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In-depth Feature:  Emagic EMI 6|2m
Emagic EMI 6|2m - Multichannel USB Interface
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Before the 6|2m, came the 2|6, a USB, portable low-latency USB audio interface available for both Mac and PC platforms. The 6|2m improves on this configuration by adding MIDI and a USB hub.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the 6|2m comes in a translucent blue box, about the size of a VHS cassette, and sports 2 inputs and 6 outputs of analogue RCA phono connections, along with two addition RCA jacks doubling as both coaxial S/PDIF connections or MIDI. For either analogue or digital, sample rates of 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz at 16 or 24 bits are supported.

As well as the RCA and S/PDIF connections mentioned above, a 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone socket is provided for zero-latency monitoring, with level independently controlled by a volume knob on the front-panel. Power is usually supplied by the USB connection, although an optional power supply is available where insufficient power is available - a good piece of foresight that avoids one of the irritating glitches associated with USB devices. Another great touch is the inclusion of two USB ports. There’s never enough of them – especially when it comes to laptops. These extra ports allow you to pop in a dongle, mouse or other USB devices.

With its size, format and low latency, the EMI 6|2m promises to be a good solution for musicians for whom portability is essential. Another advantage is its ability to work with both PC and Windows - as a USB audio interface, sharing between the two platforms is as simple as plug'n'play.

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