M-Audio ProFire 2626  

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Building on a legacy of award-winning FireWire audio interfaces, the M-Audio ProFire 2626 brings next-generation performance to your PC or Mac host-based recording system. This powerful rackmount inte... Read More

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Building on a legacy of award-winning FireWire audio interfaces, the M-Audio ProFire 2626 brings next-generation performance to your PC or Mac host-based recording system. This powerful rackmount interface delivers 26x26 simultaneous I/O, complete with an onboard DSP mixer sourced from up to 52 audio streams.

It features every kind of connection you need, including the award-winning Octane preamp technology on all 8 analog inputs, ADAT, S/PDIF, word clock and MIDI. Critically acclaimed JetPLL jitter elimination technology ensures pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization all the way up to high-definition 24-bit/192kHz resolution.

In addition, the ProFire 2626 Audio Interface offers easy FireWire connectivity, extremely low latency, dual headphone outputs, front-panel 1/4" instrument inputs, and standalone operation. It is compatible with most major audio software, including Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 (with downloadable update) which would boost you to 96kHz and a 18x18 I/O maximum. Visit the M-Audio website for update availability.

Features
  • Up to 24-bit/192kHz for high-definition audio
  • 8 analog inputs sourced from: 8 XLR mic inputs with phantom power, 8 (1/4") TRS balanced line inputs, 2 (1/4") TS instrument inputs
  • Optical I/O in the form of: 2x2 S/PDIF (on optical port B) or 16x16 ADAT (8 x 8 in S/MUX II mode, 4 x 4 in S/MUX IV mode)
  • 2x2 coaxial S/PDIF (via included breakout cable)
  • 8 (1/4") TRS balanced line outputs
  • 2 (1/4") TRS headphone outputs
  • 1x1 MIDI I/O (via included breakout cable)
  • Word clock I/O (via included breakout cable)
  • 8 preamps with award-winning Octane technology
  • User-assignable master volume knob
  • Flexible onboard DSP mixer lets you select from any of the 26 hardware inputs and 26 software returns as sources for its 18 input channels, letting you create up to 8 stereo mixes
  • Standalone 8 mic pre/8-channel A/D-D/A converter
  • JetPLL jitter elimination technology
  • Sync options include internal clock, ADAT optical, S/PDIF, and word clock
  • Compatible with most popular DAWs
Specifications
  • Compatability
  • FireWire, ASIO, Direct X, MME, GSIF2, Core Audio, Pro Tools M-Powered
  • Minimum System Requirements
  • Win: XP (SP2) or Windows Vista (32-bit)
  • Pentium 4
  • 1.6GHz, 512MB RAM (1GB RAM with Windows Vista)
  • Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.10
  • Macintosh G4
  • 1GHz, 512MB RAM
  • FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port
  • Recommended System Specifications
  • Win: XP (SP2) or Windows Vista (32-bit)
  • Pentium 4
  • 2GHz, 1GB RAM
  • Mac: OS X 10.4.10
  • Macintosh G5
  • 2GHz, 1GB RAM
  • FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port
  • G4 accelerator cards not supported/G5 required for sample rates above 96kHz
  • Note:M-Audio recommends that you check your software's minimum system requirements, as they may be higher
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M-AudioProFire 2626
 
4.3

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M-Audio ProFire 2626

Hello, I thought I should voice my opinion on this really good piece of hardware. I have used a lot of Audio Interfaces, ranging from PreSonus, RME and even Digidesign, but the...Read complete review

