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M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface

B&H # MAPF610 Mfr # 9900-52649-00
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 6 Input/10 Output
  • 2 Preamps
  • S/PDIF
  • 24-Bit/192kHz
  • Onboard DSP Mixer
  • Standalone Mode
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista

The ProFire 610 from M-Audio is a rugged and compact digital audio FireWire interface that shares many features found on the flagship ProFire 2626 interface. These include two high quality preamps featuring Octane technology, a powerful DSP-based monitor mixer, two discrete headphone outputs and an assignable master volume control knob to facilitate many kinds of recording and mixing.

With six inputs and ten outputs (analog and digital), the interface features premium digital converters that deliver high-definition, 24-bit/192kHz audio throughout the signal path. MIDI I/O allows the user to connect keyboards and other outboard MIDI hardware and the unit also doubles as a standalone two-channel microphone preamp and A/D-D/A converter.

The portable design and bus powered operation of the ProFire 610 allows for capturing professional-grade recordings anywhere, be it in the studio or on the road.

Six-input, ten-output FireWire digital audio interface
Function with resolution and sample rates of up to 24-bit/192kHz
Two high-quality microphone/instrument preamps featuring OctaneT technology, LED meters and phantom power
Two front-panel XLR/TS Combo jacks accept microphone or instrument level inputs
Two rear-panel 1/4" TRS phone balanced line inputs
Eight rear-panel 1/4" TRS phone connectors provide discrete balanced or unbalanced analog outputs
Two independent 1/4" headphone outputs with volume control knobs for each output
S/PDIF In/Out
MIDI In/Out
Onboard DSP provides five, near-zero latency 16x2 monitor mixers
User-assignable Master Volume control
Functions as a standalone two-channel microphone preamp with analog-to-digital and digital-to analog conversion
Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192k
Analog Input 2 x 1/4" TS/XLR combo (front panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
Analog Output 8 x 1/4" TRS phone
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Digital Input 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Digital Output 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
MIDI In/Out 1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In
1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Out
Sync In/Out S/PDIF
Headphone Output Two outputs with independent volume controls
THD + N Mic Input: 0.0022% (-93dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
Line Input: 0.002% (-94dB), 1kHz, -1dBFS
Inst. Input: 0.0025% (-92dB), 1kHz, -1dBFS
Line Output: 0.0016% (-96dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
Dynamic Range Mic Input: 108dB, A-weighted
Line Input: 108dB, A-weighted
Inst. Input: 107dB, A-weighted
Line Output: 108dB, A-weighted
Frequency Response 20Hz to 22kHz, +/- 0.1dB
System Requirements Mac:
Minimum
G4 1GHz (G4 accelerator cards not supported - G5 required for sample rates above 96kHz)
OS X 10.4.10, 10.5.1
512MB RAM
FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port
Recommended
G5 2GHz
OS X 10.4.10
1GB RAM
FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port

PC:
Minimum
Pentium IV 1.6GHz
Windows XP (SP2), Vista (32-bit)
512MB RAM (1GB for Windows Vista)
FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port
Recommended
Pentium IV 2GHz
Windows XP (SP2), Vista (32-bit)
1GB RAM
FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port
Dimensions (WxDxH) Desktop enclosure
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Specialties Two IEEE 1394 FireWire ports
M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface
  • External Power Supply
  • 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire Cable
  • 6-pin to 4-pin FireWire Cable
  • FireWire Series CD-ROM with Drivers and Documentation
  • Software Bundle CD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    M-AudioProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface
     
    4.5

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Excellent sound (22)
    • Versatile (13)
    • Low distortion (11)
    • Compact (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (17)
      • Amateur recording (13)
      • Professional recording (13)
      • Performances (9)
      • Outdoor events / games (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8), Novice (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The interface you need

      This product is great for home users. Easy to use, plug&play and the best thing: It´s not expensive.
      I use in a progressive way, so I can...Read complete review

      This product is great for home users. Easy to use, plug&play and the best thing: It´s not expensive.
      I use in a progressive way, so I can record bass, guitar, keyboard, solo, voices and so on. But if you need record Drums or your band alive... then you need another one interface, if you want different tracks for each instrument.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Don't bother

      Used the M-Audio 410 with great success for years. I thought I would have a similar experience with the 610. Wrong! To my great disappointment, they have been bought by AVID. The...Read complete review

      Used the M-Audio 410 with great success for years. I thought I would have a similar experience with the 610. Wrong! To my great disappointment, they have been bought by AVID. The drivers for the current Mac OS10.6.8 just have many problems... the worst being having to reinstall it every time I start up my machine. AVID help is pathetic at best and hard to understand over the phone. No I'm not going to reinstall my drive (with over a terabyte of software) to get this driver to install properly. Typical AVID hubris. Unit sits in my closet as a back-up in case my MOTU traveller goes down. Also, MOTU sounds better to my ears.

