included Cubasis VST) and...

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Tascam US-122 USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $269.00 Shop New

2 analog input (2 XLR or 2 1/4" TRS), 2 analog out (RCA), analog inserts, MIDI, headphone out, includes Steinberg Cubase LE and...

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Tascam FW-1884 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1599.00 Shop New

8 analog input, 8 analog output, 8 digital I/O (ADAT), S/PDIF I/O, 8 touch-sensitive faders, playback control surface with dedicated...

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Tascam IF-FW/DM FireWire 400 $499.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire interface card with two FireWIre 400 ports and MIDI i/o. This can handle 24 channels i/o over FireWire...

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Tascam US-224 USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $375.00 Shop New

2-in (2 XLR, 2 1/4"), 2-out (2 RCA), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, includes Steinberg Cubase LE and Gigastudio LE. Has control surface with 4...

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Tascam FW-1804 FireWire 400 4 24bit/96.0k $749.00 Shop New

8 analog input (4 XLR mic/TRS combo, 4 TRS), 2 analog output (TRS), 8 ch ADAT I/O, 2 ch S/PDIF I/O, wordclock i/o, MIDI i/o, instrument...

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Tascam FW-1082 FireWire 400 4 24bit/96.0k $999.00 Shop New

8 analog input (4 XLR mic, 8 TRS), 2 analog output (TRS), 2 ch S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, instrument input, (2) insert jacks, headphone out,...

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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 IF-FW/DMmkII FireWire 400 $499.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire interface card with one FireWIre 400 port and MIDI i/o. This can handle 32 channels i/o over FireWire...

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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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