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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Griffin iMic (2005) USB 1 2 $39.00 Shop New

2 channel in and out on 1/8" jacks, switchable mic/line stereo input. (Model updated 11/2005, not sure what's changed since the original...

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M-Audio ProjectMix I/O FireWire 400 $1249.00 Shop New

8 analog in (8 XLR and 8 TRS), 4 analog out (TRS), ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o, word i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out. 8-fader full control surface...

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Mackie d.2 FireWire 400 1 $779.00 Shop New

DJ VCA mixer with FireWire option. 2 stereo inputs, mic input, optical crossfader.

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M-Audio Ozonic FireWire FireWire 400 $599.00 Shop New

Keyboard MIDI controller (37 note) with audio I/O, 24bit 96k, 4 analog input (1 mic XLR, 1 instrument unbalanced 1/4", 2 line unbalanced...

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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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Apogee AMBus 800 FireWire Card
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
mLAN
$595.00

Not an audio interface. FireWire 800 and 400 (mLAN compatible) interface card for Apogee gear with AMBus slots, such as the Apogee...

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EKS XP10 USB 1 $399.00

2-out (RCA), DJ controller with turntable-like controller pad, pitch fader, comes with Bison software (PC only, no Mac version),...

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Hercules Muse Pocket USB 1 $75.00

USB, 2-in analog on 1/8" jack pair, 6-out analog on (3) 1/8" jack pairs, jacks are built into a desktop volume knob, only 2 channel...

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Hercules DJ Console USB 1 1 $389.00 Shop New

2-in analog, 6-out analog. DJ control surface w/ software to cue and scratch MP3s, faders, turntable-like controller pad, cue bus, mic...

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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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Apogee X-FireWire Card
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
$595.00

Not an audio interface. FireWire interface card for Apogee's X-Series (AD-16X, DA-16X) and Rosetta Series (Rosetta 200, Rosetta 800)...

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Xitel InPort USB 1 $70.00 Shop New

Analog input marketed for converting LPs, but no phono preamp?

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Xitel MD-Port AN1 USB 1

Analog output.

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Telex P-800 USB 1 $36.00 Shop New

Discontinued, manufacturer website was formerly ...

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Terratec Phono PreAmp Studio USB USB 1 $199.00

2 channel input with phono preamp, 3-level input level switch (phono min, phono hi, line), 3-level input capacity switch (100 pF, 250 pF...

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Yamaha UW-10 USB 1 $159.00 Shop New

2 analog i/o (RCA), optical i/o, headphone out, portable size.

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Griffin iFire FireWire 400 $40.00 Shop New

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

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TC Electronic PowerCore FireWire FireWire 400 $1745.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire processor adds DSP horsepower to any VST or MAS DAW (PC or Mac). Comes with a bunch of plug-ins. Other...

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Line 6 GuitarPort USB 1 $229.00 Shop New

Guitar input with prerecorded tracks to jam with.

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Onkyo UD5 USB 1 $79.00

USB, digital optical out only. PC only?

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