Hello, I thought I should voice my opinion on this really good piece of hardware. I have used a lot of Audio Interfaces, ranging from PreSonus, RME and even Digidesign, but the ProFire really does beat them all. Why does it, your wondering? Firstly, the built in Octane pre-amps are so clean and clear, and they do not give out any unwanted noises or hissing you can get from other Audio Interfaces. Also you don't have to crank the volume up to the full, to get a loud sound. What I really like about it, is that it has a -20db pad, so if your recording really loud things like a guitar cab, use the -20db pad and it sounds perfect. To make it even better, it can do up to 7.1 surround sound, from the eight inputs on the back. It has two headphone inputs which is very handy when recording, and it has two separate phantom power buttons on inputs 1-4 and 5-8. That can be very good for the use of different microphones at one time. (Condensers & Ribbons). It also has two jack instrument inputs on the front (which give a much better sound), so you don't need to connect them to the XLR inputs on the back. Also it has 2 LED lights to indicate Clip and another if the signal is being received. It has two firewire connections which is absolutely great and much, much better than USB. So you can hook up two 2626's together and have 52 separate inputs of audio! It also comes with some I/O; MIDI, S/PDIF, Wordclock, AD/DA. Also what could be better, when its compatible with the industry standard DAW; Pro Tools! Another really great thing is that it can do 18 simultaneous tracks at 96Khz, or a few tracks at 192 Khz! The AD/DA converters are absolutely brilliant, and definitely beat any other Audio Interface for it. It also comes with an online DSP mixer, which is so good! The mixer itself is really good and you can control your monitors from it as well. The routing on it is very easy to do and works very well. I've used it for recording, and my drum tracks sound awesome, so do guitar, bass and vocals! It is definitely great if your recording a band! I did have a little trouble setting up the DSP mixer, but the M-Audio customer helpline were very, very good and got me through it without any hassle. Things you must remember about the Profire is that, turn it on FIRST before your computer and monitors, otherwise it could harm the Profire. There really isn't any bad things I can say about the Profire. It is really an amazing piece of gear, and would be very good for any studio. Thanks

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A couple more "features" to consider ...

Here are a couple more "features" I forgot to mention in my previous review of the M-Audio 2626: First is the headphones. As another reviewer noted, the output volume of these...Read complete review

Here are a couple more "features" I forgot to mention in my previous review of the M-Audio 2626: First is the headphones. As another reviewer noted, the output volume of these headphone jacks is surprisingly low. I have pretty good hearing, and I do not listen "loud" when I use headphones ... but these headphone monitors required me to turn up the dials to about "9" (out of 10) so as to get a full sound. We are not talking about a loud sound, just a full one. That means that there is almost no "headroom" left over. Now, on this same topic of "monitoring", here's another point: the M-Audio marketing literature talks about something like "8 stereo monitoring mixes", doesn't it? Hmmm ... Here's the real scoop: there are 7 sends on each channel, and each send is in stereo, and then there's the main mix, so that effectively makes 8 stereo monitor mixes. Good so far. But then you must "route" those mixes to real-life 1/4 inch hardware output jacks on the unit. Again, this must be done in stereo. The unit has 8 output jacks, but since each monitor mix must be in stereo, that means that you actually only have 4 PAIRS of monitor outputs. So, the bottom line is this: you can have 8 monitor mixes which exist INSIDE THE UNIT, but you can only get 4 of them OUTSIDE OF THE BOX at the same time. Of course you can switch which 4 will be heard, but you can only get 4, not 8. Well ... "mabye" there's a way to route those additional 4 stereo monitor mixes into the LIGHT PIPE OUTPUTS, so that if you have some kind of light-pipe receiving unit which then has it's own 4 pairs of outputs ... then I guess you might be able to get 8 simultaneous stereo mixes ... but I don't know how to do that (I just made it up, really), and the manual said nothing of the sort. And again, note that (apparently) you can NOT have mono monitor mixes ... if you could, then you would indeed be able to route your internal mix to the 8 separate 1/4 outputs. Also, please note: each of the outputs is a 1/4 inch balanced mono output; they are not unbalanced stereo outputs. Now, having the ability to have 4 stereo monitor mixes simultaneously is very nice, still (even if it's not 8), but there is one more thing ... you can not plug your headphones directly into those 1/4 inch balanced output jacks. That means that (assuming you are using headphones to do your monitoring), you'll need to feed each of the 4 pairs of outputs to its OWN headphone amplifier input channel, and then plug your actual headphones into that headphone amplifier channel. So, you'll need to have that separate piece of equipment. Again, these are not end-of-the-world problems, but they warrant bringing up.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great from what I can tell!

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from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

I've only had this for about two weeks, but I've recorded a couple songs with it already and it really sounds great! I've only had a chance to use it on electric and acoustic guitars (direct and through sm57) but they really sound accurate. I'm excited to see how it does with drums, but I'm waiting on my new mics. From what I can tell, this is a nice, high quality piece of equipment.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great piece of gear. WAY underrated!

