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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Presonus FIREstation
FireWire 400
mLAN
2 $899.00

8 ch i/o, tube emulation, ADAT i/o, S/PDIF, MIDI and onboard mixer for zero latency monitoring. Works as standalone 2 ch mic pre and 8...

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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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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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Mackie d.2 pro FireWire 400 1 $899.00 Shop New

DJ VCA mixer with 13x6 FireWire I/O. 2 stereo inputs, mic input, optical crossfader. Includes Tracktion 3 software.

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Mackie d.4 pro FireWire 400 2 $1149.00 Shop New

DJ VCA mixer with 14x8 FireWire I/O. 4 stereo inputs, 2 mic inputs, optical crossfader. Includes Tracktion 3 software.

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Griffin iFire FireWire 400 $40.00 Shop New

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

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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 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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Griffin FireWave FireWire 400 $99.00 Shop New

6 analog outputs (on three 1/8" mini jacks), Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound decoding.

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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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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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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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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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Tascam IF-FW/DMmkII FireWire 400 $499.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire interface card with one FireWIre 400 port and MIDI i/o. This can handle 32 channels i/o over FireWire...

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MOTU UltraLite FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $599.00 Shop New

8 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 6 TRS), 10 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, headphone out, more. Bus-powered off FireWire for...

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MOTU 828 mkII (FireWire) FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $795.00 Shop New

8 analog, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, adds the following to the original 828: 96k, SMPTE+MIDI i/o,...

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Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1495.00

8 analog, ADAT, AES, S/PDIF I/O, compact laptop size, onboard multi-processor DSP, headphone out.

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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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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) 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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