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      Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub (H80533)

Professional-quality, tabletop USB 2.0 audio interface with classic analog style VU meters.

The Akai EIE PRO (Electromusic Interface Expander) I/O is a tabletop USB audio interface perfectly tailored for your project and portable studio setups. This four-in, four-out (4x4) device enables you on Mac and PC-based systems to record at 24-bit audio resolution at sample rates of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz into virtually any DAW, recording or performance software. The EIE PRO I/O also houses three convenient USB inputs, in addition to its main USB port, enabling you to connect controllers, hard drives or any other peripheral when native ports on a computer may be limited. The compact recording interface contains 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 PRO I/O has an XLR/TRS combo jack, dedicated sturdy, gain-pots and Mic/Line/Guitar switches. The EIE PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub Features:

  • USB audio interface with up to 24-bit recording resolution supporting all standard sample rates (44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz)
    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 PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub Specifications:

    Sampling Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
    Resolution: 24-bit
    Interface: USB 2.0
    Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz (+/-0.05dB)
    Dynamic Range (@-60dB input): 96dB, A-weighted
    S/N: 96dB, 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: 6.3KΩ
    Line gain: -10.5dB to +41dB
    Line impedance: 55KΩ
    Guitar gain: +1.6dB to 53.1dB
    Guitar impedance: 102KΩ
    Input sensitivity: 0dBFS @ +6dBV
    Input impedance: 10KΩ
    Output level: +6dBV @ 0dBFS
    Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-0.25dB)
    Dynamic Range (@-60dB input): 98dB, A-weighted
    S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
    THD+N: 0.006% @ 1kHz/0dBFS
    Crosstalk: 97dB @ 1kHz/0dBFS
    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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  • hard ware

    As reviewed by noah montena on 7/20/2012

    I think the EIE Pro is my new favorite laptop interface. There are a lot of them out there these days, in a variety of configurations, and they all have their place. the Tascam US-144 or Scarlett 2i2, for instance, are high quality, dual analog input converters which are bus-powered, not needing to plug in to anything but your laptop, which is handy for truly portable recording. The MOTU Ultralite, or the newer 4pre, or even the insane Track16, are great for highend A/D converters, multiple I/O, hybrid USB/Firewire connectivity, and software-based mixer desk controls with massive DSP channel strip capabilities. And then there are the bigger but compact rackmount interfaces like the Mackie Onyx Blackbird, or any number of Tascam, Focusrite, M-Audio, Presonus, or MOTU units, which have oodles of I/O, and a satisfying 120V rocker on/off switch. But what do you do when your laptop only has two USB ports? One of them hosts your interface, the other has your MIDI controller or a mouse. Where do you plug in your iLok for all that awesome software your i5-equipped, 750GB lapjob is capable of running now? The EIE series from Akai has that covered. In addition to 4 analog combo-jack pres, 4 balanced 1/4" outputs, a headphone jack, 4 insert points, and a pair of 5-pin DIN MIDI sockets, the EIE I/O (hee hee) and EIE Pro (wait, that's not funny) both have a three port USB 2.0 hub built in. Yes. On top of that, these little beasts are built like gear out of a WWII bomber cockpit, with heavy guage sheetmetal housings, analog VU meters, and lots of solid little toggle switches. The fact that a compact portable like this has 4 preamps for two and a half Benjamins is reason enough to buy it, but the integral USB hub really sets it apart from the other boxes out there. The only caution I would offer is that the driver is made by the same company which makes Tascam's drivers (Polytec from Germany), and I have not had 100% compatibility with every computer I've tried installing their drivers on. Acer laptops and netbooks in particular seem to have problems. My Lenovo and Mac laptops seem to be just fine, however.

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  • Amazing Interface

    As reviewed by James Combs on 3/3/2014

    Have had this for a year no problem's whatsoever. I am a Pro at what I do (producer/engineer/Musician 20 years) and I get GREAT quality recordings every time. Most times its not the interface its the producer/engineer..

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  • Terrible Interface

    As reviewed by Isaac Jarman on 1/27/2014

    I first hooked the interface up, installed the drivers and software, and was greeted to a raunchy hiss when I first plugged my headphones in. After their tech support laboriously (after spending maybe three hours on the phone) directed me to install the updated firmware, which I did, the unit worked fine for about a month - until I updated my Mac to OS Mavericks. Four months have passed since Mavericks has been released, and Akai has yet to release a working driver. There are hundreds of people on their tech support website complaining, and there has been no help. Buy a Focusrite Scarlett, if you are looking for an interface within this price range. Do not buy this product.

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