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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Metric Halo Mobile I/O ULN-2 FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $1195.00

2 analog, AES, S/PDIF I/O, analog inserts, compact laptop size, onboard DSP, headphone out.

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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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Onkyo MSE-U33HB USB 1 1 Shop New

2-in, 2-out, with 3-port USB hub, mic input (1/8"?) and GM/GS synth sound set.

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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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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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Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire FireWire 400 4 24bit/48.0k $599.00 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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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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Hercules Muse Pocket USB 1 $75.00

USB, 2-in analog on 1/8" jack pair, 6-out analog on (3) 1/8" jack pairs, jacks are built into a desktop volume knob, only 2 channel...

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Yamaha MW10 USB 1 4 16bit/48.0k $249.00 Shop New

Mixer with 10 inputs (TRS and 1-4 have XLR mic), 2 analog outputs (TRS and RCA), EQ, aux sends inserts (on 1+2), headphone out. Includes...

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Yamaha MW12 USB 1 6 16bit/48.0k $379.00 Shop New

Mixer with 12 analog inputs (TRS and 1-6 have XLR mic), 2 analog outputs (XLR and TRS and RCA), EQ, aux sends inserts (on 1-4),...

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Roland Octa-Capture USB 2 8 24bit/192.0k $819.00 Shop New

Also known as the Roland UA-1010. Eight analog input channels on XLR/TRS combo connectors, eight output channels on TRS connectors, two...

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Ego Systems (ESI) Octa-Fire FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $699.00

8 channel i/o analog, headphone amp, S/PDIF coaxial digital I/O, 4 MIDI i/o.

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Lexicon Omega USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $450.00 Shop New

4 analog in (1/4" TRS), 2 inserts, S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, Pro Tracks Plus software, Pantheon reverb plug-in.

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M-Audio OmniStudio USB USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $599.00 Shop New

4 I/O, integrated mixer, MIDI I/O, 2 headphone out, effects s/r.

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Mackie Onyx 1220 FireWire 400 4 24bit/96.0k $690.00 Shop New

FireWire, 24 bit/96k, 12 channel input, 2 channel output, complete analog mixer, 2-band EQ, headphone out. Mixer has 12 analog outs, but...

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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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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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