Edirol announced the FA-101, a 10-input/10-output FireWirebus-powered audio interface offering two premium mic preamps withphantom power, six dedicated TRS balanced inputs and eight dedicatedTRS balanced outputs. This half-rack unit has a front-mounted opticalS/PDIF input and output and rear-accessible MIDI input and output.
The FA-101 offers simultaneous 10 inputs and 10 outputs at up to24-bit/96kHz audio quality on both PC (ASIO 2.0, WDM) and Mac(CoreAudio), and is capable of running completely from the power of theFireWire bus. In addition, it supports stereo in and out at 24-bit/192kHz. The FA-101 can also be powered by the included DC adapter with4-pin FireWire ports.
The FA-101's control panel routes various inputs and computersignals to different tracks and outputs
"This FireWire product along with our high-speed USB2 interface setsEdirol apart as the first company offering products using bothhigh-speed serial interfaces,” commented John Broadhead, leadproduct manager for Edirol North America. “A customer can nowfocus on features such as sound quality rather than first letting thetype of interface dictate a direction.”
The FA-101 lists for $695 and will be available in April 2004. Formore information, visit www.edirol.com/products/info/fa101.html.