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Thunderbolt audio interfaces?


Does anybody know if there are any new audio interfaces that use thunderbolt? what companies will be making them? how much will they cost?
April 18, 2011 @12:59am

Its a brand new port. Nothing is really out for it yet.
It takes at least a year to 18months for manufacturers to ramp up new devices.
You dont want to be the first to try new hardware anyway as it'll take another year for all the bugs to shake out.
/So chill and make do with usb or firewire for a while. They work.
April 18, 2011 @01:41am

Promise and Lacie are going to be first to market. They have hard drive/storage appliances in the works and said they'd be released this summer.
Universal Audio, Avid, and Apogee have all stated that they will be developing for Thunderbolt, but so far no timeline for products to be released.
Thunderbolt development should go quicker than starting from scratch as it uses the existing PCIe protocol. The manufacturers should be able to use some of their existing designs as a starting point, they'll have to develop new enclosures and test them with the Thunderbolt to PCIe system that Intel has developed.
April 18, 2011 @01:18pm