UGX 900,000

M‑Audio proved that Firewire audio interfaces don’t have to be expensive with their 410 Firewire, which I reviewed in 2004.This features two analogue inputs with mic/instrument/line level options, eight analogue outputs, plus both co-axial and optical S/PDIF and MIDI in and out, and has proved very popular.


The M-Audio FireWire 18/14 Computer Recording Interface helps you get your music down whether you’re at a jam session or a serious gig. It has 18-in, 14-out audio interface complete with ADAT lightpipe for multichannel communication with other digital devices. Includes 8×4 analog I/O at up to 24-bit/96kHz and even 192kHz on the first two analog inputs and all four analog outs. High-quality mic/instrument preamps on channels 1 and 2. S/PDIF optical/coaxial digital I/O provides 2-channel PCM as well as pass-through of surround-encoded AC-3 and DTS material. Flexible internal mixing allows vitually any input to route to any output, including aux bus for effects send or monitor mix. Front-panel momentary switch allows DJ-style headphone cueing between two asignable sources. Two headphone amps, assignable level controller, 1×1 MIDI I/O, and BNC word clock connectors. PC/Mac. It is also compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered 8.

  • Sample rates: 44.1 to 192 kHz on all analogue outputs and analogue inputs 1/2; 44.1 to 96 kHz on analogue inputs 3 to 8.
  • Analogue inputs: two, balanced XLR with switchable global +48V phantom power and 1.8kΩ impedance, or unbalanced TS quarter-inch jack instrument with 500kΩ impedance, both using mic preamp with up to 66dB gain plus optional 20dB pad, or unbalanced line-level TS jack at fixed -10dBV sensitivity and 10kΩ impedance, plus six further identical unbalanced line-level TS jacks.
  • Analogue outputs: four, balanced/unbalanced TS quarter-inch jack at -10dBV level, two headphone with individual level controls.
  • Digital I/O: ADAT optical in and out switchable to S/PDIF optical, co-axial phono S/PDIF in and out (both S/PDIF outputs support AC3 and DTS formats), MIDI In and Out, two six-pin Firewire ports, word clock in and out (will sync to external word clock at sample rates up to 96kHz).
  • Frequency response: 22Hz to 22kHz ±0.1dB at 48kHz sample rate, 22Hz to 80kHz ±1dB at 192kHz sample rate.
  • Dynamic range: inputs 105dBA, outputs 107dBA.
  • THD + Noise: less than 0.003% at -1dBFS.
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 1.875 inches.
  • Weight: 3.44lbs.