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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Digigram UAX220 USB 1 48.0k $495.00 Shop New

2 analog in (XLR), 2 analog out (XLR), headphone out, palm-sized unit, analog input gain is not adjustable.

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Ion Audio iTTUSB05 USB 1 $150.00 Shop New

Turntable with dust cover, line-level analog output (RCA), straight tone arm, auto-return, built-in phono preamp, other standard...

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Ion Audio iTTUSB10 USB 1 $250.00 Shop New

Belt-drive turntable with dust cover, line-level analog output (RCA), built-in phono preamp can be switched on/off, line-level input for...

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Numark TTUSB USB 1 $299.00 Shop New

USB turntable, line-level analog output (RCA), built-in phono preamp with line level RCA outputs, line-level input for audio into...

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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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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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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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Roland UA-3D USB 1 1 16bit $225.00 Shop New

2 ch i/o, optical 5.1 output, optical in, 1/8" mic input, instrument input, headphone out, includes Cool Edit Pro.

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Ego Systems (ESI) GIGAPort DG USB 1 16bit $199.00

ADAT 8-channel output only.

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M-Audio MobilePre USB USB 1 2 16bit $179.00 Shop New

2 analog inputs (two XLR or two 1/4" or one 1/8"), 2 analog outputs (two 1/4" or one 1/8"), 2 instrument inputs, headphone out

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Engineered Audio Aurius USB 1 16bit/48.0k $55.00

2 ch analog out on 1/8" jack with FM transmitter for sending to any radio receiver within 30-50 feet.

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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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Philips PSC805 Aurilium USB 1 1 16bit/48.0k $99.00 Shop New

2 analog in (one 1/8" jack), 6 analog out (three 1/8" jacks), optical S/PDIF out, coax S/PDIF out, mic in (1/8"), headphone out (1/8"),...

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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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Henry Engineering USB Matchbox USB 1 16bit/48.0k $495.00

2 analog XLR in (or 2 RCA in), 2 analog XLR out (or 1/8" mini), mute switch jack.

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Henry Engineering USB Matchbox Plus USB 1 16bit/48.0k $695.00

2 analog XLR in (or 2 RCA in), 2 analog XLR out (or 1/8" mini), level meters, headphone out.

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Alesis MultiMix 8 USB USB 1 4 16bit/48.0k $199.00 Shop New

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

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Alesis MultiMix 12 USB USB 1 4 16bit/48.0k $399.00 Shop New

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

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