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Echo AudioFire4 FireWire Audio Interface  

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The Echo AudioFire4 FireWire Audio Interface is a six-channel unit with all the connections you need for your computer-based studio. With the flexibility of FireWire and bus power, you can also take t... Read More

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Overview

The Echo AudioFire4 FireWire Audio Interface is a six-channel unit with all the connections you need for your computer-based studio. With the flexibility of FireWire and bus power, you can also take the AudioFire4 on the road. The AudioFire4 can record 24 bit 96kHz audio with low latency monitoring on any Windows XP or Mac OS X computer (desktop or notebook) with a FireWire port.

It has 2 universal inputs with mic preamps, phantom power, and trim knobs so you can just plug in your microphone or instrument and record whenever or wherever you want. AudioFire4 also comes with 2 balanced analog inputs (TRS), 4 balanced analog outputs (TRS), a stereo headphone output, 2 FireWire ports, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, and 6 channels of full duplex 24 bit 96kHz recording and playback.

Features
  • Hardware
  • FireWire (IEEE 1394a) interface with 8' cable
  • Bus powered with 6-pin FireWire interface
  • External 12VDC power supply provided
  • 2 auto-sensing universal inputs (mic/guitar/line):
  • Meters, trim knobs & 48V phantom power
  • 2 balanced 1/4" analog inputs:
  • 112dB (A-weighted) dynamic range
  • +4dBu / -10dBV nominal levels
  • 4 balanced 1/4" analog outputs:
  • 114dB (A-weighted) dynamic range
  • +4dBu / -10dBV nominal levels
  • S/PDIF I/O at 24-bit/96kHz
  • MIDI I/O
  • Stereo headphone output with volume knob
  • Sync via S/PDIF
  • Supports full duplex 6 channel in, 6 channel out operation at 24 bit, 96 kHz sample rate
  • Heavy-duty aluminum case
  • Near zero latency hardware monitoring
  • Software
  • Software console for monitoring, metering, and setting levels Low-latency drivers support all major pro audio software:
  • Low Latency ASIO 2.0
  • WDM kernel streaming mode
  • GSIF 2.0 (Gigastudio 3 w/ low latency MIDI)
Specifications
  • Echo Digital Audio is proud to use only specifications of production units. While other companies quote specs of their converters alone in laboratory settings, the numbers you see on this page represent the actual unit in your hands. Since people often rely heavily on specs when deciding what gear to buy, we like to bring you numbers that really mean something.
    Analog input:
    2 Neutrik Universal connectors for balanced TRS or XLR
    2 Balanced TRS connectors
    Accepts unbalanced signals
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, _0.1dB
    Dynamic Range: 112dB A-weighted
    THD+n: <0.002% A-weighted
    Nominal Input Level: +4dBu or -10dBV (software configurable)
    48V Phantom power on XLR inputs

    Analog Output:
    4 Balanced TRS connectors
    Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz, _0.1dB
    Dynamic Range: 114dB A-weighted
    THD+n: <0.002% A-weighted
    Nominal Output Level: +4dBu or -10dBV (software configurable)
    General Converter Specs
    128x Oversampling converters
    24 bit data resolution maintained throughout signal path
    Multiple standard sampling rates supported: 32, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k
    Variable sample rate feature lets you select any sample rate between 25kHz - 100kHz
    S/PDIF Digital Input/Output:
    Up to 24 bit resolution
    Coaxial connector
    Consumer/Professional Switch
    Sample rates from 32kHz - 96kHz supported

    MIDI:
    MIDI input
    MIDI output

    Digital Sync:
    S/PDIF in/out

    Headphone Output:
    High quality 1/8" headphone jack
    Volume control on front panel

    General:
    Digital mixing
    Near zero latency hardware monitoring

    Dimensions : 6"(w) x 5 1/2"(d) x 1 1/2"(h)

    Host Interface: 2 1394a (FireWire) ports

    System Requirements
    PC System requirements:
    Windows XP
    256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
    Mac System Requirements
    Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later)
    G4 or better processor
    256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)





Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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EchoAudioFire4 FireWire Audio Interface
 
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By John H.

from Las Vegas,NV

Comments about Echo AudioFire4 FireWire Audio Interface:

I spent many weeks shopping for an audio interface. The manufacturer�ۡ���s literature often had too much sales hype without clearly explaining what the unit does. I eventually chose the Audiofire4 even though it has a higher price than many other audio interfaces. I figured that with FireWire and the higher price I would probably get the quality I wanted and it would do what I wanted. That turned out to be correct. I have been pleased with the performance of the Audiofire4. I use it with Windows XP and a Sonar Studio 4 recording program. I have had no problems with latency and no cracks or pops. I don�ۡ���t hear any hiss or static unless I turn the gain knobs up way too high. The Audiofire4 sends 6 independent digital signals (or 3 independent stereo signals) through the FireWire to the computer. Two signals are from analog/digital converters for the universal jacks on the front of the unit. Two are from a/d converters for the ̴_�ۡ�ݕ�_ inputs on the back. Two are from the s/pdif stereo in jack which passes on digital signals from other digital equipment. At the same time, it receives 6 independent digital signals back from the computer. Four signals go through digital/analog converters to the four ̴_�ۡ�ݕ�_ outputs on the back. Two are passed on through the s/pdif stereo out jack to other digital equipment. The Audiofire4 does not come with any recording software, like most audio interfaces do. The software that comes with it is a virtual mixing board. It allows you to mix the 6 signals going into the computer in any way into the 6 signals coming out of the computer. My only complaint with the Audiofire4 is that it could have better instructions. (The instructions are in a separate file, on the CD that comes with the unit.) I�ۡ���ve seen much worse instructions for musical equipment, but then I�ۡ���ve seen better instructions too. Like too many instruction manuals, it explains details but forgets to explain the over-all picture. It also tries to explain Audiofire 2, 4, 8, Pre8, and 12 all at the same time with the same instructions. However with careful study and some trial and error and playing with the software I was able to figure it out.

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