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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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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Event EZBus USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $849.00 Shop New

Software control surface, stand-alone digital mixer, 16 TRS inputs, EQ, ADAT, S/PDIF, MIDI.

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Swissonic USB Studio D USB 1 2 20bit/96.0k $849.00

24 bit on the digital I/O. 20 bit on the A-to-D and D-to-A. 2 mic pres with phantom power, 2 HI Z instruments, 4 stereo line inputs,...

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Apogee Mini-DAC
USB 1
FireWire 400
24bit/192.0k $895.00 Shop New

2 ch D/A output. XLR, 1/8" out. Inputs: AES (breakout cable), S/PDIF, ADAT. "Digital Thru" mode to send any digital input to the...

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MOTU Traveler FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $895.00 Shop New

8 analog in (4 XLR mic, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), 8 ch ADAT I/O, AES I/O and S/PDIF I/O. Has ADAT sync, word clock I/O, MIDI I/O,...

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MOTU Traveler-mk3 FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $895.00 Shop New

8 analog in (4 XLR mic, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), 16 ch optical i/o (16 ADAT at up to 48k, or 8 ADAT at up to 96k, or 2 stereo TOSLink...

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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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Steinberg MI|4 USB 1 2 $899.00 Shop New

4-in (2 XLR mic, 4 1/4" balanced), 2-out (1/4" balanced), SPDIF i/o, MIDI i/o. This is sold as part of a package with Cubase SL. Street...

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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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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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Marian UCON CX USB 2 4 24bit/96.0k $899.00

8 analog in (4 XLR/TRS combo, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), ADAT I/O, MIDI I/O, word in, headphone out, UCON mixer software. Works...

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Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro Factory FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $899.00 Shop New

4 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 2 TRS), 6 analog out (4 TRS, 2 unbalanced insert jack), phono preamp (dedicated RCA), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o...

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Mackie d.2 pro FireWire 400 1 $899.00 Shop New

DJ VCA mixer with 13x6 FireWire I/O. 2 stereo inputs, mic input, optical crossfader. Includes Tracktion 3 software.

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M-Audio ProFire 2626 FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $900.00 Shop New

8 analog in (on XLR/TRS combo), 8 analog out (TRS), 16ch ADAT i/o, (2) instrument inputs, 26 simultaneous inputs, S/PDIF i/o (on fanout...

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Edirol UA-1000 USB 2 4 24bit/96.0k $945.00 Shop New

Rackmount 10 channel in/out with tons of i/o options, ADAT i/o, wordclock i/o, MIDI, etc. Note: Windows only, no Mac support. Branded as...

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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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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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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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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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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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