NAMM06: Alesis Announce Two Firewire Audio/MIDI Interfaces

Easy tabletop connectivity comes in two sizes      22/01/06
NAMM06: Alesis Announce Two Firewire Audio/MIDI Interfaces
IO|14

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 Semiconductor’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.
    Key Features:
  • 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 outputs—with individual level control—
  • Ships with a copy of Steinberg’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-bit—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
    IO|14 Features:
  • 4 analog mic/line inputs on ‘Combo’ connectors with Phantom power and insert jacks—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 audio—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 output—providing 4 channels of output capability.
    IO|26 Features:
  • 8 analog mic/line inputs on ‘Combo’ connectors with Phantom power and insert jacks—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 audio—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 output—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
    More info:
  • www.alesis.com
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