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Alesis io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface

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Utilizing DICE II FireWire technology for big bandwidth, fast signal handling, and lots of digital headroom, the Alesis io|26 is a professional”level computer recording interface in an easy-to-use tabletop design. You get 8 analog channels and 18 digital channels; Alesis high definition microphone preamps; Cirrus audiophile converters and jitter elimination technology; and high”quality 24-bit/192kHz audio conversion circuitry.

The io|26 audio interface has line-level inserts on analog channels, 48V phantom power, 5-segment signal/clip meters, 2 headphone outputs, 8 line-level outputs, turntable inputs, S/PDIF I/O, dual MIDI/O, and includes Cubase LE recording software. Dual ADAT lightpipe inputs give you forward-thinking, professional expansion potential for your recording setup. Flexible, routable Hardware Direct Monitoring allows you to send a customized, latency-free mix to each output pair. The io|26 interface runs on FireWire bus power or AC power with the included adapter.

FEATURES

24-bit/192kHz recording for high-quality, pristine recordings 
Superior Clock stability
JET Jitter Elimination Technology
Audiophile Cirrus converters to provide maximum dynamic range on I/O
8 analog input channels with combo jacks
18 digital input channels (dual ADAT and S/PDIF)
Flexible, routable Hardware Direct Monitoring
Cubase LE software included (Windows and Mac compatible)
Bus or adapter powered

Inputs
High-definition preamps on analog channels
2 switchable Hi-Z inputs for direct guitar and bass recording
Switchable Phantom Power for each channel pair
Inserts on analog channels
2 ADAT inputs (16 channels)
16 channels of MIDI I/O
Stereo turntable input

Outputs
8 line-level outputs
2 discrete stereo headphone outputs
Stereo S/PDIF digital output
SPECIFICATIONS
PC requirements: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 2.0 Ghz, 1GB RAM, Windows XP Home or Professional Service Pack 2 (XP Media Center Edition untested) 
Mac requirements: Power Mac G4 Dual 867MHz, 1GB RAM, Mac OSX 10.4

Analog Inputs
Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Frequency response: +/- 0.05dB from 20Hz to 22kHz
Dynamic range: 112dB, A-weighted
Signal-to-noise ratio: 112 dB, A-weighted, minimum gain
THD+N: 0.001 -0.0015% @ 1kHz/0dBFS
Crosstalk: -110dB @ 1 kHz
Preamplifier THD+N: <0.0007 at 20dB gain
Preamplifier slew rate: 15 volts/microsecond
Microphone gain range: +6.8dB to +50dB
Microphone impedance: 1.2kOhm
Line gain range: -15.4dB to 27.8dB
Line impedance: 16kOhm
Guitar gain range: +6.8dB to +50dB
Guitar impedance: 1 MegaOhm

Line-Level Outputs
Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Level: -10dBv/+4dBu nominal (switchable), +19dBu maximum
Frequency response: +/- 0.075 from 20Hz to 22kHz

Turntable Input:
Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Frequency response: +/-1dB from published RIAA curve
Dynamic Range: 95dB, A-weighted
Signal-to-noise ratio: 95dB, A-weighted
THD+N: <0.05%
Crosstalk: -100dB @ 1 kHz
Impedance: 47Kohm
Pro Coverage
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
Custome must register purchase online to receive customer registration number and warranty.
(No warranties are sent with product.)


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Alesisio 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface
 
3.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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(19 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

BEWARE - DRIVER ISSUES

By The WishMaster

from Fort Worth, TX

Comments about Alesis io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface:

I bought two of these and although they have great features, there is major driver issues. My computer is plenty fast with 3gig of RAM, 1000mhz front side bus, so it shouldn't have any issues. The alesis will just shut my computer down with no warning. We eliminated that it was an electrical issue and determined that it is something to do with the drivers that is mkaing my computer shut off...

(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Improving with time!

By Alesis Owner

from Virginia

Comments about Alesis io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface:

First we have owned the Alesis IO|26 for nearly 6 months and even though we had some initial issues, they were easily worked out. For the potential buyer, note that our unit arrived with the old firmware loaded. The instructions (if you read them) actually warn you about this as they have free firmware updates on their website. We did experience the volume issue discribed below by another owner but overcame that with better cables. I can also configure an output port to drive the head phones (which is nice considering the output ports have more configuration control). All in all the unit has performed well for live use and we are about to use it in a studio environment due to its versatility.

