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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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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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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Edirol M-100FX USB 1 2 24bit/44.1k $495.00 Shop New

10 channel analog mixer with USB out, effects. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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CME Matrix K FW FireWire 400 1 24bit/192.0k $225.00 Shop New

2 analog in (1/8" mini or one XLR/TRS combo), 2 analog out (TRS), 2 headphone outs. Available August 2006.

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CME Matrix K USB
USB 1
FireWire 400
1 24bit/192.0k $189.00 Shop New

2 analog in (1/8" mini or one XLR/TRS combo), 2 analog out (TRS), 2 headphone outs. Stock model is USB, optional $99 KF400E FireWire...

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Digidesign Mbox USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $495.00 Shop New

2 analog in (mic/line/DI), 2 analog out, S/PDIF i/o, TRS inserts, headphone out, includes Pro Tools LE software. (Note strict CPU and...

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Digidesign Mbox 2 USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $495.00 Shop New

2 analog in (mic on XLR, line on TRS, DI on TS), 2 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, includes Pro Tools LE software...

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Digidesign Mbox 2 Factory USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $595.00 Shop New

2 analog in (mic/line/DI), 2 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, includes Pro Tools LE software and "Factory" plug-...

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Digidesign Mbox 2 Micro USB 1 24bit/48.0k $279.00 Shop New

2 analog out (1/8" mini), no inputs, includes Pro Tools LE software. (Note strict CPU and drive compatibility requirements, and you can'...

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Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini USB 1 1 24bit/48.0k $329.00 Shop New

2 analog in (1 XLR,or 2 TRS), 2 analog out (TRS), headphone out, includes Pro Tools LE software. (Note strict CPU and drive...

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Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $799.00 Shop New

4 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 2 TRS), 6 analog out (4 TRS, 2 unbalanced insert jack), phono preamp (dedicated RCA), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o...

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Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro Factory FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $899.00 Shop New

4 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 2 TRS), 6 analog out (4 TRS, 2 unbalanced insert jack), phono preamp (dedicated RCA), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o...

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Xitel MD-Port AN1 USB 1

Analog output.

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Xitel MD-Port DG2 USB 1 $70.00

Toslink optical output, to connect to an optical digital device. No analog.

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Xitel MD-Port I/O USB 1 $70.00

Analog input, toslink optical output.

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MOTU MicroBook USB 2 1 24bit/48.0k $269.00 Shop New

4 analog in (1 Mic TRS with included adapter to XLR, 1 instrument 1/4", 2 more inputs on either 2 TRS or 1 mini stereo 1/8"), 4 analog...

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Apogee Mini-DAC
USB 1
FireWire 400
24bit/192.0k $895.00 Shop New

2 ch D/A output. XLR, 1/8" out. Inputs: AES (breakout cable), S/PDIF, ADAT. "Digital Thru" mode to send any digital input to the...

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Apogee Mini-Me USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $1495.00

24 bit/96k but via USB can only do 24/48k, 2 ch A/D. AES, S/PDIF, compressor, soft-limit, UV22. Only analog output is a mini headphone...

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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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Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1495.00

8 analog, ADAT, AES, S/PDIF I/O, compact laptop size, onboard multi-processor DSP, headphone out.

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