Undoubtedly one of the more unusual interfaces on our list, the EIE (‘Electromusic Interface Expander’) takes a slightly different approach to most others on the market. Each of the four input channels is identical, which means it can accept microphone level, line level or instrument (‘guitar’) signals. Each channel also has its own channel insert for processing signals through outboard before recording. There are four outputs, MIDI in and out, plus a built-in USB hub.
The tabletop format and retro looks won’t be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no doubt you get quite a lot of features for your money (especially when you consider the fact that most retailers are now knocking up to 40% off the RRP).
Perhaps the nicest touch of all is the inclusion of a pair of VU meters, which can be set to display the levels of any of the inputs or outputs. All in all, it’s an affordable interface with a lot going for it.