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 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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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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Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1495.00

8 analog, ADAT, AES, S/PDIF I/O, compact laptop size, onboard multi-processor DSP, headphone out.

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Metric Halo Mobile I/O ULN-2 FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $1195.00

2 analog, AES, S/PDIF I/O, analog inserts, compact laptop size, onboard DSP, headphone out.

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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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MOTU 828 mkII (FireWire) FireWire 400 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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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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MOTU 896HD FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $1295.00 Shop New

8 analog, ADAT and AES I/O. Has ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, more. Standalone functionality as mixer or mic preamp. Zero-...

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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 896 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1295.00

8 analog, ADAT and AES I/O. Has ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, more. Comes with MOTU's AudioDesk software. Replaced by the...

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MOTU 828 FireWire 400 2 24bit/48.0k $795.00

8 analog, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, ADAT sync, headphone out. Comes with MOTU's AudioDesk software. Replaced by the 828mkII 5/2003.

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MOTU 828 mkIII FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $795.00 Shop New

10 analog i/o, 16 ch ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o, word clock i/o, headphone out, MIDI i/o, SMPTE, built-in hardware-based effects. AudioDesk...

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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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MOTU 896mk3 FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $1295.00 Shop New

8ch analog i/o (XLR/TRS combo in, XLR out), 16ch ADAT i/o, 2ch AES i/o, and 2ch S/PDIF i/o. Can do simultaneous input/output of all...

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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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Presonus FP10 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $799.00 Shop New

8 ch i/o (8 XLR/TRS combo, 2 TS), 8 analog out (8 TRS), S/PDIF, MIDI i/o, zero latency monitoring, can daisychain multiple units, comes...

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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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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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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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