The Matrix K USB/FW Give Users Freedom of Choice

4/26/2006 [Music Production Tools ]

CME announces affordable USB and FireWire Audio Interfaces

FRANKFURT, GERMANY — Building on the successful launch of the Matrix X five-channel mixer and Matrix Y headphone amp, CME announces the newest members of their Matrix system - the Matrix K USB and Matrix K FW. Perfect for Podcasting or mobile recording, the ultra-compact Matrix K series sport a number of versatile features without a high price tag.

CME MatrixK
"CME continues to develop unique products at remarkable price points," states Athan Billias, Director of Marketing for Technology Products at Yamaha. "The Matrix K USB and FW combine CME's trademarks of innovation and affordability."

The Matrix K series feature two products with similar designs, but different digital connectivity giving customers the choice of USB or FireWire. The Matrix K FW is a FireWire audio interface and the Matrix K USB, while similar in design, is USB 2.0 based. The Matrix K USB can be expanded to FireWire with the KF400e FireWire expansion board giving customers the ultimate in creative choices.

Both Matrix K series units feature professional recording up to 24 bit, 192 kHz resolution and ship with a low-latency ASIO 2.0 driver compatible with PC and Mac. Similar to the Matrix X mixer, the Matrix K features a mic/line/guitar combo input with phantom power, an 1/8" stereo line in, a stereo line out, and two headphone outs. All inputs and outputs have independent controls for dialing in the desired levels.

Key Features
  • Mic/line XLR combo input with +48V phantom power and gain control
  • 1 stereo TRS (1/8") line input with gain control
  • 2 channel balanced TRS (1/4") Line Output with volume control
  • 2 sets of TRS (one 1/4" and one 1/8") headphone outputs with independent volume control
  • Expansion slot for FireWire (upgrade option) computer audio interface
  • Windows XP and Mac OS X compatible, ASIO 2.0 driver
  • Ultra low noise and high quality recording up to 24 bit, 192 kHz
  • Dual buses for stereo and monitor, direct hardware monitoring
  • 1 set of signal and peak LEDs for left/right input channels
  • Direct Monitor switch for professional pre/post monitoring
The Matrix K will be available in August, 2006 for $179.99 (USB version) and $199.99 (FireWire version) US MSRP. The KF400E FireWire expansion is $99.99 US MSRP.

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Established in 1960, the Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) offers a complete line of musical instruments, professional audio products, and innovative technology for the hobbyist, educational and professional music markets. Within YCA, there are several divisions, i.e., piano and keyboard products, band and orchestral instruments, commercial audio, guitars, drums and music production products. Yamaha Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan, and is the largest of all global subsidiary companies.

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