Author Topic: Audio Interfaces compatible with Powermac G5 (& Powermac G4) running Mac OS X  (Read 51389 times)

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On this page i will attempt to detail the options for those who have a powermac g5 and need to find an audio interface. This is a somewhat complicated subject... lets first discuss some important factors in finding a compatible interface... there can be complications if you aren't careful!

**All PowerMac G5's support firewire
**All PowerMac G5's support usb 2.0
re: pci slot interfaces -- the PCI slots in a powermac g5 depend on your model; there are 3 different types
and your specific powermac G5 will only support one of the following:

- standard PCI
- PCI-Express

please note:
if you choose a pci connecting interface, you must ensure that the card will work with the slots in your specific powermac g5!
usually this can be visually identified by checking if there is more than 1 notch in the pci connectors.. if theres 2 notches this means the card is 3.3v compatible + it should work. also i believe you can tell which models support pci-x by counting the amount of ram slots inside the g5.. if there are only 4 memory slots (max ram 4gb) the g5 is standard pci.. if the g5 has 8 memory slots (max ram 8gb), it is pci-x (for more information see this page :

then there is the issue of OS compatibility..
PowerMac G5's can run 4 different versions of Operating sytems:

-Mac os X Jaguar 10.2 - (final version 10.2.8 )
-Mac os X Panther 10.3 - (final version 10.3.9 )
-Mac os X Tiger 10.4 - (final version 10.4.11 )
-Mac os X Leopard 10.5 - (final version 10.5.8 )

you must also ensure that the interface you choose has working drivers + is compatible with the version of mac os x that your g5 is running!

in general, most interfaces compatible with g5's are going to have been made between 2003 and 2011. but there are some exceptions to that, a few produced even early were updated with drivers, and a good number of interfaces that claim to not be compatible (ie claim to require 10.6, 10.7+) in the 'system requirements' put forth by the manufacturers, actually are able to be used... but in general its advisable to take the system requirements as law.

here is a general article from 2008 on how to make the decision of choosing an interface
this details the things you want to pay attention to, different types of connections, manufacturers etc
The vast majority of computer-based musicians will need an audio interface, but with so many on the market, it can feel like an impossible task to decide which to buy. You can narrow down the choices significantly with the help of our essential guide.

List of PowerMac G5 Compatible Audio Interfaces
(alot of these interfaces will also support g4's running mac os x aswell)
(if you know of an addition, please just reply to the thread)

Zoom R8

Zoom R16

Prism Sound Orpheus (firewire)

Lexicon Alpha (usb)

Lexicon Omega (usb)

Lexicon Ionix FW810S (firewire)

Lexicon Ionix U82S

Phonic Firefly 808 Universal (firewire/usb)

ESI Duafire


Allen & Heath ZED R16

Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1 (usb)

Emu 0404 USB (usb)

Alesis Master Control

Alesis MultiMix16 USB 2.0

Alesis I/O14

Alesis I/O26

Alesis MultiMix Firewire 16

Roland V-Studio 100 (usb)
site claims it supports 10.4.11 but requires an intel processor, earlier reviews claim g4 400mhz compatibility

Edirol UR80 (usb)

Edirol UA20

Edirol UA25EX (usb)

Edirol UA-1000

Edirol UA101 (usb) 

Edirol FA101 (firewire)

Presonus Audiobox
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Presonus Firestudio Project

Presonus FireStudio

Presonus Firepod (firewire)
mac os support: 10.3.5+

Presonus Firebox (firewire)

M-Audio Audiophile USB (usb)

M-Audio firewire Audiophile (firewire)

M-audio/Avid Mobile pre (usb)

M-audio profire 610 

Fast Track Pro

M-audio/Avid Fast Track Ultra 8R

M-Audio Project Mix I/O

M-Audio NRV10

M-audio/Avid Fast Track Ultra

M-audio Audiophile 2496 (pci)

M-audio Delta1010LT (pci)
***please note: only compatible with powermac g5's that have pci-x slots, aswell as 8 ram slots inside, if your g5 has only 4 ram slots, it is not compatible with this interface ***

M-audio Audiophile 192 (pci)

Mackie Satellite

Mackie Onyx 400F (firewire)

Mackie Onyx Blackbird (firewire)

Mackie 1620i Onyx Mixer (firewire)

RME Fireface 400 (firewire)
Mac os support: 10.3.9+

RME Fireface 800 (firewire)

RME Fireface UC

RME Digiface (pci)

Focusrite Saffire (original)

Focusrite Saffire LE

Focusrite Saffire 6 USB (usb)
***Only USB 1.1 variants of the Saffire 6 USB are compatible with OSX 10.5 Leopard. USB 2 variants will not be compatible. USB 1.1 variants' serial numbers begin with 'SU'. USB 2 variants' serial begin with 'S2'.

Focusrite Saffire Pro 10 i/o

Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP

Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 i/o

Focusrite Saffire Pro 26

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 (firewire)

Steinberg MR816csx & Steinberg MR816x
Mac os support: 10.5.8+

Motu 24i (pci)

Motu 308 (pci)

Motu 1224 (pci)

Motu 1296 (pci)

Motu 2408 mk2 (pci)

Motu 2408 mk3 (pci)

Motu 828 (firewire)

Motu 828mk2 (firewire)

Motu 828mk3 (firewire)

Motu 896 (firewire)

Motu 896HD (firewire)

Motu 896mk3 (firewire)

Motu Traveler (firewire)

Motu Traveler-mk3 (firewire/usb)

Motu UltraLite (firewire)

Motu UltraLite-mk3 (firewire/usb)

Motu 8pre (original) (usb)

Motu 4pre (firewire/usb)

Motu Audio Express (firewire/usb)
mac os support: 10.5.8+

M-Audio Profire 2626 (firewire)

RME 9652 (pci)

Tascam FW1884 (firewire)

Digidesign MBOX2 (usb)

Digidesign mbox mini (usb)

Digidesign Digi 002 Console (firewire)

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack (firewire)

Digidesign Digi 003 (firewire)

Digi 003 Rack (firewire)

Echo Audiofire 4

Echo Audiofire 8 (firewire)

Echo Audiofire 12 (firewire)
mac os support: 10.3.9+

Echo Gina 34g (pci)

Echo Layla 3g (pci)

Tascam US-100 (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam US-125M  (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam US-122MKII  (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam US-144MKII (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam US-200 (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam US-600 (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam US-800 (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam US1641 (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam US-1800 (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam US-2000 (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam M-164UF (usb)
mac os support: 10.4.11+

Tascam FW1082 (firewire)