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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Presonus FIREstation
FireWire 400
mLAN
2 $899.00

8 ch i/o, tube emulation, ADAT i/o, S/PDIF, MIDI and onboard mixer for zero latency monitoring. Works as standalone 2 ch mic pre and 8...

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Presonus FireStudio FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $699.00 Shop New

Bigger than the FirePod, comes with MSR Monitor Station Remote.

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Presonus FireStudio Mobile FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $400.00 Shop New

8 inputs (2 combo XLR mic/unbalanced TS instrument, 6 balanced TRS line), 2 line out (TRS), headphone out, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O. Small 1...

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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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M-Audio FireWire 1814 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k $749.00 Shop New

8 analog in, 4 analog out, ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o, internal mixing, A/B switch for momentary switching between two monitor sources, MIDI,...

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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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M-Audio FireWire Audiophile FireWire 400 24bit/96.0k $350.00 Shop New

2 analog in, 4 analog out, S/PDIF i/o, A/B switch for momentary switching between two monitor sources, assignable aux bus, MIDI,...

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M-Audio FireWire Solo FireWire 400 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

4 analog in (1 XLR mic input, 1 TRS instrument, 2 TRS line), 2 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF digital I/O, headphone output.

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Presonus FP10 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $799.00 Shop New

8 ch i/o (8 XLR/TRS combo, 2 TS), 8 analog out (8 TRS), S/PDIF, MIDI i/o, zero latency monitoring, can daisychain multiple units, comes...

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Tascam FW-1082 FireWire 400 4 24bit/96.0k $999.00 Shop New

8 analog input (4 XLR mic, 8 TRS), 2 analog output (TRS), 2 ch S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, instrument input, (2) insert jacks, headphone out,...

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Tascam FW-1804 FireWire 400 4 24bit/96.0k $749.00 Shop New

8 analog input (4 XLR mic/TRS combo, 4 TRS), 2 analog output (TRS), 8 ch ADAT I/O, 2 ch S/PDIF I/O, wordclock i/o, MIDI i/o, instrument...

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Tascam FW-1884 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1599.00 Shop New

8 analog input, 8 analog output, 8 digital I/O (ADAT), S/PDIF I/O, 8 touch-sensitive faders, playback control surface with dedicated...

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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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Digitech GNX4 USB 1 1 24bit/44.1k $799.00 Shop New

Guitar Workstation with audio i/o, effects unit and recorder in a pedalboard form factor. 4 ins (guitar, mic, 2 balanced 1/4"), 4 outs (...

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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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Line 6 GuitarPort USB 1 $229.00 Shop New

Guitar input with prerecorded tracks to jam with.

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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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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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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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