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Akai EIE Pro Audio Interface

Code: 88776    Manufacturer Part No: EIE I/O PRO   
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£147.50

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€172.13 (euros)

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EIE Pro Audio Interface description:

The AKAI EIE Pro Audio Interface is designed to bring all the connections you need to produce music to your desktop. Whether you need to plug in a mic, a guitar, a synthesiser, a dongle, a USB drive or a midi keyboard, with the EIE IO Pro you can do this without having to move! The EIE IO Pro brings the same beautiful retro styling and hands-on operation as the standard AKAI EIE, but delivers more cutting edge technology inside the box. The AKAI EIE Pro can record and playback four tracks simultaneously at a professional 24bit/96kHz standard. This requires a USB2.0 connection and the installation of drivers, which are available for both MAC and Windows 32bit and 64bit systems

The AKAI Electomusic Interface Expander Pro features a lavish front panel with polished chrome toggle switches for selecting phantom power, Mic/Line or guitar inputs, switching the master output between stereo and mono, as well as switching the level metering between input and output or channels 1&2 and 3&4. The two delectable VU meters aren't just for decoration either, they provide a stunning way to check your input and output levels accurately to prevent distortion and clipping. The front panel also houses long, easy-to-grip input gain knobs for each channel as well as headphone and master output volume controls, and a monitor mix knob which sweeps from input only through to output only to allow for direct monitoring and mixing. Audio is fed into the AKAI EIE Pro via the four combo-ports which are designed to accept either XLR microphone cables or standard 1/4” jack leads for total compatibility.

On the back of the AKAI EIE IO Pro is an insert point for each input channel which allows you to route the audio directly out to another device, such as a compressor or FX Unit, and back again using a single “Y” cable (insert lead). This is something of a rarity these days, but comes in very handy when wishing to attach a compressor, gate, or effects unit, without wishing to use one of your outputs and bounce audio back out from your computer. The four outputs on the AKAI EIE Pro mean two pairs of speakers can be connected for simple A-B comparisons or for monitor mixes in the studio, or you can hook up additional outboard effects units.

The Electromusic Interface Expander Pro houses three USB ports, a MIDI in port and MIDI out port. This means additional keyboard controllers, control surfaces, synthesisers, dongles and memory sticks can all be connected to your computer via this handy desktop interface.

The AKAI EIE I/O Pro is a truly beautiful combination of modern technology and classic design and brings total control to your fingertips. The EIE IO Pro brings all the connections and control you need to your desktop, which means you will never need to scrabble around the back of your PC when you need to plug something in again! So, not only does the Electromusic Interface Expander Pro solve all your connectivity needs, it also does it with style and beauty, and is undoubtedly a welcome addition to any desktop!

If you like the look and sound of the EIE Pro but don't need a to record 4 inputs simultaneously and/or prefer the colour red, then click here to see the AKAI EIE which offers exactly this.

If the AKAI EIE Pro simply doesn't fit the bill, then click here to look at our full range of audio interfaces.

AKAI EIE Pro Audio Interface features and dimensions:

  • 44.1/48/96kHz sampling rates and up to 24bit resolution
  • USB2.0 device, compatible with Windows and MAC systems
  • 4in / 4out - simultaneous playback and record
  • 4 independent combo-ports accepting XLR male or 1/4” jack input
  • Mic/Line or Guitar input selector and 48v phantom power on each channel
  • Independent gain control on all inputs
  • 4 Insert points for inserting outboard FX units or for direct output
  • 4 nickel plated 1/4” jack outputs for separate monitor systems
  • Headphone output and output select switch
  • Two classic VU meters with input/output selector
  • 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
  • 3 USB ports for connecting additional devices
  • 32bit and 64bit drivers are available
  • AKAI EIE Dimensions (HxWxD): 132mm x 322mm x 215mm
  • Weight: 2.5Kg

MPN: EIE I/O PRO

Manufacturer: Akai

This page first created on: 05/08/2011

Customer Reviews


Expertise/Experience: Internet radio DJ/Producer
Liverpool GB

Pros: +
Sounds awesome (almost analogue sounding), four sample rates (44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96), brilliant interface (inputs and VU meters) and handy inclusion of three additional USB sockets for extra gear. It's like a USB hub and audio interface in one.

Cons: -
Aside from a headphone monitor, an output which mirrors the primary would have been a fantastic addition (i.e. M-Audio Fast Track Pro has a mirror for both output 1/2 and output 3/4). Shame it isn't included in the EIE Pro.

This customer purchased the product in December 2012


GB

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This customer purchased the product in January 2013


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This customer purchased the product in October 2012


Expertise/Experience: Mad about technology!
Birkenhead GB

Pros: +
Built like a brick outhouse! - a nice piece of kit.

Cons: -
Iffy drivers. Do not work well and are as about as basic as you could get.

This customer purchased the product in May 2013


Expertise/Experience: Freelance composer and musician.
Norwich GB

Pros: +
It is solid with a metal case and rubber feet so stays in place regardless of what I plug into it. The pots and toggle switches all feel very robust too. The old-fashioned meters are actually very quick to respond and clipping causes the window to light up red: very useful when I am both musician and engineer. Four inputs at this price is very good value (phantom power switchable in pairs) and the USB hub is a useful bonus.

Cons: -
The manual made no mention of installing drivers from the CD so I had to work that one out. I'm not sure where they could have put a second headphone socket but I would have happily paid a little extra for that. However, at this price it feels churlish to complain.

This customer purchased the product in April 2012


Expertise/Experience: Home Studio User
London GB

Pros: +
Lots of inputs, very study construction, looks good.

Cons: -
Not very portable.Need to download the latest drivers from the Akai site for the best performance.

This customer purchased the product in October 2012


GB

Review:
ive had a few audio/usb interfaces in past ,this is absolutley brilliant the extra usb (x3)helps,for connection of usb keyboards and other gear,theres ample midi ,the meters glow red if your input is too high,setting up was with ease and it sounds great

This customer purchased the product in December 2014


Wales GB

Review:
This unit looks and sounds great. The various monitoring and mixing options are good and easy to select using the robust switches. The three usb ports on the back are a bonus and I keep my Cubase dongle plugged into this permanently. The VU meters light up red on overload which is very useful when doing your own producing/ performing. Highly recommended.

This customer purchased the product in September 2015


GB

Review:
It is really buggy.
It crackles constantly and after 5 minutes use goes into a screechy glitch mode
You have to keep adjusting the latency to fix it and when it finally works it will only last for 5 minutes until it happens again

You need new drivers from AKAI to even make it usable. avoid.

This customer purchased the product in June 2016


Expertise/Experience: www.djblade.uk
Music Style: I make music, yes.
UK GB

Review:
I spent 30 mins with this professional device. Installed drivers from Akai site, updated firmware, success. Device not recognised by Windows 7 on any reboot. Device set up correctly in Cubase 9 but no sound. No sign of any sound output, no meter movement on outputs. Device status fluctuating on and off. Device unable to play audio from any media player on PC. 30 mins of trying and I heard a sputter (about 4 seconds) of awful low res bit crushing noise. This unit is simply not working with Win7 and Cubase as advertised. I've been using Cubase 9 years with an EMU 1820 with almost flawless perfomance. EiE I NO.

This customer purchased the product in July 2017