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Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface

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The Echo AudioFire12 FireWire Audio Interface has 12 analog audio channels that combine in a 1RU heavy-duty aluminum rackmountable case with 24-bit/1...Click To Read More About This Product

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Delivers pro-level expansion for your existing AudioFire.

The Echo AudioFire12 FireWire Audio Interface has 12 analog audio channels that combine in a 1RU heavy-duty aluminum rackmountable case with 24-bit/192kHz recording and playback. It has 12 TRS I/O, 2 FireWire ports, MIDI I/O, and word clock. Echo includes software mixing console and Tracktion audio production software with the AudioFire12.

Tracktion is professional recording and MIDI production software with a clean, intuitive, and clutter-free interface and features like drag-and-drop editing, sampler, VST plug-in support, track freezing, and more.

FEATURES
  • Rackmountable single space interface box
  • Heavy-duty aluminum case
  • 12 channel I/O operation at 24-bit/192kHz
  • Dual FireWire I/O
  • 12 TRS inputs, 12 TRS outputs
  • MIDI I/O
  • Word clock I/O
  • 32-bit/1.6 gigaflop DSP for digital mixing; near zero latency hardware monitoring
  • Includes 15' cable
  • Software console for monitoring, metering, and setting levels
  • Low-latency drivers support all major pro audio software
  • Tracktion audio and MIDI production software

Daisy-chain with your AudioFire8 for a massive expansion in audio handling. Order now.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • TRS I/O: 113dB (A-weighted) dynamic range; +4dBu / -10dBV nominal levels
  • PC requirements: Windows XP; 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • Mac requirements: Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later); G4 or better processor; 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
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EchoAudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fully supported in Linux

If you need 12x12 channels and want to utilize the power of the linux DAW tools, I highly recommend this unit. It worked for me out of the box. I'm recording 12 mics...Read complete review

If you need 12x12 channels and want to utilize the power of the linux DAW tools, I highly recommend this unit. It worked for me out of the box. I'm recording 12 mics simultaneously with real time effects using Ardour. The sound quality is spectacular. Within a couple hours I was had professional sounding recordings without breaking a sweat!

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Great sound, horrible drivers.

I have owned this Audiofire 12 unit for about a year and a half. The sound that comes out of this thing is simply amazing. I can't imagine something with better sound at any...Read complete review

I have owned this Audiofire 12 unit for about a year and a half. The sound that comes out of this thing is simply amazing. I can't imagine something with better sound at any price. However there is one serious flaw with this unit. The drivers for this (and all Echo products) do not allow two programs on the same computer to play audio at the same time. So if I am working in my sequencer and need to open an audio editor seperately I cannot do it without closing the sequencer. That may not be a problem for some people, but it is a showstopper for me. It is also not possible to record the units output through software on the same computer, another showstopper. I have e-mailed Echo about it and they basically confirmed the fact that you can't do it but didn't give me any hope that they would change it in future releases. Their driver packages specifically state "multi-client audio". I don't know what they are referring to but it isn't what I thought it would be. Don't be fooled. I love the sound of this thing, but I feel like i'm banging my head against the wall with the software. Gonna have to sell it.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fully supported in Linux

By Bucket Of Truth

from Seattle, WA.

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Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

If you need 12x12 channels and want to utilize the power of the linux DAW tools, I highly recommend this unit. It worked for me out of the box. I'm recording 12 mics simultaneously with real time effects using Ardour. The sound quality is spectacular. Within a couple hours I was had professional sounding recordings without breaking a sweat!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great sound, horrible drivers.

By silentdan

from California

Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

I have owned this Audiofire 12 unit for about a year and a half. The sound that comes out of this thing is simply amazing. I can't imagine something with better sound at any price. However there is one serious flaw with this unit. The drivers for this (and all Echo products) do not allow two programs on the same computer to play audio at the same time. So if I am working in my sequencer and need to open an audio editor seperately I cannot do it without closing the sequencer. That may not be a problem for some people, but it is a showstopper for me. It is also not possible to record the units output through software on the same computer, another showstopper. I have e-mailed Echo about it and they basically confirmed the fact that you can't do it but didn't give me any hope that they would change it in future releases. Their driver packages specifically state "multi-client audio". I don't know what they are referring to but it isn't what I thought it would be. Don't be fooled. I love the sound of this thing, but I feel like i'm banging my head against the wall with the software. Gonna have to sell it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Audio Quality!!

