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 PowerMate USB 1 $45.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface, volume knob/programmable scrolling controller for any app.

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Edirol UA-1A USB 1 16bit $90.00

2 ch RCA i/o, Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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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."

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Edirol SD-90 USB 1 24bit/48.0k $1050.00 Shop New

Sound module with audio interface, 2-in, 2-out, S/PDIF, MIDI synth, mixer, effects. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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Apogee AMBus 1394 FireWire Card
FireWire 400
mLAN
$695.00

Not an audio interface. FireWire 400 (mLAN compatible) interface card for Apogee gear with AMBus slots, such as the Apogee Trak2Mic...

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Apogee Mini-DAC
USB 1
FireWire 400
24bit/192.0k $895.00 Shop New

2 ch D/A output. XLR, 1/8" out. Inputs: AES (breakout cable), S/PDIF, ADAT. "Digital Thru" mode to send any digital input to the...

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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-1X USB 1 16bit/48.0k $95.00 Shop New

2 channel analog I/O on RCA connectors, S/PDIF output, headphone out. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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Roland UA-100 G USB 1 20bit $595.00

MIDI sound module with audio, 2 ch RCA in, 2 ch RCA out, MIDI i/o, optical S/PDIF out, champagne gold panel.

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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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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 "...

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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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Apogee Rosetta 200
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
24bit/192.0k $1395.00 Shop New

FireWire requires optional X-FireWire card, 2-in (XLR...

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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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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 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 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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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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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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ART USB Phono Plus USB 1 16bit/48.0k $119.00 Shop New

2 ch analog in (phono/line), 2 ch analog out (RCA, 1/8"), optical i/o, S/PDIF in, phono preamp, low-cut filter EQ, USB or AC powered, 1/...

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