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Echo AudioFire2 FireWire Audio Interface   

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Computer recording for the musician on the go.

The Echo AudioFire2 is an extremely small FireWire audio interface that's packed with lots of features. AudioFire2 has two audio channels with fully balanced I/O, headphone jack with volume control, S/PDIF I/O, and MIDI I/O, all in a 3.5" x 4.25" interface.

Power is provided directly from the FireWire bus or from the supplied power source. MIDI and S/PDIF are available via a removable dongle for compact flexibility. With the AudioFire2 you can record 24 bit 96kHz audio with low latency monitoring on any Windows XP or Mac OS X computer (desktop or notebook) with a FireWire port.

FEATURES
  • Hardware
  • FireWire (IEEE 1394a) interface with 8' cable
  • Bus powered with 6-pin FireWire interface
  • External 12VDC power supply provided
  • 2 balanced 1/4" analog inputs: 113dB (A-weighted) dynamic range
  • +4dBu / -10dBV nominal levels
  • 2 balanced 1/4" analog outputs: 114dB (A-weighted) dynamic range
  • +4dBu / -10dBV nominal levels
  • Stereo headphone output with volume knob
  • Headphone output is independent from line outputs (listen to cue mix separate from house mix)
  • S/PDIF I/O at 24-bit/96kHz
  • MIDI I/O
  • S/PDIF - MIDI breakout cable included
  • Supports full duplex 4 channel in, 6 channel out operation at 24 bit, 96 kHz sample rate
  • Pocket sized ( 3.5in x 4.25in x 1 in)
  • Heavy-duty aluminum case
  • Near zero latency hardware monitoring
  • Software
  • Software console for monitoring, metering, and setting levels
  • Low-latency drivers support all major pro audio software:
  • Low Latency ASIO 2.0
  • WDM kernel streaming mode
  • GSIF 2.0 (Gigastudio 3 w/ low latency MIDI)
  • CoreAudio & CoreMIDI
SPECIFICATIONS

AudioFire2 FireWire Audio Interface

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    Analog Input:
    2 Balanced TRS connectors
    Accepts unbalanced signals
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, _0.1dB
    Dynamic Range: 112dB A-weighted
    THD+n: <0.002% A-weighted
    Nominal Input Level: +4dBu or -10dBV (software configurable)
    Analog Output:
    2 Balanced TRS connectors
    Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz, _0.1dB
    Dynamic Range: 114dB A-weighted
    THD+n: <0.002% A-weighted
    Nominal Output Level: +4dBu or -10dBV (software configurable)
    General Converter Specs:
    128x Oversampling converters
    24 bit data resolution maintained throughout signal path
    Multiple standard sampling rates supported: 32, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k
    Variable sample rate feature lets you select any sample rate between 25kHz - 100kHz
    S/PDIF Digital Input/Output:
    Up to 24 bit resolution
    Coaxial connector
    Consumer/Professional Switch
    Sample rates from 32kHz - 96kHz supported
    MIDI:
    MIDI input
    MIDI output
    Removable MIDI and S/PDIF Cable
    Custom MIDI and S/PDIF cable included
    Cable can be removed for portability
    Digital Sync:
    S/PDIF in/out
    Headphone Output:
    High quality 1/8" headphone jack
    Volume control on front panel
    Separately addressable by audio software
    General:
    Digital Mixing
    Near zero latency hardware monitoring
    Dimensions: 3 1/2"(w) x 4 3/4"(d) x 1"(h)
    Host Interface: 1 1394a (FireWire) port

    System Requirements:
    PC: Windows XP 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
    Mac: Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later)G4 or better processor 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
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EchoAudioFire2 FireWire Audio Interface
 
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5.0

A Really Good Bang-for-the-Buck Sound Card

By Mark Blair

from Florida

Comments about Echo AudioFire2 FireWire Audio Interface:

I now use an external ADC to feed the S/PDIF digital input, and an exteral DAC fed from it's S/PDIF digital output. And I still use one of the analog outputs to power a separate mono mixing monitor.

So I have in essence used the reliable Echo drivers in Win 7 64-bit to create a world-class hybrid sound card! It worked just fine as it was (without the extras), but you can always use this strategy to beef it up (if necessary) down the line.

Haven't used the MIDI ins/outs because I use USB MIDI inputs. But everything else works very well -- so I highly recommend the Echo AudioFire2 FireWire Audio Interface sound card.

Note: my input/output chain: Grace Design m101 preamp &gt; Mytek ADC192 &gt; AudioFire2 FireWire Audio Interface (S/PDIF Input) &gt; Sonar X1c DAW &gt; AudioFire2 FireWire Audio Interface (S/PDIF output) &gt; Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC &gt; PMC TB2S+ speakers (with stereo HSU STF-1 subwoofers, each fed by a Velodyne SMS-1). Also using a Behringer C50A (fed by the AudioFire 2's analog output) for mono mixing adjustments.
Two analog ins and outs, S/PDIF Stereo in and out (stereo), easy to map the headphones to any output -- great for a home studio. Drivers wok great with Win 7 64-bit. I've been very pleased with Echo Audio sonce I purchased their Gina-24 back in 2003. Great drivers, and they've always kept them updated.
No problems for 1-1/2 years. So, so far -- so good.
Great price. And no external power needed.

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