By JRGZ

from Tucson, AZ

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Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

I'm using AudioFire12 for a year with a Mackie VLZ-SR24 mixer, now my rock recordings have an amazing sound, before i was using an old 8 channel Layla interface with a PCI card, now it's very easy to use with the Firewire port and the included software mixer console, you can save the mixer settings and use the Audiofire in standalone mode too without a pc or mac, the drivers have and excellent stability and near zero latency, the build quality is awesome and heavy, the front metering it's very useful and looks great ;) although comes with Tracktion i'm using Cubase SX instead. I'll buy another Audiofire soon to expand to 24 ins/outs :)

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for Ableton Live!

By Chaynlynk

from Ohio

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Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

This thing is perfect for Live users. It enables us to have our 3 guitars, 2 synths (4 channels), vocals, all plugged in and processed though the puter. We can then take stereo feeds of voice, guitar, bass, synth, and drums to the sound tech at venues so he can mix. It's perfect for a live band using Live. No latency or disconnect issues.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Interface for Tracking

By pazman6

from Prairieville, LA

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

    I just picked up a second Audiofire 12 used because they were on backorder. I run the 2 units daisy chained into a Dell Core-Duo Windows XP (average at best) with 2GB of RAM. I added a solid state drive for recording the tracks to. I can record 24 channels at 24bit 48kHZ with no dropouts.

    This is a plain jane unit with 12 TRS in and Out and midi. I use Cakewalk Sonar X2 Producer for my DAW. Setup took 10 minutes. I use a Soundtracs Topaz 32x8 mixer for my frontend and run the direct outs to the audiofires. I do my mixing in the box, so once I have the tracks recorded, I move them to my new PC with much more CPU and RAM for mixing.

    I have been using my original unit since ~2008 and have had ZERO problems. I highly recommend this to someone who wants a quality interface and already has mic pre's. While I haven't tried it yet, I could easily run the 24 outputs back to the Soundtracs line ins and use the flip button to mix down on the desk.

    When the new lot comes in, get you one.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Converters! Works perfectly with PT 9!

    By Jeff Steinborn

    from San Diego

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    Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

    The perfect interface for those who don't need built in mic pre's!
    Amazing A/D Converters, same as the ones in RME' interfaces that cause twice as much. Made of metal so its solid.
    Not going to find more I/O for 3 times as much

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Echo audio interfaces sound great

    By RebelGrrl

    from Austin, TX

    Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

    Echo Audiofire 12 - Sweet sound, low latency, no noise. I have a couple of synths and a mic pre plugged in and have plenty of inputs for expansion, so I don't need a mixer. Stable drivers from their web site. I've got it connected to a Dell laptop with a Belkin firewire card. Installation was painless. I've owned four Echo audio interfaces since 1998 (Darla, Indigo, IndigoIO) and they have always had great driver support and great sound.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rock solid, good sound quality

    By Brian C---NCT

    from Los Angeles

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    Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

    I have used several Echo products and they have always been rock solid and great value for the money. The audiofire12 is no exception. I wish Echo was a larger company and could afford to advertise because there products just work. I think a big reason there prodcuts sell is by word of mouth. I have used several AF4's and AF8's and recently started using the AF12 to replace some of those other ones because I needed even more I/O. It is perfect for line level work where you don't need preamps or other features. In fact I love that the analog audio doesn't pass through cheap preamps before the ADC's. It has been rock solid on Windows XP and Vista with low latency. The front panel metering is very simple and even from far away it is easy to see which I/O's are active.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great buy

    By tinman-js-nO

    from Surprise, AZ

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    Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

    since this is the first review written i don't know how this thing already has 5 stars, but here's my two cents. basically, it's a great deal for the price. 12 TRS ins/outs, MIDI, wordclock. i use it as my main interface and record all 12 inputs at once with no problem. now that ECHO has their act together with the updated drivers i would have no issues recommending this to anyone. my only complaint is that there's no digital in or out.

     
    5.0

    great machine

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Echo AudioFire12 12-Channel FireWire Audio Interface:

    i actually down graded from a rme multiface and was surprised at how much better this unit sounds compared to the rme i needed more ins and outs and this baby can record all 12 channels at once with no problem, im going to ad another unit in the near future, if you already have a MIXER and need lots of ins and outs nothing beats this and the sound is grade a i dont think it gets any better.

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