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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 16 reviews )
 10 reviews63 %
 4 reviews25 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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  • 11/28/08M-Audio Profire 2626: The Test

    M-Audio Profire 2626: The Test - M-Audio Strikes Again

    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?

Users reviews
Hatsubai06/19/2011

Hatsubai's review"Good pre"

M-Audio ProFire 2626
M-Audio is usually known for their small mic pres, but they also have some very high quality rack gear that works great. This device features 24 bit/192 KHz audio, 8 analog inputs, 8 XLR mic inputs, 8 TRS inputs, 2 TS inputs, S/PDIF, 16 x 16 ADAT, 8 TRS balanced line outputs, 2 headphone outputs, MIDI, a proper world clock for setting up I/O, master volume knob, an onboard DSP mixer, and it should work with pretty much any of today's DAWs.

UTILIZATION

M-Audio did a great job setting this whole thing up. The interface itself is nicely laid out, and everything is easy to use. I'm especially happy that they used Firewire for this. While they make comparisons on the USB page stating how USB is theoretically faster than Fiewire, that's not the case in real life. There are some major flaws with USB 2.0 when compared to Firewire, and I always found it a bit dishonest when they tried to claim USB 2.0 was faster. Keep in mind that you'll probably want some sort of rack to mount this in. On top of that, it has a few breakout cables for some of the features, and I'm not really a fan of breakout cables.

GETTING STARTED

I never had a single compatibility issue when using this device. It's a very easy to use and straightforward device. There's no need to even read the manual because everything is laid out in an easy to use and understand manner. Simply plug in the devices to their corresponding ports, and you'll be good to go. I was able to use this in Logic without any hiccups, and it sounded awesome.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're one of those people who enjoy rack interfaces and want one of the better ones out there, check this out. This has some really nice and clean converters that sound great. It also has MIDI and tons of other features. I just wish it didn't have all those annoying breakout cables for certain features, but then they'd have to make it 2U, so I can see why they did it.
Audiofanzine FR12/07/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

M-Audio ProFire 2626
(Originally written by Bapsite/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Look at M-audio's website for information. I will stick to my experience:

8 ins/outs

8 preamps

ADAT in/out

Standalone operation.

UTILIZATION

No installation problems

Comprehensive user's manual.

GETTING STARTED

No drivers problems, no drop outs

6 ms latency with 44.1 kHz sample rate and 256 samples (if I recall correctly)... It's not that important, the main thing is that the latency is short enough for good monitoring with Cubase.

When I bought it I wanted to record a band at home and to have more channels available... But it sounded perfect when I used it.

It worked 45 min. straight without interruption using all 8 preamps without a single hitch.

I've been using it for almost everything I've recorded ever since.

I cannot compare it to anything else right now, but the preamps seem to sound very transparent like most modern Chinese preamps.

Wide dynamic range and frequency response, I can't hear any sound alteration. It's exactly what I was looking for.

The PAD function is very convenient (other products should follow this example...) and it definitely influenced my purchase (it's a must have feature for drums recording).

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for one month (I will update this review if I change my opinion).

I checked all other available products before buying it and nothing else was as interesting... I thought I'd sell it again after recording that first band but I'm not sure anymore ^^

Excellent product with professional quality (considering a professional is someone who KNOWS how to use and set the gear).

I will upload the link to the band's recording if they allow me to. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me for more information ;)
miuzik02/25/2014

miuzik's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good map"

M-Audio ProFire 2626
The firewire connection works well if you do not forget to take an interface with a TI chipset (Texas Instruments) card. The number of inputs / outputs, inputs and optical digital outputs and ease of use all work very well (I use them all at the same time). I will also probably buy 2nd 2626 interface for coupling to the first.

UTILIZATION

No problems or beug since this purchase.
Very low latency. No need to update
I read 6 stereo tracks simultaneously

GETTING STARTED

No setup problem (windows vista 32 or 64). The manual can be improved but it is doing very well anyway without spending hours

OVERALL OPINION

2 years - good value compactness, simplicity and sound quality especially
Excellent value for money.
The drivers are also available on Windows 7, 8 and vista 32 and 64 while Roland synths do not have these updates and are always sold (Vsynth XT not name)
kojejefroots06/10/2013

kojejefroots's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Rapportort KLite unbeatable price"

M-Audio ProFire 2626
The number of I / O analog, ADAT, and thus its versatility

I use it mainly for the live with ableton live, mainstage, to treat and sampler guitars, percussion and voice in real time.
Studio with logic ... to make my models and my Semples.

