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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ART Tube MP with USB USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k $129.00 Shop New

XLR and 1/4” Inputs and Outputs, tube mic preamp, phantom power, high cut, phase reverse, limiter, Selectable input impedance.

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ART USB Dual Pre USB 1 2 16bit/48.0k $129.00 Shop New

2 ch analog in (mic/line on XLR/1/4" combo), 2 ch analog out (1/4"), powered via USB or internal 9 volt battery or optional external 12V...

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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX USB 2 1 24bit/96.0k $130.00 Shop New

Surround sound audio interface w/ 6 analog outputs (L/C/R/LS/RS/SW), optical S/PDIF i/o, 2 ch. line input, mic input, infrared remote...

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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Extigy USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k $149.00 Shop New

Surround sound audio interface w/ 6 analog outputs (L/C/R/LS/RS/SW), optical S/PDIF i/o, 2 ch. 16 bit line input, mic input, infrared...

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Ion Audio iTTUSB05 USB 1 $150.00 Shop New

Turntable with dust cover, line-level analog output (RCA), straight tone arm, auto-return, built-in phono preamp, other standard...

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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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CME Xcorpio A USB 2 24bit/96.0k $159.00 Shop New

2 analog in on XLR, 2 analog out on RCA, headphone out. Small clip-on "bionic portable design" for guitarists.

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CME Xcorpio I USB 2 24bit/96.0k $159.00 Shop New

2 analog in on TRS, 2 analog out on RCA, headphone out. Small clip-on "bionic portable design" for guitarists.

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Roland Tri-Capture USB 2 1 24bit/96.0k $159.00 Shop New

Also known as the Roland UA-33. Two analog channels can be recorded from a choice of inputs: (1) XLR mic input, (1) instrument input, or...

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Tascam US-100 USB 2 1 16bit/48.0k $160.00 Shop New

? analog inputs (1 XLR, 2 RCA, 1 instrument), 2 analog out (2 RCA), phono preamp, headphone out, includes Audacity.

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Line 6 TonePort UX1 USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k $175.00 Shop New

Guitar/Bass Input (1/4"), Stereo Line Inputs, Stereo Line Outputs (1/4"), Stereo Monitor Out, 16 amp modeling settings, 24 speaker...

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M-Audio MobilePre USB USB 1 2 16bit $179.00 Shop New

2 analog inputs (two XLR or two 1/4" or one 1/8"), 2 analog outputs (two 1/4" or one 1/8"), 2 instrument inputs, headphone out

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M-Audio MobilePre v2 USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $179.00 Shop New

2 analog inputs (two XLR/TRS combo or two 1/4"), 2 analog outputs (two 1/4"), "direct monitor" mode, phantom power, headphone out

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American Audio Versa Port USB 1 16bit/48.0k $179.95 Shop New

Designed for DJs, the Versa Port has two stereo analog inputs (on 4 RCA jacks), one analog mic input (on a non-standard TRS connector),...

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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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Ego Systems (ESI) GIGAPort AG USB 1 24bit $199.00

8 channel analog output, S/PDIF out, headphone out. OS X drivers available.

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Ego Systems (ESI) GIGAPort DG USB 1 16bit $199.00

ADAT 8-channel output only.

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Terratec Phono PreAmp Studio USB USB 1 $199.00

2 channel input with phono preamp, 3-level input level switch (phono min, phono hi, line), 3-level input capacity switch (100 pF, 250 pF...

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Alesis MultiMix 8 USB USB 1 4 16bit/48.0k $199.00 Shop New

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

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Ion Audio iTTUSB USB 1 $199.00 Shop New

Belt-drive turntable, line-level analog output (RCA), built-in phono preamp can be switched on/off, line-level input for audio into...

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