M-Audio Profire 2626

LIST PRICE: $899.95

Profire_2626_LeftIf you’re looking for a way to take your home studio to the next level, check out the extremely versatile M-Audio ProFire 2626 Firewire interface. The “2626” means that you get the ability to have 26 simultaneous inputs and outputs from any type of connection you might need. Capable of high-definition 24bit/192kHz audio, the ProFire 2626 includes 8 Octane Pre-Amps, which offer a surprising 75 dB of gain. This amount of gain makes recording acoustic guitars with dynamic microphones much easier, without worrying about signal-to-noise ratio. Each preamp can provide phantom power for condenser microphones, and a switchable -20 dB pad. Other connections include ADAT, S/PDIF, MIDI, and word clock. Two front-panel instrument jacks allow you to plug bass, guitars or keyboards directly in the ProFire 2626, no D.I. box required! Included is a powerful routing and mixing program that can be used to route any source to any hardware output, enabling users to customize monitor mixes. Two independent front panel headphone jacks make monitoring in the studio easy. Though able to perform well with Logic, Cubase, Sonar6 and Nuendo, and other DAWs, the ProFire 2626 is optimized to work with Pro Tools M-Powered software.

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