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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M-Audio ProFire 2626 FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $900.00 Shop New

8 analog in (on XLR/TRS combo), 8 analog out (TRS), 16ch ADAT i/o, (2) instrument inputs, 26 simultaneous inputs, S/PDIF i/o (on fanout...

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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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M-Audio ProjectMix I/O FireWire 400 $1249.00 Shop New

8 analog in (8 XLR and 8 TRS), 4 analog out (TRS), ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o, word i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out. 8-fader full control surface...

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Marian UCON CX USB 2 4 24bit/96.0k $899.00

8 analog in (4 XLR/TRS combo, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), ADAT I/O, MIDI I/O, word in, headphone out, UCON mixer software. Works...

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Apogee Ensemble FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $1995.00 Shop New

8 analog in (4 XLR, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), (4) Hi-Z instrument inputs, (2) analog inserts, ADAT i/o, SPDIF i/o, word clock i/o,...

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MOTU Traveler FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $895.00 Shop New

8 analog in (4 XLR mic, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), 8 ch ADAT I/O, AES I/O and S/PDIF I/O. Has ADAT sync, word clock I/O, MIDI I/O,...

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MOTU Traveler-mk3 FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $895.00 Shop New

8 analog in (4 XLR mic, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), 16 ch optical i/o (16 ADAT at up to 48k, or 8 ADAT at up to 96k, or 2 stereo TOSLink...

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Echo AudioFire8 FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $749.00 Shop New

8 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 6 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), 2 analog inserts, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O, headphone out, comes...

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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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Lynx Aurora 8
USB 2
FireWire 400
24bit/192.0k $2195.00 Shop New

8 analog I/O on DB25 connectors, 8 AES digital I/O (DB25 breakout), MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O. Comes stock with an empty card slot, which...

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Terratec Phase 26 USB USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k $399.00

6 analog outputs (RCA), 2 channel input with selectable phono preamp (RCA), mic input (TRS), S/PDIF coaxial i/o, S/PDIF optical i/o,...

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Griffin FireWave FireWire 400 $99.00 Shop New

6 analog outputs (on three 1/8" mini jacks), Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound decoding.

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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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Yamaha GO46 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $449.00 Shop New

4-in, 6-out, DTS and Dolby AC3 playback, 2 inserts. Portable Interface. Includes Cubase LE, many plug-ins, more.

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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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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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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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M-Audio Quattro USB USB 1 24bit/96.0k $350.00

4 in, 4, out, MIDI i/o, comes with Maximum Audio Tools software. Expandable via the...

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M-Audio AudioSport Quattro USB 1 $350.00

4 in, 4, out, MIDI i/o, comes with Logic Delta software. Expandable via the...

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M-Audio FireWire 410 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $499.00 Shop New

4 in, 10 out, S/PDIF, MIDI I/O, 2 headphone outs. More details in...

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