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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Digidesign Mbox 2 Micro USB 1 24bit/48.0k $279.00 Shop New

2 analog out (1/8" mini), no inputs, includes Pro Tools LE software. (Note strict CPU and drive compatibility requirements, and you can'...

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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX USB 2 1 24bit/96.0k $130.00 Shop New

Surround sound audio interface w/ 6 analog outputs (L/C/R/LS/RS/SW), optical S/PDIF i/o, 2 ch. line input, mic input, infrared remote...

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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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Lexicon Omega USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $450.00 Shop New

4 analog in (1/4" TRS), 2 inserts, S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, Pro Tracks Plus software, Pantheon reverb plug-in.

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Terratec Phase 26 USB USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k $399.00

6 analog outputs (RCA), 2 channel input with selectable phono preamp (RCA), mic input (TRS), S/PDIF coaxial i/o, S/PDIF optical 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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Terratec Aureon 5.1 USB USB 1 24bit $249.00

2 analog input, 6 analog out on RCA connectors, S/PDIF i/o, headphone out

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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.

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Yamaha DP-U50 USB 1 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

Audio receiver, preamp outs, optical i/o, more.

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Yamaha AP-U70 USB 1 24bit/96.0k $350.00 Shop New

Audio receiver/amp with 20 watt speaker outputs, preamp outs, optical i/o, more.

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Yamaha RP-U100 USB 1 24bit/48.0k $325.00 Shop New

Audio receiver/amp/tuner with 30 watt speaker outputs, preamp outs, optical i/o, more.

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Yamaha RP-U200 USB 1 24bit/96.0k $399.00 Shop New

Audio surround receiver/amp/tuner with 12 watt speaker outputs, preamp outs, optical i/o, more.

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

28 channel digital mixer.

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Edirol PCR-A30 USB 1 24bit/96.0k $395.00 Shop New

32-key MIDI keyboard with 2 1/4" analog inputs, 2 RCA outputs, optical out, MIDI i/o, mini speakers, USB power. Branded as "Edirol by...

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Edirol UA-3FX USB 1 1 24bit $215.00 Shop New

2 ch analog i/o, optical i/o, 1/8" mic input, instrument input, headphone out, 3 sets of effects, USB bus powered. Branded as "Edirol by...

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M-Audio Transit USB 1 24bit/96.0k $99.00 Shop New

1/8" mini analog line out, 1/8" mini analog line in, TOSlink optical out does AC3 and DTS, very portable size.

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Tascam FW-1884 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1599.00 Shop New

8 analog input, 8 analog output, 8 digital I/O (ADAT), S/PDIF I/O, 8 touch-sensitive faders, playback control surface with dedicated...

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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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Ego Systems (ESI) Octa-Fire FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $699.00

8 channel i/o analog, headphone amp, S/PDIF coaxial digital I/O, 4 MIDI i/o.

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Ego Systems (ESI) Hexa-Fire FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $999.00

16 channel i/o analog, 16 ch AES-EBU, SMPTE, headphone amp, S/PDIF coaxial digital I/O, MIDI.

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