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Alesis io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface   

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The I/O and audio quality necessary for critical project studio work at an unbelievable price!

Utilizing DICE II FireWire technology for big bandwidth, fast signal handling, and lots of digital headroom, the Alesis io|26 is a professional”level computer recording interface in an easy-to-use tabletop design. You get 8 analog channels and 18 digital channels; Alesis high definition microphone preamps; Cirrus audiophile converters and jitter elimination technology; and high”quality 24-bit/192kHz audio conversion circuitry.

The io|26 audio interface has line-level inserts on analog channels, 48V phantom power, 5-segment signal/clip meters, 2 headphone outputs, 8 line-level outputs, turntable inputs, S/PDIF I/O, dual MIDI/O, and includes Cubase LE recording software. Dual ADAT lightpipe inputs give you forward-thinking, professional expansion potential for your recording setup. Flexible, routable Hardware Direct Monitoring allows you to send a customized, latency-free mix to each output pair. The io|26 interface runs on FireWire bus power or AC power with the included adapter.

FEATURES
  • 24-bit/192kHz recording for high-quality, pristine recordings
  • Superior Clock stability
  • JET Jitter Elimination Technology
  • Audiophile Cirrus converters to provide maximum dynamic range on I/O
  • 8 analog input channels with combo jacks
  • 18 digital input channels (dual ADAT and S/PDIF)
  • Flexible, routable Hardware Direct Monitoring
  • Cubase LE software included (Windows and Mac compatible)
  • Bus or adapter powered
  • Inputs
  • High-definition preamps on analog channels
  • 2 switchable Hi-Z inputs for direct guitar and bass recording
  • Switchable Phantom Power for each channel pair
  • Inserts on analog channels
  • 2 ADAT inputs (16 channels)
  • 16 channels of MIDI I/O
  • Stereo turntable input
  • Outputs
  • 8 line-level outputs
  • 2 discrete stereo headphone outputs
SPECIFICATIONS

io 26 Audio MIDI 24-bit 192kHz FireWire Interface

  • PC requirements: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 2.0 Ghz, 1GB RAM, Windows XP Home or Professional Service Pack 2 (XP Media Center Edition untested)
    Mac requirements: Power Mac G4 Dual 867MHz, 1GB RAM, Mac OSX 10.4

    Analog Inputs
    Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
    Frequency response: +/- 0.05dB from 20Hz to 22kHz
    Dynamic range: 112dB, A-weighted
    Signal-to-noise ratio: 112 dB, A-weighted, minimum gain
    THD+N: 0.001 -0.0015% @ 1kHz/0dBFS
    Crosstalk: -110dB @ 1 kHz
    Preamplifier THD+N: <0.0007 at 20dB gain
    Preamplifier slew rate: 15 volts/microsecond
    Microphone gain range: +6.8dB to +50dB
    Microphone impedance: 1.2kOhm
    Line gain range: -15.4dB to 27.8dB
    Line impedance: 16kOhm
    Guitar gain range: +6.8dB to +50dB
    Guitar impedance: 1 MegaOhm

    Line-Level Outputs
    Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
    Level: -10dBv/+4dBu nominal (switchable), +19dBu maximum
    Frequency response: +/- 0.075 from 20Hz to 22kHz

    Turntable Input:
    Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
    Frequency response: +/-1dB from published RIAA curve
    Dynamic Range: 95dB, A-weighted
    Signal-to-noise ratio: 95dB, A-weighted
    THD+N: <0.05%
    Crosstalk: -100dB @ 1 kHz
    Impedance: 47Kohm
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3.6

(based on 33 reviews)

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    (17)

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    (4)

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    (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Difficult, but great

I agree with most of the reviews of this interface; there are connectivity/compatibility issues. For example, mine was largely inoperable until I downloaded the new drivers from the Alesis website. Once...Read complete review

I agree with most of the reviews of this interface; there are connectivity/compatibility issues. For example, mine was largely inoperable until I downloaded the new drivers from the Alesis website. Once connected, the hardware monitoring is a great tool. Also, latency when using a decently small buffer (128, even 64 sometimes) is small enough that I've actually been able to use this to do sound for live shows, complete with VST compressors, reverb, etc. that I can't afford real versions of! This interface is hugely capable, and I've found that the built-in DI's are incredibly convenient. I can DI 2 guitars, and (through a box) a bass, then use the rest of the preamps for vocals and drums, for a gorgeous recording with almost no bleed-through, even in my tiny recording space. It might be pertinent to mention that this interface can show you how much fun the guitar VSTs like Amplitube and Guitar Rig can be. They really can sound incredible, and they're equivalent to so much gear! Anyways, if you buy this interface, be prepared to work with it, but if/when you can get it to work, it's immensely satisfying. Two last things: it doesn't say on the product page, but it comes with a nice 6 pin-6 pin FireWire cable! That was a pleasant surprise, because I had assumed I'd need to buy one. Also, some people complain that it can't record 24/192 with all the channels, but those are the people who don't know; even most pro studios don't do that. It really isn't necessary to record at such ridiculous fidelity for every track. It only succeeds in wasting a lot of hard drive space. In short, if you can work out the myriad kinks, this interface is wonderful, and is probably worth a try.

