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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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