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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Echo AudioFire12 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k $999.00 Shop New

12 analog in (TRS), 12 analog out (TRS), MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O, headphone out, comes with Mackie Tracktion software

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Hercules 16/12 FW FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $899.00 Shop New

12 analog inputs (2 XLR/TRS combo, 10 TRS), 8 analog outputs (TRS), 2 ch S/PDIF optical I/O (NOT 8 ch ADAT), 2 ch S/PDIF coax I/O, MIDI...

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Edirol FA-66 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $499.00 Shop New

4 analog in (2 mic XLR/TRS combo, 2 RCA), 4 analog output (1/4" TRS +4dBu), SPDIF optical i/o, MIDI i/o, soft limiter, 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-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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Mackie Onyx 400F FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $899.00 Shop New

10 analog in (4 combo XLR/TRS, 6 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), low-latency mixer, stand-alone operation, spdif i/o, word i/o, midi i/o, 64-...

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M-Audio JamLab USB 1 24bit/48.0k $80.00 Shop New

1/8" mini analog headphone/line out, 1/4" guitar instrument analog input, very portable size, includes GT Player guitar amp simulation...

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M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB 1 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

2 input (combo XLR/TRS), 6 output (2 TRS, 4 unbalanced RCA), 2 mic pres, S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i//o, headphone out, GT Player Express...

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Mindprint DTC Dual Tube Channel USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $2299.00 Shop New

2 ch analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo line or 2 XLR mic), 2 analog out (2 XLR or 2 TRS), 2 inserts (2 TRS), 2 Haufe mic preamps, tube...

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Mindprint EN-VOICE MKII USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k $799.00 Shop New

1 ch analog in (XLR mic or XLR line or TRS line or 1/4" instrument), 1 analog out (XLR or TRS), insert (2 TRS), tube mic preamp, tube...

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Mindprint Trio USB USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k

2 ch analog in (2 TRS line or 1 XLR mic or 1/4" instrument), 2 analog out (TRS plus 2-pair of mirrored RCA), insert (2 TRS), EQ, zero-...

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Digidesign Mbox 2 USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $495.00 Shop New

2 analog in (mic on XLR, line on TRS, DI on TS), 2 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, includes Pro Tools LE software...

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Presonus Inspire 1394 FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $299.00 Shop New

4 analog input (2 XLR mic, 2 1/4" TS instrument, 2 RCA), phono preamp, 2 analog output (2 RCA, 1/8" stereo), headphone out, Low Latency...

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Presonus Firebox FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $499.00 Shop New

4 analog input (2 XLR/TRS combo, 2 TRS), 6 analog output (6 TRS), S/PDIF I/O (DB9), MIDI I/O (DB9), headphone out, can daisychain...

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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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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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Apogee Ensemble FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $1995.00 Shop New

8 analog in (4 XLR, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), (4) Hi-Z instrument inputs, (2) analog inserts, ADAT i/o, SPDIF i/o, word clock i/o,...

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AJA Io LD FireWire 400 24bit $990.00

Video interface with audio. 2 channel digital S/PDIF audio out, 2 ch analog out (XLR), many video options.

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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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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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