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M-Audio ProFire 2626  

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    Gives you high-definition audio and next-generation I/O performance for your project studio.

    Building on a legacy of award-winning FireWire audio interfaces, the M-Audio ProFire 2626 brings next-generation performance to your PC or Mac host-based recording system. This powerful rackmount interface delivers 26x26 simultaneous I/O, complete with an onboard DSP mixer sourced from up to 52 audio streams.

    It features every kind of connection you need, including the award-winning Octane preamp technology on all 8 analog inputs, ADAT, S/PDIF, word clock and MIDI. Critically acclaimed JetPLL jitter elimination technology ensures pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization all the way up to high-definition 24-bit/192kHz resolution.

    In addition, the ProFire 2626 Audio Interface offers easy FireWire connectivity, extremely low latency, dual headphone outputs, front-panel 1/4" instrument inputs, and standalone operation. It is compatible with most major audio software, including Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 (with downloadable update) which would boost you to 96kHz and a 18x18 I/O maximum. Visit the M-Audio website for update availability.

    Features
    • Up to 24-bit/192kHz for high-definition audio
    • 8 analog inputs sourced from: 8 XLR mic inputs with phantom power, 8 (1/4") TRS balanced line inputs, 2 (1/4") TS instrument inputs
    • Optical I/O in the form of: 2x2 S/PDIF (on optical port B) or 16x16 ADAT (8 x 8 in S/MUX II mode, 4 x 4 in S/MUX IV mode)
    • 2x2 coaxial S/PDIF (via included breakout cable)
    • 8 (1/4") TRS balanced line outputs
    • 2 (1/4") TRS headphone outputs
    • 1x1 MIDI I/O (via included breakout cable)
    • Word clock I/O (via included breakout cable)
    • 8 preamps with award-winning Octane technology
    • User-assignable master volume knob
    • Flexible onboard DSP mixer lets you select from any of the 26 hardware inputs and 26 software returns as sources for its 18 input channels, letting you create up to 8 stereo mixes
    • Standalone 8 mic pre/8-channel A/D-D/A converter
    • JetPLL jitter elimination technology
    • Sync options include internal clock, ADAT optical, S/PDIF, and word clock
    • Compatible with most popular DAWs

    Get yourself an exceptional FireWire interface that won't burn a hole in your budget. Order the ProFire 2626 today!

     

    ProFire 2626 Specifications:

    • Compatability
    • FireWire, ASIO, Direct X, MME, GSIF2, Core Audio, Pro Tools M-Powered
    • Minimum System Requirements
    • Win: XP (SP2) or Windows Vista (32-bit)
    • Pentium 4
    • 1.6GHz, 512MB RAM (1GB RAM with Windows Vista)
    • Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.10
    • Macintosh G4
    • 1GHz, 512MB RAM
    • FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port
    • Recommended System Specifications
    • Win: XP (SP2) or Windows Vista (32-bit)
    • Pentium 4
    • 2GHz, 1GB RAM
    • Mac: OS X 10.4.10
    • Macintosh G5
    • 2GHz, 1GB RAM
    • FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port
    • G4 accelerator cards not supported/G5 required for sample rates above 96kHz
    • Note:M-Audio recommends that you check your software's minimum system requirements, as they may be higher
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    M-AudioProFire 2626
     
    4.0

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Had it for a year now, solid.

        I am a professional sound engineer. I have used this interface to record both in the studio, and at venues recording live bands. I carry it around in my rack, and it is...Read complete review

        I am a professional sound engineer. I have used this interface to record both in the studio, and at venues recording live bands. I carry it around in my rack, and it is connected to two ADA8000's for the added inputs and outputs.

        MY favorite quality of this interface is how great the converters are. This thing has a great wordclock also. The Line Inputs completely bypass the Octane Preamps, so if you use an external high end preamp it does not get "Muddied" from the cheaper interface preamps.

        The DSP control panel can be a pain in the butt for someone who is new, however. It is a little glitchy but overall, it works fine.

        It is built very well, except for the knobs...they come off easily. They feature a nifty push/pull for using the PAD.

