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. 121 interfaces match current criteria. See all interfaces.)

FireWire 400 (97)       |      FireWire 800 (9)       |      mLAN (8)       |      USB 1 (121)       |      USB 2 (24)
Make Model Port Mic Pres Bit/Sample Rate List Price Shop New Shop Used Notessort icon Details
Radikal Technologies SAC-2.2 USB 1 $1849.00
Details
Sound Devices USBPre USB 1 $695.00
Details
Mindprint EN-VOICE MKII USB 1 1 24bit/96.0k $799.00 Shop New

1 ch analog in (XLR mic or XLR line or TRS line or 1/4" instrument), 1 analog out (XLR or TRS), insert (2 TRS), tube mic preamp, tube...

Details
M-Audio Sonica USB 1 24bit/96.0k $90.00 Shop New

1/8" analog line out, S/PDIF optical out which does Linear PCM, AC3, or DTS.

Details
M-Audio JamLab USB 1 24bit/48.0k $80.00 Shop New

1/8" mini analog headphone/line out, 1/4" guitar instrument analog input, very portable size, includes GT Player guitar amp simulation...

Details
M-Audio Transit USB 1 24bit/96.0k $99.00 Shop New

1/8" mini analog line out, 1/8" mini analog line in, TOSlink optical out does AC3 and DTS, very portable size.

Details
Xitel HiFi-Link USB 1 20bit $50.00 Shop New

1/8" out only, comes with 30 foot 1/8"-2RCA cable

Details
Edirol M-100FX USB 1 2 24bit/44.1k $495.00 Shop New

10 channel analog mixer with USB out, effects. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

Details
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...

Details
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...

Details
Yamaha UW-10 USB 1 $159.00 Shop New

2 analog i/o (RCA), optical i/o, headphone out, portable size.

Details
Yamaha UW-500 USB 1 20bit/48.0k $399.00 Shop New

2 analog i/o (RCA/1/4" TS), optical i/o, headphone out, bunch of software.

Details
M-Audio Audiophile USB USB 1 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

2 analog I/O, audio and MIDI interface, S/PDIF, headphone out

Details
Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini USB 1 1 24bit/48.0k $329.00 Shop New

2 analog in (1 XLR,or 2 TRS), 2 analog out (TRS), headphone out, includes Pro Tools LE software. (Note strict CPU and drive...

Details
CME Matrix K USB
USB 1
FireWire 400
1 24bit/192.0k $189.00 Shop New

2 analog in (1/8" mini or one XLR/TRS combo), 2 analog out (TRS), 2 headphone outs. Stock model is USB, optional $99 KF400E FireWire...

Details
M-Audio Sonica Theater USB 1 24bit/96.0k $120.00

2 analog in (1/8" mini), 8 analog outputs (4x 1/8" mini), S/PDIF coax out which does Linear PCM, AC3, or DTS. Seems to have replaced the...

Details
Digidesign Mbox 2 USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $495.00 Shop New

2 analog in (mic on XLR, line on TRS, DI on TS), 2 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, includes Pro Tools LE software...

Details
Digidesign Mbox 2 Factory USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $595.00 Shop New

2 analog in (mic/line/DI), 2 analog out (TRS), S/PDIF i/o, MIDI i/o, headphone out, includes Pro Tools LE software and "Factory" plug-...

Details
Digidesign Mbox USB 1 2 24bit/48.0k $495.00 Shop New

2 analog in (mic/line/DI), 2 analog out, S/PDIF i/o, TRS inserts, headphone out, includes Pro Tools LE software. (Note strict CPU and...

Details
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"),...

Details