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

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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 c... Read More

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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.

  • 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
  • Sampling Rates: 44.1kHz
  • Resolution: 16-bit
  • Interface: USB 1.1 Device (compatible with both USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 ports)
  • 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: 6.3KΩ
  • 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): 93dB, 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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Best Audio Interface I've ever owned

By Brooks Wilkins

from Brandon, FL

The title says it. This is my 4th interface, til now I've had a lexicon, Line 6 and M box. The EIE is the best of the bunch. Bought this unit at the Tampa GC over a year ago with zero issues. Set up was easy on my PC and in Sonar. Pro's: Large face with front plugs and controls for easy use. (a huge plus if you've ever had to fiddle with getting to the back of a unit when changing cables on the fly) Four inputs, nice if your recording multiple instruments. I am solo so use them to do true stereo recordings of acoustic instruments and to keep instruments and pedals plugged in so if I am switching instruments it's already there. I keep my condenser mic in channel four at all times. When I am ready to do a vocal or acoustic track I just select the channel in Sonar and turn on the phantom power. Unit has a metal case and is heavy. No issue with the weight of a cable moving the unit. Controls are intuitive and easy to use. VU meters are dead on in sync with my DAW, the backlight turns RED when clipping. Nice add. Cons: The silver on red writing is difficult to read. After a while you learn what and where everything is but during the learning curve it was a bit of a pain. It would be nice to have RCA stereo out for monitoring. THe USB Hub outputs do not work (on mine). Not a deal breaker for me. Only 2 VU meters and four channels. There is a switch to toggle them to different channels so for solo use it's great. If I were using all four inputs simultaneously it would be a small inconvenience to not have live monitoring on all channels. Bottom line. i recommend this unit to everyone when audio interfaces come in to the discussion. If it were to be lost, stolen or simply stop working I would buy another one immediately.

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Great for the money

By Bob Hughes

from Fairgrove, MI

Perfect product for what it does. Seems rugged, everything works. The only thing I would change is how the monitoring functions via the headphones work. It can be a little confusing. Solo buttons on each channel might have worked a little better.

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Excellent audio interface

By Kevin Stephens

from Austin, TX

I bought this as a way to run my mics, synths, and other instruments into my DAW. This is an excellent audio interface and is very easy to set up and get going quickly. The sound quality is great and I love the VU meters that light up red to indicate clipping. This is a great edition for your personal home studio.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Dead on Arrival

By Brian Dice

from Indianapolis, IN

I ordered this hoping to get a good USB interface. From the reviews I read on here, it seemed like a good idea. At first glance, it looks sturdy and well-constructed. But don't let the looks deceive you. After hooking it up to my desktop, the outputs leading to my speakers did not put out any sound. After diving through multiple menus on my computer and switching on and off as many things on the interface as possible, I had to revert back to using my old Pod GX interface for the monitors. On top of that, the only sound I got out of the mic/line inputs was a bunch of fuzz. The interface didn't even act like any audio was being put into it on the VU meters. Overall, the only things I can say actually worked on this junk is the USB hub and the lights on the VU meters. I will be returning this product as soon as possible. If you want a USB hub that can light up, go for it. If you want a quality interface that will work, look elsewhere.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


An excellent value

By Mark Wooldrage

from New Berlin, WI

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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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


easy and perfect

By Edgar Sales

from aurora co

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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Great for whatever you might need!

By Luke Hulce

from Spokane, Washington

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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