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Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card  

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    Compact and complete.

    The Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card is an unbeatable price/performance solution for digital sound editing. A powerful music production interface that includes two - 1/4" TRS balanced inputs with 64X oversampling A/D converters, two - 1/4" TRS balanced outputs with 128X oversampling D/A converters, S/PDIF 24-bit I/O, MIDI I/O, and multiple sample rates from 8-96kHz. Included sound editing software delivers eight virtual outputs mixed down within the Motorola 24-bit DSP to the analog and digital hardware outputs; full duplex operation allowing 4-channel recording with simultaneous 8-channel playback; and a console application for audio I/O, monitor assignments, volume, and metering.

    Features

    • 2 - 1/4" TRS balanced inputs with 64x oversampling A/D converters
    • 2 - 1/4" TRS balanced outputs with 128x oversampling D/A converters
    • S/PDIF 24-bit I/O
    • MIDI I/O
    • Multiple sample rates from 8-96kHz
    • Software provides:
    • 8 virtual outputs mixed down within the Motorola 24-bit DSP to the analog and digital hardware outputs
    • Full duplex operation allowing 4-channel recording with simultaneous 8-channel playback

    Click or call now to get up a leg up on pristine digital music production.

     

    MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card Specifications:

    • PC requirements:
    • Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
    • Genuine Intel Pentium
    • AMD Athlon/Duron system
    • 128MB RAM (256MB recommended)
    • Mac Requirements:
    • Mac OS X (10.1 or later)
    • Mac OS 8.6 or later
    • G3 or better processor
    • 128MB RAM (256MB recommended)
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    EchoMIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card
     
    4.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Sound

    I agree, the sound is pristine!I have owned the non-MIDI port verion for over 10 years.No problems and still sounds great.Just use your mixer or mic pre to get signals in to the...Read complete review

    I agree, the sound is pristine!I have owned the non-MIDI port verion for over 10 years.No problems and still sounds great.Just use your mixer or mic pre to get signals in to the line level inputs or digital in.I also own the current MIA-MIDI unit which just added the MIDI I/O so you don?t need a USB to MIDI interface.That?s good if you want to use an older keyboard with just MIDI out.This sound card is great to use with soft-synths like VST plugins.In fact both of my MIA PCI cards are being used now in PC?s with DAW?s and VST soft-synths for writing music, by the singer and bass player,from a Christian band I play keys with.I like that you can install this in a PCI slot and not have to worry about it changing hardware configurations, like USB or Firewire devices sometimes do, when disconnecting and reconnecting.The MIA-MIDI is great for setting up a PC based rig that you can have in rack mount case for road gigs.Check out Echo Audio?s website @ www.echoaudio.com for more.

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    would have been nice

    The Mia Midi seems like a nice card, has pretty good specs on it, i would like it except for a few small things. First of all...the midi doesnt work, now...Read complete review

    The Mia Midi seems like a nice card, has pretty good specs on it, i would like it except for a few small things. First of all...the midi doesnt work, now it could just be a defect in the card or another defect in my system somewhere but i had a sound expert friend check everything and it is his conclusion that it is the sound card. I would expect a card especially made for midi to have a little more in its manual about midi but what does that matter anyways. my next problem is that when recording, i have to sample at 48,000 Hz instead of 44.1 because if i dont, the sound turn out all weird sounding. when i use the inputs in wdm mode instead of purewave mode it also causes weird things to happen. also just as a sidenote, the breakout box cord should have been much longer, it will stretch from the back of your computer to about halfway to the front (as you can tell by the picture). in my setup, that is almost as inconvenient as having it on the clear back fo the computer. In my opinion, there is a good chance is it better on a different person's computer but in my experience it isn't worth it and now i cannot return it because it falls under the nonreturnable items. good price but in this case the good price did not negate the fact that the money was still wasted. My sound specialist friend suggested one of the emu cards to me instead. so, it would have been agreat card had all the features worked for me. oh and by the way, i sent an email about my problem to echo audio's tech support about 2 weeks ago and have not gotten any word back.

