Akai Professional introduced the new EIE Pro premium digital audio interface and USB hub at the 2011 Summer NAMM show, being held from July 21st – 23rd in Nashville, TN.
The EIE Pro is a tabletop audio/MIDI interface with USB hub built into a retro-tacular case that looks like it’s ready for the battlefield.
This four-in, four-out (4×4) device enables 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 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.
Each 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 analog VU meters. For quiet tracking and alternative playback, the EIE Pro has a 1/4” TRS headphone output.
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.
Pricing and availability are to be announced.