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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Xitel Pro HiFi-Link USB 1 $99.00

2 channel RCA analog out, S/PDIF coax output, TOSLink optical output, comes with (3) 30 foot cables: 1/8"-2RCA, S/PDIF coax, TOSLink...

Edirol UA-1D USB 1 16bit/48.0k $110.00 Shop New

2 channel S/PDIF and optical digital i/o only. No analog. Optical can output encoded surround. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

Line 6 TonePort UX2 USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $269.00 Shop New

2 Guitar/Bass Inputs (1/4"), Stereo Line Inputs, Stereo Line Outputs (1/4"), SPDIF Out, Stereo Monitor Out, VU Meters, 16 amp modeling...

Mackie Spike XD-2 USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $320.00 Shop New

2 i/o, MIDI, comes with Tracktion recording software, Ableton Live (Mackie version), and a VST plug-in.

M-Audio Fast Track USB USB 1 24bit/48.0k $129.00 Shop New

2 input (1 mic XLR, 1 instrument/line 1/4"), 2 output (2 unbalanced RCA), headphone out, GT Player Express software for guitar

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...

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...

M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB 1 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

2 input (combo XLR/TRS), 6 output (2 TRS, 4 unbalanced RCA), 2 mic pres, S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i//o, headphone out, GT Player Express...

M-Audio Duo USB USB 1 24bit/96.0k $350.00

2 input ch., 2 mic pres, works as standalone A/D with S/PDIF out, comes with Maximum Audio Tools software. (Renamed version of the...

M-Audio AudioSport Duo USB 1 2 $350.00

2 inputs, works as standalone A/D with S/PDIF out, comes with Logic Delta software. (Later renamed as the Duo USB?)

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...

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...

Onkyo SE-U55 USB 1 1 Shop New

2-in, 2-out, S/PDIF coax I/O, optical I/O, mic in (1/8"), headphone out.

Onkyo MSE-U33HB USB 1 1 Shop New

2-in, 2-out, with 3-port USB hub, mic input (1/8"?) and GM/GS synth sound set.

Edirol UA-700 USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $595.00 Shop New

2-input, 2-output, MIDI, COSM mic/amp modeling, effects. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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),...

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,...

Apogee Mini-Me USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $1495.00

24 bit/96k but via USB can only do 24/48k, 2 ch A/D. AES, S/PDIF, compressor, soft-limit, UV22. Only analog output is a mini headphone...

Edirol PCR-1 USB 1 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

25-key MIDI keyboard with audio interface, 2 RCA inputs, 2 RCA outputs, optical out, USB power. Note: NO MIDI i/o jacks. Branded as "...

Yamaha 01X
FireWire 400
24bit/96.0k $1699.00 Shop New

28 channel digital mixer.