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ECHO AUDIOFIRE8 - 12 IN 12 OUT 192kHz FIREWIRE AUDIO INTERFACE

ECHO AUDIOFIRE 8 FIREWIRE AUDIO INTERFACE

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Versatile and flexible
AudioFire 8 is the perfect center piece for your digital audio recording studio. It offers the same high quality hardware and software found in our popular Layla3G product with the flexibility of Firewire. It's a 24-bit 96 kHz digital audio recording interface with ultra low-latency monitoring on any Windows XP/Vista/Win 7 or Mac OS X (10.4 or later) computer with a FireWire port.

Total I/Os: 16 ins & 16 outs
AudioFire 8 has two universal inputs with microphone preamps located on the front of the unit with phantom power to meet your microphone's specifications, trim knobs for volume control and two channel inserts located in the back of the unit for additional effects, such as compressor, EQ, Reverb etc. The six remaining balanced analog line inputs and eight balanced analog outputs are located on the back of the unit. In addition, ADAT I/O (8 digital audio channels), S/PDIF I/O (coaxial and optical), MIDI I/O and WordClock to sync multiple AudioFires are also all on the back of the unit. AudioFire 8 has one stereo headphone output and 2 FireWire ports so you daisy chain two Audiofire 8s for a total of 32 channels.

Hardware Features

FireWire (IEEE 1394a) interface with 15' cable
2 auto-sensing universal inputs (mic/guitar/line):
Meters, trim knobs, phantom power, & channel inserts
6 balanced 1/4" analog inputs:
113dB (A-weighted) dynamic range
+4dBu / -10dBV nominal levels
8 balanced 1/4" analog outputs:
114dB (A-weighted) dynamic range
+4dBu / -10dBV nominal levels
2 unbalanced 1/4" channel inserts
+4dBu / -10dBV nominal levels
S/PDIF (coaxial and optical) I/O at 24-bit/96kHz
ADAT I/O
MIDI I/O
Stereo headphone output with volume knob
Sync via word clock, S/PDIF or ADAT
Supports full duplex 16 channel in, 16 channel out operation at 24 bit, 48 kHz sample rate or 12 channel in, 12 channel out operation at 24 bit, 96 kHz sample rate
Rack mountable single space interface box
Heavy-duty aluminum case
On-board DSP processing
Near zero latency hardware monitoring

Software Features

Software console for monitoring, metering, and setting levels
Low-latency drivers support all major pro audio software:
Low Latency ASIO 2.0
WDM kernel streaming mode
GSIF 2.0 (Gigastudio w/ low latency MIDI) (32-bit Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7 only)
CoreAudio & CoreMIDI

System Requirements

PC System requirements:
Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit)
256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
400 Mbps FireWire port (IEEE 1394a)
Mac System Requirements
Mac OS X (10.4 or later)
G4 or better processor
256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
400 Mbps FireWire port (IEEE 1394a)

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Digital

Coax & Optical S/PDIF, ADAT

Coax & Optical S/PDIF, ADAT

Coax S/PDIF

Coax S/PDIF

Coax S/PDIF

N/A

Analog outputs

6 1/4" (TRS)

8 1/4" (TRS)

2 1/4" (TRS)

1 Stereo

1/8"

4 1/4" (TRS)

8 1/4" (TRS)

12 1/4" (TRS)

Digital outputs

2 or 8

2 or 8

2

2

2

N/A

Analog
inputs

2 universal*

2 universal*,

6 1/4" (TRS)

2 1/4" (TRS)

2 universal*,

2 1/4" (TRS)

2 universal*,

6 1/4" (TRS)

12 1/4" (TRS)

Digital
inputs

2 or 8 

2 or 8 

2

2

2

N/A

Nominal output
levels

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Nominal
input
levels

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Default nominal
level

+4

+4

+4

+4

+4

+4

Analog
input gain

2 universal

2 universal

no

2 universal

2 universal

no

Input
clocks

S/PDIF, ADAT, & MTC

Word, S/PDIF, ADAT, & MTC

S/PDIF

S/PDIF

Word & S/PDIF

Word

Output
Clocks

S/PDIF, ADAT, & MTC

Word, S/PDIF, ADAT, & MTC

S/PDIF

S/PDIF

Word & S/PDIF

Word

Midi

yes

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

Sample
rates

32, 44, 48, 88, 96

32, 44, 48, 88, 96

32, 44, 48, 88, 96

32, 44, 48, 88, 96

32, 44, 48, 88, 96

32, 44, 48, 88, 96, 192

Dynamic Range

110dB in, 114dB out; (A-weighted)

113dB in, 114dB out; (A-weighted)

112dB in, 114dB out; (A-weighted)

112dB in, 114dB out; (A-weighted)

113dB in, 114dB out; (A-weighted)

113dB in, 114dB out; (A-weighted)

Full Duplex

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

GSIF compatible

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Other

headphone output

headphone output

headphone output

bus power supported

headphone output

bus power supported

headphone output

12 channels full duplex 192kHz

Interface

PCI bus master

PCI bus master

FireWire

FireWire

FireWire

FireWire

*Universal inputs support mic, guitar, & line level signals over XLR or 1/4" (balanced TRS or unbalanced TS) cables. Meters, trim knobs, & phantom power switch are provided.

**GSIF compatibility will be added in a software update soon after launch.

All cards have output levels for analog outputs and monitors that can route from any input to any output.
All cards support internal input clock.

Specifications subject to change without notice.

About Echo Audio:
Echo Digital Audio is a successful research and development organization, licensing its technology to larger companies while at the same time supplying its popular products and supporting software to end-users and other manufacturers in the pro audio, broadcast, test and measurement, and audio simulation markets. Echo began designing and manufacturing computer audio products over 30 years ago. The Company was a pioneer in the computer-based voice technology field in the 1980's; Echo's audio peripherals and speech compression were standard products in the education and special needs markets. In the 1990's Echo went on to design and manufacture the first multi-track recording products for the PC and Mac markets. Echo has licensed its DSP-based audio technology to several leading audio and semiconductor companies including: Gibson Guitar, Analog Devices, HP, Sony, Motorola, Peavey, Mackie, Carvin, and Dolby Laboratories. All the Company's technology is created in-house where the small, focused staff pays meticulous attention to perfecting digital audio at each step of the design process. Echo's hardware and software engineers have worked together for years delivering solutions that would typically require significantly greater resources and personnel. Echo has a following of loyal, discriminating customers who share its vision of never settling for anything less than first-rate quality - especially at modest price points. They appreciate the unique attention that goes into every facet of product development, from the sturdy, sleek industrial design of the metal cases, to the rock solid software drivers. Echo is a closely-held company, located in Santa Barbara, California, with a management team that has been in place for nearly 30 years.

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Echo Audio warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.

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