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    5.0

    Great Sound

    By huskydigital

    from Charlotte, NC

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    I agree, the sound is pristine!I have owned the non-MIDI port verion for over 10 years.No problems and still sounds great.Just use your mixer or mic pre to get signals in to the line level inputs or digital in.I also own the current MIA-MIDI unit which just added the MIDI I/O so you don?t need a USB to MIDI interface.That?s good if you want to use an older keyboard with just MIDI out.This sound card is great to use with soft-synths like VST plugins.In fact both of my MIA PCI cards are being used now in PC?s with DAW?s and VST soft-synths for writing music, by the singer and bass player,from a Christian band I play keys with.I like that you can install this in a PCI slot and not have to worry about it changing hardware configurations, like USB or Firewire devices sometimes do, when disconnecting and reconnecting.The MIA-MIDI is great for setting up a PC based rig that you can have in rack mount case for road gigs.Check out Echo Audio?s website @ www.echoaudio.com for more.

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    5.0

    There is a reason...

    By Circle X Productions

    from Washington D.C.

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    There is a reason that the only thing to change on this card in the past 6 years is the graphics for the GUI interface. I have used this card for everything under the sun. Guitars, Bass, Vox, Keys all sound pristine. This card will keep pace with Apogee at 1/4 of the price. Currently I use a EHX 12AU7 Mic Pre and a Rode NTK straight into this card. I use KRK VXT's to monitor (big knob through-put). I get accurate reproduction of my Blackheart 5w as well as clear and clean vocals. Mixing and mastering are accurate and true. Forget the over-priced PCI cards. This is it....now go buy a cool effect pedal with the money you save!

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    5.0

    Great Value Recording Card

    By Chris-8.sL5

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    Echo drivers are stable and have great latency. Audio quality is exceptional. If you only need 2 balanced analog ins (+spidif I/O), then this is the card for you. I have previously owned Echo "flagship" Mona24 interface and audio is same high quality. If you record alone and dont need more than 4 inputs, this is the card to get. Save your money and buy better preamps.

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    would have been nice

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    The Mia Midi seems like a nice card, has pretty good specs on it, i would like it except for a few small things. First of all...the midi doesnt work, now it could just be a defect in the card or another defect in my system somewhere but i had a sound expert friend check everything and it is his conclusion that it is the sound card. I would expect a card especially made for midi to have a little more in its manual about midi but what does that matter anyways. my next problem is that when recording, i have to sample at 48,000 Hz instead of 44.1 because if i dont, the sound turn out all weird sounding. when i use the inputs in wdm mode instead of purewave mode it also causes weird things to happen. also just as a sidenote, the breakout box cord should have been much longer, it will stretch from the back of your computer to about halfway to the front (as you can tell by the picture). in my setup, that is almost as inconvenient as having it on the clear back fo the computer. In my opinion, there is a good chance is it better on a different person's computer but in my experience it isn't worth it and now i cannot return it because it falls under the nonreturnable items. good price but in this case the good price did not negate the fact that the money was still wasted. My sound specialist friend suggested one of the emu cards to me instead. so, it would have been agreat card had all the features worked for me. oh and by the way, i sent an email about my problem to echo audio's tech support about 2 weeks ago and have not gotten any word back.

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    5.0

    Very good mid range audio card for recording.

    By Chris C-.aMLp

    from Tampa, FL

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    This audio card is a very good mid-range card. The only reason I call it mid-range is the fact that other, more expensive cards offer more features. This is a very good card with very low latency for both audio and midi. This is a great card for beginners and is highly recommended from the folks at extremetech. Good purchase.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A must have to start recording

    By uZYiTIE2E

    from California

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    I've gotten unbelievable results with this product. Home recording doesn't get any easier.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Misleading cheap quality

    By ChetFarr

    from Gainesville, Ga

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    If anyone says they can hear a difference in quality between this and other straight-in, no pre or compression, input devices, at any price, they either fooling themselves or have dog ears. I use Apogee converters via firewire and can hear little or no difference when the soft compression is not used on the Apogee, when compared to the Mia's digital input with same conditions as far as mic, source, and position of source.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By Aegothis

    from Michigan

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    Signal to noise is better than cards 2 to 3 times as expensive. Works well to record direct, monitor, and mix. Works well with Windows XP, games, music, etc. Pure WAV processing bit for bit monitoring is great.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent when on a Budget

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    I bought this soundcard when a DJ recommended it to me when I mentioned that I was looking for a good soundcard. Overall, the response of the soundcard is great. It's easy to install and easy to use, and you can start using it as soon as the installation is done. The quality is AMAZING. I can't recommend this soundcard enough!

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    5.0

    Great!

    By W. B.

    from New Orleans, LA

    Comments about Echo MIA MIDI Digital Audio and MIDI Card:

    Wonderful card! No problems at all, sounds great.

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