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
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.
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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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