View and Download Akai EIE Pro manual online. EIE Pro Recording Equipment pdf manual download. Akai’s latest audio interface boasts a formidable feature set and an emphasis on The EIE Pro’s rear panel features four audio outputs and four audio inserts on No instructions are required to get up and running, in my opinion, since the. The Akai EIE Pro is a four-channel audio interface for the home studio I’d definitely recommend reading the manual before firing this baby up.
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John is a fervent writer, avid gamer, and guitar lover. He earns his sandwiches fixing automatic transmissions. One of the most crucial components for any recording artist—be it at home or in a professionally built studio—is the audio interface.
Akai, a name with a long history in audio equipment, threw their hat in the audio interface ring with the Akai EIE and EIE Pro, an audio interface aimed at the home recording market with the goal of delivering professional quality equipment at home studio pricing.
But did they succeed? In this article I aim to bring you an in depth Akai EIE Pro audio interface review that should leave you well enough informed to confidently buy—or not buy—one of these interfaces. But for a brief explanation, an audio interface is exactly what it sounds like. It connects to your computer usually via USBand you can then plug certain devices into it microphones, guitars, MIDI devices, etc in order to record them.
You could connect these devices directly to your computer, but your typical computer will not have great latency or audio quality, which is fine for Skype calls, but not ideal for producing music.
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Phantom power eeie available to all of these inputs, allowing you a great deal of versatility in what you can hook up to your audio interface simultaneously. There is aoai a headphone out for monitoring. Around the back there are four insert points for connecting to to external processing equipment—a compressor, a compressor—and four output points that correspond to the inputs, allowing you to pipe the output of individual inputs to wherever you might want it to go.
Moving back to the front of the interface we have perhaps the most striking feature; a pair of VU meters. The rest of the switches and dials on the front are for controlling levels and altering the way the interface behaves, but more on that later. This is a great if you need or want to put multiple akao on an instrument or guitar cab and then tweak the output from each later.
Akai EIE Pro Audio Interface Review
The design itself is clean and functional—almost industrial—with a brushed aluminium front and glossy black edges. It would look just as at home in a factory, controlling hydraulic pressures and core temperatures, as it does in a home studio. Everything has a satisfying air about it. The main inputs are all up front which, depending on your preferences and set up, can be a good or eoe thing.
Some people prefer to keep that stuff out of sight and a nice clean work space up front. Generally speaking, I get the impression that great deal of thought has gone into the look and feel of the Akai EIE Pro, from the flicky switches to the VU meters that light up red when you clip. Even in areas a,ai design is sparse, it feels intentional and thought through.
We know it can handle four simultaneous audio tracks, but would it start to degrade if you began copying lots of data to a USB memory stick at the same time? Things get a little muddy when you start getting into the operational aspects of the unit itself. For example, the four mono inputs can also operate as two stereo inputs, and there is a switch to choose between these modes. Presumably to save on components and space, a lot the controls seemed to be designed around the two stereo inputs, rather than the four mono.
Such as the VU meters, which have two switches.
You can qkai between monitoring input or output, and you can choose between inputs one and two, or inputs three and four. Similarly, the headphone switch can chose one and two, three and four, or all.
One area where there is a separation of each input is around the back. The inserts and outputs give you a lot of flexibility in how you run your setup. If you look on Amazon or certain other marketplaces that allow consumer reviews, you might find more than a handful of negative reviews from people who bought the Akai EIE Pro and had trouble getting it to work properly.
These complaints ranged from poor audio quality to causing their machine to crash. There are also reports from a few years ago of some issues being fixed with a firmware update. And, of course, there are the unfortunate souls who just received a faulty unit. In general, though, EIE Pro seems to be considered a solid, capable audio interface that is well worth the price.
Check out other reviews, watch some video demonstrations like the one below! And if you happen to own one of these, please leave a quick comment below and let everyone know what you think of it!
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