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.

(Sort by clicking a header. Filter by selecting a port. 238 interfaces match current criteria.)

FireWire 400 (97)       |      FireWire 800 (9)       |      mLAN (8)       |      USB 1 (121)       |      USB 2 (24)
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MOTU 896 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $1295.00

8 analog, ADAT and AES I/O. Has ADAT sync, word clock I/O, headphone out, more. Comes with MOTU's AudioDesk software. Replaced by the...

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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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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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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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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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Mackie Onyx 1620 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $999.00 Shop New

16 channel input, 2 channel output, complete analog mixer, 4-band EQ, headphone out. Mixer has 16 analog outs, but only two can come...

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Presonus FP10 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $799.00 Shop New

8 ch i/o (8 XLR/TRS combo, 2 TS), 8 analog out (8 TRS), S/PDIF, MIDI i/o, zero latency monitoring, can daisychain multiple units, comes...

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Presonus FireStudio FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $699.00 Shop New

Bigger than the FirePod, comes with MSR Monitor Station Remote.

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Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire FireWire 400 8 24bit/48.0k $799.00 Shop New

16 channel input (8 XLR mic pres OR 8 TRS; and 4 stereo TRS), 2 channel output (TRS), complete analog mixer, 3-band EQ, onboard effects...

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Alesis MultiMix 16 USB USB 1 8 16bit/48.0k $499.00 Shop New

16 channel input (8 XLR mic pres OR 8 TRS; and 4 stereo TRS), 2 channel output (TRS), complete analog mixer, 3-band EQ, onboard effects...

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ART TubeFire 8 FireWire 400 8 24bit/96.0k $699.00 Shop New

8 XLR or 8 1/4” inputs (combo jack), 8 balanced 1/4" TRS outputs, 8 tube mic preamps, word clock i/o, phantom power, 10 db pad, high cut...

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Tascam US-2000 USB 2 8 24bit/96.0k $650.00 Shop New

14 analog in (8 XLR mic, 6 1/4" TRS), 2 instrument in, 2 inserts (1/4" TSRR), 4 analog out (4 1/4" TRS), S/PDIF i/o, includes Cubase LE4...

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Tascam US-1641 USB 2 8 24bit/96.0k $500.00 Shop New

14 analog in (8 XLR, 6 1/4" TRS), 4 analog out (4 1/4"TRS), 2 instrument in, S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, includes Cubase LE4....

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M-Audio ProFire 2626 FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $900.00 Shop New

8 analog in (on XLR/TRS combo), 8 analog out (TRS), 16ch ADAT i/o, (2) instrument inputs, 26 simultaneous inputs, S/PDIF i/o (on fanout...

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MOTU 896mk3 FireWire 400 8 24bit/192.0k $1295.00 Shop New

8ch analog i/o (XLR/TRS combo in, XLR out), 16ch ADAT i/o, 2ch AES i/o, and 2ch S/PDIF i/o. Can do simultaneous input/output of all...

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Roland Octa-Capture USB 2 8 24bit/192.0k $819.00 Shop New

Also known as the Roland UA-1010. Eight analog input channels on XLR/TRS combo connectors, eight output channels on TRS connectors, two...

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Mackie Onyx 1640 FireWire 400 16 24bit/96.0k $1650.00 Shop New

16 channel input, 2 channel output, complete analog mixer, 4 busses, 4-band EQ, headphone out. Mixer has 16 analog outs, but only two...

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