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December 9, 2008

Test: M-Audio ProFire 2626 review

With no fewer than 26 inputs, 26 outputs, 8 integrated Octane microphone preamps, and ProTools M-Powered compatibility, the latest interface from M-Audio aims to find its niche in the category of intermediate-level FireWire audio interfaces. Should the competition be worried?

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M-Audio has been releasing quality products at very attractive prices (even aggressive prices) for some time now: microphones, MIDI controllers, sound cards and other Home Studio accessories. Bought in 2004 by Avid, which also owns Digidesign, M-Audio now offers sound cards that are Protools M-Powered compatible.

This Protools version allows Home studio owners to use this “legendary” software and create sessions that are compatible with TDM versions, something which had already been possible with Digidesign cards (like MBox, DIGI002, DIGI003) but which has now become more affordable thanks to M-Audio.

The product we’ll be reviewing is the M-Audio Profire 2626 digital audio interface, which has the following specs:

  • 26 x 26 simultaneous analog/digital I/O
  • Up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • 8 mic/line preamps using Octane technology including 2 instrument inputs on the front panel
  • Two ¼” TRS headphone outputs, and a user-assignable master volume knob
  • An onboard DSP mixer that allows routing of internal signals without taking up processor resources
  • Standalone operation (functions as eight-channel mic pre/eight-channel A/D-D/A converter)
  • JetPLL technology – jitter elimination (unwanted variation of one or more characteristics of a periodic signal)
  • Wordclock I/O

Basically, it’s got a lot of nice features which, for an average price of USD 899.95 MSRP (around $699 average street price), could be a very good alternative for people who want to mix with an analog or digital console. There are enough inputs & outputs to put down your tracks without a problem.

What’s in the box?…

Conclusion

M-Audio has come up with a very good product at an interesting price with their Profire 2626. Except for some minor installation issues and control panel display bugs, its internal routing, quality preamps and converters, and numerous inputs/outputs (almost boggles the mind considering the price) make this interface a must-have for people who want to record numerous tracks or who want to try venturing outside of their favorite sequencer to use a console (and thereby use external effects). The icing on the cake is that it works as a standalone A/D-D/A! So with an average street price of $699 it definitely deserves a value for the money award.

Number of Inputs/Outputs
Quality preamps and converters
Internal Routing
2 headphone outputs
Has Wordclock
Compatible with Protools M-Powered

Knob push/pull quality
Phantom common to inputs 1 to 4 and 5 to 8
Installation slightly arduous
Display bugs in M-Audio control panel

Read the full M-Audio ProFire 2626 review here.

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