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M-Audio ProFire 610 Firewire Audio Interface

Turn your PC into a personal production studio with this 6-in/10-out interface, including two M-Audio Octane mic preamps for capturing clean recordings. (44) Read 9 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Need to record four simultaneous channels in your home studio? Run stereo sub-mixes through your outboard compressors? Send a bunch of separate headphone mixes, feed multiple pairs of monitors, or even set up a surround monitoring system? When you need more I/O, FireWire is the way to go. M-Audio's ProFire 610 audio interface gives you two mic preamps, two 1/4" analog line inputs, and a whopping eight 1/4" analog line outputs. With two of M-Audio's award-winning Octane mic preamps, 24-bit/192 kHz A/D converters, and JetPLL Jitter Elimination technology, the 610 is a solid DAW front end for home studios that need more I/O than the typical interface provides. And with its compact footprint, you can stash the FireWire-bus-powered ProFire 610 audio interface in your laptop bag for mobile recording sessions.

Two Octane Microphone Preamps

The ProFire 610 packs in many of the same features found in M-Audio's acclaimed ProFire 2626 recording interface: Octane microphone preamplifiers, JetPLL jitter-elimination technology, and 192 kHz/24-bit audio resolution on all inputs and outputs. Two Octane mic pres, complete with +48V phantom power and -20 dB pads, deliver a generous 73 dB of clean, transparent gain to help make the most out of your microphones. Since the ProFire 610 is so portable, it's a great choice if you need a mobile recording rig with two pristine preamp channels. Together with a laptop, this interface is ideal for capturing live performances in stereo. When you're not connected via FireWire, the ProFire 610 and its included power supply can function in standalone mode--that means you can take advantage of those two great mic preamps, automatically routing them to the analog 1-2 and S/PDIF outputs.

Extensive I/O for the Home Studio

With a total of 6 inputs and an impressive 10 outputs in a half-rack-space design, the M-Audio ProFire 610 delivers serious connectivity. Access analog inputs 1 and 2 via the front panel's XLR-1/4" combination jacks, and plug line-level effects or instruments into channels 3 and 4 via the back panel's 1/4" inputs. Connect monitor speakers and outboard gear to the impressive eight analog 1/4" outputs, and plug in a MIDI keyboard or other controller via the built-in 1x1 5-pin DIN MIDI interface. Digital S/PDIF gives you another two channels of I/O. You'll also find two front-panel headphone jacks, each with independent volume controls for cueing flexibility. There are even two FireWire 400 ports, so you can use your ProFire 610 interface as a hub and plug in a FireWire hard drive.

Versatile Routing for Surround Monitoring and More

Traditionally, all this I/O would require a mixer with a large footprint -- but the M-Audio ProFire 610 gives you ultimate routing flexibility while maintaining a compact footprint, thanks to its software control panel. This software mixer lets you create, save, and recall custom configurations for various recording situations. With the on-screen interface, you can assign sources freely to build multiple headphone mixes for multiple musicians -- up to five stereo mixes in all. You can also route hardware inputs directly to outputs for low-latency monitoring while tracking. If you're mixing in 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 -- a great application for the ProFire610's eight analog outputs -- you can assign the master volume knob to attenuate all output pairs simultaneously. Or for the standard stereo monitoring setup, assign the master volume knob to control the levels sent to outputs 1 and 2, while the other outputs operate independently. Between the four stereo pairs of analog outputs and M-Audio's software control panel, the ProFire 610 delivers the flexible monitoring and routing you need.

Features:

- Updated version of M-Audio's top-selling FireWire 410 audio interface
- Bus-powered FireWire audio interface in a compact half-rack-space design
- Four analog inputs and eight analog outputs plus S/DPIF for an impressive 6-in/10-out configuration
- Two high-quality Octane microphone preamps with -20 dB pads and +48V phantom power
- Two front-panel XLR-1/4" combination jacks accept microphone, line, or instrument-level sources
- Two front-panel headphone outputs with independent volume knobs
- User-assignable front-panel volume knob controls all eight outputs for surround mixing, or outputs 1-2 for stereo monitoring setups
- M-Audio's premium 192 kHz/24-bit A/D and D/A converters with JetPLL jitter-elimination technology for increased reliability
- 1x1 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O for connecting keyboards and other controllers
- Software control panel mixer gives you versatile control over monitoring and routing

If you need a great-sounding, stable FireWire interface that has tons of flexible I/O for your home studio setup -- plus is portable enough for mobile stereo recording with your laptop -- look no further than the M-Audio ProFire 610.

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Preamp section:
- Phantom power
- 20dB pad on each preamp
- Signal/peak LED indicator lights

Mic/Line Inputs:
- 2 XLR/TS combo jacks
- 2 TRS 1/4 inch balanced inputs
- Stereo S/PDIF in

Outputs:
- 8 TRS 1/4 inch balanced outputs
- Stereo S/PDIF out

General:
- 2 TRS 1/4 inch headphone outputs
- 1 x 1 MIDI interface
- 2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765

Product Description

M-Audio ProFire 610 Firewire Audio Interface is an excellent tool for computer-based Multi-track recording. The ProFire 610 turns your PC (or Mac) into an incredible 6 input/10 output recording studio. Excellent digital HD converters provide your setup with 24-bit/192kHz. Two Award winning preamps boast a transparent sound packed with headroom without the annoyance of a high noise level.

