Echo AudioFire Pre8 - 16 x 16 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

Echo AudioFire Pre8 - 16 x 16 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

Echo AudioFire Pre8 - 16 x 16 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

Echo AudioFire Pre8 - 16 x 16 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

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  • 8 Mic/Line Inputs with Preamps
  • 4-Segment LED Meters on Every Input
  • Inserts on Channels 1 & 2
  • Dual Headphone Outputs
  • ADAT & S/PDIF Digital I/O
  • Wordclock & MIDI I/O
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 & Mac Compatible
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  • 1Description

The AudioFire Pre8 from Echo is a FireWire audio and MIDI interface that's compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. It gives you 16 inputs and 16 outputs of high-resolution audio to the recording software of your choice. Six of the channels feature an auto-sensing capability that adjusts the input sensitivity automatically, depending on what kind of signal you plug into it (mic, line, or instrument).

All of the analog channels on the AudioFire Pre8 have combo XLR and 1/4" TRS balanced inputs. Channels 1 and 2 have dedicated hardware controls for phase, pad, DI, low pass filter, LoZ, and phantom power. There are also channel inserts on the rear panel for these two inputs. Channels 3 - 8 each have their own gain trim knob, and a phantom power button applies +48V to them all. Every input features a 4-segment LED meter that will help you avoid clipping and digital distortion.

In addition to a full-featured set of analog inputs, the AudioFire Pre8 has a powerful digital I/O section. There are 8 channels of ADAT inputs and outputs, with the ability to utilize S/MUX technology and enable 96 kHz recording and playback. The S/PDIF I/O can utilize either the optical or the coaxial connectors. Both ADAT and S/PDIF can adapt to professional and consumer equipment. Wordclock I/O is provided to keep the AudioFire Pre8 in sync with your other gear.

8 Microphone Preamps

Crystal clear transparency
Individual +48v phantom power
High slew rate
Low noise (-130 dBu EIN)

2 Full-Featured Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs

Mic phase, impedance, pad, hi-pass filter
Input trim with 4-level LED meters
1/4" balanced line inputs (TRS)
Direct input high impedance switch
1/4" channel inserts

6 Mic/Line Inputs

Input trim with 4-level LED meters
48v phantom power
1/4" balanced line inputs (TRS)

FireWire Interface

Includes 15' cable
S/PDIF I/O (coax and optical) at 24-bit/96 kHz
Sync via Word, ADAT, or S/PDIF
2 Stereo headphone outputs with volume knob
Single rack space
Near zero latency hardware monitoring

Software Features

Software console controls mixing and monitoring
Supports all major pro audio software
Low latency ASIO 2.0
CoreAudio & CoreMIDI
In the Box
Echo AudioFire Pre8 - 16 x 16 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface
  • Power Cord
  • FireWire Cable
  • 4 x Mounting Screws
  • CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Inputs 8 x Combo XLR & 1/4" TRS Inputs (Auto-Sensing Mic/Line/Hi-Z)
    1 x ADAT Input
    1 x S/PDIF Input
    1 x Wordclock Input
    1 x MIDI In
    Input Sensitivity +4 dBu / -10 dBV Nominal Levels
    Outputs 8 x 1/4" TRS Outputs
    1 x ADAT Output
    1 x S/PDIF Output
    1 x Wordclock Output
    1 x MIDI Out
    Inserts 2 x 1/4" Channel Inserts
    Digital Signal I/O S/PDIF:
    Up to 24-Bit Resolution
    Coaxial and Optical Connector
    Consumer/Professional Switch
    Sample Rates from 32 kHz - 96 kHz Supported

    Up to 24-Bit Resolution
    Optical Connector
    Consumer/Professional Switch
    8 Channels of ADAT at 32 kHz - 48 kHz Sample Rate
    4 Channels of ADAT at 88.2 kHz - 96 kHz Sample Rate with S/MUX Format

    Connectivity 2 x 1394a FireWire Ports
    Monitoring 2 x 1/4" Headphone Jacks
    1 x Headphone Volume Control
    1 x Main Output Volume Control
    Sync Word Clock I/O
    S/PDIF Coaxial I/O
    S/PDIF Optical I/O
    ADAT I/O
    # Of Rack Space 1RU (One Rack Space)
    Converters 128x Oversampling Converters
    24-Bit Data Resolution Throughout Signal Path
    Sampling Rate Multiple Sampling Rates Supported:
    32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
    Frequency Response 10Hz-20kHz, +/- 0.1 dB
    Dynamic Range Input:
    112 dB A-Weighted

    113 dB A-Weighted

    THD + N < 0.002% A-Weighted
    System Requirements Windows:
    Compatible with XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (both 32 bit and 64 bit versions)
    256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
    400 Mbps FireWire port (IEEE 1394a)
    Fully ASIO, WDM, WaveRT compatible

    Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later)
    G4 or better processor (Power Mac G5 compatible)
    256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
    400 Mbps FireWire port (IEEE 1394a)

    Dimensions 19 x 7 x 1 3/4" (482.6 x 177.8 x 44.45mm)
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.1 x 9.0 x 4.7"

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