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Echo Audiofire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface

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The Echo AudioFire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface offers the same high quality hardware and software found in the rest of Echo's products. The Audiofi...Click To Read More About This Product

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16-In/16-Out FireWire audio recording interface with 8 Echo Brilliant microphone preamps.

The Echo AudioFire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface offers the same high quality hardware and software found in the rest of Echo's products. The Audiofire Pre8 adds the convenience of 8 auto-sensing universal inputs featuring Echo's Brilliant preamp technology. With the AudioFire Pre8 you can record 24-bit/96kHz audio with low-latency monitoring on any Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X computer (desktop or notebook) that has a FireWire port.

AudioFire Pre8 is the perfect center for any professional studio, whether at home or on the road. In addition to the 8 universal inputs with Brilliant mic preamps, the AudioFire Pre8 interface offers 8 balanced 1/4" analog outputs, 2 channel inserts, phantom power, 2 stereo headphone outputs with volume knob, main output volume knob, ADAT (with S/MUX for 96 kHz support), S/PDIF, and MIDI I/O.

Inputs 1 and 2 feature premium preamps with options for phase reversal, low impedance, direct input, 80Hz rolloff, and pad. AudioFire Pre8 is a single height, rackmountable unit. The low-latency drivers support all major pro audio software. The Echo AudioFire Pre8 is fully ASIO, WDM, WaveRT compatible with support for Windows XP/Vista/7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions) and Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later).

Hardware Features
  • FireWire (IEEE 1394a) interface with 15' cable
Brilliant Mic Preamps
  • THAT Corp Silicon for isolation of discretes, matching of monolithics, hIgh slew rate
  • Low noise (-130 dBu EIN)
  • Crystal clear transparency
2 Full Featured Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs
  • Mic phase, Impedance, Pad, Hi-Pass
  • Input Trim with 4-level LED meters
  • Individual +48v phantom power
  • 1/4" Balanced Line inputs (TRS)
  • Direct Input high impedance switch
  • 1/4" channel inserts
6 Mic/Line inputs
  • Input Trim with 4-level LED meters
  • 48v phantom power
  • 1/4" Balanced Line inputs (TRS)
  • S/PDIF I/O (coax and optical) at 24-bit/96kHz
  • ADAT I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • Sync via Word, ADAT, or S/PDIF
  • 2 Stereo headphone outputs with volume knob
  • Single rack space
  • Near zero latence hardware monitoring
Software Features
  • Software console controls mixing and monitoring
  • Supports all major pro audio software: Low Latency ASIO 2.0, CoreAudio & CoreMIDI

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System Requirements
  • PC System requirements:
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 or 64 bit)
  • 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 400MBps FireWire port (IEEE 1394a)
  • Mac System Requirements
  • Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later)
  • G4 or better processor (Power Mac G5 compatible)
  • 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 400MBps FireWire port (IEEE 1394a)
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EchoAudiofire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


A killer Value

By Lead Engineer at Featherlight Studio

from Bend, Oregon

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Comments about Echo Audiofire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface:

We got this unit in on a seesion after our M Audio Fast Track Ultra 8 self destructed after the second power up and this is a review after over three months of continious studio use. We needed a 8 channel, ADAT compatible interface that had firewire, inserts, and phantom power to replace our trusty but aging MOTU unit in our smaller tracking room. After racking up the unit, we downloaded the latest drivers from the Echo web site and the unit automatically upgraded its own firmware without a hitch. From there we setup our Presonus Digimax LT as the 8 extra ADAT imputs and began setting up the cue mixes with the addional analog outputs. The included software mixer applet is staightforward and easy to use and seperate mixes for 5.1, 7.1 surround or additional stereo headphone mixes can easily be created and stored for future use.The first immpression of the Ultra 8 is that the box is built like a tank. The knobs feel like a well designed mixing board and the front panel 48 volt and phase switches are very convinient for the first two channels. You can plug guitar/bass inputs in without an active DI box. These inputs sound great. The bass tracks we recorded were clean and full with none of the high end loss that our Radial boxes suffer from. The Les Paul Standard direct recorded with the correct impedance and we were able to re-amp with the raw track with no problem straight back into our plexi head, killer!This is being used on a XP Pro system and the drivers have been rock solid. I have to say that no one ever compliments companies when things go right and this time Echo got this unit right. These drivers really are just rock solid from the very first session. This unit thankfully does not use the Dice 2 chipset and as a result, the roundtrip latency of the 8 pre is fast enough to track with softsynths without the annoying delay that the MOTU and Presonus units suffer from. Even when tracking with drum synths ( addictive ) the responce is fast and glitch free. This unit sounds as good or better than the RME in out main tracking room and the 8Pre can easily switch back and forth between outputs and applications without any of the familiar audio glitches we were used to with the MOTU. The preamps really do sound very full and clean. The mixes that we were used to through the D-Box sound almost as good on the Echo and thats saying a lot. This is a well made unit and Echo clearly put some time into the design and operation of it. Everything about it from the first session to several months later has been solid and dependable. Its front mounted mic/line inputs are handy for quick tracks and overdubs and thank God the 8 Pre comes with a real power supply instead of a wall wart. The inserts are a surprise for an interface in this price point and are very cool. Adding limiting during wild vocal takes or acoustic guitar is a snap and if you only need two headphone outs, you can get them right on the front panel. If you need more, you can build more of them using the analog outs. On board MIDI, SPDIF, and Word Clock are usefull as well. Overall, the build quality and features of this interface are killer. After using the M Audio, Motu, RME, and the Presonus units, I beleive that this is easily the best unit for the money at the moment. It is a serious tool at our studio.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


