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Akai Professional EIE I/O - Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub

Akai Professional EIE I/O - Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub

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Product Highlights

  • 4 Input / 4 Output
  • 4 Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power (Switchable in Pairs)
  • Per Channel Inserts
  • MIDI I/O
  • 16-bit/48 kHz
  • Dual VU Level Meters
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Software CD Included
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The EIE I/O from Akai Professional is a tabletop USB audio interface, suitable for the project or portable studio setup. It features four microphone preamps with switchable phantom power (in pairs), and each input can also be set to accept a line input or an instrument input, such as a guitar or bass, or a synthesizer.

Each channel has a dedicated gain knob and a rear panel insert jack for external processing. The four balanced, rear panel output jacks can be used to monitor sessions on multiple sets of studio monitors. Both pairs of outputs can be monitored visually with the high-quality, analog VU meters providing classic features with modern style.

In addition to the high quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, MIDI input and output (16 channels) allows for bridging other MIDI controllers. For those situations where more USB ports are required, the unit can function as a hub with the three additional USB connectors available from the rear panel.

The EIE I/O sends and receives four audio channels on a single USB cable for simple interfacing with a computer. The interface is class compliant for plug-and-play operation with Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The EIE I/O ships with a power adapter, USB cable, and software CD.

USB audio interface with 16-bit recording resolution
Four XLR/TS combo jacks with phantom power and gain control
Four nickel-plated 1/4" TRS outputs for two separate monitoring systems
Four nickel-plated 1/4" TRS inserts for external processing
Two classic, high-quality VU level meters with switchable sources
Functions as a USB hub with 3 additional USB ports for connecting other devices through to a computer
MIDI Interface
Headphone output with switchable source and direct monitoring dial
Table-top, solid construction with a great-looking, classic design
Converters 16-bit
Sample Rates 44.1 and 48 kHz
Analog Input 4 x XLR/TS combo Microphone/Instrument
4 x 1/4" TRS phone Insert
Analog Output 4 x 1/4" TRS phone
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Digital Input No
Digital Output No
MIDI In/Out 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
Headphone Output Yes
Power Requirements USB bus power
Power Adapter: 6 VDC (with + center post)
System Requirements Mac OS X
Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
USB 2.0 port
Dimensions (WxDxH) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Specialties Three USB hub outputs
Akai Professional EIE I/O - Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Software CD
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

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        Great to manage sound

        By Loco Jako

        from St-Hubert, Québec

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer


        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile


          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Akai Professional EIE I/O - Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

          First delivery 4 days super.Super machine, I used to mix the sound for video capture, very good gain, no background noise. 5 Stars.

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          (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


          Poor Quality, Bad Design

          By Peter

          from Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer


          • none


          • Bulky/Heavy
          • Limited Functions
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Akai Professional EIE I/O - Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

          This unit says "Professional" on top, but it's not. This was returned to B&H with-in an hour. Cheap VU meters that only represent 2 of the four channels at a time. Switching the meters to the other channels results in a loud, recorded "clunk"! The mic pre-amps are under powered - almost no power at all. It's also large and heavy.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


          Unbelievable Product

          By Steve Buscemi

          from New York, NY

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer


          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Functions Well
          • Looks awesome
          • Sounds great


          • Not usb powered which wou

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Akai Professional EIE I/O - Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

          I love this piece of equipment. Its been working incredibly for me and everyone should buy it whooooooohooooo

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