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worst product i ever bought

this is a horrible product. i read all the reviews and saw that some people had really bad problems with it. but others were fine. i thought that since i had a brand...Read complete review

this is a horrible product. i read all the reviews and saw that some people had really bad problems with it. but others were fine. i thought that since i had a brand new mac and a persistent spirit that i would be able to make it work. boy was i wrong. btw, i used it in both ableton live, cuebase 4, and garageband... none worked. i read the manuals, the online, i used common sense even. i got it to work for about 4 hours total in the 40 hours i tried to make it work. the sam thing never even worked twice in making it work. i tried any and every configuration i could. i finally called alesis and asked them how to make the product work. we talked for about 15min as they told me to try everything i already had tried. and then finally there was one thing left that he told me to do. and it finally worked... for 30min. called back. we talked for a while. they had no idea why it wouldnt work. and im pretty sure that i didnt have a defective product. i think they are all like this. please go buy something else. if you need to go cheap... then go presonus. they have consistently given me good sound for the cheapest price range. but do not buy this. please. save yourself the trouble, money, and future return.

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5.0

Difficult, but great

By SG dude

from the US

I agree with most of the reviews of this interface; there are connectivity/compatibility issues. For example, mine was largely inoperable until I downloaded the new drivers from the Alesis website. Once connected, the hardware monitoring is a great tool. Also, latency when using a decently small buffer (128, even 64 sometimes) is small enough that I've actually been able to use this to do sound for live shows, complete with VST compressors, reverb, etc. that I can't afford real versions of! This interface is hugely capable, and I've found that the built-in DI's are incredibly convenient. I can DI 2 guitars, and (through a box) a bass, then use the rest of the preamps for vocals and drums, for a gorgeous recording with almost no bleed-through, even in my tiny recording space. It might be pertinent to mention that this interface can show you how much fun the guitar VSTs like Amplitube and Guitar Rig can be. They really can sound incredible, and they're equivalent to so much gear! Anyways, if you buy this interface, be prepared to work with it, but if/when you can get it to work, it's immensely satisfying. Two last things: it doesn't say on the product page, but it comes with a nice 6 pin-6 pin FireWire cable! That was a pleasant surprise, because I had assumed I'd need to buy one. Also, some people complain that it can't record 24/192 with all the channels, but those are the people who don't know; even most pro studios don't do that. It really isn't necessary to record at such ridiculous fidelity for every track. It only succeeds in wasting a lot of hard drive space. In short, if you can work out the myriad kinks, this interface is wonderful, and is probably worth a try.

 
5.0

pretty great!

By d-rummer

from Cheyenne, WY

I'm using this with Logic 9 on a white macbook with 2.4 ghz processor and 4 gb of ram and it is awesome! There is pretty much no latency while doing 6 tracks at the same time and doing 8 there is a little bit but it keeps up wonderfully. The sound quality is good but sometimes it sounds a little bit tinny for lack of a better word. This could be attributed to a lot of different things. The interface itself is very compact. I use it a lot on mobile recording gigs. I can throw all my gear in a crate and go. It is especially useful that it can use the computer for power so I can just plug my computer in and I'm ready. My only complaint is that it has knobs instead of sliders with is really more of a luxury than a necessity. Overall, this thing is wonderful. I shopped around for quite a while before I bought this one and it has far exceeded my expectations and, judging by the other reviews, it has exceeded everybody else's too.

 
1.0

worst product i ever bought

By frustrated-sKGtO

from Savannah GA

this is a horrible product. i read all the reviews and saw that some people had really bad problems with it. but others were fine. i thought that since i had a brand new mac and a persistent spirit that i would be able to make it work. boy was i wrong. btw, i used it in both ableton live, cuebase 4, and garageband... none worked. i read the manuals, the online, i used common sense even. i got it to work for about 4 hours total in the 40 hours i tried to make it work. the sam thing never even worked twice in making it work. i tried any and every configuration i could. i finally called alesis and asked them how to make the product work. we talked for about 15min as they told me to try everything i already had tried. and then finally there was one thing left that he told me to do. and it finally worked... for 30min. called back. we talked for a while. they had no idea why it wouldnt work. and im pretty sure that i didnt have a defective product. i think they are all like this. please go buy something else. if you need to go cheap... then go presonus. they have consistently given me good sound for the cheapest price range. but do not buy this. please. save yourself the trouble, money, and future return.

