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Please note EIE interfaces are not currently compatible with OSX 10.9 Mavericks. Akai are currently working on the necessary drivers.
The Aka EIE Pro is a full featured audio interface that packs a punch far above its price point! Featuring 4 XLR/Jack combo inputs and 4 outputs there's a whole host of i/o on offer and the four rear mounted jack inserts allow you to rig up your outboard gear and integrate it into your workflow! We love the old school look of the EIE Pro
- USB audio interface with up to 24-bit recording resolution supporting all standard sample rates (44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz)
- Four XLR-1/4" combo jacks with phantom power and gain control
- Four nickel-plated 1/4" outputs
- Two classic, high-quality VU level meters with switchable sources and RED peak LEDS
- Three additional USB ports for connecting other devices through to a computer
- 5 Pin DIN MIDI Interface
- Headphone output with switchable source and direct monitoring dial
- Table-top, solid construction with a great-looking, classic design
Here's what Akai say about the EIE Pro
The EIE Pro is a tabletop USB 2.0 audio interface perfectly tailored for your project and portable studio setups. This four-in, four-out (4x4) device features low latency ASIO drivers and enables you to record up to 24-bit resolution and sample rates of 44.1 kHz/48 kHz/88.2 kHz/96 kHz into virtually any DAW, recording or performance software on Mac and PC-based systems. The EIE Pro also houses three convenient USB inputs, in addition to its main USB 2.0 port, enabling you 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 Pro has a XLR-¼” combo jack, dedicated sturdy, 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” Nickel-plated jacks found on the back of EIE Pro provide you with channel inserts for processing audio signals externally. You 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 Pro has a 1/4” TRS headphone output. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of your session or performance gets captured and played back faithfully.
The EIE Pro 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.
Get solid, professional connectivity, with the EIE Pro.
Andy | Purchase date: 28 May 2013
This thing is built like a tank. It's simple with great functionality. The mic pres do their job with a tiny amount of noise which, at this price, is acceptable. The price is the main point with this purchase. I will not be using this in the studio but for location recording once in a blue moon I can't get over what you get for your money. It's a real bargain. Added to that it comes bundled with a version of pro tools and an ilok 2. I have used it with logic on a MacBook Pro, it was simple to install and has worked without a click or pop for three solid 10 hour days on location.
John | Purchase date: 13 May 2013
Great piece of kit and love the retro styling. Input capabilities are great.
Colin | Purchase date: 08 September 2012
Unfortunately I had problems with my Akai EIE Pro - static noise from the output channels. I tried recommended firmware and driver updates but to no avail. I changed it for a Focusrite 8i6 which is brilliant!
Carl | Purchase date: 01 August 2012
Great product, very easy to set up and works with pro tools, logic and GarageBand.
Having four inputs at this price is amazing and allows you to record almost anything even drums. I am very impressed with this product and look forward to making some great quality recordings with it.