Akai EIE

Akai EIE USB Audio Interface Announced

Aside from anything else, this is a handsome piece of kit. A sturdy, industrial design looking lump, with metal throw switches, aluminium casing, and real analogue style VU meters, Akai’s EIE – Electromusic Interface Expander if you’re fond of a mouthful, is a four in, four out USB audio interface aimed at home and project studios with some impressive specs.

Aside from anything else, this is a handsome piece of kit

Switchable 16/24 bit and balanced throughout (even the 1/4″ headphone jack), the four inputs are situated on the front of the unit in the form of combo jacks (no RCA). There is an insert for each channel via TRS round the back, as well as TRS outputs keeping them company.

Each channel has a switchable mic/line/guitar preamp, and +48v phantom power can be switched on to the channels in 1/2, 3/4 pairs. Rounding off the feature set are MIDI in and out ports and a three port hub for extra equipment.

It’ll be interesting to put the EIE through its paces and see how it performs…

Full info on the EIE can be found at Akai’s site.

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