WinterNAMM 2011: AKAI announces EIE I/O Premium Audio Interface

Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces the new EIE I/O premium audio interface and USB hub. The EIE I/O is a tabletop USB audio interface perfectly tailored for project and portable studio setups. This four-in, four-out (4x4) device enables users on Mac and PC-based systems to record up to 24-bit resolution into virtually any DAW, recording or performance software. The EIE I/O also houses three convenient USB inputs, in addition to its main USB port, enabling users 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 I/O has a XLR-¼” combo jack, dedicated sturdy, gain-pots and Mic/Line/Guitar switches. The EIE I/O features four discrete-design preamplifiers with 48V phantom power for use with virtually any microphones. Individual ¼” Nickel-plated jacks found on the back of EIE I/O provide channel inserts for processing audio signals externally. Users 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 I/O has a 1/4” TRS headphone output. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of each session or performance gets captured and played back faithfully.

The EIE I/O sends and receives four audio channels on a single USB cable for simple, universal interface to a computer. The three additional USB ports allow EIE I/O to function as a hub as well, bridging other MIDI controllers and hard-drives to the computer. The bus-powered USB interface is class compliant for plug-and-play operation with Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista and 7. The EIE I/O features traditional MIDI In and Out jacks for playing and controlling software with keyboard and pad controllers, workstations, and other MIDI-compatible instruments.

EIE I/O melds classic design and modern technology with solid construction for a flexible, rugged and great-sounding studio solution,” said Glen Darcey, Director of Product Management, Akai Professional.





Anonymous Coward14/01/2011 20:21
Unworthy. Doesn't even remotely look like an AKAI product at all. They should have released it under "Alesis" or "Numark" brand instead.

I have bought AKAI products in the past, but this "toy like"-look product really devalues the brand for me (will seriously think again before buying another AKAI product)...

Anonymous Coward05/07/2011 23:23
are you kidding me? this unit is awesome! to brand it anything other than AKAI would be injustice. a game changer in its class if the initial offering doesnt come too bugged out. the EIE I/O has all the features I could ask for with the exception of firewire. it is the only interface i could find with four true instrument inputs. all others offer 2 at the most and then give you line in inputs for your instruments which give you less gain range and a much higher db ceiling. once again in this price range this is it for me.