Interfaces - How Much Do They Matter?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by crumjack, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. ctreitzell

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    Focusrite makes great stuff in the high end bracket. You gonna need to spend RME or Lynx money to attain that end of quality.

    Apollo on Win is a likely nightmare as others have said.

    How many i/o do you need? that is where you start

    RME drivers are awesome: turn the AI on after or before booting up. Total Mix takes some effort to comprehend. By no means was my UFX+ plug and play. Now that it is set up, tho, it works beautifully.

    Mid-grade? What's the budget? $1000US?
     
  2. toddincharlotte

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    Yeah, I think so. I need to mull over. It's not a huge priority, I'm getting some decent demos from my Uphoria.


    I also dig the fact that it's bus powered, I've used it in a live Ableton rig with a launchpad.
    Buy yeah, probably something in the 600-1k range. Was looking at a few tonight.
     
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  3. pipelineaudio

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    Totally irrelevant to the claim
     
  4. batsbrew

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    nobody cares anymore.
     
  5. crumjack

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    So after all that, Amazon has a Prime Day deal on the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8. Maybe it will or maybe it won't get me closer to the sounds I'm hoping to capture. The extra inputs will be nice for less or hopefully no cable swapping.
     
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  7. batsbrew

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    yes, i had this unit in house for a while...
    but once i got the chance to try a rme babyface pro,
    that's what i bought.
    has been rock solid.
    super clean pre's,
    super clean converters,
    very easy to setup zero latency monitoring, and monitor mixes,
    highly recommended!
     
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  8. rickenbackerkid

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    Three(ish) things matter to me:

    1. Stable, which means the drivers are good and it always works
    2. Quiet, no noise, even at high gain
    3. Clean, clear sound

    I've had Focusrite and Audient and an AVID. All were great. I've also had a Presonus and it didn't cut it. For me the Audient stuff is great. Focusrite sounded great but the driver software was far too confusing.
     
  9. LoudBadRocknRoll

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    Hi Lee,

    I think older PC cards may not be very good, actually. E.g. the crap Mackie converters. Something newer will probably be much better.

    Re Windows 7: You can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. I just did it on my desktop machine. The UI is not as responsive. But it's pretty good. Just download the current Windows 10 image (either burn a DVD/iso or make a thumb drive - I used the thumb drive). No activation necessary, as it just recognized my current license w/out issues.

    hth,
    Charlie

     

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