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from Houston, TX

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

I own a small production studio that records backing music, voiceovers, and tracks bands. I bought the Profire 2626 on a suggestion from another user, and I was AMAZED! It was easy to install, easy to start tracking, and the sound quality was better than many pieces of gear that cost more. The routing matrix makes sending specific headphone mixes to different musicians a breeze. Yes, the matrix takes a few minutes to customize, but it is still tons easier than routing all the different signals manually. Also, you avoid adding cables into your signal path. The preamps were clean, and very neutral. A great feature is the ability to bypass the internal preamps by using trs inputs. This one detail allows me to use any outboard gear without stacking sounds, and clipping. The profire 2626and Logic work so well together that others who have heard me recordings are returning their gear to buy one of these. I have heard complaints that the headphone outs aren't very loud, but I run headphone amps so this isn't a problem. There is no such thing as a "be all, end all" of gear, but this piece is very versatile, clean, well built, reliable, and worth the money.

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A couple more "features" to consider ...

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from Austin, TX

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

Here are a couple more "features" I forgot to mention in my previous review of the M-Audio 2626: First is the headphones. As another reviewer noted, the output volume of these headphone jacks is surprisingly low. I have pretty good hearing, and I do not listen "loud" when I use headphones ... but these headphone monitors required me to turn up the dials to about "9" (out of 10) so as to get a full sound. We are not talking about a loud sound, just a full one. That means that there is almost no "headroom" left over. Now, on this same topic of "monitoring", here's another point: the M-Audio marketing literature talks about something like "8 stereo monitoring mixes", doesn't it? Hmmm ... Here's the real scoop: there are 7 sends on each channel, and each send is in stereo, and then there's the main mix, so that effectively makes 8 stereo monitor mixes. Good so far. But then you must "route" those mixes to real-life 1/4 inch hardware output jacks on the unit. Again, this must be done in stereo. The unit has 8 output jacks, but since each monitor mix must be in stereo, that means that you actually only have 4 PAIRS of monitor outputs. So, the bottom line is this: you can have 8 monitor mixes which exist INSIDE THE UNIT, but you can only get 4 of them OUTSIDE OF THE BOX at the same time. Of course you can switch which 4 will be heard, but you can only get 4, not 8. Well ... "mabye" there's a way to route those additional 4 stereo monitor mixes into the LIGHT PIPE OUTPUTS, so that if you have some kind of light-pipe receiving unit which then has it's own 4 pairs of outputs ... then I guess you might be able to get 8 simultaneous stereo mixes ... but I don't know how to do that (I just made it up, really), and the manual said nothing of the sort. And again, note that (apparently) you can NOT have mono monitor mixes ... if you could, then you would indeed be able to route your internal mix to the 8 separate 1/4 outputs. Also, please note: each of the outputs is a 1/4 inch balanced mono output; they are not unbalanced stereo outputs. Now, having the ability to have 4 stereo monitor mixes simultaneously is very nice, still (even if it's not 8), but there is one more thing ... you can not plug your headphones directly into those 1/4 inch balanced output jacks. That means that (assuming you are using headphones to do your monitoring), you'll need to feed each of the 4 pairs of outputs to its OWN headphone amplifier input channel, and then plug your actual headphones into that headphone amplifier channel. So, you'll need to have that separate piece of equipment. Again, these are not end-of-the-world problems, but they warrant bringing up.

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good sound but ...

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from Austin, TX

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

I bought this because I wanted to try Pro Tools M-Powered. OK, this interface sounds great to me. Perhaps I'm not as discriminating as these pro-audio people here, but the sound really is excellent. OK, then, so why did I end up RETURNING it? Well ... some other "features" just bothered me too much. For starters, MIDI is very important to me. This box's "break out cables" for MIDI are a terrible idea. These cables connect to the unit via a computer-type "D" jack. The cables are flimsy and have molded jacks on them. These cables are just crying out a warning: "I'm going to break someday soon." If you've seen the el-cheapo molded cables at Guitar Center ... these are just like that. And *when* they break ... how will you ever replace them? They are totally "custom" for this unit. You'll lose your MIDI interface. Same with the S/P DIF cables. Terrible. (I can see WHY they had to have this breakout-cable-arrangement: they ran out of room to put everything.) Then, there's the front-panel trim knobs. As another reviewer correctly said, the volume is too low all the way up until the end of the dial, and then all of a sudden it peaks-out. So you back it off a tiny bit, and you're back to too-low-volume again. And there's nothing you can do about it. Then, there's the balanced line inputs: I put a hot Korg synth signal into it, and turned up my synth output ALL THE WAY (and it is hot), but still, the meters were too low, and there was nothing more I could do about it. This unit does not have "trim" knobs for the line-inputs. There is only one volume. The front panel knobs don't affect the line input level, and there is no switch for +4db/-10db either. But if you can live with these things, I will say that the sound was impressive!

