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Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub  

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Overview
  • USB audio interface with up to 24-bit recording resolution supporting all standard sample rates (44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz)
  • Four XLR-1/4" combo jacks with phantom power and gain control
  • Four nickel-plated 1/4" outputs for two separate monitoring systems
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    $449.00
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    - $199.01
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Professional-quality, tabletop USB 2.0 audio interface with classic analog style VU meters.

The Akai EIE PRO (Electromusic Interface Expander) I/O is a tabletop USB audio interface perfectly tailored for your project and portable studio setups. This four-in, four-out (4x4) device enables you on Mac and PC-based systems to record at 24-bit audio resolution at sample rates of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz into virtually any DAW, recording or performance software. The EIE PRO I/O also houses three convenient USB inputs, in addition to its main USB port, enabling you to connect controllers, hard drives or any other peripheral when native ports on a computer may be limited. The compact recording interface contains 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 PRO I/O has an XLR/TRS combo jack, dedicated sturdy, gain-pots and Mic/Line/Guitar switches. The EIE PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO 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 PRO 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 24-bit recording resolution supporting all standard sample rates (44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz)
  • 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

A quality recording starts with proper signals. Insert the Akai EIE PRO into your signal-path today.

 

EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub Specifications:

  • USB AUDIO INTERFACE
  • Sampling Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • Resolution: 24-bit
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • ANALOG INPUTS
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz (+/-0.05dB)
  • Dynamic Range (@-60dB input): 96dB, A-weighted
  • S/N: 96dB, 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): 98dB, 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 PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub
 
2.8

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

39%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

  • Unreliable (8)
  • Poor sound quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great unit for the price

Overall a very nice unit, the added USB ports are great especially if you are using a MacBook Pro with only 2 USB inputs.
This unit has a few more features than I...Read complete review

Overall a very nice unit, the added USB ports are great especially if you are using a MacBook Pro with only 2 USB inputs.
This unit has a few more features than I needed or was used to but now that I learn how to use them I quite like them.
I have NOT experienced problems with this unit at all and I got mine from the very first batch that made it in the US. I can tell the sound is better than my pervious interface unit.
The crackling and pops that I have experienced has been due to my computer being overwhelmed with the recording/modeling software, I have experienced this with other units in the past under the same conditions. I mean when the CPU usage goes past 90% you are doomed.
This thing being an all metal casing unit is really well built, some of the toggles feel stiff but that not big deal. the assignable VU meters are nice.
Overall I am really satisfied, the preamps on this unit are better than the Line 6 unit it replaced and I have been able to use my Ribbon mic with it to mic amps.

The sound overall is also better than what I had, i can tell when I listen to music through iTunes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful Paperweight

I was really un pleased with this product.. Mainly because I never got to use it to it's full potential. I was able to use it as an interface (after some searching on...Read complete review

I was really un pleased with this product.. Mainly because I never got to use it to it's full potential. I was able to use it as an interface (after some searching on forums how to access it without updated drivers) but had extremely poor sound quality, tons of noise and clicking. I didn't realize until AFTER I bought it that Akai hadn't updated their drivers to be used on Mac's new operating system, Mavericks (10.9), which has been out for over 3 months!! No word from Akai on when they will have that... Which basically means I can't use it as a sound card... Which makes it kind of worthless. But I do have to say that after I called Musicians Friend about the problem they have been more than helpful... Turning it in for Komplete Audio 6.. Akai needs to start being more professional and they need to not encounter these problems every time Apple releases a new update, by working WITH Apple.

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1.0

Waiting for my akai pro to return

By pand

from Nowata, Ok

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Looks Good

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Pricey / Poor Value
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

    Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

    You don't know when it is going to break down and they don't replace the unit they fix it through bamel tv and you have to wait a long time for your unit. This is after you go through the changes tecj support puts you through.
    Buy another unit that has a guarantee.

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    5.0

    Outstanding Interface

    By Cimamusic

    from Tucson, Arizona

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Quiet
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Has Yet To Disappoint

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

    I received this interface and was immediately impressed by how durable it felt. It is HEAVY and feels like it costs considerably more than it's worth. I plugged it in and ran a few tests, and I was amazed at how quiet the recordings are! The preamps are so clean, and you cannot so much as hear the slightest bit of background noise. I've read about the lack of reliability of the VU meters and feel that this is not an issue for me as I have always relied first and foremost on my LED meters within my DAW. I have to admit, though, that the flashing red lights in the VU meters when clipping the signal is pretty cool and does at least provide an indication that I need to ease off the gain a bit!

    This is a very attractive machine; it was absolutely simple to install; it works seamlessly within Adobe Audition CS6; it is very simple to operate (although you should probably read the THREE pages within the start-up guide thoroughly at least once to familiarize yourself with its flexible features); it has several outputs for monitoring (which I absolutely LOVED); the preamps are so quiet; and it is built like a tank!

    On a final note, I literally shopped for months for a unit I felt would bring, to the table, no more and no less than what I need at the current capacity of my home studio. And I have to say this unit delivered WITHOUT DISAPPOINTMENT!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poor Drivers, lots of problems

    By Arkay

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Looks Great

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

    I got this to be able to do quick kick, snare, oh-oh drum demo recording, as well a simple vocal and guitar mics. On two computers (one mac, one pc) and two different DAWs (Sonar, Reaper) I had problem after problem. Often I would get everything set and be tracking when I would be blasted by clipped out white noise. The signal would go from music to white noise. Other times this would happen only on the recorded track, but not in the headphones. Most annoyingly, however, when recording vocals in input 1, the recorded signal would go dead. I would switch the digital input to track 2, and there it would be, even though it is plugged into the Akai's input 1. Lots of crossed wires, lots of aborted takes due to bad performance. I have two other interfaces, one a 10 channel and one a 2 channel. They never give me problems. This thing looks great, but is maddening to use.

