Alesis IO14 14-Channel FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

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System Hardware Requirements

PC:
• Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 2.0 Ghz or faster
• 1 Gig RAM or more
• Windows Vista / XP Service Pack 2 or higher (Windows XP Media Center Edition is untested)

Mac:
• Power Mac G4 Dual 867MHz or faster, all Intel Mac models
• 1 Gig RAM or more
• Mac OSX 10.4 or higher
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5760
(46 ratings)
Submitted March 6, 2008 by a customer from csc.com
"Really nice unit, well worth the money, works as advertised"
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Good quality, great sound, excellent features, solidly built. A go-to device for must-work events with clients, and the most important device I have, next to my PC, for audio work.

Sound
Great fidelity, records at twice CD sample rate. Good quality, low noise. The pre-amps are weaker than I expected, but can equalize with Cubase and then do the usual compression and loudness maximizing to get the right signal level at finish. I fyou use dynamic mics, you may want a separate preamp.

Features
The inserts are a great feature, as is the dual XLR/TRS plug-ins for the channel inputs. Some features seem illogical at first (the main volume), but once you've worked with it, they make sense, and they are what you want it to do, not what you wanted at first. This is perfect for two musicians with vocals and instruments. Also great for multi-mic podcasts--isolate each mic channel into your PC for excellent post processing--and the free Cubase included will let you do a great job with that too.

Ease of Use
Surprisingly easy for my first firewire interface. No real problems. Have to unplug the Ethernet and disable my (laptop) PC's wireless network card--otherwise the interrupt handler (I think) interferes with recording. Disconnected from the network will record 4 channel audio without any problems directly to Cubase.

Quality
Solid, low noise, everything works as read more advertised. My platform is a laptop PC running Windows XP.

Value
Really great, outstanding value, just what I wanted, and under $200.

Manufacturer Support
Boy they need some help. I couldn't get inserts to work due to bad cables and bad advice from their e-mail help desk. Would still be going without my compressor if I hadn't found a good guy in a user forum who put me on to one of the Alesis engineers. Alesis engineering is fine, but the help desk, at least my interaction, was weak.

The Wow Factor
Small form factor, doesn't need a lot of room. Decent looking I guess.

Musical Background:
hobbyist, podcaster

Musical Style:
podcaster
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