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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Mindprint EN-VOICE MKII USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k $799.00 Shop New

1 ch analog in (XLR mic or XLR line or TRS line or 1/4" instrument), 1 analog out (XLR or TRS), insert (2 TRS), tube mic preamp, tube...

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Mindprint DTC Dual Tube Channel USB 1 2 24bit/96.0k $2299.00 Shop New

2 ch analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo line or 2 XLR mic), 2 analog out (2 XLR or 2 TRS), 2 inserts (2 TRS), 2 Haufe mic preamps, tube...

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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...

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M-Audio JamLab USB 1 24bit/48.0k $80.00 Shop New

1/8" mini analog headphone/line out, 1/4" guitar instrument analog input, very portable size, includes GT Player guitar amp simulation...

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Mackie Onyx 400F FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $899.00 Shop New

10 analog in (4 combo XLR/TRS, 6 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), low-latency mixer, stand-alone operation, spdif i/o, word i/o, midi i/o, 64-...

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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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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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Edirol FA-66 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $499.00 Shop New

4 analog in (2 mic XLR/TRS combo, 2 RCA), 4 analog output (1/4" TRS +4dBu), SPDIF optical i/o, MIDI i/o, soft limiter, headphone out,...

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Hercules 16/12 FW FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $899.00 Shop New

12 analog inputs (2 XLR/TRS combo, 10 TRS), 8 analog outputs (TRS), 2 ch S/PDIF optical I/O (NOT 8 ch ADAT), 2 ch S/PDIF coax I/O, MIDI...

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Echo AudioFire12 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k $999.00 Shop New

12 analog in (TRS), 12 analog out (TRS), MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O, headphone out, comes with Mackie Tracktion software

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Echo AudioFire8 FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $749.00 Shop New

8 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 6 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), 2 analog inserts, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O, headphone out, comes...

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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

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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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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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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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Apogee Trak2
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
mLAN
2 24bit/96.0k $3995.00

FireWire requires optional 400 or 800 AMBus card, 2-in (XLR balanced analog mic or line), 2-out analog (XLR), 8-out analog (with...

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Apogee AD-8000
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
mLAN
24bit/48.0k $4995.00

FireWire requires 400 or 800 AMBus card, 8-in (XLR balanced analog), 8-out (with optional D/A card), AES digital i/o (2-in, 8-out),...

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Apogee AD-16X
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
24bit/192.0k $3594.00 Shop New

FireWire requires optional X-FireWire card, 16-in (DB25 balanced analog...

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Apogee DA-16X
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
24bit/192.0k $3495.00 Shop New

FireWire requires optional X-FireWire card, 16-out (DB25 balanced...

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Apogee Rosetta 800
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
24bit/192.0k $2995.00

FireWire requires optional X-FireWire card, 96k base model can be upgraded to 192k...

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