      Reviewed by 26 customers

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      5.0

      If you need 2-4 inputs this unit has it

      By Jkeefer

      from Philadelphia , PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

        This model is not the latest but if you are looking for low latency unit with firewire connectivity this is a solid choice.

        It has everything you would expect from a digital interface and works seamlessly with current OS, including win 8 and most DAW software. I am running sonar and it's amazoing how clean the sound is. The pricing is right for the features, if you can find one!

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        4.0

        Great Product

        By Jimmy Jam

        from Boston

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

            Been playing with it non-stop since I got it. Only issue I found was using the back inputs the levels does not get loud enough. Still working out those kinks.

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            4.0

            So Far So Good.

            By PASCHAL

            from Long Island, NY

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

              I haven't had enough time to explore the full capabilities of this machine but so far I am very impressed by what it can do.

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              5.0

              Profile 610

              By Fixlaser

              from Atlanta,Ga

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                Quality sound for home recording studio

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                3.0

                Great initial looks and feel

                By Monu

                from Hamilton Canada

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Powerful
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                  I plan on using this interface with Sonar X2 - and while I had some initial difficulties configuring it, the 610 works great just now! It does promise to be a great addition to my budding home studio system. B&H did a great job shipping this in record time!

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great!

                  By torito

                  from Oklahoma

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ

                    Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                    Great buying experience as always from B&H. Product is awesome!!!!

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                    5.0

                    Portability and Flexibility

                    By Blonde Juan

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Lack Of Headroom On Pres

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                    So far so good with this little guy. I am using primarily as a live interface for FX vox mics and my sequencer output. Sounds great. The master output pot is a good feature especially for live use. The built in midi interface is rad too cause now I can link up with my drummers electronic pad. 2 mic pres and 2 line ins are more then enough for portable applications. Got my Saffire 56 at home for bigger projects requiring more IO. All the outputs are great as well. Bus powered is a big plus. The drivers installed perfectly on my Mac and it was rockin in no time. Great product, great price from B and H.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Interface!

                    By flyr37

                    from Rogers, AR

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Low Distortion
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                      This interface has so much going for it. I'm so glad that I got it and for the price on B&H it was a steal. The pre-amps are nice and clear. The software interface looks professional and is functional and easy to navigate. And the one bonus that I got from this interface is that: I was expecting only 6 inputs (including spdif), however when you plug in with firewire you technically get 2 more inputs from the software returns via firewire.

                      All in all, I love this and would buy another if I needed it.

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                      5.0

                      works well with SonarX1d Win7 64bit

                      By Juliox

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Best price on the web
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                        Purchased this to go with a new PC that doesn't have PCI slots, so thought I'd try Firewire instead. I did have to purchase a PCIe Firewire card (cheap) with Texas Instruments drivers to make sure this would work like it is supposed to. With Sonar X1d, it improved the latency from 10 to 5.8 ms. ASIO drivers work great. Overall, due to B&H's extra low price, this item is an excellent value.

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                        5.0

                        Profire 610 Review

                        By Jp

                        from Phoenix, Arizona

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion
                        • Powerful
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                          So far, I love it. Preamp quality is great. I would definitely recommend it.

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                          4.0

                          I like it

                          By Patrick

                          from Nashville, TN

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                              A friend of mine had this interface, so I was already familiar with it. I recently upgraded to Pro Tools 10 and needed an interface that was compatible as mine was not. This was a reasonably affordable way in and provides excellent quality audio. The software that comes with it is a little strange at first, but it's easy to learn.

