Cumberland, RI (February 22, 2011)–Akai has premiered its EIE I/O, a tabletop USB audio interface targeted for project and portable studio setups.
This 4-in, 4-out (4×4) device enables users on Mac- and PC-based systems to record up to 24-bit resolution into reportedly nearly any DAW, recording or performance software. The EIE I/O also houses three USB inputs, in addition to its main USB port, which allows users to connect controllers, hard drives or any other peripheral when native ports on a computer may be limited. The compact recording interface contains nickel-plated input jacks, analog-style VU meters and an aluminum casing.
Each channel of the EIE I/O has a XLR-1/4-inch combo jack, dedicated gain-pots and Mic/Line/Guitar switches. The EIE I/O features four discrete-design preamplifiers with 48V phantom power for use with microphones. Individual 1/4-inch nickel-plated jacks found on the back of EIE I/O provide channel inserts for processing audio signals externally. Users can monitor sessions on multiple sets of studio monitors using the four 1/4-inch balanced outputs, which are also nickel-plated. Both pairs of outputs can be monitored visually with the analog VU meters. For remote tracking and alternative playback, the EIE I/O has a 1/4-inch TRS headphone output.
The EIE I/O sends and receives four audio channels on a single USB cable for universal interface to a computer. The three additional USB ports allow EIE I/O to function as a hub as well, bridging other MIDI controllers and hard-drives to the computer. The bus-powered USB interface is class-compliant for plug-and-play operation with Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista and 7. The EIE I/O features traditional MIDI In and Out jacks for playing and controlling software with keyboard and pad controllers, workstations and other MIDI-compatible instruments.