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 Digital X Bus X.400 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k

Professional large-format digital mixer with 92 inputs and 100 outputs (at 96kHz), FireWire requires an optional card, 24 busses, dual...

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Terratec Phase X24 FW
FireWire 400
mLAN
2 24bit/192.0k

2 analog inputs (XLR/TRS combo), 4 analog outputs (1/4" TRS), 2 insert jacks (TRS insert unbalanced), headphone output, optical I/O,...

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Terratec Phase 24 FW FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k

2 analog inputs (1/4" TRS), 2 analog outputs (1/4" TRS), headphone output, S/PDIF I/O (on breakout cable), MIDI I/O (on breakout cable...

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TC Electronic Konnekt 8 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k

2 analog in (2 Combo XLR/TRS for mic/instrument, 2x 1/4" for line), 2 analog out (1/4"), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, 2 headphone out,...

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Griffin iFire FireWire 400 $40.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire to Apple Pro...

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Griffin FireWave FireWire 400 $99.00 Shop New

6 analog outputs (on three 1/8" mini jacks), Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound decoding.

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CME Matrix K USB
USB 1
FireWire 400
1 24bit/192.0k $189.00 Shop New

2 analog in (1/8" mini or one XLR/TRS combo), 2 analog out (TRS), 2 headphone outs. Stock model is USB, optional $99 KF400E FireWire...

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CME Matrix K FW FireWire 400 1 24bit/192.0k $225.00 Shop New

2 analog in (1/8" mini or one XLR/TRS combo), 2 analog out (TRS), 2 headphone outs. Available August 2006.

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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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M-Audio FireWire Solo FireWire 400 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

4 analog in (1 XLR mic input, 1 TRS instrument, 2 TRS line), 2 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF digital I/O, headphone output.

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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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M-Audio FireWire Audiophile FireWire 400 24bit/96.0k $350.00 Shop New

2 analog in, 4 analog out, S/PDIF i/o, A/B switch for momentary switching between two monitor sources, assignable aux bus, MIDI,...

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Tascam FireOne FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $399.00 Shop New

2 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 1 instrument), 2 analog out (TRS), MIDI i/o, transport controls (works with many DAW apps), function keys...

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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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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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TC Electronic Konnekt 24D FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $495.00 Shop New

4 analog in (2 combo XLR/TRS or 4 TRS), 4 analog out (TRS), ADAT I/O, S/PDIF I/O, built-in effects, multiple units can be networked, bus...

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Ego Systems (ESI) Quata-Fire 610 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $499.00

4 channel 96 kHz analog input (2 XLR/TRS combo, 2 RCA), 8 channel 192 kHz analog output (4 RCA, 2 TRS stereo), headphone amp, S/PDIF...

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Mackie Onyx FireWire I/O Card FireWire 400 24bit/96.0k $499.00 Shop New

Optional card which adds FireWire I/O to the Mackie Onyx series mixers: 1220, 1620 and 1640. Includes full version of Mackie's Tracktion...

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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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Ego Systems (ESI) Quata-Fire XL FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $499.00

4 channel 96 kHz analog input (2 XLR/TRS combo, 2 RCA), 8 channel 192 kHz analog output (2 XLR, 2 RCA, 2 TRS stereo), headphone amp, S/...

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