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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
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: 6.3KÎ
    Line gain: -10.5dB to +41dB
    Line impedance: 55KÎ
    Guitar gain: +1.6dB to 53.1dB
    Guitar impedance: 102KÎ
    Input sensitivity: 0dBFS @ +6dBV
    Input impedance: 10KÎ
    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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Akai ProfessionalEIE I/O Audio/MIDI Interface With USB Hub
 
4.0

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Compact (6)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Another solid Akai product

Qualifications:
I have been a musician almost my entire life. I have played guitar for 15 years and I have gotten into building a personal electronic music studio. I had been looking...Read complete review

Qualifications:
I have been a musician almost my entire life. I have played guitar for 15 years and I have gotten into building a personal electronic music studio. I had been looking for a good external soundcard with guitar/mic/MIDI inputs for a while. I have always had great luck with Akai products, so I decided to give the EIE a try.

The good:
As to be expected from any Akai product, the thing is sturdy as a brick. Solid metal casing, smooth knobs that are on there for good, laser-engraved labels, 3 extra USB ports, and awesome VU meters with two light colors to represent clean/redlining signal.

I already had the newest update of ASIO4ALL, so this was literally a plug-and-play device. To anybody who isn't familiar with what I'm talking about, ASIO4ALL is a free driver that runs much smoother than most native PC sound drivers. I was glad that the EIE was clearly designed to use ASIO drivers (seeing as how I already used them) and there was no monkeying around to get the unit working.

In use, the EIE performed better than I expected. It ran smoothly on ASIO's 512 sample buffer, and I managed to drop the samples significantly down without experiencing any lag or choppiness. I have 3 MIDI devices plugged into the rear USB ports, and it runs those smoothly as well.

The last positive thing I'll mention is that I love the USB ports. I have a high-performance laptop, but that doesn't mean I have a bunch of native USB ports to spare. It was really nice to get all of the cables for my USB MIDI devices out of the way without having to buy a USB hub.

The bad:
Honestly, I don't have too many complaints. My main gripe is actually more related to ASIO. It sucks that DAWs take over the ASIO drivers and make it difficult to watch tutorials online, etc.

The only other criticism I have is that the 1/4" jacks in the front don't seem like they could take as much of a beating as the rest of the unit could.

Synopsis:
Sturdy unit. Easy to set up, easy to use. Looks nice. Plenty of features. Well worth the money in my opinion.

Please note:
If you are considering the EIE Pro (24 bit), I bought this unit because I saw a LOT of complaints about audio being choppy with that particular unit. I have experienced no such problems with the 16 bit EIE.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Love it but....

Really was enjoying the well laid out controls and four inputs. However I happened to try with my phantom powered mic and guitar and to my dismay flipping on the +45 volts dumped a...Read complete review

Really was enjoying the well laid out controls and four inputs. However I happened to try with my phantom powered mic and guitar and to my dismay flipping on the +45 volts dumped a whole lot of noise onto the adjacent guitar channel. It appears that the 45 volt is not properly filtered. Bummer! I have a ticket in to their customer support - we'll see how they respond but I don't expect much. So its great if you never plan to use the guitar input and phantom powered mic together - otherwise its a showstopper.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Love it but....

By Paul

from Annapolis

Site Member

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

Really was enjoying the well laid out controls and four inputs. However I happened to try with my phantom powered mic and guitar and to my dismay flipping on the +45 volts dumped a whole lot of noise onto the adjacent guitar channel. It appears that the 45 volt is not properly filtered. Bummer! I have a ticket in to their customer support - we'll see how they respond but I don't expect much. So its great if you never plan to use the guitar input and phantom powered mic together - otherwise its a showstopper.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Don't judge an audio interface by its cover.

By Michael

from New Orleans Louisiana

Site Member

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

I purchased this in July 2014. Didn't have any experience with audio interfaces and was setting up my first home studio. I thought it looked cool and the specs didn't really mean much to me at the time. So I went with the cool looking one. It's not terrible, but not even a year later inputs 1 and 2 have failed and sent nothing but static and distortion. The USB interface won't power any USB devices so that's a bust. Also disappointed in the sample rate of only 16 bits/46.5 khz. I now know that every other interface in this price range offers twice the sample rate. Maybe not a big deal if you do all your production inside a DAW, but i like to record live instruments and vocals. I've contacted AKAI about warranty repair and so far they have responded in a timely manner.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best Audio Interface I've ever owned

By Brooks Wilkins

from Brandon, FL

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

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for the money

By Bob Hughes

from Fairgrove, MI

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

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Interface at a Great Price

By Fostex4

from MPLS, MN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

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

    Nice I/O. Using with 2 other interfaces that plug into the usb hub in the back to give me 8 total inputs. Works great with GarageBand. The phantom power did not work on the first one I received in the mail. Talked to Musician's Friend support on the phone, and another box that works perfectly showed up at my door only 2 days later. Great customer support! Great portable I/O!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent audio interface

    By Kevin Stephens

    from Austin, TX

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

    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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good price, good product, good purchase

    By Felipe

    from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      Good product. I had some issues during installation of the bundled software (I didn't see it written anywhere, but it's Cubase LE5 on my unit), but these were mostly caused by myself.

      I haven't yet recorded much with this type of equipment, so until now it just look much different of my old stuff - ADAT recorder. Yes, there has been a long time.

      If you're researching for a recording interface on the internet, you probably found out that there is no 4 channels unit at such price. This is 16-bit/441000 Hz, which seems outdated, but the fact is that this is perfectly ok for the most applications. Even ADAT had these specifications at first. Anyway, for that price, you can't go wrong with this unit.

      (3 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I'm gonna go postal!

      By Nunya

      from Niotaze KS

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

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

      I can't get cubase registered & installed.

      (4 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Only channel 1 will xfer to the PC

      By Jackon

      from NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Prob With All Channels
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

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

        Must use with nice sound card when connecting to PC or you get no level. You have to crank it wide open to even hear it. Also, could only get channel 1 to xfer to the PC with USB, channels 2,3, and 4, could be monitored but will not show up on the PC.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for your home studio.

        By ghosttownwaltz

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

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

          While it may have limitations in recording a whole band live, it's perfect for those of us with little home studios that don't record more than 2-4 instuments/vocals at once. Super easy to set up, basically just plug and play, and the sound quality is great. The Cubase 5 lite is a nice addition.

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