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 003 Rack (MX003R) FireWire 400 4 24bit/96.0k $1295.00 Shop New

Audio I/O (rackmounted) with 8 analog in (4 XLR or TRS, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), ADAT I/O, S/PDIF I/O, wordclock I/O, MIDI I/O,...

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Digidesign 003 Rack Factory (MX003R) FireWire 400 4 24bit/96.0k $1695.00 Shop New

Audio I/O (rackmounted) with 8 analog in (4 XLR or TRS, 4 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), ADAT I/O, S/PDIF I/O, wordclock I/O, MIDI I/O,...

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

28 channel digital mixer.

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Hercules 16/12 FW FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $899.00 Shop New

12 analog inputs (2 XLR/TRS combo, 10 TRS), 8 analog outputs (TRS), 2 ch S/PDIF optical I/O (NOT 8 ch ADAT), 2 ch S/PDIF coax I/O, MIDI...

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MOTU 828 FireWire 400 2 24bit/48.0k $795.00

8 analog, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, ADAT sync, headphone out. Comes with MOTU's AudioDesk software. Replaced by the 828mkII 5/2003.

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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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MOTU 828 mkIII FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $795.00 Shop New

10 analog i/o, 16 ch ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o, word clock i/o, headphone out, MIDI i/o, SMPTE, built-in hardware-based effects. AudioDesk...

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Prism ADA-8XR FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k $11236.00 Shop New

Modular with option slots for many configurations: 16 channel AD converter, 16 Channel DA converter, 8 channel AD/DA etc. Optional cards...

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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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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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Echo AudioFire8 FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $749.00 Shop New

8 analog in (2 XLR/TRS combo, 6 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), 2 analog inserts, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O, headphone out, comes...

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Lynx Aurora 16
USB 2
FireWire 400
24bit/192.0k $3295.00 Shop New

16 analog I/O on DB25 connectors, 16 AES digital I/O (DB25 breakout), MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O. Comes stock with an empty card slot,...

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Lynx Aurora 8
USB 2
FireWire 400
24bit/192.0k $2195.00 Shop New

8 analog I/O on DB25 connectors, 8 AES digital I/O (DB25 breakout), MIDI I/O, wordclock I/O. Comes stock with an empty card slot, which...

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