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Akai Professional EIE I/O Audio/MIDI Interface With USB Hub  

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The Akai EIE I/O is a great recording solution for project and portable recording setups. With its four XLR/TRS combo inputs, the EIE I/O gives you C...Read More

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Puts all your music gear in perfect harmony.

The Akai EIE I/O is a great recording solution for project and portable recording setups. With its four XLR/TRS combo inputs, the EIE I/O gives you CD-standard 16-bit/44.1kHz audio resolution with a convenient USB hub enabling you the ability to hook up additional controllers, hard drives, or other peripherals to your Mac or PC computer. This compact audio hub features high-quality components including nickel-plated input jacks, analog-style VU meters and a rugged aluminum casing for a powerful, professional, portable audio solution.

Each channel of the EIE I/O has an XLR-1/4" combo jack, dedicated sturdy, gain-pots and Mic/Line/Guitar switches. The EIE I/O features four discrete-design preamplifiers with 48V phantom power for use with virtually any microphone. Individual 1/4" Nickel-plated jacks found on the back of EIE I/O provide you with channel inserts for processing audio signals externally. You can monitor sessions on multiple sets of studio monitors using the four 1/4" balanced outputs, which are also Nickel-plated. Both pairs of outputs can be monitored visually with the high-quality, analog VU meters providing classic features with modern style. For remote tracking and alternative playback, the EIE I/O has a 1/4" TRS headphone output. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of your session or performance gets captured and played back faithfully.

The EIE I/O sends and receives four audio channels on a single USB cable for simple, universal interface to a computer. The three additional USB ports allow EIE I/O to function as a hub as well, bridging other MIDI controllers and hard-drives to the computer. The USB interface is class compliant for plug-and-play operation with Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista and 7. The EIE I/O features traditional MIDI In and Out jacks for playing and controlling software with keyboard and pad controllers, workstations, and other MIDI-compatible instruments.

FEATURES
  • USB audio interface with up to 16-bit recording resolution
  • Four XLR-1/4" combo jacks with phantom power and gain control
  • Four nickel-plated 1/4" outputs for two separate monitoring systems
  • Two classic, high-quality VU level meters with switchable sources
  • Three additional USB ports for connecting other devices through to a computer
  • Four 1/4" channel inserts for processing audio signals externally
  • 5 Pin DIN MIDI Interface
  • Headphone output with switchable source and direct monitoring dial
  • Tabletop, solid construction with a great-looking, classic design
  • Includes power cable, quick start guide

Order a powerful, professional, portable audio solution.

SPECIFICATIONS

EIE I/O Audio/MIDI Interface With USB Hub

  • USB AUDIO INTERFACE
  • Sampling Rates: 44.1kHz
  • Resolution: 16-bit
  • Interface: USB 1.1 Device (compatible with both USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 ports)
  • ANALOG INPUTS
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz (+/-0.05dB)
  • Dynamic Range (@-60dB input): 93dB, A-weighted
  • S/N: 93dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N: 0.001% @ 1kHz / -0.1dBFS
  • Crosstalk: 93dB @ 1kHz / -0.1dBFS
  • Pre-amp THD+N: 0.018%
  • Mic gain (MIC): +9dB to + 51.5dB
  • Mic impedance: 6.3KΩ
  • Line gain: -10.5dB to +41dB
  • Line impedance: 55KΩ
  • Guitar gain: +1.6dB to 53.1dB
  • Guitar impedance: 102KΩ
  • Input sensitivity: 0dBFS @ +6dBV
  • Input impedance: 10KΩ
  • ANALOG OUTPUTS
  • Output level: +6dBV @ 0dBFS
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-0.25dB)
  • Dynamic Range (@-60dB input): 93dB, A-weighted
  • S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N: 0.006% @ 1kHz/0dBFS
  • Crosstalk: 97dB @ 1kHz/0dBFS
  • HEADPHONES
  • 32-Ohm Load
  • Unclipped output power: 10mW @ 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+0.25dB)
  • S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N: 0.007% @ 1kHz / 0dBFS
  • Crosstalk: 95dB @ 1kHz / 0dBFS
  • 600-Ohm Load
  • Unclipped output power: 3.4 mW @ 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+0.25dB)
  • S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N: 0.003% @ 1kHz / 0dBFS
  • Crosstalk: 95dB @ 1kHz / 0dBFS
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Akai ProfessionalEIE I/O Audio/MIDI Interface With USB Hub
 