Config
Mac book pro i5, 8GB RAM
4 preamp presonus
1 Mackie 1642 VLZ3

UTILIZATION

The drivers are extremely stable under mac osx, no stall
However, avoid the hard drive standard on the firewire card ... This is an option that fucks the m ... (Cracking stall), whose designer could have happened.

For long had previously PC must be on the Texas Instruments firewire chipset ... If the card is not reliable ...
Outside it is quite easy to change a Firewire card on a turn, but if it is a laptop, it's better to have mass (which can not be verified until after purchase)
So if you want to run with a laptop ... Better mac (according to the M-Audio technical support at the time.

So I did change my computer config accordingly (mac book pro) and no problem since in terms of stability.

I foncionne up with track 24 on stage, and no stability problems or cracking ...

Buffer to 64 samples
Deferred entry to 3.9 ms
ditto output

Top this level for the stage.

I put 9 because given the diversity of component quality for laptops, it was difficult to make something that works on all ... The M-audio engineers, have therefore calibrated to the standard apple which is consistent.

GETTING STARTED

RAS at this level, it has always worked well

OVERALL OPINION

4 years

I tested the RME Fireface, better, but too expensive for my budget

For those who find the light preamps, simply multiply the budget by 2 or 3, that's all (we do not make the prod with a sound card 500 €!). For live or home studio use, this is perfect.

Goodies:
number of i / o,
the rack format (1 U 19 ")
low latency, can breath, if you know how to use preamps reasonably.
robustness (should the racket)
16 adat inputs outputs

The -

apparent fragility of the connection of the power supply (one pin 3 and the transformer inside would have been more suited to the "rack" size, ditto for the firewire port ... Requests to be careful


I'm looking for one or two used to work in stand alone ... (24 / O)
pakrac02/25/2013

pakrac's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" it holds the road!"

M-Audio ProFire 2626
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
The number of I / O

For what purpose?
Multitrack recording, analog console in mutli transplanted

What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
Mac book Pro Intel Core i5

With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtD ...) you use it and how connections?
Recording guitar / bass / Piano...divers microphones.

UTILIZATION

Super stable drivers with Logic Pro anyway. 10 tracks of simultaneous recording, it rowed a little.

GETTING STARTED

Installation is quick and efficient, no incompatibility or what what

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 1 year almost daily. Tried Focusrite Sapphire Pro 40 is the same with better preamps, but it is not either RME.


The +:
Nb / O
Double Headphone
2 ADAT ports
Routing easy
No bug
It was all

The -:
Preamps a little light

Good value for money, especially during otherwise better look elsewhere.

I would do this choice, yes, it is a very good door between a sound card and a fireface 100 balls which is 1200
Cassio3811/29/2012

Cassio38's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent"

M-Audio ProFire 2626
8 inputs combo XLR / jack output jack 8, 2 I / O ADAT, a blossomed midi / SPDIF worldclock. External power supply (one regret on this point, I would have preferred a heavier card / long and integrated power supply.)
used on a pc and a macbook
other notices have not you lied ^ ^
9/10, -1 for the perfect PSU connector.

UTILIZATION

stable drivers windows 7 and snow leopard and lion macOS.
tested on ProTools MP8, 9, 10 (pc and mac) logic pro studio one, cubase, ableton, FL, perfectly supported by any software. PT10 main use on win 7
drivers have not been updated for a while but no problems or stall declare

I use it at home for combo keyboard / bass / guitar / vocals and I took with a small macbook when I have a record out. the card is short enough, connect the cables to the bottom of a 2U rack is not necessarily obvious. the advantage is that the multicore 8 jack 5m for outputs back into the rack and there is no need to unplug it every time ...) the downside is that if you do not want to kill the connector power must be removed each time.

