#1September 19th, 2011 · 03:46 PM
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United Kingdom
Firewire Audio Interface
I want to upgrade my audio interface.
Interested  in what you use and what you would recommend
I have narrowed it down to the Focusrite Pro 24 -
http://www.dv247.com/computer-hardware/focusrite-saffire-pro-24-firewire-audio-interface--65633?gclid=CKq4s9aIqqsCFasKtAodpjAk3A

I've also seen a MOTU ULTRALITE MK1 on eBay
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190576039095?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
The Mk3 the latest version costs 409.00 is it worth the extra?

Basically I'm more interested in the audio quality than features

Edit** I've read some positive reviews of the TC Electronic Impact Twin, but never heard of it?
http://www.dv247.com/computer-hardware/tc-electronic-impact-twin--70223
#2September 20th, 2011 · 11:03 PM
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man this is a loaded question kind of.. do you need expansion for the future,  are you wanting to be able to use newer software also that comes out?  recording 16 or 24 bit?  what sampling speed do you want it to be able to do? how many analog inputs? does it need to have midi? does it need a preamp/preamps for analog inputs?

what software will you be using?  How clean do you want it?

it's a little more money but  with the . imho I would go with  an 828mk3/896mk3. That said the ultralite has good reviews (I'd see if it can be upgraded )..

 If you are not in a great big hurry and can Save up I would suggest getting an RME interface.  These interfaces are about the same level or quality sound as apogee. 

 If you get motu  stuff you can have them upgraded, to give you at better sound quality. 
Some Links :
http://www.rme-audio.de/en_products_overview_firewire.php --- these are awesome interfaces Lots of air and big sound.
http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/  used to be for more high end studios, but lately has been making some consumer stuff.
Or you could check with these guys and see if they have any stuff in your price range..
http://www.blacklionaudio.com/content.php?p=29  shipping might be expensive though. 
I would think that someone in your area would be putting out some great interfaces for a decent price.
 I would not rule out the M audio stuff either.
http://www.maudio.co.uk/products/en_gb/ProFire2626.html
#3September 21st, 2011 · 03:00 PM
371 threads / 187 songs
3,355 posts
United Kingdom
toastedgoat wrote…
man this is a loaded question kind of.. do you need expansion for the future,  are you wanting to be able to use newer software also that comes out?  recording 16 or 24 bit?  what sampling speed do you want it to be able to do? how many analog inputs? does it need to have midi? does it need a preamp/preamps for analog inputs?

what software will you be using?  How clean do you want it?

it's a little more money but  with the . imho I would go with  an 828mk3/896mk3. That said the ultralite has good reviews (I'd see if it can be upgraded )..

 If you are not in a great big hurry and can Save up I would suggest getting an RME interface.  These interfaces are about the same level or quality sound as apogee. 

 If you get motu  stuff you can have them upgraded, to give you at better sound quality. 
Some Links :
http://www.rme-audio.de/en_products_overview_firewire.php --- these are awesome interfaces Lots of air and big sound.
http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/  used to be for more high end studios, but lately has been making some consumer stuff.
Or you could check with these guys and see if they have any stuff in your price range..
http://www.blacklionaudio.com/content.php?p=29  shipping might be expensive though. 
I would think that someone in your area would be putting out some great interfaces for a decent price.
 I would not rule out the M audio stuff either.
http://www.maudio.co.uk/products/en_gb/ProFire2626.html

Thanks Goat for the info - This is great
Hmmm. well yes I'd probably want to upgrade in a couple of years when I build a studio in my garden, it's why I thought the focusrite would do the job, hence it has an ADAT input, so I can expand the amount of inputs. It would be for acoustic drums. But, technology is changing so quick, I may get a Traps Electronic kit E500, they have a new kit, which has had great reviews.
http://www.absolutemusic.co.uk/store/index.php/trae500/p_41979.html?utm_nooverride=1/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=Google%2BShopping

I currently have a M Audio 2496 pci audio interface run through an ART GOLD MPA GOLD pre-amp. The one thing that bugs me is the latency when recording audio, particularly electric guitar and bass. Also It's hard to get a decent sound from a Bass guitar.

I think people in different countries favor different makes. Focusrite here in the UK have great reviews. I read somewhere that motu is great kit, but does colour the sound a bit compared to focusrite, which don't. Being that I like to hear sound as natural sounding as possible, my tendancy is still to go with focusrite, although if I could afford it I'd definately go for RME, it's almost three times the Price of a focusrite equivalent and you can't find the new REM 400 secondhand, hence too new on the market
#4September 24th, 2011 · 02:17 PM
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1,948 posts
United States of America
Look for any Audio interface with rewire.. The one reason I like Pcie Firewire cards  is because I can get play through (with a decent computer) @ very low latency times. 

The Motu Hd192/2408mk3's    I am looking for some used 2408mk3's to add more input to my rig.

With motu PCIe cardss you can use 4 audio units at the same time ..ie 4 2408 MKIII's or 4 HD192's or any of the other firewire I/O's set up for PCIe 424 card.

I'm holding off on upgrades for a bit.. USB 3.0 is on it's way..5G speed..
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