Akai Professional EIEItem ID: EIE
4x4 USB Interface with Combo Inputs, MIDI I/O, and 3-port USB Hub
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Do Desktop Recording Right!Akai Professional's amazing EIE puts a whole new spin on the audio interface! This space-friendly 4 x 4 USB interface offers a fresh look and approach to desktop or on-the-go production, putting high-quality recording in a rugged tabletop format. You get four XLR/TRS combo jacks with phantom power, four 1/4" outputs, and two VU meters that are source-selectable. Adding to the EIE's smart design is a 3-port USB hub on the back that's perfect for controllers, hard drives, iLoks, or other peripherals. It's never been easier to get great-sounding recordings, thanks to the incredibly convenient and outstandingly affordable EIE!
Akai Professional EIE USB Audio Interface at a Glance:
Make great-sounding audio recordings
Don't compromise recording quality just because you want an interface that fits your budget. Akai Professional's EIE interface lets you record 48kHz audio at up to 16-bit resolution. You'll love the EIE's flexible inputs, which accomodate both microphones and instruments. Plus, those genuine VU meters look cool and display levels accurately.
Desktop friendly design, road tough construction
Akai Professional made the EIE the perfect size for your desktop studio - and, they built it road tough, so you can record wherever your inspiration takes you. This rugged audio interface features an ultra-durable cast-aluminum chassis. The EIE is compact enough for easy transport, but Akai made sure to put the connections and controls right where you need them, for absolute convenience and better workflow.
All the connections you need
Because many of the best recording laptops feature a limited number of USB ports, Akai Professional decided to give the EIE a trio of extra USB inputs. That means you can take your controller keyboard, pad controller, and external hard drive, with you, and still have USB ports left over for your iLok or other peripherals. Plus, onboard MIDI I/O lets you hook up any MIDI based gear as well.
Akai Professional EIE 4-channel Audio/MIDI USB Interface Features:
Akai Professional's EIE interface helps you turn your inspiration into great-sounding reality!
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
If you a podcaster, a great pick up.
by Bruce H. Voge III from Baltimore, MDI have been podcasting for a few months now, after a several year hiatus. Years ago I used a Samson G-Track for my one man show. It was a wonder, and I really loved it. However for my new show I wan... read more [+]ted to create a panel show with a bunch of members. I started with a behringer mixer patched into the headphone jack of my laptop. After two episodes I realized something was really wrong. So after talking to a few podcasters and folks here at sweetwater I picked up this item. The difference is NIGHT and DAY. What used to be an unlistenable mess is now very clear, and this is with very low end mics and little else. We had no idea we had all the other hardware we just needed something to get us from xlrs to the windows environment. We record with everyone in the same room, so I cannot talk about how it will work with things like skipe and such, but I can tell you that if you have people in the same room, and you want everything to be clear and easy to listen to, this is a great tool. To give you perspective, my podcast is The Party Gamecast featuring the Party Game Cast. Episodes #1 and #2 were with a mixer, and episodes #3 and on were with the EIE. You will be able to clearly hear the difference this device makes with a little massaging in Audacity. Great pickup! close [-]
April 8, 2013
Music Background: Podcaster and Event DJ
WOW! that's all i can say.
by Taheran Lowe from hickory NCWOW, i bought the Akai EIE about a week ago, and i just got a stereo headphone adapter (hint- buy one, because regular headphones dont fit the input for headphones their only 2 bucks at radioshack, wa... read more [+]lmart, etc...) but i just got my microphone put in and WOW it sounds brilliant! i can sing vocals as loud as i want and there's no clipping or static in the sound! this make vocals sound AMAZING! especially if you're looking for something that can record high spl's, or db's. Great Buy! It also arrived in GREAT shape, and the box its self is very sturdy and reliable, also quiet. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for great sound! I had about 200 dollars and i was looking for a good audio interface, and i stumbled across this one, I am so glad i chose it! close [-]
May 31, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer
Great interface easy install great sound quality
by Paul Ankney from Bloomington, IN USAAmazed by the 250$ price tag. Arrived Jan. 4 as expected. I immediately plugged in my new Rode NT1-A and the results were as expected with 24 bit 96khz resolution. I plan to use the four trs combo jac... read more [+]ks for instruments and vocals and the USB hub to aid music synthesis and production with my Akai MPC 1000, Eigenharp, and Yamaha workstation being brought to one central hub for easy recording and monitoring.. Very easy to use and had no problems with the preamps using 48v phantom power for my microphone. I recorded into GarageBand after installing the driver and changing the "midi audio setup" settings on my MacBook Pro. I was then able to get sound from my inputs and computer (via USB) to play through my Behringer Truth 2030a monitors that were plugged into the outputs. The only trouble I had was figuring out which of the two discs had the driver on it (the correct has a folder labeled DRIVER) I highly recommend this interface and reccomend buying it through Sweetwater! close [-]
January 9, 2012
Music Background: Student, Producer, Musician, Audio Hobbyist
Issues with ASIO4ALL
by Brian Scott from Frederick, MDI'm a SONAR X1 user...I bought this unit to step up from a 2 In USB to a 4 In USB. Two of the features really attracted me: Extra USB connections and the inserts for each channel.
September 3, 2012
Music Background: Musician and studio hobbyist.
I c... read more [+]ould not get this unit to work with the ASIO4ALL drivers that it uses. I spent about 4 hours myself trying to get it to work, and then another 1 hour on the phone with SONAR help desk. We could never get the unit to work through the ASIO4ALL drivers. Therefore, I had to send it back. I'm assuming it works with other DAW's or other systems (OS) than mine, but it didn't for me so I"m forced to give it a low score. close [-]
Jennifer, Chicago, IL
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