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TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 - FireWire Audio Interface

B&H # TCDTK6 Mfr # 967-400011
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Product Highlights
  • 2 Input/2 Output
  • Single Microphone Preamp
  • Hi-Z Guitar Inputs
  • Cubase LE4
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista

The Desktop Konnekt 6 from tc electronic is a FireWire based digital audio interface for both the Mac and Windows based computer systems. Housed in a compact desktop enclosure, the interface allows the user to connect to a microphone and an instrument/line input, or to 2 instrument/line inputs.

A high-resolution meter and big volume knob provide both visual feedback and tactile control over the recoding process. Balanced outputs match any powered speakers or power amplifiers and the headphone output has a separate converter which allows for a different mix to be present at that output.

Dual channel digital audio interface in a compact desktop enclosure
Single IMPACT microphone preamp
Accepts 2 instrument or line level inputs when not using microphone input
Large volume knob provides independent volume control regardless of the computer functioning
High resolution provides precise information about levels
Direct Monitor knob controls the monitor level from the top panel of unit and along with a DIM switch and MONO switch provide all monitor functions
Headphone output has a separate converter allowing for a different mix to be sent to that output
Includes the M40 Studio Reverb that can also be used during recording by adding it to the monitor mix
Three independent scenes or "setups" provide quick setup of the inputs with the default presets being for microphone and guitar, two guitars/basses, and a stereo line signal
Control panel software provides full control over the monitor mix, including the M40 Studio Reverb
Included DVD contains software drivers for the Konnekt 6 interface and a cross-platform copy of Steinberg's Cubase LE digital audio software
Converters 24-bit, 128x oversampling
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz
Analog Input 1 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TS phone Instrument/Line
Analog Output 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Monitor Out
1 x 1/4"TRS phone Headphone
Digital Input No
Digital Output No
Other Connectors 2 x IEEE 1394 FireWire
MIDI In/Out No
Sync In/Out Not applicable
Headphone Output Yes
THD + N Mic Input: <-92dB (0.001%) @ 1kHz, -1dBFS (min. gain)
Inst/Line Inputs: <-90dB (0.001%) @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
Output: <-95dB (0.002%) @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
Dynamic Range Mic Input: <-106dB, A-wtd 20Hz to 20kHz (min. gain)
Inst/Line Inputs: <-102dB, A-wtd 20Hz to 20kHz (min. gain)
Output: <-102dB, A-wtd 20Hz to 20kHz (min. gain)
Frequency Response Mic Input: Not specified by manufacturer
Inst/Line Inputs: 20Hz to 20kHz, +0/-0.5dB
Output: 20Hz to 20kHz, +0/-0.1dB
Power Requirements 12V, 0.7A, center post -ve
Consumption <8.4W
System Requirements Mac:
PowerPC 1GHz or higher or Intel CPU
OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5
256MB RAM
FireWire IEEE 1394 port

PC:
Pentium IV, 1.6GHz or faster
Windows XP or Vista 32-bit
516MB RAM
FireWire IEEE 1394 port 1

Please Note:

TC electronic recommends that Konnekt units be run on a dedicated FireWire bus

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Dimensions (WxDxH) 9 x 9.5 x 1.75" (228 x 241 x 45mm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8kg)
Specialties Built-in software reverb also available for tracking
TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 - FireWire Audio Interface
  • External Power Supply
  • FireWire Cable
  • Software DVD
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    TC ElectronicDesktop Konnekt 6 - FireWire Audio Interface
     
    3.8

    (based on 4 reviews)

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        2.0

        Great at first...

        By Jbrem

        from New York

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        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 - FireWire Audio Interface:

          I was really excited to use this as a simple interface for my new KRK g3 R5's when they came in, but unfortunately it started clicking with a number of sources when I would play from other internet browsers or quicktime files. (Since I do video sound post, this started becoming a fast problem.) No matter what I activated/deactivated or switched the internal clock source to it persisted.I switched to a NanoPatch kit (completely passive) which suited my needs, and for half the price I got a distortion/artifact free passive interface for my new speakers that works beautifully and gave me foam pads and all the cables I need for the KRK's (and then some extras.)

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          4.0

          Must have for any Edit station

          By A

          from NYC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

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              Comments about TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 - FireWire Audio Interface:

              Great product, must have for any edit station. Unfortunately, does not work yet with Lion but hoping for drivers to be released soon.

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              4.0

              Working Great So Far...

              By nicholas

              from Auckland, New Zealand

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                This is the first Audio Interface I've used before. I purchased it to be able to record guitar and vocals through my PC. It was pretty easy to setup and it works well with Ableton. I am having a bit of trouble with the VST reverb plugin but I put that down to my inexperience. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and can recommend the Konnekt 6 to any other recoding novices out there.

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                5.0

                An affordable premium product

                By Dante

                from Dearborn, MI

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 - FireWire Audio Interface:

                  I currently use this as an external sound card and recording interface for home use. It provides a cleaner sound than that of my original sound card, and unlike most interfaces does not take up much room. It's a great way to use two powered monitors inexpensively or to provide a boost in sound quality to passives using the headphone jack.
                  This is a very friendly interface. The knobs, buttons, and ports are clearly labeled, every cable fits securely, and all the knobs are sturdy. I was really not expecting this to be a high-quality product due to it's price, but it is reviewed highly by users and Sound on Sound Magazine. It obviously can't beat the $1000+ interfaces, but it's definitely the best you can buy without investing in high-end studio equipment. This is a great product for people who want to record or mix outside of a studio and don't want to use up all their room with an interface designed for studio use. Besides, do you have an acoustically treated room to go with one if you're looking at budget equipment? If the answer is no, than you're probably not going to get much out of a high-end product and can feel secure in the purchase of this one.

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