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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:38 pm 
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I like RME. Rock solid and great driver support.


Firewire or USB? Anything to look out for?

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:45 pm 
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Running an RME Fireface UC here... i was abit nervous about using a usb soundcard after having my Audiofire Echo 2 for many years... which was firewire..

It's been no problem at all.. i've had it down to 64samples .. which has been abit choppy on my 2009 Macbook Pro, it's happiest at either 128 or 256samples which is fine for me ..

Having the 8 analogue inputs has been great, and is why i upgraded from my two input soundcard..being able to apply individual fx to seperate hardware channels is awesome... and the extra outputs have been useful as fx sends..using my old Yamaha A3000 sampler as a multi fx unit ... will be digging out the Alesis Quadraverb next... if it still works :)


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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:25 pm 
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Lag wrote:
WOLF! wrote:
I like RME. Rock solid and great driver support.


Firewire or USB? Anything to look out for?


PCI over here :D . But I guess RME handles all drivers with the same care so usb or firewire would be okay as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:29 pm 
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I don't really need a bunch of ins and outs. I do everything in the box, just need the stereo in for mic and line - just in case. So I'm thinking - Universal Audio Apollo Twin or RME Babyface Pro?

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:50 am 
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I've recently bought an Audient ID22 and I'm really happy with it. It is in the same bracket as RME and Apogee in turns of quality and the 2 preamps are the same they use on their big and expensive mixing desks which are very highly regarded. I paid £320 and it feels like a bargain.

Before this I had a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20. I only sold this because it had loads of inputs and I kept looking at buying hardware instead of learning how to properly use the tools I already had. The Audient does sound better but the Scarlett range is totally decent. If the Audient is in your budget, check it out. If you want to spend less then the Focusrite stuff is a great option. As for drivers...both have worked great on my windows PC


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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:52 am 
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I bought the Audient ID14 some months ago and it really is a good soundcard for that price!


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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:33 am 
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Hmm seems like I can't get it in Serbia, plus their focus seems to be on Mac. People on GS saying that even though they do have Win drivers, they seem to be dodgy and not too great performance-wise.

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:11 pm 
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Lag wrote:
Hmm seems like I can't get it in Serbia, plus their focus seems to be on Mac. People on GS saying that even though they do have Win drivers, they seem to be dodgy and not too great performance-wise.


I don't recognize anything in those complaints


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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:02 pm 
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How old are those comments on GS? I believe they had some driver issues when they were first released but this is about 2 years ago. I read a lot about the ID22 on GS and the comments were overwhelmingly positive.

Thomann in Germany are selling the ID14 for €224. That is a fantastic deal in my opinion. Thomann also ship worldwide and offer a 30 day money back guarantee so if you do not like it you will only lose out on postage cost, as long as you are careful with the packaging.


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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:47 pm 
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My Saffire Pro 40 (Focusrite) has been a great bang for the buck interface. Works well on both Windows and OSX.

Fun fact about RME interfaces: The reason they're known for their stability across many platforms is because they run FPGA chips for their processors. These are basically processors with no fixed architecture that are completely re-configurable. (Think of them sort of like a modular synth panel vs a regular fixed architecture synth).


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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:15 pm 
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I was given as a gift a combo with an M-Audio M Track Plus along an Oxygen 25 v4.

This audio interface is everything i need for the moment and works great with my mac. Never had an issue with it.

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:55 am 
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Got the RME Babyface Pro to replace my old M-Audio Fast Track Pro. The difference is noticeable. Thanks for the help guys!

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:12 pm 
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Just upgraded to a focusrite Clarett 4pre for an Xmas treat and it sounds beautiful, definite clear improvement over my previous interface.

Can max out the i7 4.0 CPU to 100% with 7ms latency @ 128 samples, can run it at 32 samples with 4ms latency but it starts farting at around 60% load on the CPU.

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:33 pm 
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https://ask.audio/articles/this-audio-i ... ver-thames

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:07 pm 
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Just build a new pc (i7 6700k) and re-using my RME card that is allready 12 years old. That's nice support in the super fast changing computer world.

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:33 am 
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Fireface UC and MBP 2013 here, rock solid no problems at all..... I can recommend RME for sure. Ive had other interfaces and this one has been the best so far....


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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:28 pm 
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I have a used MOTU Traveler MK1 which offers fantastic value for money (I paid only 180 €). However, as Firewire is dying, I'm afraid I won't be able to use it as soon as I have to get a new computer. I'm using a 7 years old Macbook, hopefully it will last another 7 years...


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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:41 pm 
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rsntr wrote:
I have a used MOTU Traveler MK1 which offers fantastic value for money (I paid only 180 €). However, as Firewire is dying, I'm afraid I won't be able to use it as soon as I have to get a new computer. I'm using a 7 years old Macbook, hopefully it will last another 7 years...



my previous MBP got very heavily used and lasted 6 years.
When I finally decided I really needed to upgrade it was still working,
but eventually the screen died 1 month after I got my new one.
so honestly, from now on I count on my MBP's to work for 6 years max.

regarding FW
since my new (now 3 years old) MBP didn't have FW any more, I used the FW to thunderbolt convertor piece.
Apart from once every blue moon a small hick-up in playback, it always worked fine.
I only recently upgraded to a thunderbolt soundcard because I wanted more ins and outs and I wanted more speed,
my FW soundcard being the slow part in my setup.
I just installed it this morning (fucking pain in the ass with all the recabling at the back of my racks),
and it's giving me quite a few digital hickups.
I had no time to check what the problem was uptil now, maybe it was just a start up thing.
In any case, it was kind of depressing since I sold my old soundcard yesterday and the new one is giving me more shit at the moment.

ow well, I guess I'll have another look at it tomorrow...
I hate dealing with digital problems. Honestly... :|

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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:29 am 
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I thought the new MBPs only have USB but apparently Thunderbolt is included? Good to know that I'll still be able to use my FW-interface then on a new computer with an adapter.


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 Post subject: Re: Soundcards
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mm, I did say mine is already 3 years old by now.

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