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Akai EIE Pro
Akai Professional EIE Pro

Akai Professional EIE Pro

3.25 3.25 (2 Reviews)
This interface sports a plethora of features for its price range and includes LED backlit VU meters, good build and quality, low latency, clean preamps, and outboard inserts.
Akai EIE Pro
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Published by beasone on 31st January 2012
User Review
Sound Quality
4 out of 5
Ease of use
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Bang for buck
4 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 4.5
Akai EIE Pro


4 XLR/TRS Inputs
4 TRS Inserts
4 TRS Outputs
2 VU Meters
24-bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz/88.2 kHz/96 kHz
Midi In/Out
Low latency
48V Phantom Power

Few interfaces in this price range offer as many features as the EIE Pro, not to mention the inclusion of VU meters. LED backlighting turn red when the signal peaks, making it easy to properly stage the gain. Additionally, depending on your needs, the input or output of either channels 1/2 or channels 3/4 may be selected for display.

The build and quality on the EIE Pro is astounding. The unit itself is heavy and sturdy and sits nice on any workstation. Because of the EIE Pro's low latency, EQ, compression, and reverb may be applied for monitoring while tracking. This helps musicians have a better feel of what the final mix will sound like while still recording the signal dry for later post-processing.

The preamps are clean and offer plenty of gain for both condenser and ribbon microphones with the included phantom power. If you wish to add a bit more of color or warmth, you may affectively by-pass the preamps altogether by inputing the signal from your favorite preamps (or any outboard gear for that manner) at line level. One of the best features of the EIE Pro, not often found in this price range, are the inclusion of 4 inserts for outboard gear in addition to the 4 inputs and 4 outputs.

You'd be hard pressed to find another interface in this price range which outperforms the EIE Pro or offers more features. Therefore, I highly recommend the EIE Pro for any studio and easily give it 5 stars.
By techno_toe on 18th April 2016
User review
Sound Quality
1 out of 5
Ease of use
1 out of 5
Bang for buck
1 out of 5
Overall: 0.75 0.75
EIE pro not a pro

Probably one of the worst interfaces for audio I have ever heard.
Super glitchy drivers and noise riddled recordings.
Akai tech support dropped the ball on this one big time. A sad situation. I will probably never purchase another akai product again just because of this item.
I wish i could erase all reference to this item. I could never find anyone to take this item off my hands. At present i have been forced to use it as a monitor stand.

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