Inputs 1+2 are located on the 610’s front panel, and feature M-Audio’s respected Octane preamps that can accept microphones or instrument-level signals. They have -20dB pads and supply phantom power, so can be used with condenser microphones. Also on the front panel are the sockets and volume knobs for a pair of headphones outputs, as well as the assignable master volume control.
The 610 has on-board DSP that allows the user to configure up to five different cue mixes, and it’s capable of running in stand-alone mode, where it functions as a two-channel mic preamp and A-D/D-A converter. It can record at rates of up to 24-bit/192kHz and, as it’s part of the new M-Audio stock, it will work with Pro Tools M-Powered. In the UK, the Profire 610 costs £309 including VAT. In the US, it costs $499.