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

cool piece

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from dallas, tx

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

For the money, this is definately a pretty cool piece. The pres are pretty clear, routing is simple, and the conversion sounds good. What i HATE about it though, is that it seems to not generate MIDI unless you disable the optical ports. This can be a problem when you have several linked via the optical ports. Other than that, I like it.

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(35 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-Audio ProFire 2626

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from Nottingham, UK

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

Hello, I thought I should voice my opinion on this really good piece of hardware. I have used a lot of Audio Interfaces, ranging from PreSonus, RME and even Digidesign, but the ProFire really does beat them all. Why does it, your wondering? Firstly, the built in Octane pre-amps are so clean and clear, and they do not give out any unwanted noises or hissing you can get from other Audio Interfaces. Also you don't have to crank the volume up to the full, to get a loud sound. What I really like about it, is that it has a -20db pad, so if your recording really loud things like a guitar cab, use the -20db pad and it sounds perfect. To make it even better, it can do up to 7.1 surround sound, from the eight inputs on the back. It has two headphone inputs which is very handy when recording, and it has two separate phantom power buttons on inputs 1-4 and 5-8. That can be very good for the use of different microphones at one time. (Condensers & Ribbons). It also has two jack instrument inputs on the front (which give a much better sound), so you don't need to connect them to the XLR inputs on the back. Also it has 2 LED lights to indicate Clip and another if the signal is being received. It has two firewire connections which is absolutely great and much, much better than USB. So you can hook up two 2626's together and have 52 separate inputs of audio! It also comes with some I/O; MIDI, S/PDIF, Wordclock, AD/DA. Also what could be better, when its compatible with the industry standard DAW; Pro Tools! Another really great thing is that it can do 18 simultaneous tracks at 96Khz, or a few tracks at 192 Khz! The AD/DA converters are absolutely brilliant, and definitely beat any other Audio Interface for it. It also comes with an online DSP mixer, which is so good! The mixer itself is really good and you can control your monitors from it as well. The routing on it is very easy to do and works very well. I've used it for recording, and my drum tracks sound awesome, so do guitar, bass and vocals! It is definitely great if your recording a band! I did have a little trouble setting up the DSP mixer, but the M-Audio customer helpline were very, very good and got me through it without any hassle. Things you must remember about the Profire is that, turn it on FIRST before your computer and monitors, otherwise it could harm the Profire. There really isn't any bad things I can say about the Profire. It is really an amazing piece of gear, and would be very good for any studio. Thanks

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(4 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not a ProjectMix IO

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from Fort Myers, FL

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

I needed a firewire interface just like a ProjectMix but without the control surface. This product seemed to be it but wasn't. Headphone 1 is locked to line outs 1 and 2, headphone 2 is locked to line outs 3 and 4, so the mains should use 5 and 6. There goes all those extra line outs. Gain knobs on front only effect the Mic in, not line in. XP drivers prevented XP from booting when interface was on. Drivers showed up as Multi when using WDM (probably ASIO too) instead of separate stereo pairs. This caused external insert problems with Sonar 8 and 8.5. Even media player had problems with this sometimes (when the drivers didn't boot right). Get a ProjectMix IO and live with the control surface... it's great!

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best interface for Pro Tools without going to HD!

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from Wichita, KS

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

By far this is the best interface out there for Pro Tools without moving up to HD. You can connect better preamps, A/D and D/A converters, and external clock bringing that HD sound for drastically less. The stock preamps, converters and clock are not bad for getting started. This interface has respectfully low jitter and a clean, uncolored sound. If your looking to maximize your Pro Tools rig without the insane cost of the pros, this is your ticket.

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(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is what you want....

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from La Habra, CA

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

If any of you out there are thinking about getting a firepod or firestudio or any of the presonus entry level interfaces, dont. Save up the extra 3 or 4 hundred and get this. The octane pres are clean and quiet. also if you want to get into a pro tools DAW this is one of the only interfaces that can do it in this price range. I run a focusrite trakmaster and presonus studiochannel into this and they sound amazing, even the built in pres hold their own when using both the other pres while tracking drums. This is one hell of a buy.

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(29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow!

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from Aurora, IL

Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

I was originaly torn between the 2626 and the 003, but I am very happy I went with the ProFire! The 8 pre-amps sound crystal clear and the A/D converters blow the 003 out of the water! After reading review after review about this product everyone seemed to say the same thing.. The 2626 was far supioror to the 003.

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