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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Sound Devices USBPre USB 1 $695.00
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Radikal Technologies SAC-2.2 USB 1 $1849.00
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Mindprint EN-VOICE MKII USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k $799.00 Shop New

1 ch analog in (XLR mic or XLR line or TRS line or 1/4" instrument), 1 analog out (XLR or TRS), insert (2 TRS), tube mic preamp, tube...

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M-Audio Sonica USB 1 24bit/96.0k $90.00 Shop New

1/8" analog line out, S/PDIF optical out which does Linear PCM, AC3, or DTS.

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M-Audio JamLab USB 1 24bit/48.0k $80.00 Shop New

1/8" mini analog headphone/line out, 1/4" guitar instrument analog input, very portable size, includes GT Player guitar amp simulation...

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M-Audio Transit USB 1 24bit/96.0k $99.00 Shop New

1/8" mini analog line out, 1/8" mini analog line in, TOSlink optical out does AC3 and DTS, very portable size.

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Xitel HiFi-Link USB 1 20bit $50.00 Shop New

1/8" out only, comes with 30 foot 1/8"-2RCA cable

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MOTU 828 mkIII FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $795.00 Shop New

10 analog i/o, 16 ch ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o, word clock i/o, headphone out, MIDI i/o, SMPTE, built-in hardware-based effects. AudioDesk...

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Mackie Onyx 400F FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $899.00 Shop New

10 analog in (4 combo XLR/TRS, 6 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), low-latency mixer, stand-alone operation, spdif i/o, word i/o, midi i/o, 64-...

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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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Edirol FA-101 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $695.00 Shop New

10-in/10-out (8 analog, 2 digital) at up to 96k, 6 channels at 192k, SPDIF optical i/o, MIDI, headphone out. Branded as "Edirol by...

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Echo AudioFire12 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k $999.00 Shop New

12 analog in (TRS), 12 analog out (TRS), MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O, headphone out, comes with Mackie Tracktion software

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Hercules 16/12 FW FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $899.00 Shop New

12 analog inputs (2 XLR/TRS combo, 10 TRS), 8 analog outputs (TRS), 2 ch S/PDIF optical I/O (NOT 8 ch ADAT), 2 ch S/PDIF coax I/O, MIDI...

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Alesis MultiMix 12 FireWire FireWire 400 4 24bit/48.0k $699.00 Shop New

12 channel input (4 XLR mic pres OR 4 TRS; and 4 stereo TRS), 2 channel output (TRS), complete analog mixer, 3-band EQ, onboard effects...

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Alesis MultiMix 12 USB USB 1 4 16bit/48.0k $399.00 Shop New

12 channel input (4 XLR mic pres OR 4 TRS; and 4 stereo TRS), 2 channel output (TRS), complete analog mixer, 3-band EQ, onboard effects...

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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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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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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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Ego Systems (ESI) Hexa-Fire FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $999.00

16 channel i/o analog, 16 ch AES-EBU, SMPTE, headphone amp, S/PDIF coaxial digital I/O, MIDI.

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