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    2.0

    EIE Pro 24 bit was a big disappointment

    By Sandycarl

    from Long Island

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Lit Meters
    • Usb Hub

    Cons

    • Crackly Sound
    • No Maverick Driver

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

    I was very excited to buy this product and put it right to use the USB hub seemed an ideal solution to eliminating an external hub the meters with additional red light overload indicator are a nice feature however the product does not directly support Maverick this is not advertised and you need a beta driver to get it up and running don't understand why Akai jumped the gun on this also i could not get all 4 outputs working simultaneously another big let down the system would develop crackling sounds which could only be remedied by a system restart this happened repeatedly when using Mainstage after repeated patch changes after a couple of weeks of agony I returned the unit and got a Focusrite 616. worked right out of the box

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    made to last

    By Secret Ent

    from baltimore maryland

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

      now i saw reviews on different sites before i went on in brought this interface i hav other akai products as well i hav the akai mpc studio and the old mpc 1000 that i had for near 8 years now so i no akai is pretty good with me . but any way the eie pro is good. the only thing notice is that alot of people have mac's and they have driver problems when installing . i will say this if u thinking of getting this go to the akai pro web site in get the latest drivers dont use the disc drivers thats where ur problem will happen. but um with out the drivers it does have plug n play. like i said nice peace of gear very nice rich sound i love the usb hub on the back very handy its a plus in my book. it does come with protools im not a protools user tho but its cool to hav if u wanna try something different. it works with any daw software of choice i use Samplitude Pro X Suite. the eie 16-bit dont come with protools but does the same and it works good on windows 8.0 8.1 also windows 7 as well so with that said grab u one i did and this is my review

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not bad... If you know what you're doing

      By Kinder of SOGOpod

      from LaGrange GA

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Big Bright Vu Meters
      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

      • Latency Could Be Better
      • Not rack mountable
      • Protools Express

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Podcasting

      Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

      The EIE Pro is quite the looker, and feels as solid as it looks. I'd wager it could take a fall or two without much damage.

      The physical interface itself is as simple as one could hope for, with nice, clearly labeled toggle switches and knobs. I love that they opted for the VU meters that light up bright red upon clipping, as opposed to the tiny LED lights most interfaces use. It's far easier to see than staring at your DAW while recording.

      I tried out the included Protools Express software. I have experience with Protools, but this version is missing key elements of the full version (like bounce to MP3)and did not want to play well with the EIE at all... I even got a friend of mine who is Protools certified to have a look, and he became stumped, as well. We were encountering very strange problems with the interface and this particular DAW, including connection issues, digital "artifacts" while recording, and I/O settings seemingly changing at random.

      Just as I was ready to call it a night, I decided to give it one more shot with a personal favorite of mine, Acoustica Mixcraft 6. With less than 5 minutes of setup, I was up and recording!

      Once I was setup and ready to go, I had a very pleasant experience with this device. No background "buzz", simple controls, and great clarity. My only issue after this was that, compared to more expensive interfaces, it is *a little* high latency. This isn't a huge concern for most, however, as the direct monitor and mixed monitor capability of the unit work like a charm.

      So in conclusion, my verdict is that, with a good DAW and a bit of know-how, this device should serve you quite well!!

      Using:
      Windows 8 (64)
      Mixcraft 6
      Included CD Drivers (not latest)
      1 Electro Voice N/D 468 Mic
      2 Digital Reference DRV 100 Mics

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      RUN FOR YOUR LIFE IF YOU HAVE A MAC!!!

      By Kyalmusic

      from Scotland

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Doesn't Work On Mavericks
      • Horrible Customer Service
      • Pricey / Poor Value
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

        Completely incompatible with OS X Mavericks. Akai have promised a driver update for 4 months and have now started deleting posts and banning people who ask about it in their official forums and Facebook. Avoid like the plague!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Beautiful Paperweight

        By Goo Mehn

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Usb Ports

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

        I was really un pleased with this product.. Mainly because I never got to use it to it's full potential. I was able to use it as an interface (after some searching on forums how to access it without updated drivers) but had extremely poor sound quality, tons of noise and clicking. I didn't realize until AFTER I bought it that Akai hadn't updated their drivers to be used on Mac's new operating system, Mavericks (10.9), which has been out for over 3 months!! No word from Akai on when they will have that... Which basically means I can't use it as a sound card... Which makes it kind of worthless. But I do have to say that after I called Musicians Friend about the problem they have been more than helpful... Turning it in for Komplete Audio 6.. Akai needs to start being more professional and they need to not encounter these problems every time Apple releases a new update, by working WITH Apple.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Badly supported

        By ethan b

        from New York, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Badly Supported

        Best Uses

          Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

          I love the features of this box, and all the front panel controls (although one of the VUs broke after a few trips to recording sessions).

          But AKAI really dropped the ball on driver support, with their mac drivers remaining incompatible for the latest OSX release MONTHS after they should have been updated.

          This box has the word "professional" stencilled right across the top, but pros can't rely on unsupported software. Come on AKAI!

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          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          This will NOT WORK on IOS 10.9 Maverick!

          By Bob Gain

          from Santa Monica, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Don't know

          Cons

          • Won't Work On Ios 109

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai Professional EIE PRO 24-bit Audio/MIDI Interface with USB Hub:

            Please check Akai website before you buy this to see if the new drivers are out BEFORE you buy it.

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