        Absolutely great deal on these right now. I bought it for about the same used, while they have dropped in price recently.

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Unreliable

        When it works, it's great. When it doesn't....well...I can't be dead in the water at a live recording session.
        Purchased the first Profire 2626 in March 2010....Read complete review

        When it works, it's great. When it doesn't....well...I can't be dead in the water at a live recording session.
        Purchased the first Profire 2626 in March 2010. Less than 1 year later, the product developed problems. While connected/recognized by the computer, I would attempt to plug in headphones into input one. This would occationally put the 2626 into a "freeze up" condition. Every LED on the unit would light up simultainously, and it would lose connection with the computer. The only remedy was to shut down and re-boot. Doesn't work when doing live recordings! Sent in under warranty and replaced. Unit number 2......Unfortunately 13 month's after receiving this one (now OUT of warranty) the unit will lose connection with the computer while recording and playback. You never know when. I'm waiting to see what M-Audio will do about this, but I'm not expecting a lot. Confidence is crucial during a live recording situation to minimize my stress level! Number 3? Only if they give it to me...
        When it works, it would be hard to beat considering the price, and the fact that I use ProTools.
        There seems to be a big jump in price to the next desirable model. I like this price range for a "traveling" unit.

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        2.0

        Not supported in Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks

        By Matthew

        from Northwest PA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

            This had been a decent interface and I liked it well after I initially got it setup. Initially I started off on windows and had to go through a lot of talks with support before finding out it was my computer's cheap firewire chipset. Once that was resolved I was pretty happy.

            But recently they have not released new drivers for the OSX mavericks and give no indication of when or even if they ever plan to. Will not be buying any M-Audio products in the near future.

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            5.0

            Great interface

            Pros

            • 2x Adat Included
            • 8 Monitor Mixes
            • LOW NOISE
            • No Perceivable Latency

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

                This interface is great. Extremely low latency, I was able to monitor my guitar through abelton and an amp simulation/effects rack with no perceived latency. You can expand it up to 26 i/o without buying more firewire interfaces using the 2 ADAT lines meaning you can use preamps. Also loving the 8 monitor mixes great for having bands in the studio (though I haven't had need of all of them yet).

                When I first bought it I thought it had some issues with it but it turned out this was actually my computer power supply failing (it quit altogether a few weeks later) so the unit was functioning properly all along but this let me see what there support was like: helpful with prompt response time.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BEST INTERFACE ON THE MARKET!

                By eabrunner

                from San Diego, CA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

                  The Profire 2626 is one of the best interfaces on the market today! Whether you are on a budget or not this interface is perfect because there are so many options as to what you can do. I personally own 2 of this interface and I have them linked together to have 16 inputs and I absolutely love them. Ive had them for about 3 years and have never had any issues whatsoever. Another awesome feature the profie offers are the Octane preamps. The sound quality on the octane preamps is awesome. If you are looking for a interface with good preamps so you dont have to buy any, definitely get this one!

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                  4.0

                  Had it for a year now, solid.

                  By Matty-sLMvS

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

                    I am a professional sound engineer. I have used this interface to record both in the studio, and at venues recording live bands. I carry it around in my rack, and it is connected to two ADA8000's for the added inputs and outputs.

                    MY favorite quality of this interface is how great the converters are. This thing has a great wordclock also. The Line Inputs completely bypass the Octane Preamps, so if you use an external high end preamp it does not get "Muddied" from the cheaper interface preamps.

                    The DSP control panel can be a pain in the butt for someone who is new, however. It is a little glitchy but overall, it works fine.

                    It is built very well, except for the knobs...they come off easily. They feature a nifty push/pull for using the PAD.

                    Absolutely great deal on these right now. I bought it for about the same used, while they have dropped in price recently.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Use Windows? Pick another unit.

                    By vikingwiz

                    from Farmington Hills, MI

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality
                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

                        If you run Windows, don't buy this unit. Lots of Driver issues on Windows 7. For me, everytime I playback a song- within 2min it starts playing the song all garbled. Requires you to turn off and on the unit. However, M-Audio will tell you this is a problem with Windows and to take it up with Microsoft (which is not the case).

