Open Audio Hardware Guide

As the leading developer of music and sound software for Windows, Cakewalk has always advocated and supported open industry standards, giving you the flexibility to create the best hardware and software configuration according to your own needs. 

Cakewalk software products are designed to work with any audio hardware that supports standard Windows drivers, providing you with the widest range of hardware choices available. We created this guide to help you decide which audio hardware is best-suited for your specific Cakewalk-based recording system.  For the most up to date driver compatibility information on Windows and x64 please check with the device's manufacturer.

This list is a resource for both authorized Cakewalk resellers and Cakewalk customers. It allows you to quickly compare the features of a number of different audio cards, making your hardware decision that much easier. Please see the Glossary if you are unfamiliar with any of the terms used in this guide. If you would like more information on a specific card, simply click on the name of the manufacturer to open a link to their website.

Disclaimer: This guide provides an extensive hardware listing, but does not represent all available audio hardware products. The following audio cards shown represent a broad cross-section of today's best-selling and most reliable products. We have made every effort to ensure that the following information is accurate at the time this guide was printed. Cakewalk is not responsible for any inaccurate information. Prices, specifications and availability are subject to change without notice. (Note: The "Maximum Bit Depth/Sample Rate" listed is per manufacturer specification, actual results may vary per program)

Make Model Format Analog I/O Mic Preamps Features Digital I/O Bit Depth / Sample Rate Sync MIDI I/O Setup Guide
Cakewalk VS-700R USB 9x12 8 XLR Hi-Z input;Phantom Power; Fantom Synth S/PDIF, ADAT, AES 24/192 S/PDIF, ADAT, Wordclock 1x1 Yes
Cakewalk VS-100 USB 6x8 2 XLR Hi-Z input;Phantom Power; S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
Cakewalk UA-101 USB 8x10 2 XLR/TRS Combo Hi-Z input;Phantom Power; Optical 24/96 Optical 1x1 Yes
Cakewalk UA-25EX USB 2x4 2 XLR/TRS Combo Hi-Z input;Phantom Power; Optical 24/96 Optical 1x1 Yes
Cakewalk UA-4FX USB 2x2 1 XLR Hi-Z input;Phantom Power; Optical 24/96 Optical 1x1 Yes
Cakewalk SPS-25 USB 2x2 2 XLR/TRS Combo Hi-Z input; Limiter; Phantom Power; Bus Powered S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
Cakewalk SPS-66 FireWire 400 4x4 2 XLR/TRS Combo Hi-Z input; Limiter; Phantom Power; Bus Powered S/PDIF 24/192 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
Echo Audio GINA 24 PCI 8x8 -none-   ADAT; S/PDIF 24/96 ADAT + S/PDIF -none- Yes
Echo Audio Indigo PCMCIA 2x2 -none- Laptop users in mind -none- 24/96 -none- -none- Yes
Echo Audio LAYLA 24 PCI 8x8 -none-   ADAT; S/PDIF 24/96 ADAT + S/PDIF + Word Clock 1x1 Yes
Echo Audio LAYLA 3G PCI 8x8 2 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power; HI-Z input ADAT; S/PDIF 24/96 ADAT + S/PDIF + Word Clock 1x1 Yes
Echo Audio MIA PCI 2x2 -none-   S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF -none- Yes
Echo Audio MIA MIDI PCI 2x2 -none-   S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
Echo Audio MONA PCI; PCMCIA 6x6 4 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power; Hi-Z input ADAT; S/PDIF 24/96 ADAT + S/PDIF + Word Clock -none- Yes
Edirol FA-101 FireWire 400 8x8 2 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power; Hi-Z input; Limiter; Bus Powered Optical S/PDIF 24/192 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
Edirol FA-66 FireWire 400 4x4 2 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power; Hi-Z input; Bus Powered Optical S/PDIF 24/192 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