converters for year / na and the preamp I have unfortunately not large enough experience to judge their quality. however, nothing to say about the hardware that I used (senn e840, sm58, this kind of microphones). Noted that even push the preamp thoroughly I had no background on prodipe TT1. the sudden a very good signal to noise ratio.
I humble opinion that for newcomers like me in the world of home studio is widely level. I ordered a blue reactor, I éditerais this notice if I have something to point out (and make them slightly).

on the headphone jacks on the front, both have an independent volume in addition to master volume. The Master affecting the other two, although be careful not to put all the knobs to 11/10 if it is the death of the headphone line. Unless you have 600 ohms impedance and again.

overall quality of the catch is very good, you will not unplug something accidentally (except be little food! but it is not important we agree)

he would miss one or two frontal microphone socket, but lack of space in a small home studio config (keyboard / micro) need to plug mic cable behind is a real ordeal

all these are details, but I do not recall having seen talking. after 2 years of use I think they have their interest (where one presonus FireStudio has entered the façade and integrated power supply)
9/10 -1 for the power supply connector. (Yes again) -1 for the lack of front grip

GETTING STARTED

installed smoothly, like a device all more or less plug and play the market.
interface is sufficiently clear and complete. Routing individual tracks rather than stereo would have been welcome, but everything remains flexible.
the card supports very long hours of use, to be turned on / off without necessarily precautions and there is no need to reboot the machine to connect / disconnect (off course!)
9/10 -1 for routing stereo

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 years I hesitated with 8 tracks equivalents at motu, focusrite, presonus. but wanting to use protools (MP8 at the time) I finally fall for that one.
Note that Windows supports very well the shift controller intégré/profire2626 when his turn on / off this one. and nothing prevents you from using your combo tube microphone / preamp 5000th to talk to your buddies on teamspeak.

What is so special that you like most and least?
+ The overall quality of the map
+ Two headphone jacks independent facades
+ Two instruments made facades in

-The external power supply connector and everything rots septentrionnel
-No power limiter on the headphone jacks.
-No microphone jack on the front

I would do this choice?
be little. I am curious and playful, I would try another manufacturer happy the day I would need 16 inputs via adat! and the power supply .. seriously!

9/10 -1 @ the PSU b0 |) &! !
keox3506/17/2012

keox35's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good!"

M-Audio ProFire 2626
Why this choice: 8 analog inputs, two independent headphone output.

UTILIZATION

The drives are very stable, no drop. I use it with ableton live 8, and I have extremely low latency (she has never embarrassed!)

GETTING STARTED

A little trouble with the internal router at first, but once you read the manual, it works alone!

OVERALL OPINION

This sound card is perfect for me for the use I made (I save my hardware synths, tract, or guitars)
Djlive0702/28/2012

Djlive07's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"tools every day! really useful to have!"

M-Audio ProFire 2626
Last Updated February 29, 2012

Featured Articles What tech. motivated your choice?

-First, it is available in 8 audio inputs XLR and 1/4 and its 8 outputs 1/4.
Then-is that it connects with Firewire, so it's more reliable than USB!
The eight-audio outputs can be assigned to virtual instruments.
-The possibility of two connected sets in!
-Ability to record at 192 kHz


What instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtDs ...) the use and how you connect?

I use it with a Behringer Eurorack mixer 12 inputs. To which the instruments, I use it with an electric guitar, keyboard Technic SCS.1m dj mixer, a Korg synthesizer Er mkii microphones and m-audio.

to which is the connectivity;

I use almost exclusively of XLR cable. I love the fact that he provided a cable fulfilled.
I use for output of a snake cable 8 1/4 TRS or TS (I have both) for connected to my Behringer Eurorack Mixer.


For what purpose?

I'm recording in the studio and the fact that it is not too big I can go directly from recording musicians! I recorded of the guitarists, bassists of, pianist, singer / vocalist,

I also use it as a soundcard for DJing, then the 8 audio outputs are proving to be very helpful.
Especially because it has quality output compared to the sound card made for DJing that only has RCA output! The one with the output and input XLR or 1/4 are so expensive, often on top of $ 1,000.00.

