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Best rack-mountable, audio-only interface?
Old 12th March 2014
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Best rack-mountable, audio-only interface?

Hey there,

I have a need for a (preferably rack-mountable) USB/Firewire audio interface.

I know there's lots of options out there, but I don't need any inputs. This will be for live performance only - I'll be running Kontakt and assigning various instruments to various outputs. Therefore, pre quality etc is of no concern. I just need an audio interface with 8 or more outputs and don't want to be paying extra for inputs.

Price is also not a concern. Anything out there ring a bell?

Thanks so much,
Old 13th March 2014
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🎧 5 years
Greetings Dave-

There are a lot of good options out there for ample I/O. You might not want to think of it as paying "extra" for inputs because of the way interfaces are laid out internally. Often the processing for both is handled by a common chip so there's not a lot of excess to be done away with aside from the A/Ds and the physical input jacks. The MOTU line has some good options that I think would be helpful to you, with tons of I/O. I'm familiar with both the UltraLite 8 channel box and the 24ch mk3 box and they've both performed quite well. The included CueMix software is also quite good.

Again, ther eare many other options out there, these are just what I'm familiar with.

Old 13th March 2014
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Even though it's 12 in/out, hard to beat the converter quality for the buck in an Echo AudioFire 12. Leaves room to grow and no preamps.
Old 13th March 2014
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Metric Halo LIO 8?
Old 13th March 2014
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MOTU Ultralight comes to mind. It's a half rackspace, but you can get ears for it
Under $300 used with 2 pres and 10 outs
Old 13th March 2014
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Echo AudioFire12 is good for this.
Old 15th March 2014
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Apogee DA16X....w FW option...should be reasonably priced as only avail used.
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