NAMM06: Alesis Announce Two Firewire Audio/MIDI Interfaces
Easy tabletop connectivity comes in two sizes 22/01/06
Alesis has announces the introduction of its new IO|14 and IO|26 FireWire Audio / MIDI interfaces which they say have everything needed for the software-based musician/ home recording enthusiast. Fully compatible with PC and Macintosh computers, the tabletop interfaces incorporate Wavefront Semiconductorâ€™s state-of-the-art DICEII FireWire Audio chip for the ultimate in digital audio connectivity, support for upwards of 14 (IO|14) or 26 (IO|26) channels of audio, S/PDIF and ADAT digital inputs, plus a built-in 16-channel MIDI interface - everything needed, according to Alesis, for versatile integration with software-based recording and sequencing applications.
Powered via the FireWire bus or via an included AC adapter.
Five-segment signal/clip LED ladders on each input. With provisions for two headphone outputsâ€”with individual level controlâ€”
Ships with a copy of Steinbergâ€™s Cubase LE digital audio workstation software, plus demo programs from various industry-leading virtual instrument manufacturers.
MIDI In and Out connectors, enabling the unit to integrate a substantial arsenal of MIDI sampling and sequencing equipment.
All I/O on this exceptional interface is balanced / 24-bitâ€”with support for 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz sampling frequencies
Two FireWire ports provide easy connectivity to personal computers while also enabling additional FireWire devices (such as hard drives or DVD-R) to be cascaded via the second port
2-channel, 24-bit S/PDIF connector (RCA) makes it easy to integrate CDR, DVD-R, and other digital equipment into the system.
Switchable high impedance input on channels 1 and 2 for integrating guitars and basses
4 analog mic/line inputs on â€˜Comboâ€™ connectors with Phantom power and insert jacksâ€”facilitating the connection of high-quality cardioid condenser microphones or stereo TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) devices.
ADAT optical input capability provides support for as many as 8 channels of ADAT digital audioâ€”depending upon the selected sampling frequency (8 channels at 44.1 and 48 kHz; 4 channels at 88.2 and 96 kHz).
2 balanced line outputs (quarter-inch TRS) in addition to the S/PDIF outputâ€”providing 4 channels of output capability.
8 analog mic/line inputs on â€˜Comboâ€™ connectors with Phantom power and insert jacksâ€”facilitating the connection of high-quality cardioid condenser microphones or stereo TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) devices
Dual ADAT optical inputs provide support for as many as 16 channels of ADAT digital audioâ€”depending upon the selected sampling frequency (16 channels at 44.1 and 48 kHz; 8 channels at 88.2 and 96 kHz).
8 balanced line outputs (quarter-inch TRS) in addition to the S/PDIF outputâ€”providing 10 channels of output capability.
Switchable phono preamp is integrated into channels 7 and 8.
Pricing and availability Suggested retail price: IO|26 $599. IO|14 $499 Available Q2 of 2006