This thing is amazing!!

By Featherlight Studio

from Oregon

Comments about Echo Audiofire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface:

Just got the Audiofire Pre8 to replace my older Mackie interface and have been amazed by its performace ever since. I wanted a firewire interface because of its flexibility and abiltiy to handle multible channels of audio and the Echo Audiofire Pre8 has been rock solid.The new Brilliant preamps in this thing are very clean and quiet. On low level sources like acoustic instruments, the Pre8 really shines. Full sounding with a focused bottom end an un-hiped and sweet top end. The inserts on the frist two channels work great for adding a comp for a vocalist or limiting a dynamic performance. And being able to switch the phase on two channels is great when micing the top and bottom of a snare drum or guitar cab. Even turned up past the 75% point, the inputs are extremely quiet and clean.For tracking with soft synths direct through the interface, the Pre 8 has the fastest latency I have tried yet and has been rock solid as far as driver operation. Not a glitch! The onboard software mixer app is very easy to use for setting up additional analog outputs for more headphone outputs or surround mixing and on top of that, you can add eight more outputs via the ADAT input and two more via the SPIDF!!!The Audiofire Pre8 is very well made with a sturdy metal case and a real power supply and for the money, I thing the best value out there for a multichannel interface.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Simplicity

By Happy Camper-Oc8zr

from Indiana

Comments about Echo Audiofire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface:

I just got this Audiofire Pre8 from this site and what a joy.Incredibly easy setup and easy to understand and use. I am running Win7 64 bit with Reaper and Komplete 6 without any hitches.Win 7 64 bit drivers are rock solid.Best $$$ I ever spent.Gave a 4.5 for value because I think they could have sweetened the deal by throwing in some add'l software of sorts.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great sounding pre amps

By GunForHire

from Van Nuys, Ca.

Comments about Echo Audiofire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface:

The Audiofire Pre8 has surprisingly good sounding pre amps for an interface under a grand. Competes head to head with my Focusrite Safire 40 for solid low end and clean open high end sound. The front display is a little dark in a gear rack other than the power button. But the meters are easy to see from across the room. I love having two quick access inputs on the front but having the rest of the inputs on the back so they can be wired into the rest of the rack gear with ease. All the stuff you want is right there, phase, 48 volt, pad, Low filter, DI!! The DI is cool because you can plug an electric guitar in and go straight into Gearbox or guitar Rig and the sound dosnt change and is crystal clear. You can even go right back out of one of the other analog outs at the same time ( using the included mixer program ) and go straight into an amp for live recording a performance without having to use a splitter box and thrash your original guitar tone! Its the best of both worlds and this thing is built tough! Not the cheapy plastic boxes that so many other audio interfaces are these days. If you play and record guitar then latency will be hugely important to you and the audiofire pre 8 has way better latency than the safire pro 40. No comparison really. Drivers are super stable on both Win 7 and XP.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Echo's Firewire Pre 8 delivers!

By Fabio Olczewski

from Dubai

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Comments about Echo Audiofire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface:

Overall this thing has all you need!
Echo again delivers quality and functionality. I was literally surprised by the sound it generated. Since before i was more "pro" to the PCI Layla 3G, but for a firewire, I must admit: this doesn't fall short at any standard. But actually has a plus, the mobility factor. If it were PCI, you'd need to bring more hardware.
Quality is by far better than some other brands I've used before. And capable to give a run for your money with other brands that cost just as much or more with less functions. Although I may have to say that the headphone channel does not deliver as from the main out. With all that has been put into this thing, they had to cut something, I guess it was the sound generate from headphones.
One of the most affordable with great quality in the market.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


always echo audio !!!!!

By prajnaimmovable

from newport,rhode island

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Comments about Echo Audiofire Pre8 FireWire Audio Interface:

i purchased this unit with cubase5 back in july. decided to really use it before making solid reference. i have backed echo audio since my first buying a darla24 back in 2000.they always have their products go above and beyond the call of audio dependability. no you don't really need protools hardware as long as they make cubase and echo audio products.

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