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Puts all your music gear in perfect harmony.

The Akai EIE I/O is a great recording solution for project and portable recording setups. With its four XLR/TRS combo inputs, the EIE I/O gives you CD-standard 16-bit/44.1kHz audio resolution with a convenient USB hub enabling you the ability to hook up additional controllers, hard drives, or other peripherals to your Mac or PC computer. This compact audio hub features high-quality components including nickel-plated input jacks, analog-style VU meters and a rugged aluminum casing for a powerful, professional, portable audio solution.

Each channel of the EIE I/O has an XLR-1/4" combo jack, dedicated sturdy, gain-pots and Mic/Line/Guitar switches. The EIE I/O features four discrete-design preamplifiers with 48V phantom power for use with virtually any microphone. Individual 1/4" Nickel-plated jacks found on the back of EIE I/O provide you with channel inserts for processing audio signals externally. You can monitor sessions on multiple sets of studio monitors using the four 1/4" balanced outputs, which are also Nickel-plated. Both pairs of outputs can be monitored visually with the high-quality, analog VU meters providing classic features with modern style. For remote tracking and alternative playback, the EIE I/O has a 1/4" TRS headphone output. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of your session or performance gets captured and played back faithfully.

The EIE I/O sends and receives four audio channels on a single USB cable for simple, universal interface to a computer. The three additional USB ports allow EIE I/O to function as a hub as well, bridging other MIDI controllers and hard-drives to the computer. The USB interface is class compliant for plug-and-play operation with Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista and 7. The EIE I/O features traditional MIDI In and Out jacks for playing and controlling software with keyboard and pad controllers, workstations, and other MIDI-compatible instruments.

Akai Professional EIE I/O Audio/MIDI Interface With USB Hub Features:

  • USB audio interface with up to 16-bit recording resolution
    Four XLR-1/4" combo jacks with phantom power and gain control
    Four nickel-plated 1/4" outputs for two separate monitoring systems
    Two classic, high-quality VU level meters with switchable sources
    Three additional USB ports for connecting other devices through to a computer
    Four 1/4" channel inserts for processing audio signals externally
    5 Pin DIN MIDI Interface
    Headphone output with switchable source and direct monitoring dial
    Tabletop, solid construction with a great-looking, classic design
    Includes power cable, quick start guide


Akai Professional EIE I/O Audio/MIDI Interface With USB Hub Specifications:

  • USB AUDIO INTERFACE
    Sampling Rates: 44.1kHz
    Resolution: 16-bit
    Interface: USB 1.1 Device (compatible with both USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 ports)
    ANALOG INPUTS
    Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz (+/-0.05dB)
    Dynamic Range (@-60dB input): 93dB, A-weighted
    S/N: 93dB, A-weighted
    THD+N: 0.001% @ 1kHz / -0.1dBFS
    Crosstalk: 93dB @ 1kHz / -0.1dBFS
    Pre-amp THD+N: 0.018%
    Mic gain (MIC): +9dB to + 51.5dB
    Mic impedance: 6.3KO
    Line gain: -10.5dB to +41dB
    Line impedance: 55KO
    Guitar gain: +1.6dB to 53.1dB
    Guitar impedance: 102KO
    Input sensitivity: 0dBFS @ +6dBV
    Input impedance: 10KO
    ANALOG OUTPUTS
    Output level: +6dBV @ 0dBFS
    Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-0.25dB)
    Dynamic Range (@-60dB input): 93dB, A-weighted
    S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
    THD+N: 0.006% @ 1kHz/0dBFS
    Crosstalk: 97dB @ 1kHz/0dBFS
    HEADPHONES
    32-Ohm Load

    Unclipped output power: 10mW @ 1kHz
    Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+0.25dB)
    S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
    THD+N: 0.007% @ 1kHz / 0dBFS
    Crosstalk: 95dB @ 1kHz / 0dBFS
    600-Ohm Load
    Unclipped output power: 3.4 mW @ 1kHz
    Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+0.25dB)
    S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
    THD+N: 0.003% @ 1kHz / 0dBFS
    Crosstalk: 95dB @ 1kHz / 0dBFS


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  • Great for whatever you might need!

    As reviewed by Luke Hulce on 4/23/2012

    Features: So many to list here! The input can either be X-Latch Rubber or 1/4 inch instrument plug in, allows you to switch between mic/line to guitar input, as well as give phantom power for condenser mics. You can use the VU meters to monitor your input or output and select between what channels you want to monitor as well. It also features a midi-in/out plug in, along with the firewire cable that allows it to communicate with your PC or Mac. Along with those things are 3 other usb plug ins, so you can use it as a USB hub as well. It has 4 outputs along the back for monitoring, and 4 audio inserts, for rack mount gear, or possibly sidechain effects and compressors. On the front of this device is also a headphone jack to monitor your output, along with the master volume controls, allowing for switching between stereo and mono, and a input/output relay knob. This interface is ideal for those who want to have a mobile studio, or just want to have a piece of equipment handy for recording at all times! Not too heavy, and it is incredibly reliable~

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  • easy and perfect

    As reviewed by Edgar Sales on 12/29/2012

    the way to use this device with my program sonar 8 was very easy no problems with output set up or input setup and works with both mac or windows please appreciate the price for the great pruduct

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  • An excellent value

    As reviewed by Mark Wooldrage on 1/18/2013

    Overall, I've been very impressed with the build quality and sound of this unit. Latency is respectable on my older Mac, and the build quality is excellent. I like the VU meters, particularly that they flash red on a clipping signal. The audio inserts are also a nice feature, allowing you to patch through an effects unit without having to run direct through it. Now, for the bad things (only two, as I've found so far): One: the silver-on-red from panel looks great, but only in ample light. It becomes pretty much illegible in low light settings (like my project studio). Not a problem after the interface layout is learned, but it caused a lot of squinting initially. Two: the built-in MIDI ports are great, but don't have a software name. I attached the interface, and it was immediately recognized in Audio MIDI setup. Logic Pro asked if I wanted to use it automatically as well. The problem arose when I tried to set up my external synth through the interface...and couldn't see the port name I should use in the patch editor. As it turns out, the ports show up as blank spaces in a port list. Once what I selected what appeared to be "nothing", all worked well....but it took 40 minutes of hair pulling before that point. All in all, minor hiccups in setup, and haven't had any problems in use (and nothing to detract from five stars). It's a huge step up from the small mixer I had plugged into the sound-in jack: plenty of gain, and relatively quiet as well. It's not true "professional" equipment, as it only does audio in 44.1, but the huge number of inputs, MIDI, audio inserts (and a 3 port USB hub!) all in all makes a package that's hard to beat for the price.

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