When I connect Mix all outputs to input my Behringer mixer EQs and control is better than a dj program.


What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / RAM / Disk, ...)?

I use a laptop with vista and a macbook pro 0sx 2011; 6.8.6

UTILIZATION

The drivers are stable? They are often updated

The drivers are very stable I have ever dropped.
They are made-to-day from time to time ... I could remember the last time!



What software do you use most often?

Pro Tools 10
Traktor
Ableton Live
FL Studio 9
Kontakt

sometimes if I use

Adobe Audition
Adobe Soundbooth
Torq 2.0


What you get lag?

I've never touched it because I have never failed!


How many tracks do you manage to record / play simultaneously?

I never try more than 8 tracks.

GETTING STARTED

The installation is done it without problem?
Installation is very simple and not seek to be a computer geniuses!

The general configuration is easy?

yes enough for a basic registration. Otherwise there has read the manual (a little flies only) to understand all the functionality of the DSP mixer if you're not familiar with sound equipment.
Incidentally, the mixer (mixer) DSP is so useful once you understand how it works!


Have you encountered any incompatibilities?

yes with Sony Sound Forge to record if not for reading it is ok.


The manual is clear and sufficient?

yes the manual is very good and explains very well the operation of the machine.


Bémole one! Is having to close or have the computer on standby and to connect it but otherwise everything is great!

OVERALL OPINION

How long you use it?

I've had a year soon and it never fails me.
either physically or computationally!

And unlike many other reviews I read, none of my knobs did ramolit or broken.


Did you tried many other models before buying it?

but not all the sound engineers I know and sound technician offered me this one. So I rent one for a week then I realized it was excellant for the price offered.

What is so special that you love the most, least?
The +:
my much: its standalone operation.

His eight-XLR inputs combined with 1/4.
The DSP-Mixer.
Reliability-Its.
The 8-outputs 1/4 TRS
-The cable included with bloom. (Midi i / o, WC i / o, SPDif)
-2 X I / O ADAT (for plugging in another audio interface like the Profire 2626)

The -:

- It's duty to have the computer shut down or on standby and to connect it to the computer.

How would you rate the quality / price?

Excelling, having shopped for a year sound cards on the web and on forums is that which was given the best performance for its price and features.

I am told that even if it's more than looking cards with only 2 or 3 audio inputs, it's worth it because it does not crash very rarely if ever! (At least we are trying to do obviously planted!)

With experience, you do again this choice?

Yes definitely! I'll buy a second aillor.

Last Updated February 29, 2012
Djlive0702/28/2012

Djlive07's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" tools of every day! really useful to have!"

M-Audio ProFire 2626
What caractristques tech. have motivated your choice?

-First, It is available in 8 audios among XLR and 1/4 and its 8 outputs 1/4.
-Then Is that it plugs into Firewire, so it's more reliable than the usb!
-The Eight audio outputs can be assign virtual instruments.
-The Possibility to be connected in two sets!
-capacit to record 192 kHz


Which instruments and systems (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections?

I use it with a mixer Behringer eurorack 12 entries. To which the instruments, I use with electric guitar, a keyboard Technic, mixer DJ SCS.1m a Korg synthesizer Er mkii and m-audio microphones.

to which the connection I almost only uses XLR cable. I love the fact that he provided a cable panouis.


For what purpose?

I record in the studio and the fact that it is not too big will allow me to record directly from the musicians! I record guitarists and bassists, pianists, a singer / vocalist,

I also use it as a card for his DJing, the 8 audio outputs rvlent be very useful.
Especially since it has its quality compar to map outputs made for DJing who has only RCA output! That having output and input XLR or 1/4 are so expensive, often on top of $ 1,000,00.

When I connect Mixe all outputs to input my Behringer Mixer and-controlling EQs is better than a dj program.


What is your config (Map mother / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?

I use it with a vista laptop and macbook pro 2011 0SX; 6.8.6




USE

Are the drivers stable? Are they often put day

The drivers are very stable, they have never permit me tomb.
They are put - days from time to time ... I remember the last time have!



What software do you use most often?

