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ESI has announced the availability of their new ESU1808
external recording interface featuring 18 input channels and 8 output channels which can all be used simultaneously.
The 1U rack unit features 2 microphone preamps with balanced XLR inputs, 2 direct instrument inputs (Hi-Z), and no less than 12 balanced / unbalanced line level inputs.
There is also a digital input in S/PDIF format.
In addition, there are 8 balanced analog line level outputs and a digital S/PDIF output as well as a MIDI I/O interface. ESU1808 works under Mac OS X as well as Windows XP & Vista. The interface is bundled with Cubase LE 4.0 from Steinberg.
At 499 EUR, ESI believe that the ESU1808 is probably the most affordable external recording interface with this number of I/O channels, defining new standards for USB audio in professional applications.
Chess Lim, CEO and founder of EGOSYS, Inc. - the R&D center for ESI in Korea, told us, "We are excited to be able to ship our new external recording flagship solution now. Several years went into the development of ESU1808. Iâ€™d say that the final result shows that waiting for it has been definitely worth it."
Pricing and Availability:
- USB 2.0 Hi-Speed support based on ESI's USB 2 Xtreme technology
- 18 input channels / 8 output channels at 24-bit/96khz
- 2 precision & low noise microphone preamps (XLR input) with gain controls, pad switch and peak LEDs, +48V phantom power
- 2 direct instrument inputs (Hi-Z) with gain control and peak LEDs
- 12 balanced/unbalanced analog inputs (1/4" TRS, -10dBv/+4dBu, ADC 107dB)
- 8 balanced/unbalanced analog outputs (1/4 TRS, -10dBv/+4dBu, DAC 112dB)
- headphone amplifier (1/4" stereo phone jack) with volume control
- 16 channel MIDI I/O
- RCA connectors for coaxial S/PDIF I/O
- supported sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0 kHz
- powered by exclusive DC power supply
- supports ASIO 2.0, GSIF 2.0, WDM, CoreAudio
- Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS X compatible
- bundled with Steinberg Cubase LE 4.0 for PC and Mac
Available by the end of January 2008.
The MSRP of ESU1808 will be 499 EUR.