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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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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Presonus FIREstation
FireWire 400
mLAN
2 $899.00

8 ch i/o, tube emulation, ADAT i/o, S/PDIF, MIDI and onboard mixer for zero latency monitoring. Works as standalone 2 ch mic pre and 8...

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Presonus FP10 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $799.00 Shop New

8 ch i/o (8 XLR/TRS combo, 2 TS), 8 analog out (8 TRS), S/PDIF, MIDI i/o, zero latency monitoring, can daisychain multiple units, comes...

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Presonus Inspire 1394 FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $299.00 Shop New

4 analog input (2 XLR mic, 2 1/4" TS instrument, 2 RCA), phono preamp, 2 analog output (2 RCA, 1/8" stereo), headphone out, Low Latency...

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Presonus Firebox FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $499.00 Shop New

4 analog input (2 XLR/TRS combo, 2 TRS), 6 analog output (6 TRS), S/PDIF I/O (DB9), MIDI I/O (DB9), headphone out, can daisychain...

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Presonus FireStudio FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $699.00 Shop New

Bigger than the FirePod, comes with MSR Monitor Station Remote.

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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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Philips PSC805 Aurilium USB 1 1 16bit/48.0k $99.00 Shop New

2 analog in (one 1/8" jack), 6 analog out (three 1/8" jacks), optical S/PDIF out, coax S/PDIF out, mic in (1/8"), headphone out (1/8"),...

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Onkyo DW-S500 USB 1 $400.00 Shop New

Stereo system with USB input, bookshelf sized.

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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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Onkyo UD5 USB 1 $79.00

USB, digital optical out only. PC only?

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Numark TTUSB USB 1 $299.00 Shop New

USB turntable, line-level analog output (RCA), built-in phono preamp with line level RCA outputs, line-level input for audio into...

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Native Instruments Audio 8 DJ USB 2 1 24bit/96.0k $449.00 Shop New

4 stereo inputs (8 RCA), 4 stereo outputs (8 RCA), 2 optional phono preamps, MIDI I/O, headphone out, compatible with Final Scratch...

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MOTU UltraLite FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $599.00 Shop New

8 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 6 TRS), 10 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, headphone out, more. Bus-powered off FireWire for...

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MOTU 828 mkII (FireWire) FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $795.00 Shop New

8 analog, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, adds the following to the original 828: 96k, SMPTE+MIDI i/o,...

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MOTU 828 FireWire 400 2 24bit/48.0k $795.00

8 analog, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, ADAT sync, headphone out. Comes with MOTU's AudioDesk software. Replaced by the 828mkII 5/2003.

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MOTU 896 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1295.00

8 analog, ADAT and AES I/O. Has ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, more. Comes with MOTU's AudioDesk software. Replaced by the...

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MOTU 8Pre FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $595.00 Shop New

8 analog in (Combo XLR/TRS), 2 analog out (TRS), ADAT I/O. Has phantom power, 20db pads, MIDI I/O, headphone out. Standalone...

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

8 analog, ADAT and AES I/O. Has ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, more. Standalone functionality as mixer or mic preamp. Zero-...

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