Akai EIE Professional USB Interfaces

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The Retro, Analog Look Brought The EIE to Studio1A, but it Stayed Because of Excellent Audio Performance.

I couldn’t wait to get these little boxes ‘on-the-air’ at Studio1A. USB mixers are great, and your choices are many. However, when I caught a glimpse of the Akai Pro EIE series, it was like home.

High-end audiophile gear often goes overboard on looks. Admittedly, my first attraction to the EIE series was all visual. A small, but stout box with toggle switches and analog VU meters. Very cool, but how do they perform?

I tried the EIE (16-bit) and EIE Pro (24-bit) versions on the Mac Pro with Adobes Creative Suite 5.5. Besides the quick open, the rest of this show was recorded completely using the EIE Pro mic pre-amp. No processing and no EQ. Just a mic, cable and the interface.

Besides good looks, the EIE series are winners when it comes to the mic pre-amps, ease of install and very straight-forward hookups. Inserts are included, along with switchable phantom power, dual connection front panel input jacks and classy toggle switches for a myriad of functionality. The monitoring section is very flexible and functional. I was up and running in minutes. The folks at Akai even threw in a very capable USB hub on the back.

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Mojave Audio MA-301fet Microphone

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A precision large diaphragm, multi-pattern condenser from Mojave Audio – The MA-301fet.

A fun show with the Mojave Audio 301fet condenser microphone awaits! Time certainly flies, so this is a two part demo.

This microphone felt at home with just a bit of single-band compression. …no EQ, gating or leveling

Listening back to the video, I might have bumped up the 2kHz area for a bit more punch in my voice? In video part II, I boost the compressor drive as a test and the mic shows a bit more of its teeth. That is the beauty of a ‘flat’ mic. It’s almost like an open canvas.

The padded flight case is standard. However, the custom shock mount is excellent with its nicely designed short throw tightener.

Click the play button and listen in!

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