Pro Tools 10
Traktor
Ableton Live
FL Studio 9
Kontakt

if sometimes I use

Adobe Audition
Adobe Soundbooth
Torq 2.0


What you get lag?

I never touch because it never made me default!


How many tracks you record / play simultaneously?

I never try more than 8 tracks.




IMPLEMENTATION

The installation being done without problem?
Installation is very simple and requires no Gnis be a computer!

Is Gnrale configuration is easy?

yes enough for a basic registration. Otherwise there has read the manual (a lil flies only) to understand all the functionalities of the DSP Mixer if we are not very familiar with the sound hardware.
By the way, the suit mixer (blender) DSP is so useful once you understand how it works!


Have you encountered the incompatibilits?

yes with Sony Sound Forge to record if not for reading that's ok.


Is the manual clear and sufficient?

yes the manual is very well and explains very well the operation of the machine.


One bmole! Is having to have the computer shut down or in sleep to be able to connect but otherwise everything is great!


NOTICE GLOBAL

How long have you use it?

I've had a year bientt and she never made me default.
physically or computationally!

Contrarement and many other advice I have read, none of my knobs did ramolit or breakage.


Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

but not the sound engineers that I know and sound technician me about the l. So I have to rent a one week then I realized c'tait excelling for the offered price.

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

The +:
My much: his Standalone mode.

-Its Among eight combined XLR to 1/4 among.
-His DSP suit mixer.
-Its Reliability.
-The 8 1/4 TRS outputs
-The Cable included with Panous. (Midi i / o, WC i / o, SPDIF)
-2 X I / O ADAT (for plugging another audio interface of its kind Profire 2626)

The -:

- It is the duty to have the computer shut down or in sleep to be able to connect the computer.

How do you report qualitprix?

Excelling, after having store for a year of sound cards on the web and on the forums is the one that was giving the best performance for its price and its characteristics.

I told myself that even if it's more than looking cards with only 2 or 3 among audio, it's worth it because it will never plant if very rarely! (Unless one seeks to plant obviously!)

With experience, you do again this choice?

Yes very definitely! Btw I'll buy a SECOND.
zoual07/23/2010

zoual's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Well designed, with decent preamps"

M-Audio ProFire 2626
Specifications have motivated my choice: 8 preamps, all fed a 48 v, a rich connection (optical / digital interface software that came with the 2626 very simple and yet complete, which can route all flows (26/26 d Hence the name of the interface) ...

I use it in two contexts: first, to make recordings (fairly simple) classical training, 4 or 5 mics), with Logic Pro which fully recognizes the Profire after the driver installed.

The other use for the composition, still under Logic, with virtual instruments and one or two votes.

The Balance Sheet: I left a small Edirol FA-66, which made me the service I wanted but stayed just a little number of inputs, and excellent, really good preamps and neutral for this price range, all equipped with comprehensive functionality (the routing function from the dedicated software is really perfect). In short, for this type of product compared to the price is really excellent.


UTILIZATION

Drivers perfectly stable with Logic, not a crash two weeks of intensive use. I recorded five audio tracks for several hours without any difficulty will meet today (MacBookPro 2.56 GHz / DSS). The latency is almost non-existent.

GETTING STARTED

The driver installation is required, and takes a few minutes after downloading the latest version from the manufacturer's website. The breakout cable (MIDI, digital coaxial) is provided.

The manual is well done, with very clear diagrams to include routing, which is a function that is not necessarily used to meet in this kind of range: all functions are not accessible from the front of the ProFire, and with this configuration software that can complete all the possibilities, OSX is a module of system preferences. Perfectly integrated.

OVERALL OPINION

I had not tried other models before buying, and urgency (I had to record a concert a few weeks - the occasion makes the thief), and I hesitated with equivalent models Motu , Presonus.
I do not regret that choice, I have been advised by a salesman that I know and who I trusted.
I especially like the right pair that form the interface with the pair of Rode NT5 I just bought.
I did not tell her yet found fault. Perhaps rotating the front they could be surrounded by a ring indicating more precisely the values (the graduations are not very visible). A little more light could be more detailed level, but these are sufficient with a "green" signal and a "red" peak.
Excellent product.