Long known for its PCI and CardBus audio interfaces, Echo
Audio has finally made the leap to FireWire with the AudioFire 8 and
12. Rather than put ourselves to sleep with more specs in this
already-crowded category, what makes it cool:

  • Looks: It's really, really pretty in its aluminum case
  • Psychic powers: 2 inputs are auto-sensing universal inputs — they 'know' whether that's a mic, guitar, or line in
  • Brains: 1.6 gigaflop DSP for digital mixing, extremely low latency hardware monitoring and drivers
  • I/O: Nothing left out here — two FireWire, onboard MIDI, 24-bit 96 Khz with full-duplex 10/10

And it comes with Mackie Tracktion.

Compatibility: Mac/Windows (ASIO 2)
Availability: March 2005
Pricing: Unknown