 
5.0

Works fine for me

By Ninja_Drummer

from Undisclosed

I know a lot of people have been having problems with firewire and other issues. But I really haven't. I called tech support and the guy i talked to was actually pretty helpful. I did a lot of research, and found that using this interface with a cheap computer will NOT put out well. You SHOULD not have any background programs running. Especially internet related. No limewire, AIM, MSN, or any of that sort running. It is okay and probably recommended to turn off your anti-virus for they take up a lot of CPU memory. To put it simple, this interface and the program it comes with takes up A LOT of computer memory. And recommended at least 2 Gigs of RAM and at least a Dual core processor. As for the firewire, I've had some issues with the output putting out noise and such. But I've resolved the issue by just wiggling the cable and reseting the VST setup in Cubase. I run Vista 32 bit and I really don't experience much problems with it, and if I do, I usually am able to resolve it. So turn off your internet, or unplug the cable when using this interface, recommended you turn of your anti-virus if a problem persists, close any background programs, and *DISABLE the sound device on your computer and instead, ONLY allow the sound device on the Alesis to be running* this may be why most are experiencing noise or latency issues. If all is accomplished, then maybe most problems will be avoided upon the use of this product.

 
5.0

New Mac Pro & IO/26

By Snowmann002

from Houston, TX

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THANK YOU MUSICIANS FRIEND!!! Had been researching Firewire interfaces for my new MAC & was stressing over the cost of units with 8 channels of In/Out. Read all the reviews for all the interfaces & was about to give up when Stupid Deal of the Day made my day with the IO/26. Did as the book said before hooking interface to computer, and everything has worked beyond my expectations. Great mic pre amps, two headphone outs, direct channel outs so everyome gets a "more me" mix in their phones, and even a phonograph preamp for capturing my old vinyl collection. The reviews seemed to reveal problems for PC users more tham Mac users, and my experience with a brand new, jazzed-up Mac Pro have been terrific. I got tired off tossing out PCs that got too badly infected to spend money on.If that's not enough, when I ordered a PreSonus HP 60 headphone amp from Musicians Friend, they were temporarily out of stock, so they cut me a deal on that, too! You guys are great. After many years & many $$$ of equipment purchased, I have never been disappointed.

 
5.0

Firewire issues, but

By Milosch

from Houston, TX

Once you get the firewire issues resolved it's a great interface. I was running with AMD CPUs and various chipsets. Only switching to an Intel CPU and chipset fixed the firewire issues for me. If you are doing serious recording, you really should not be using a whole lot of other USB or firewire devices other than a basic keyboard and mouse and perhaps some spare drives. Nice features are built in guitar DI and phono inputs.

 
4.0

awesome for home or project studio

By B

from Philadelphia, PA

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I have been using the IO-26 for almost three years now, and it works seamlessly with GarageBand on my iMac. It has great preamps and i have gotten a lot of compliments on the quality of sound that this thing produces. I have had problems getting Logic Express to recordnize this device, and for that reason I stick to GB when tracking with the IO-26. No experience using it with a PC.

 
4.0

Awesome for Mac-based recording

By DrumDr_71

from Pocono Summit, PA

When I first purchased this unit, I was a PC user. It has BIG issues with 64bit Vista. It runs fine with 32 bit vista.I later puchased an iMAC. I will say that the Mic pre-amps are awesome. I am using this unit in conjunction with Logic pro studio 8. The sound is GOD-LIKE. I have always liked Alesis, but they do need alot of work with thier tec support.

 
2.0

Hit or miss on a PC

By Disappointed Musician

from Texas

I purchased this and have had nothing, but problems on a PC. I know it is all about the firewire issues. I used the recommended firewire card, but still freezes my system, drops the device, or crashes. I have tried this on several different machines and even bought a new PC to try this out, it reboots that machine.The sad part is that it really sounds good and the pre amps are really quiet and clear. I guess if I had the money for a Mac I would'nt be writing this, but Alesis needs to do something about their drivers. They haven't updated the drivers in a while and they haven't taken responsibility or active steps to correct these issues.

 
1.0

Junk

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've owned this product for a year now and I've had nothing but trouble. I'm a computer engineer so issues are normally fixed but I am convince that this sound module is defective. I've had drop-outs, static, sudden reboots, latency and just so many problems I can't record a full session without issues. My suggestion is do not buy this unit it is garbage.

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