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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Red Wine Audio USB Select USB 1 24bit/96.0k $499.00

2 analog outputs (RCA), S/PDIF out. Only runs on SLA battery pack (usb power inactive). Includes 3-foot Red Wine Digital Cable. Based on...

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Red Wine Audio Isabellina USB 1 16bit/48.0k $1500.00

2 analog outputs (RCA), S/PDIF out (on a BNC), optical out. Only runs on SLA battery pack (usb power inactive). "Converts directly to...

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RME Audio Fireface 800 FireWire 800 4 24bit/192.0k $1799.00 Shop New

13 analog inputs (8x1/4" balanced, 4xXLR, 1x1/4" unbalanced), 9 analog outs, (8x1/4" balanced, 1x1/4"unbalanced), ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o....

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Roland UA-3D USB 1 1 16bit $225.00 Shop New

2 ch i/o, optical 5.1 output, optical in, 1/8" mic input, instrument input, headphone out, includes Cool Edit Pro.

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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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Roland Quad-Capture USB 2 2 24bit/192.0k $349.00 Shop New

Also known as the Roland UA-55. Two analog input channels on XLR/TRS combo connectors, two output channels on TRS connectors, two...

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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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Roland Tri-Capture USB 2 1 24bit/96.0k $159.00 Shop New

Also known as the Roland UA-33. Two analog channels can be recorded from a choice of inputs: (1) XLR mic input, (1) instrument input, or...

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Sound Devices USBPre USB 1 $695.00
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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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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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Tapco Link.USB USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $199.00 Shop New

2 input (Combo XLR/TRS), 2 output (TRS), phantom power, headphone out. Comes with Mackie Tracktion software for Mac and PC. (Tapco is a...

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Tapco Link.FireWIre FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

2 input (2 Combo XLR/TRS), 2 output (TRS), S/PDIF I/O, phantom power, FireWire bus power, headphone out. Comes with Mackie Tracktion...

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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-122 USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $269.00 Shop New

2 analog input (2 XLR or 2 1/4" TRS), 2 analog out (RCA), analog inserts, MIDI, headphone out, includes Steinberg Cubase LE and...

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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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Tascam IF-FW/DM FireWire 400 $499.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire interface card with two FireWIre 400 ports and MIDI i/o. This can handle 24 channels i/o over FireWire...

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Tascam US-224 USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $375.00 Shop New

2-in (2 XLR, 2 1/4"), 2-out (2 RCA), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, includes Steinberg Cubase LE and Gigastudio LE. Has control surface with 4...

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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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