4.2

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Compact (6)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (8)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Another solid Akai product

    Qualifications:
    I have been a musician almost my entire life. I have played guitar for 15 years and I have gotten into building a personal electronic music studio. I had been looking...Read complete review

    Qualifications:
    I have been a musician almost my entire life. I have played guitar for 15 years and I have gotten into building a personal electronic music studio. I had been looking for a good external soundcard with guitar/mic/MIDI inputs for a while. I have always had great luck with Akai products, so I decided to give the EIE a try.

    The good:
    As to be expected from any Akai product, the thing is sturdy as a brick. Solid metal casing, smooth knobs that are on there for good, laser-engraved labels, 3 extra USB ports, and awesome VU meters with two light colors to represent clean/redlining signal.

    I already had the newest update of ASIO4ALL, so this was literally a plug-and-play device. To anybody who isn't familiar with what I'm talking about, ASIO4ALL is a free driver that runs much smoother than most native PC sound drivers. I was glad that the EIE was clearly designed to use ASIO drivers (seeing as how I already used them) and there was no monkeying around to get the unit working.

    In use, the EIE performed better than I expected. It ran smoothly on ASIO's 512 sample buffer, and I managed to drop the samples significantly down without experiencing any lag or choppiness. I have 3 MIDI devices plugged into the rear USB ports, and it runs those smoothly as well.

    The last positive thing I'll mention is that I love the USB ports. I have a high-performance laptop, but that doesn't mean I have a bunch of native USB ports to spare. It was really nice to get all of the cables for my USB MIDI devices out of the way without having to buy a USB hub.

    The bad:
    Honestly, I don't have too many complaints. My main gripe is actually more related to ASIO. It sucks that DAWs take over the ASIO drivers and make it difficult to watch tutorials online, etc.

    The only other criticism I have is that the 1/4" jacks in the front don't seem like they could take as much of a beating as the rest of the unit could.

    Synopsis:
    Sturdy unit. Easy to set up, easy to use. Looks nice. Plenty of features. Well worth the money in my opinion.

    Please note:
    If you are considering the EIE Pro (24 bit), I bought this unit because I saw a LOT of complaints about audio being choppy with that particular unit. I have experienced no such problems with the 16 bit EIE.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Only channel 1 will xfer to the PC

    Must use with nice sound card when connecting to PC or you get no level. You have to crank it wide open to even hear it. Also, could only get channel 1 to...Read complete review

    Must use with nice sound card when connecting to PC or you get no level. You have to crank it wide open to even hear it. Also, could only get channel 1 to xfer to the PC with USB, channels 2,3, and 4, could be monitored but will not show up on the PC.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Interface at a Great Price

    By Fostex4

    from MPLS, MN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      Nice I/O. Using with 2 other interfaces that plug into the usb hub in the back to give me 8 total inputs. Works great with GarageBand. The phantom power did not work on the first one I received in the mail. Talked to Musician's Friend support on the phone, and another box that works perfectly showed up at my door only 2 days later. Great customer support! Great portable I/O!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good price, good product, good purchase

      By Felipe

      from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        Good product. I had some issues during installation of the bundled software (I didn't see it written anywhere, but it's Cubase LE5 on my unit), but these were mostly caused by myself.

        I haven't yet recorded much with this type of equipment, so until now it just look much different of my old stuff - ADAT recorder. Yes, there has been a long time.

        If you're researching for a recording interface on the internet, you probably found out that there is no 4 channels unit at such price. This is 16-bit/441000 Hz, which seems outdated, but the fact is that this is perfectly ok for the most applications. Even ADAT had these specifications at first. Anyway, for that price, you can't go wrong with this unit.

