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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 16 reviews )
 10 reviews63 %
 4 reviews25 %
Value For Money : Excellent
Editorial review
  • 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 ;)
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)
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 |) &! !
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
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.
Rotull11/04/2009

Rotull's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio ProFire 2626
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?

The number of I / O and analog numrique, price, pre-amps, the possibility to transport thanks to Firewire!

- For what purpose?

Home collection's outdoor studio!

- What is your config?

TravelMate 7720 Laptop: Intel Core Duo CPU T9300 2x2, 5Ghz
4056 Mb Ram
3x500Gb HDD
Vista Pro 32bit

- Which instruments or Systmes (console, prampli, DTD ...)?

I use it with a Tascam DM-24 and an amplifier Arcam digital / analog!
For now I'm in a pretty simple config Analog but I test the ADAT and S / PDIF and everything is spot on!
I record the voice, instrument and sound recording to MD!

UTILIZATION

- Installation is it without problem?

yes, it's done in minutes!

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?

No!

- The configuration gnrale is easy?
Yes, the software provided (routing, setup) is all that more simple, instinctive and practical!

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

As a textbook physics, there is a book of "quick boot" sufficient installation, if you want most is on the CD provided. Pdf

GETTING STARTED

- The drivers are stable?

Yes, four months, not a single bug!

- What software do you use most often?

Nuendo 3, Sound Forge 9, Plugins vst: native instrument, Blue Cat, Arturia, Korg ...

- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment?

As for the time records: 8 Analog + 2Adat 96.000Khz in 32 bit and everything is perfect.
Read: 32 tracks + instrument. vst (noon) and all is well!
I use it both for recording for Fast Fashion

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it?

+ / - Four months

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">the +</span>
Pramplis of quality, easy to install, I / O, Analog / Digital, low latency, price, StandAlone

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Le-</span>
The knobs in faade (there are plastic and do not be rsistant area) but hey, we'll see!

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

Not really, from a "static audio ad/da2000) that the levels of connectivity to resamblait strong but in the silent years in Ralite Lumire!

- How do you report qualitprix?

Trs Well, I also wanted the prciser pramplis "Octane" trs are really well made (for the price).

There was no problem in the firewire or the drivers, installing ft easy!

In conclusion, I highly recommend this sound card in the report qualitprix!
increasingly it is recognized by Protools!

New Info on November 4, 2009:
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Just to say I am always satisfied with TRS!
Except the knobs which (as prvus) are really bad quality and catch a game over time!
I will try to change them and say what is a time!

Despite the default, has remained a trs trs right choice!
spot0005/22/2008

spot00's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio ProFire 2626
What technical specifications motivated your choice?
firewire card with 8preamp octanne 2PORT and adat.
the card comes with Ableton Live Lite 6, 2cables Firewire (6 pin> 6 pin to 6 pin> 4-pin), is a "whip" with MIDI ports and spdif wclock.

For what purpose?
home studio

What is your config (motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
tour
2.2 ghz core 2duo
2GB RAM
Maxtor 400GB hard drive raid
win xp pro.
6 pin firewire port

test also
a laptop
2.2 ghz core 2duo
2g ram
150GB hard drive
4-pin firewire port
win xp fam

UTILIZATION

Installation is no problem it?
nickel it stuffs the cd, it installs, you plug the PC restarts the 2626, windob detection and running.

Have you experienced any incompatibility?
no no
Gnrale configuration is easy?
bin as this is my first "big board" I ram a chouilla but the "m-audio control panel" and well done, but is in English.

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
the "quick guide star" is not too useful and the manual is in English.

GETTING STARTED

The drivers are stable?
yes, no crashes yet in win xp pro sp2

Are they often put day?
the map is still very new so hard to say.

What software do you use most often?
cubase.

What you get lag?
according cubase about 6 ms

How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
8 for now, I have not yet preamp adat.

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?
2 days
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
the flexibility of input output, assignable at will
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
emu 0404, alesys Multimix firewire 16.
- How do you report qualitprix?
very good, I have not seen anything better for the same price!
- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
yes definitely.
04/19/2008

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio ProFire 2626
- What technical specifications have motivated your choice?
Interface with 8 and 2 among pramplis / O ADAT
- For what purpose?
Studio recording
- What is your config (Map mother / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
MacBookPro 2,13Ghz 2GB
- Which instruments or systems (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections ...?
ADI8-DS converters

USE

- Installation is it done without problem?
Yes, like a flower OSX 10.4.11
- Have you encountered the incompatibilits?
Not
- Is Gnrale configuration is easy?
Yes, especially since I had already a firewire 410 whose system is similar.
- Is the manual is clear and sufficient? ...?
No need to book

IMPLEMENTATION

- Are the drivers stable?
Yes, OSX, no worries
- Are they often put day?
Difficult to say because it is trsrcent.
- What software do you use most often?
Protools m-powered
- What you get lag?
Trslgre not gnante for recording
- How many tracks you record / play simultaneously ...?
For now, I record 12 tracks simultaneously, but I think I can go 14 or 16 when I have external pramplis supplmentaires I will connect my converter

NOTICE GLOBAL

- How long have you use it?
15 days
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Plus, 8 pramplis of very good quality.
Least, the gain potentiometers do not seem to be very strong
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
M-Audio Firewire 410
- How do you report qualitprix?
Very good, a very good way to make a little home studio and record in good conditions.
- With the exprience, you do again this choice ...?
Yes, no problem
fabricegoubin04/02/2008

fabricegoubin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio ProFire 2626
Usage: making sounds in the studio.

Buying a portable station complte April 2, 2008:

- Mac book 2.4 Ghz, 2GB, Mac OS 10.5.2
- ProFire 2626
- Pro Tools 7
- Micro kit Salmieri
- Accessories (cables, feet, MIDI controllers, etc.).

UTILIZATION

Piloting of the card by the computer without problem.
Internet connection required for loading drivers on 10.5.2

GETTING STARTED

BIG PROBLEMS ON THIS ISSUE:

* Not fault M-Audio

* No software is used to control the card multitrack recording on Mac OS 10.5.2 (except soft Ableton Live, but hey ... the FULL version, recording the multi ncessaire is 299 euros - good joke !).

PRO TOOLS does not run on 10.5.1, let alone 10.5.2.
The card is currently not functional multitrack with a soft quality when we had the awkwardness of the OS updater or buy a brand new computer.

OVERALL OPINION

The 2626 card is not functional so far in multitrack recording with a soft quality of work on a config. Apple update (April 2008).

...

(Erratum: nikel it works with Garage Band, the most advanced audio software on a Mac (!) Is the only laxative I've found to dbloquer the situation).

...

The map looks really great (the home tests are convincing) 8 pramp octane, cheap, not boring: a future standard.
... Just some problem of arrhythmia between Digidesign and Apple.