(12 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Which Platform: PC or MAC

By Tappy Wee

from Florida

Comments about Alesis io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface:

It is essential that reviewers note which computer platform (PC or MAC) and which operating system the are using. Otherwise readers can not know whether the concern is relevant!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice, but not easy

By Art

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Alesis io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface:

This interface started working out great. I use the MacPro and Cubase 4. The a/d converters are excellent- the sound is perfect. However, the drivers for this thing are terrible, atleast for Mac and Cubase. After a few months of owning it, I noticed that it would flutter out and I would have to pull the firewire plug and re-insert it. This went on for a while until the interface completely stopped working. I had to completely erase the drivers and re-install them twice. For some reason it's working fine now, but we will see. Make sure you get the updated drivers from the alesis website.

 
5.0

Works like a charm!

By Samuel Morris

from Miami, FL

Comments about Alesis io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface:

I bought one of these the other day. It's amazing! It's exactly what I wanted. Built like a tank, insanely quiet preamps, two guitar preamps (which sound much better then our amps), lots of inputs and outputs, and MIDI. I use it with garageband, logic, and MOTU. I haven't had any problems with it in any one of them. Overall, I'd highly recommend this. It's just incredibly good.

 
4.0

COMPARE TO TASCAM

By Loud Enough Sound

from Chicagio, Il

Comments about Alesis io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface:

First. I am PC Laptop - Core2 Duo 2.2 GHz w/ 6MB L2 cache, 2 gig ram, 4 pin firewire, Vista Home Premiun Tower - DualCore 2.8 GHZ, Asus SLI motherboard, 3.25 gig RAM (that is what the computer sees), XP Home, SMP SeeSaw Pro(free download, lets me run Windows and all hardware drivers on one core, Cubase has a the other core to itself, drastically reduces hiccups and dropouts) I have MOTU 2408 w/ PCI324, Tascam US1641, and Alesis io26. Hands down, MOTU is the quickest and easiest to set up and use. Very stable multi-track recording. For 8 hours, continuously recorded live shows for local radio station using all 24 inputs(ADAT A/DD/A converter)But this will only work with a tower, monitor, keyboard and mouse. Efficient, bulky, not portable. 8.3 ms input latency, 8.1 ms output latency. Tascam US1641 - noisy with my laptop, fine with tower. Drivers will load CPU down about 40%. When multitrack recording and using outputs for live monitors, output latency changes drastically (about 80 ms) Audio quality is fine with my tower. Recorded 10 tracks simultaneously, computer froze after about an hour. Used system to run live show without any problems, including latency issues. 2.1 ms input latency, 11.2 ms output latency. LOWETS OVERALL LATENCY. io26 - noisy (quieter than Tascam) with laptop, drivers take up about 8% CPU. Haven't recorded a "song" longer than ten minutes using all 8 pre's, no ADAT inputs. no, none, zero, zip, nada issues. Tower - no noise. No problems. Just studio work using the built in pre's now. Latency so close to the MOTU, it ain't funny. Most portable with more ins than MOTU and Tascam. I use the Tascam more because of the lowest overall latency. 30% more CPU load for about 5ms less latency.

 
1.0

Drivers or firewire port are terrible

By Les Paul 25/50

from Fort Myers, FL

Comments about Alesis io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface:

Had this thing for almost 2 years. Had problems with it on 4 different PC's but too late to return. Read about users with same problems I'm having using Sonar, Cubase, PC and MAC, don't know about other DAW's. Alesis firewire drivers shut down the audio engine in Sonar after 2-4 minutes. Have to unplug the device and replug (not supposed to with firewire but had no choice) or you can restart the whole computer. Replaced it with Mbox2Pro and M-Audio ProjectMix IO, both worked fine with same computers and software that I tried with the Alesis. Only the Alesis is so buggy/flakey that it's unusable. Would love to sell it for $50 to help recover some of what I wasted on this product. I loved Alesis products since the 80's until this product. I think it's firewire port is not fully compatible with true IEEE1394 standards. It makes an okay preamp though but too expensive for just that. Oh well, live and learn!!! DON'T BUY THIS!!!! Read on Internet BBS's that some people had luck with this but MANY didn't!!!!

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