Edirol UA-101 USB 2.0 8x8 2 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power; Hi-Z input; Bus Powered Optical S/PDIF 24/192 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
Edirol UA-25EX USB 2.0 2x2 2 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power; Hi-Z input; Bus Powered; Compressor/Limiter Optical S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
Edirol UA-1EX USB 2.0 2x2 -None-   Optical S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF -None- Yes
E-MU 0404 USB 2.0 2x2 2 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power; Hi-Z input; Bus Powered S/PDIF Optical + Coaxial 24/192 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
E-MU 0404 PCI 2x2 -None-   S/PDIF Optical + Coaxial 24/96 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
E-MU 1212M PCI 2x2 -None-   S/PDIF + ADAT 24/192 S/PDIF + ADAT 1x1 Yes
E-MU 1616M PCI 6x6 2 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power S/PDIF + ADAT 24/192 S/PDIF + ADAT 2x2 Yes
Frontier Design Group Dakota PCI -None- -None- SoDA SMPTE Sync ADATx2 + S/PDIF Coaxial and Optical 24/48 ADAT + S/PDIF + SMPTE 2x2 Yes
Frontier Design Group WaveCenter PCI -None- -None-   ADAT + S/PDIF 24/48 ADAT + S/PDIF 2x2 Yes
Line6 POD Studio UX2 USB 5x6 2 XLR Guitar Effects and Ampe Modeling S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF -None- Yes
Line6 PODxt USB 1x2 -None- Guitar Effects and Amp Modeling -None- 24/44.1 -None- 1x1 Yes
Line6 TonePort UX8 USB 2.0 8x8 8 XLR Guitar Effects and Amp Modeling S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF -None- Yes
Lynx Studio Technology L22 PCI 2x2 -None-   S/PDIF + AES/EBU 24/192 S/PDIF;WordClock -None- Yes
Lynx Studio Technology LynxTWO PCI 2x6,4x4 or 6x2 -None-   S/PDIF + AES/EBU 24/192 SMPTE/MTC + S/PDIF + WordClock -None- Yes
M-Audio Audiophile 192 PCI 2x2 -None-   S/PDIF 24/192 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI 2x2 -None-   S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
M-Audio Delta 1010 PCI 8x8 -None-   S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF + WordClock 1x1 Yes
M-Audio Delta 1010LT PCI 8x8 2 XLR   S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
M-Audio Delta 44 PCI 4x4 -None-   -None- 24/96   -None- Yes
M-Audio Delta 66 PCI 4x4 -None   S/PDIF 24/96   -None- Yes
M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB 4x4 2 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
M-Audio MobilePre USB 2x2 2 XLR Phantom Power -None- 16/48   -None- Yes
M-Audio ProjectMix I/O FireWire 400 8x4 8 XLR Motorized Control Surface ADAT + S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF + WordClock 1x1 Yes
MOTU 2408mk3 PCI 8x8 -None-   TDIFx3 + ADATx3 + S/PDIF 24/96 WordClock + S/PDIF + ADAT -None- Yes
MOTU 24I/O PCI 24x24 -None-   -None- 24/96 WordClock -None- Yes
MOTU HD192 PCI 12x12 -None-   AES/EBU 24/192 WordClock -None- Yes
MOTU 828mkII USB 2.0 10x12 2 XLR/TRS Combo   ADAT + S/PDIF 24/96 S/PDIF + ADAT + WordClock + SMPTE 1x1 Yes
MOTU 828mk3 FireWire 400 10x12 2 XLR/TRS Combo   ADATx2 + S/PDIF 24/192 ADAT + S/PDIF + SMPTE + WordClock 1x1 Yes
MOTU 896mk3 FireWire 400 8x12 8 XLR/TRS Combo   ADATx2 + AES/EBU + S/PDIF 24/192 ADAT + S/PDIF + WordClock -None- Yes
MOTU UltraLite-mk3 FireWire 400 8x12 2 XLR/TRS Combo   S/PDIF 24/192 S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
MOTU 8pre FireWire 400 8x4 8 XLR/TRS Combo   ADATx2 24/96 ADAT 1x1 Yes
RME Fireface 400 FireWire 400 8x8 2 XLR/TRS Combo Phantom Power; Hi-Z input ADAT + S/PDIF 24/192 ADAT + S/PDIF + WordClock 2x2 Yes
RME Fireface 800 FireWire 800 10x10 4 XLR Phantom Power; Hi-Z input ADATx2 + S/PDIF 24/192 ADAT + S/PDIF + WordClock 1x1 Yes
RME HDSP 9632 PCI 1x1 -None-   ADAT + AES/EBU + S/PDIF 24/192 ADAT + S/PDIF 1x1 Yes
RME HDSP 9652 PCI -None- -None-   ADATx3 + S/PDIF 24/96 ADAT + S/PDIF + WordClock 2x2 Yes
Tascam IF-FW/DMmkII FireWire 400 N/A -None- FireWire I/O card for Digital Mixers N/A 24/96   1x1 Yes
   

This page last updated: 7/28/2011

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