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presonus firebox vs Lexicon Omega

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Carlier, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. Carlier

    Carlier Member

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    I'm buying a one unit recording interface for a highschool and and considering the two machines in the title. I need one with Cubase LE incl, because that's the program I know and I don't want to spend a lot of time learning a new program.

    I know the firebox' firewire connection is theoretically more desirable, and the Omega has only a usb1.1 connection, but does it really matter if we're not going to be recording more than 4 simultaneous tracks? The omega seems to have a nice reverb plugin included, which is a big bonus, in my opinion.

    I'd really appreciate any feedback you might have about this. We're planning on buying one of the units pretty soon.

    Thanks!
     
  2. thesedaze

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    Firebox all the way. Better preamps, better connection.

    Lexicon is basically a rip on the Digidesign Mbox.

    You can always download a reverb plugin, if Cubase doesn't already come with one.
     
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    I have the Omega and love it. It's fast, works great, never had any issues with it at all.
     
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    I also have the Firebox and it is great. Really good preamps.
     
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    Another vote for the Firebox. If you look on Ebay you might be able to find deals with a free AT2020 or similar mic.
     
  6. killerburst

    killerburst killerburstguitars.com Silver Supporting Member

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    FireWire is a peer to peer connection, which means it uses less CPU power to manage the data flow across the bus vs. USB. More CPU power is then available for your DAW/ reverb plug-in.
     
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    I have the firebox. I also like the software bundle that came along with it incl a basic version of Acid.

    I would go with firewire rather than USB

    if you want to go more basic, look at the presonus Inspire too
     
  8. Carlier

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    Thanks for all the quick replies! Though the firewire seems to be prefered by most, it still doesn't sound like there's actually anything wrong with using USB for 4 tracks simultaneous recording, except for what killeburst said about saving cpu power.

    I've heard stories about high latency and even distorted sound using usb 1.1. Is any of that true?
     

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