Akai Pro EIE

Electromusic Interface Expander - Audio/MIDI Interface w/ USB Hub, VU meters & Cubase LE


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Akai Pro EIE Electromusic Interface Expander

The EIE is all about plug and play convenience. With the EIE tabletop USB audio interface from Akai Professional, you can connect virtually any musical instrument or piece of production gear to your computer. With three convenient USB inputs in addition to its main USB port, EIE enables you to connect controllers, hard drives or any other peripheral to your computer when native ports may be limited. This compact, 16-bit recording interface contains high-quality components including nickel-plated input jacks, analog-style VU meters and a rugged aluminum casing for a powerful, professional, portable audio solution. The EIE can be used with virtually any music software program like GarageBand or Pro Tools and connects plug-and-play to Macs or PCs; there is no driver installation required.

Each channel of the EIE has an XLR-¼” combo jack, dedicated gain-pot and Mic/Line/Guitar switch. The EIE features four discrete-design preamplifiers with 48V phantom power for use with virtually any microphone. Individual ¼” nickel-plated jacks found on the back of EIE provide you with channel inserts for processing audio signals externally. You can monitor sessions on multiple sets of studio monitors using the four ¼” balanced outputs, which are also nickel-plated. Both pairs of outputs can be monitored visually with the high-quality, analog VU meters providing classic features with modern style. For remote tracking and alternative playback, the EIE has a 1/4” TRS headphone output. High quality analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters ensure that every detail of your session or performance gets captured and played back faithfully.

The EIE sends and receives four audio channels on a single USB cable for simple, universal interface to your computer. The three additional USB 1.1 ports allow the EIE to function as a hub as well, bridging other MIDI controllers and hard-drives to the computer. EIE's USB interface is class compliant for plug-and-play operation with Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista and 7. The EIE features traditional MIDI In and Out jacks for playing and controlling software with keyboard and pad controllers, workstations, and other MIDI-compatible instruments.

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What's In The Box?

  1. (1) Quickstart Guide
  2. (1) Warranty Information Booklet
  3. (1) USB Cable
  4. (1) EIE Interface
  5. (1) Software CD
  6. (1) Power Adapter

Product Features:

  • Record and playback 16-bit, 2-channel audio via USB
  • Plug-and-play operation, no driver installation required
  • Four XLR-¼" combo jacks with phantom power and gain control
  • Four nickel-plated ¼" outputs for two separate monitoring systems
  • Two classic, high-quality VU level meters with switchable sources
  • Three additional USB ports for connecting other devices through to a computer
  • 5 Pin DIN MIDI Interface
  • Headphone output with switchable source and direct monitoring dial
  • Table-top, solid construction with a great-looking, classic design
  • Also found as: EIEIO
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows:
    • OS: Windows XP (w/ SP2)
    • CPU: Pentium III 450MHz
    • RAM: 128 MB
    • Available USB 1.1 Port
  • Mac:
    • OS: OS X "Jaguar" v10.2 or later
    • RAM: 128 MB
    • Available USB 1.1 Port
    • Native USB Support


  • USB Audio Interface:
    • Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz
    • Bit Depth: 16-bit
    • Interface: USB 1.1
  • Analog Inputs:
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 21 kHz (±0.05dB)
    • Dynamic Range (@-60dB input): 93dB, A-weighted
    • S/N Ratio: 93dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N: 0.001% @ 1 kHz / -0.1 dBFS
    • Crosstalk: 93dB @ 1 kHz / -0.1 dBFS
    • Pre-amp THD+N: 0.018%
    • Mic Gain (MIC): +9dB to +51.5dB
    • Mic Impedance: 6.3 k ohms
    • Line Gain: -10.5dB to +41dB
    • Line Impedance: 55 k ohms
    • Guitar Gain: +1.6dB to 53.1 dB
    • Guitar Impedance: 102 k ohms
    • Insert Input Sensitivity: 0dBFS @ +6dBV
    • Insert Input Impedance: 10 k ohms
  • Analog Outputs:
    • Output Level: +6dBV @ 0dBFS
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (±0.25dB)
    • Dynamic Range (@ -60dB input): 93dB, A-weighted
    • S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N: 0.006% @ 1 kHz / 0dBFS
    • Crosstalk: 97dB @ 1 kHz / 0dBFS
  • Headphones (32 ohm load):
    • Unclipped Output Power: 10mW @ 1 kHz
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (±0.25dB)
    • S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N: 0.007% @ 1 kHz / 0dBFS
    • Crosstalk: 95dB @ 1 kHz / 0dBFS
  • Headphones (600 ohm load):
    • Unclipped Output Power: 3.4mW @ 1 kHz
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (±0.25dB)
    • S/N: -100dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N: 0.003% @ 1 kHz / 0 dBFS
    • Crosstalk: 95dB @ 1 kHz / 0 dBFS


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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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SV Beats


Love it waited for release and well worth the wait

August 1, 2012

Great product akai hit another home run with this EIE. Sounds superb love all the inputs and my favorite part is it has a usb hub built in. The classic analog read out is a great touch. Well worth the purchase.

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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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