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        (1 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        I'm gonna go postal!

        By Nunya

        from Niotaze KS

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I can't get cubase registered & installed.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Only channel 1 will xfer to the PC

              By Jackon

              from NC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Limited Functions
                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Prob With All Channels
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

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

                Must use with nice sound card when connecting to PC or you get no level. You have to crank it wide open to even hear it. Also, could only get channel 1 to xfer to the PC with USB, channels 2,3, and 4, could be monitored but will not show up on the PC.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for your home studio.

                By ghosttownwaltz

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

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

                  While it may have limitations in recording a whole band live, it's perfect for those of us with little home studios that don't record more than 2-4 instuments/vocals at once. Super easy to set up, basically just plug and play, and the sound quality is great. The Cubase 5 lite is a nice addition.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Interface!

                  By Super Rat

                  from USA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    I bought the Akai EIE for my home studio recordings and I really couldn't be any happier with it. It does exactly what I need it to without any hassles. I like that it's fairly compact, yet solidly built and has some weight to it. Also...it looks cool!

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                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    luddite recording artist

                    By Will

                    from South Texas

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • NO HASSLE

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

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

                    I have used more than one interface. ALL of them had drawbacks, from levels all over the place, confusing manuals, hard to read controls to non-compatibility with the DAW. I won't name names, but these included three very recognizable ones.

                    All I have wanted for the time I have been fighting with computer recording (nearly 10 years) is simplicity. I"m a musician, not a recording engineer or computer science graduate. The Akai is simple.

                    The Akai (note that it is NOT 24 bit) was plugged in, I recorded a bass line using a Boss compressor and a Squier Jazz Bass, did a drum track with a Zoom MRT-3b and yee hah! I have two tracks that not only match with levels, they sound decently good together. I have to get them to sound better from a musician's standpoint, but the recording is a very real representation of the sounds I laid down. Perfect.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Best Deal I've Found in This Price range

                    By Ibanezae

                    from Brandon, FL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Bulky/Heavy
                    • Hard To Read Face
                    • Not USB powered

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

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

                    When I got a PC with Windows 7 64 bit it rendered my Fasttrack Pro useless. Some research revealed that particular operating system was a little challenging for audio interfaces. This one fit the bill so I picked it up.
                    First, it's big, takes up a lot of desk space but the fact it works as a USB port and is heavy enough to plug and unplug cables without moving all over makes up for the larger size.
                    Another advantage of the large face is everything is simple to use and easy to access, toggle switches replace on/off buttons. Controls are easy to reach and easy to use.
                    The VU meters are fantastic, back lit in white which changes to red when clipping, a huge improvement over the "Clipping light" on my last unit.
                    MIDI interface is fantastic, zero latency!
                    It does work plug and play but in order to get the best performance, lowest latency install and use the included ASIO drivers.
                    The red face color rendered the lettering on the face impossible (for) to read on the fly. The layout is pretty simple so I'm sure I'll have it down before long.
                    It has a power supply, is not USB powered like my Fasttrack Pro. Which means one more thing to plug in.
                    The resolution is 16 BIT which is fime for home recording, those who want 24 bit can look at the AKAI EIE PRO

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great unit!

                    By Mudduckmusic

                    from Boston, ma

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good value
                    • Plug It In And Make Music
                    • Sounds Awesome

                    Cons

                    • Hard To Read Face

                    Best Uses

                    • Basic Audio Inout
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    If you can live with 16/44.1 this thing will work great. For my application it's perfect. After trying several other (more costly) units with higher sampling rates, I got tired of driver, latency, software, crackling issues. I decided to give this unit a try. Plugged it in and have been cranking out awesome music ever since. No difference in sound quality from the higher sample rate units......when they actually work.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Edit to previous review

                    By Shrek

                    from Tustin,CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

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

                    Akia was delayed a few days getting back with me and after many conversation with a very polite tech we resolved the driver issues.It works fine and he did a great job of walking me through things.

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