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                              5.0

                              Solid Interface

                              By codafinale

                              from clarkston, wa

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Low Distortion
                              • Powerful
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                                Windows 7 drivers working flawlessly. Construction of the case is robust and the output features are perfect for surround sound mixing and mastering.I would love this unit even without the MIDI interface-probably won't use it in my mobile setup tho'. This thing is just what I hoped it would be, easy to install, easy to configure and sounds perfect at 24/96. I am using it for tracking,and some simple mastering along with video editing with surround mixes on a laptop.

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                                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                Don't bother

                                By C the light

                                from Los Angeles

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                                      Used the M-Audio 410 with great success for years. I thought I would have a similar experience with the 610. Wrong! To my great disappointment, they have been bought by AVID. The drivers for the current Mac OS10.6.8 just have many problems... the worst being having to reinstall it every time I start up my machine. AVID help is pathetic at best and hard to understand over the phone. No I'm not going to reinstall my drive (with over a terabyte of software) to get this driver to install properly. Typical AVID hubris. Unit sits in my closet as a back-up in case my MOTU traveller goes down. Also, MOTU sounds better to my ears.

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great interface

                                      By NT

                                      from Brooklyn, NY

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Excellent Sound

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio

                                        Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                                        This interface works great out of the box. It has the right inputs, the right features, and sounds pretty good. It works well, and there were no driver or interface issues I encountered with a Power Mac G5.

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Good unit

                                        By Ken

                                        from CO

                                        About Me Novice

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Excellent Sound

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording

                                          Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                                          Worked great right out of the box. I downloaded the latest drivers and it worked great with Ableton 8.0. No issues so far.

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Great Interface

                                          By Mark

                                          from Orlando, FL

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Excellent Sound
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                          • Larger than expected

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Mobile DJ
                                          • Performances
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                                          This interface is a great quality piece. I already own the 2626 and was looking for a smaller interface to carry when I travel, this interface has the same quality pre-amps as the 2626 and is much smaller. While it's not the smallest interface out there, this one does provide lots of I/O in a quality package.

                                          If size is your only concern, this is a bit larger in real life than it looks on the web. But if quality is more important, you can't go wrong with this unit.

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great Product

                                          By JAZ

                                          from Cedar Rapids, IA

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Cost Effective
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Excellent Sound
                                          • Small

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Performances
                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                                            This product is great, we use it to control our sound system in the theatre, using Qlab we can control which output is used (which speaker) we want to select or all of them

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                                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Great Value

                                            By Delicious

                                            from Hollywood, FL

                                            About Me Experienced

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Excellent Sound

                                            Cons

                                            • Needed extra cable

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Amateur Recording
                                            • Events
                                            • Home Studio
                                            • Mobile DJ
                                            • Performances
                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                                            I use this product with Garageband on a Macbook pro and it works flawlessly. I have had no issues with drivers or hardware. Just plug it in, turn it on and you're good to go.

                                            The sound is crisp and clear and I have had no issues with latency. Couldn't be happier with my purchase. Only problem I experienced was the two firewire cables that came with it did not fit my Macbook. One trip to the store fixed that. Haven't used the MIDI I/O so I cannot comment on that.

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                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Great add for Ableton Live users

                                            By B-Rock

                                            from Cramerton, NC

                                            About Me Experienced

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Excellent Sound
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Amateur Recording
                                              • Events
                                              • Home Studio
                                              • Performances

                                              Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                                              We bought the ProFire 610 for our live Christmas performance at church. Drummer sends 8 channels out of Ableton Live via Firewire to the ProFire. This way the click, loop, and other channels in the audio mix are controlled by the drummer. Very easy to use!

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                                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              Solid Interface

                                              By LunaG

                                              from New York

                                              About Me Novice

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Excellent Sound
                                              • Versatile

                                              Cons

                                              • Unnecessary Functions

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Amateur Recording
                                              • Home Studio
                                              • Mobile DJ
                                              • Performances

                                              Comments about M-Audio ProFire 610 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                                              I bought this as a replacement breakout box for my home studio after my Presonus card started giving off smoke. So far, I'm pretty pleased with this product. It's portable yet has multiple functions. The mic preamps are supposedly great though I haven't had the change to test them fully.

                                              I was initially a bit annoyed by the fact that the volume control for headphone monitoring was linked to the master volume knob (i.e. you couldn't turn up the volume in the headphones without simultaneoulsy pumping up the volume in the speakers). It turned out, however, that this was an easy fix, just had to reroute some things in the settings.

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