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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Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire FireWire 400 8 24bit/48.0k $799.00 Shop New

16 channel input (8 XLR mic pres OR 8 TRS; and 4 stereo TRS), 2 channel output (TRS), complete analog mixer, 3-band EQ, onboard effects...

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Alesis MultiMix 16 USB USB 1 8 16bit/48.0k $499.00 Shop New

16 channel input (8 XLR mic pres OR 8 TRS; and 4 stereo TRS), 2 channel output (TRS), complete analog mixer, 3-band EQ, onboard effects...

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Mackie Onyx 1640 FireWire 400 16 24bit/96.0k $1650.00 Shop New

16 channel input, 2 channel output, complete analog mixer, 4 busses, 4-band EQ, headphone out. Mixer has 16 analog outs, but only two...

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Mackie Onyx 1620 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $999.00 Shop New

16 channel input, 2 channel output, complete analog mixer, 4-band EQ, headphone out. Mixer has 16 analog outs, but only two can come...

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Yamaha i88X
FireWire 400
mLAN
2 24bit/96.0k $1295.00 Shop New

18-in (2 mic/line analog balanced, 6 line analog balanced, 8 ADAT, 2 SPDIF) 18-out (8 analog balanced, 8 ADAT, 2 SPDIF), ADAT, SPDIF. (...

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Yamaha UW-10 USB 1 $159.00 Shop New

2 analog i/o (RCA), optical i/o, headphone out, portable size.

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Yamaha UW-500 USB 1 20bit/48.0k $399.00 Shop New

2 analog i/o (RCA/1/4" TS), optical i/o, headphone out, bunch of software.

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M-Audio Audiophile USB USB 1 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

2 analog I/O, audio and MIDI interface, S/PDIF, headphone out

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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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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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M-Audio Sonica Theater USB 1 24bit/96.0k $120.00

2 analog in (1/8" mini), 8 analog outputs (4x 1/8" mini), S/PDIF coax out which does Linear PCM, AC3, or DTS. Seems to have replaced the...

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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 FireOne FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $399.00 Shop New

2 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 1 instrument), 2 analog out (TRS), MIDI i/o, transport controls (works with many DAW apps), function keys...

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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 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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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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Digigram UAX220-Mic USB 1 2 48.0k $799.00 Shop New

2 analog in (XLR), 2 analog out (XLR), headphone out, palm-sized unit,

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Digigram UAX220 USB 1 48.0k $495.00 Shop New

2 analog in (XLR), 2 analog out (XLR), headphone out, palm-sized unit, analog input gain is not adjustable.

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