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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Mackie Onyx Satellite FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $520.00 Shop New

Dockable sytem with pull-out portable interface and base station, comes with Tracktion recording software. ("Coming soon" in 2006.)

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Edirol UR-80 USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $545.00 Shop New

2 ch analog i/o (combo XLR/TRS in, RCA out), 2 ch digital i/o (S/PDIF and optical), with 8-fader/transport control surface, MIDI i/o,...

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Edirol UA-700 USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $595.00 Shop New

2-input, 2-output, MIDI, COSM mic/amp modeling, effects. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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MOTU 8Pre FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $595.00 Shop New

8 analog in (Combo XLR/TRS), 2 analog out (TRS), ADAT I/O. Has phantom power, 20db pads, MIDI I/O, headphone out. Standalone...

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Roland UA-100 G USB 1 20bit $595.00

MIDI sound module with audio, 2 ch RCA in, 2 ch RCA out, MIDI i/o, optical S/PDIF out, champagne gold panel.

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Apogee X-FireWire Card
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
$595.00

Not an audio interface. FireWire interface card for Apogee's X-Series (AD-16X, DA-16X) and Rosetta Series (Rosetta 200, Rosetta 800)...

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Apogee AMBus 800 FireWire Card
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
mLAN
$595.00

Not an audio interface. FireWire 800 and 400 (mLAN compatible) interface card for Apogee gear with AMBus slots, such as the Apogee...

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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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Apogee Duet2 USB 2 2 24bit/192.0k $595.00 Shop New

Built-in: 1/4" headphone out. For other I/O the Duet2 requires either a breakout cable (2 ch analog in on XLR/TRS combo for line/mic/...

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MOTU UltraLite FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $599.00 Shop New

8 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 6 TRS), 10 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, headphone out, more. Bus-powered off FireWire for...

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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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M-Audio Ozonic FireWire FireWire 400 $599.00 Shop New

Keyboard MIDI controller (37 note) with audio I/O, 24bit 96k, 4 analog input (1 mic XLR, 1 instrument unbalanced 1/4", 2 line unbalanced...

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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 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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Apogee Duet FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $599.00 Shop New

2 ch analog in on XLR, 2 ch analog in on 1/4" instrument, 2 ch analog out on 1/4", all I/O on breakout cable, headphone out, phantom...

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Tascam US-428 USB 1 4 24bit/48.0k $625.00 Shop New

4 input (2 XLR, 2 1/4" TRS, 2 unbalanced 1/4"), MIDI i/o, S/PDIF i/o, includes Steinberg Cubase LE (later included Cubasis VST) and...

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Tascam US-2000 USB 2 8 24bit/96.0k $650.00 Shop New

14 analog in (8 XLR mic, 6 1/4" TRS), 2 instrument in, 2 inserts (1/4" TSRR), 4 analog out (4 1/4" TRS), S/PDIF i/o, includes Cubase LE4...

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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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Sound Devices USBPre USB 1 $695.00
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Apogee AMBus 1394 FireWire Card
FireWire 400
mLAN
$695.00

Not an audio interface. FireWire 400 (mLAN compatible) interface card for Apogee gear with AMBus slots, such as the Apogee Trak2Mic...

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