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 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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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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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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M-Audio FireWire Audiophile FireWire 400 24bit/96.0k $350.00 Shop New

2 analog in, 4 analog out, S/PDIF i/o, A/B switch for momentary switching between two monitor sources, assignable aux bus, MIDI,...

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M-Audio FireWire Solo FireWire 400 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

4 analog in (1 XLR mic input, 1 TRS instrument, 2 TRS line), 2 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF digital I/O, headphone output.

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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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M-Audio FireWire 1814 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k $749.00 Shop New

8 analog in, 4 analog out, ADAT i/o, S/PDIF i/o, internal mixing, A/B switch for momentary switching between two monitor sources, MIDI,...

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M-Audio FireWire 410 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $499.00 Shop New

4 in, 10 out, S/PDIF, MIDI I/O, 2 headphone outs. More details in...

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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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Mackie Onyx FireWire I/O Card FireWire 400 24bit/96.0k $499.00 Shop New

Optional card which adds FireWire I/O to the Mackie Onyx series mixers: 1220, 1620 and 1640. Includes full version of Mackie's Tracktion...

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Mackie Digital X Bus X.200 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k $12995.00 Shop New

Professional large-format digital mixer, FireWire requires optional card, 68 inputs and 76 outputs at 96kHz, up to 64 analog mic/line...

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Mackie Digital X Bus X.400 FireWire 400 24bit/192.0k

Professional large-format digital mixer with 92 inputs and 100 outputs (at 96kHz), FireWire requires an optional card, 24 busses, dual...

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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 Onyx 400F FireWire 400 4 24bit/192.0k $899.00 Shop New

10 analog in (4 combo XLR/TRS, 6 TRS), 8 analog out (TRS), low-latency mixer, stand-alone operation, spdif i/o, word i/o, midi i/o, 64-...

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Mackie Onyx Satellite FireWire 400 2 24bit/96.0k $520.00 Shop New

Dockable sytem with pull-out portable interface and base station, comes with Tracktion recording software. ("Coming soon" in 2006.)

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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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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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