Akai Professional have announced two new interfaces, the EIE Pro USB 2.0 audio interface and the AKAI EIE I/O USB audio interface. The EIE I/O and EIE Pro are tabletop audio/MIDI interfaces with USB hub in one convenient box to connect virtually any kind of music gear.

AKAI EIE PRO USB 2.0 Audio InterfaceAKAI EIE PRO

The USB audio interface on the EIE Pro is perfectly tailored for professional, project and portable studio setups. This four-in, four-out (4×4) device enables professional recording at up to 24-bit resolution and sample rates of 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz or 96 kHz into virtually any DAW, recording or performance software on a Mac or PC. The EIE Pro also houses three convenient USB inputs, in addition to its main USB port, enabling it to connect easily to controllers, hard drives or any other peripheral when native ports on a computer may be limited. The compact recording audio interface contains high-quality components including nickel-plated input jacks, analog-style VU meters and a rugged aluminum casing for a powerful, professional, portable audio solution.

AKA EIE PRO USB 2.0 Audio Interface RearEach channel of the EIE Pro digital audio interface has a XLR-¼” combo jack, gain-pots and Mic/Line/Guitar switches. The EIE Pro features four discrete-design preamplifiers with 48V phantom power for use with virtually any microphone. Individual ¼” TRS Nickel-plated jacks found on the back of EIE Pro provide you with channel inserts for processing audio signals externally. Inputs or outputs can be monitored visually with the high-quality, analog VU meters providing classic features with modern style. For quiet tracking and alternative playback, the EIE Pro has a 1/4” TRS headphone output. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of any session or performance gets captured and played back faithfully.

The EIE Pro USB audio interface sends and receives four audio channels on a single USB cable for simple, universal interface to a computer. The three additional USB ports allow the EIE Pro to function as a hub as well, bridging other MIDI controllers and hard-drives to the computer. The EIE Pro features traditional MIDI In and Out jacks for playing and controlling software with keyboard and pad controllers, workstations, and other MIDI-compatible instruments.

“The EIE Pro offers truly high-performance audio recording at very high sampling rates over USB2.0,” said Glen Darcey, Director of Product Management, Akai Professional. “The fact that it also serves as a full-blown MIDI interface and USB hub are all additional benefits that nearly any musician or producer will find useful. The fact that it looks great doesn’t hurt either.”

AKAI EIE I/O USB Audio InterfaceAKAI EIE I/O

The EIE I/O is a tabletop USB audio interface perfectly tailored for project and portable studio setups. This four-in, four-out (4×4) device enables users on Mac and PC-based systems to record up to 24-bit resolution into virtually any DAW, recording or performance software. The EIE I/O also houses three convenient USB inputs, in addition to its main USB port, enabling users to connect controllers, hard drives or any other peripheral when native ports on a computer may be limited. The compact recording interface contains high-quality components including nickel-plated input jacks, analog-style VU meters and a rugged aluminum casing for a powerful, professional, portable audio solution.

Each channel of the EIE I/O has a XLR-¼” combo jack, dedicated sturdy, gain-pots and Mic/Line/Guitar switches. The EIE I/O features four discrete-design preamplifiers with 48V phantom power for use with virtually any microphones. Individual ¼” 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 ¼” balanced outputs, which are also Nickel-plated. Both pairs of outputs can be monitored visually with the high-quality, analog VU meters providing classic features with modern style. For remote tracking and alternative playback, the EIE I/O has a 1/4” TRS headphone output. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of each session or performance gets captured and played back faithfully.

AKAI EIE I/O BackThe EIE I/O sends and receives four audio channels on a single USB cable for simple, 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.

“EIE I/O melds classic design and modern technology with solid construction for a flexible, rugged and great-sounding studio solution,” said Glen Darcey, Director of Product Management, Akai Professional.