Alesis Product Manager Jim Norman told us, â€œWe developed the IO|26 and IO|14 first and foremost to sound great, and then worked towards making them even more affordable, with the most useful feature set possible. The IO|26 and IO|14 are hands-down the best-sounding and most expandable and affordable interfaces that youâ€™ll find on the market.â€�
What follows is how Alesis describe the new interfaces in their own words:
Fully compatible with PC and Macintosh computers as well as most DAW software, the IO|26 and IO|14 have state-of-the-art DICEII FireWire Audio chips for superior clock stability using DICE II JET Jitter Elimination Technology. Audiophile-quality Cirrus converters provide maximum dynamic range on both inputs and outputs. The IO|26 and IO|14 also utilize high definition, transformerless microphone preamps with genuine Neutrik connectors, for the lowest noise possible.
Both interfaces offer up to 24 Bit/192kHz recording for pristine recordings, as well as flexible, routable Hardware Direct Monitoring with the HDM Control panel software. Adding even more to the value of both units, these interfaces are flexible and highly expandable, for studios that want to grow. The IO|26 comes with eight analog mic/line inputs which can be expanded to 24 inputs using two ADAT Lightpipe inputs. The IO|14 comes with four analog inputs, expandable to 14 (with one ADAT input). Also included on the IO|26 are MIDI I/O and S/PDIF I/O line inserts in every analog input, phantom power, two switchable guitar level inputs and a switchable phono preamp input for recording from a turntable.
On the unitâ€™s rear panel, the IO|26 provides eight balanced line outputs, while the more economical IO|14 offers two balanced line outputs. 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. And with its two FireWire ports, the Alesis IO|26 provides easy connectivity to personal computers while enabling additional FireWire devices (such as hard drives or DVD-R) to be cascaded via the second port.
For monitoring signals, the IO|26 provides five-segment signal/clip LED ladders on each input. With provisions for two headphone outputsâ€”each with individual level controlâ€”the IO|26 is a comprehensive audio/MIDI solution for the desktop recording engineer.
Completing the package, both units ship with a copy of Steinbergâ€™s Cubase LE digital audio workstation software.
Pricing and Availability:
MSRP is $499 for the IO|14 and $599 for the IO|26.