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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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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MOTU 896 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1295.00

8 analog, ADAT and AES I/O. Has ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, more. Comes with MOTU's AudioDesk software. Replaced by the...

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MOTU 896HD FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $1295.00 Shop New

8 analog, ADAT and AES I/O. Has ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, more. Standalone functionality as mixer or mic preamp. Zero-...

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MOTU 828 FireWire 400 2 24bit/48.0k $795.00

8 analog, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, ADAT sync, headphone out. Comes with MOTU's AudioDesk software. Replaced by the 828mkII 5/2003.

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MOTU 828 mkII (FireWire) FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $795.00 Shop New

8 analog, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, adds the following to the original 828: 96k, SMPTE+MIDI i/o,...

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MOTU 828 mkII (USB2.0) USB 2 2 24bit/96.0k $795.00 Shop New

8 analog, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, adds the following to the original 828: 96k, SMPTE+MIDI i/o,...

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Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1495.00

8 analog, ADAT, AES, S/PDIF I/O, compact laptop size, onboard multi-processor DSP, headphone out.

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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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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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Alesis IO|26 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $599.00 Shop New

8 channel analog input (XLR/TRS combo), 8 channel output (TRS), 16 ch ADAT input, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, inserts, phono preamp, headphone...

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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) 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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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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Prism Orpheus FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $5000.00 Shop New

8 in (4 combo XLR/TRS), 8 out (TRS), 2 instrument in, Optical I/O, S/PDIF I/O, wordclock I/O, MIDI I/O, 2 headphone outs.

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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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ART TubeFire 8 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $699.00 Shop New

8 XLR or 8 1/4” inputs (combo jack), 8 balanced 1/4" TRS outputs, 8 tube mic preamps, word clock i/o, phantom power, 10 db pad, high cut...

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MOTU 896mk3 FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $1295.00 Shop New

8ch analog i/o (XLR/TRS combo in, XLR out), 16ch ADAT i/o, 2ch AES i/o, and 2ch S/PDIF i/o. Can do simultaneous input/output of all...

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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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