                        I also expected since Avid/M-Audio are one now, that I'd have the best integration and I have the worst. It offers 192kb and yet it can only do 96kb in Protools. Comon.

                        I honestly would feel bad selling this unit to anyone, my 12yr old FirePod is better.

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                        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        I would not buy it again.

                        By ricky C

                        from Ca

                        Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

                        Well, it works fine.... But if i wanted fine I would have bought an M-Box. The pres are not quality, only one headphone output works and clips very EASILY. I have this in my home studio and would not recomend this for any studio besides for pre production. The Pres are also very noisy.

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Unreliable

                        By Steve Danger

                        from Twin Cities, MN

                        Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

                        When it works, it's great. When it doesn't....well...I can't be dead in the water at a live recording session.
                        Purchased the first Profire 2626 in March 2010. Less than 1 year later, the product developed problems. While connected/recognized by the computer, I would attempt to plug in headphones into input one. This would occationally put the 2626 into a "freeze up" condition. Every LED on the unit would light up simultainously, and it would lose connection with the computer. The only remedy was to shut down and re-boot. Doesn't work when doing live recordings! Sent in under warranty and replaced. Unit number 2......Unfortunately 13 month's after receiving this one (now OUT of warranty) the unit will lose connection with the computer while recording and playback. You never know when. I'm waiting to see what M-Audio will do about this, but I'm not expecting a lot. Confidence is crucial during a live recording situation to minimize my stress level! Number 3? Only if they give it to me...
                        When it works, it would be hard to beat considering the price, and the fact that I use ProTools.
                        There seems to be a big jump in price to the next desirable model. I like this price range for a "traveling" unit.

                        Comment on this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Profire 2626 and Windows 7 issues

                        By Franco Gagiano

                        from South Africa

                        Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

                        Lots of you might have struggled to get this device working on your Win 7 machine. Most of the problems are caused by the type of firewire card you might be using. There is no problem with the device... it just needs speed, some firewire cards are slow. AKA... connectivity issues. Problems like the device doesnt stay connected to the DSP mixer, or connects but does not want to record in your DAW.... FIREWIRE CARD... Swop it out for something better. Struggled for two days straight to get it fixed... only to find out, it not the device, its the firewire card.
                        only reason im giving only 7 is because I havent checked out everything yet. But the pre amps on this baby is awesome!!!
                        The fact that it has 26 in and outs makes it truly a awesome product.
                        Well on sturdyness (if there is such a word) will only be proven over a few years. But on first glance the device looks rocksolid, ready for the road. As said above. The 26 channels is awesome and good quality for money

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                        5.0

                        As Good As it Gets!

                        By SoniaD

                        from sherrill, Arkansas

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                        Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

                        I have owned several audio interface, including the digi 003. The profire 2626 is a great sounding piece of gear. The pristine octane preamps are remarkable. I had a few at first when using the profire 2626, but I found out it was the firewire network configuration on my iMac that was the problem and running my profire 2626 through 2 external firewire hard drives. Once I figure what the problem was by reading the M-audio Knowledge Base I was good to go. What I like about the profire 2626 it is a iU rack size which takes up less space that my digi 003. Also, it is very expandable because it has 16 channels of Adat I/O, the digi 003 only have 1 Adat I.O. I have 2 Behringer 8000 connected via 16 channel Adat I.O and it is great. The 26 I/O provides me with all the inputs I need to connect my microphones, 6 sound modules, 3 keyboards, and more! The profire 2626 is also capable up to 24bit and 192Kz. If, you are looking for a great sounding and expandable audio interface get the profire 2626 and you will be very satisfied.

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                        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Product...

                        By tboone94

                        from Erwin, TN

                        Comments about M-Audio ProFire 2626:

                        I am currently saving up money to buy this piece of equipment. The guy who records my band uses it, and its truly amazing. However, if you are using Windows, it will not work as well. Windows is not efficient enough, and you will have problems. I also recommend only running Logic Pro or Pro Tools. This will give you the best results on a Mac and with proper DAW.

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