Built-in DSP mixing gives the user a flexible recording experience with 10 outputs perfect for sending multiple, separate monitor mixes. An assignable master volume knob gives the user control over the outputs. Connect your MIDI devices through the MIDI I/O. This versatile half-rack-space unit will also double as a two-channel microphone preamp and A/D-D/A converter. Compatible with most software available, the ProFire 610 is the perfect multi-track HD recording hardware for your Home or Studio.

Features:

- 6 x 10 simultaneous analog/digital I/O
- 2 award-winning Octane technology preamps
- Premium digital converters
- High-definition, 24-bit/192kHz audio
- Flexible onboard DSP mixer
- User-assignable master volume knob
- Functions as 2-channel mic pre/2-channel A/D-D/A converter
- JetPLL Jitter Elimination technology
- Compatible with major audio software
- Rugged, metal, half-rack-space chassis
Customer Reviews
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Sound: The sound is top notch for a $500.00 interface. The solid state pre's sound great. I don't understand all the bad reviews, those customers obviously do not know what the audio game is all about. I have several solid state outboard pre's that cost thousands of dollars and the profire 610 pre's are definitly in the same ball park. Obviously they aren't warm and colored in the same way as a tube pre, but they are not harsh like the majority of solid state pre's built into interfaces of a lesser grade. And so it has plastic knobs so does my $2,000.00 digi 003 who cares, I didn't buy the interface for the knobs, I bought it for the pre's and the a/d converters. Feature: The 8 line out's are fantastic, it allows me to process through my outboard eq's and comp's and not bog my IMAC down with plug ins. And whoever said the profire doesn't work with IMACS is dead wrong! I have used mine with my IMAC and have never had any problems. I have also used the profire with a dell on win xp/and win 7 and still never had I had any problems with it. Knowing what your doing is half the battle folks! Ease of Use: It was easy to understand and use. Yeah it's probably not easy for the absolute novice just getting started but you learn these things. Quality: The best it can be for it's price, if you want non plastic knobs go spend 2,000.00 on an apogee duet or something that doesn't have plastic knobs. Value: It's a great value for the money and it's an interface that performs like an interface twice the cost. Manufacturer Support: never used them as of yet. The Wow Factor: it is what it is. Overall: I expect that I will be happy as long as I own it.
Style of Music: any style that walks through the door
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This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "The ProFire 610 works great for me. Sonar 8.5 PE, heavy user, electronic music production."
Sound: I get very accurate sound from this interface on all i've recorded with it. Vocals, guitar, direct line in with various basses, and with a very low noise floor (both by bit rate/depth and hardware) i can pick up very subtle dynamics with vocals, strings, or whatever i plug in, though i will say i usually use this to supplement the electronic music i work on. I run 64 bit audio at 96000khz and up to 70 tracks in a project, about half of those are stereo, so yeah, this card can handle some absurd i/o. current latency is 5.3ms. If anyone is having a hard time getting decent latency with 24bit 44,100 must have a completely crap system otherwise. I have Win7 64bit, AMD Phenomx4 processor and 3gigs of ram. Gonna upgrade system as soon as the amd 6 core bulldozer comes out, but with what this system can handle, it's still hard to justify, but hey, if you can get latency Feature: It came fairly no frills, just a driver CD, Ableton Live Lite 7 (which there are free updates to on Ableton's site) and a cable. That's more than i need, and i still haven't messed with Ableton, as i have Sonar 8.5, which runs flawlessly with this hardware. Ease of Use: . The GUI for the M-Audio Profire Control Panel could be annotated a bit more (Why is this or that option greyed out, ect..) but it is overall very well labeled, easy to navigate, create your own presets (for various recording session types) Quality: I waited until the Windows 7 drivers were released before installing and I am more than happy with this interface, and i have had NO crashes, no bug reports to file. Hardware is rock solid other than the plastic volume control knobs on the front. I replaced those with cool old guitar knobs though, so no worries if you have those or ten bucks to buy them. The reliability for long sessions is great. I would give it a 10 for price to performance ratio alone, but i am taking off two points for the cheapo knobs and the fact that this is NOT full professional quality and i don't want people who need a full studio environment for mixing to think this will give them all the ins/outs they really need. Value: For $399.99 i have found no better interface period. the sound quality and reliability have made this item an easy recommendation to all my friends who are just getting into music production. bundled software is nice and will undoubtedly make some djs very happy, but it's not tuned to my needs, so i didn't use it. Manufacturer Support: M-audio's support is kinda slow, but their online knowledge base is so detailed you practically don't need it. I've had no issues with this product, just the Axiom i bought, so i haven't dealt with the interface support guys directly. The Wow Factor: Most people with a cheap usb interface drool on mine, but can't seem to convince themselves it's worth it until they use it. Having had it, and working with other interfaces, i would say it is a sexy little beast, as it makes my buddies super excited to get one. Nice black finish, stylish blue leds, solid metal case. Gotta say it has great design. Overall: I really like this interface on a lot of levels, but if i damaged or lost it, i would probably replace it with its big brother the Profire 2626.
Style of Music: Electro a la Prodigy, Pendulum.
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