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#1 Peter

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Posted 12 August 2004 - 01:12 PM

Lots of great firewire interfaces on the market.

Give us your thoughts on a great firewire interface.
FW400 and FW800

(Note: Firewire interfaces only please)

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Posted 22 August 2004 - 09:18 PM

Hello, everyone—

New to the Forum. As for FW interfaces, I like my MOTU 828mkII. I've only had it a few days, but so far it interfaces wonderfully with Logic Pro.

Very solid product. Stable drivers. Good, clear mic pres on first two channels. Lots of I/O possibilities. MIDI. Good software mixing component (CueMix), though I don't anticipate I'll really use it, spending most of my time in Logic.

Not too many stand-alone FW units out there, still. Metric Halo is great but pricey; M-Audio stuff is notorious for instability and shoddy build, though I have not first-hand experience with it; new Edirol stuff is interesting, but not proven yet.

MOTU is great value. The way to go.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 10:38 AM

:shock:

RME Has got the FireFace 800.

I think its the first firewire800 audio interface out there.

http://www.rme-audio...glish/index.htm

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Its a little more expensive than the 828MKII but it might compare as far as converters, to the
Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882.

I think its worth a look :wink:

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 12:43 AM

Out of all FW hardwares...Matric Halo stands the best..next comes the RME and MOTU 828 Mk.II

I am running on 828 Mk II..managed to buy a good pc from ebay..the seller never sent the manual.. :oops: finding difficult to work with it.

Any help from 828 MkII users shall be great ful..

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 08:08 AM

I agree with the MOTU 828mkII. You can't go wrong with this one. However, we shouldn't forget M-Audio FW 410 and FW Audiophile. Now that the drivers problems are fixed, those are very interesting for the price.

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 06:15 PM

M-Audio stuff is notorious for instability and shoddy build, though I have not first-hand experience with it; new Edirol stuff is interesting, but not proven yet.


Huh??

I bought a FireWire 410 and it is brilliant! Feels heavy, solid metal construction, buttons and knobs are definite in response, and once installed it operates invisibly- you don't even need the control panel open- it just goes and goes... and if you upgrade to a bigger interface, eg. Motu 828 etc., you can still use it to add further channels via digital out!

It's good value!
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Posted 30 August 2004 - 01:16 AM

I have heard such conflicting views about the m-audio interfaces, but there always seems to be bad and good reviews on everything you buy (particularly audio interfaces). I'm thinking about getting a 410, but I'm still trying to make sense of the bad reviews. Does digi's purchase of m-audio make any difference?

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Posted 30 August 2004 - 08:10 AM

For the moment, Avid's buying M-Audio won't make any differences. I used to work in retail and I always recommended M-Audio products because usually they're trouble-free. I have a FW410 and I'm really happy with it. Like I said before, they had some problems with the drivers on OSX but it's a thing of the past now.

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Posted 14 November 2004 - 12:13 PM

MOTU Traveller, a new firewire interface
At AES, Motu unveiled the Motu Traveller, a new bus powered 24Bit
192kHz Firewire audio interface equipped with 4 Mic-Pre's (all with individual phantom power)
and a total of 20 channels of I/O

http://www.macmusic....mtQjpAznOhMaS=1

Looks like a nice little portable interface. BUs powered too :shock:

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Posted 17 November 2004 - 06:29 PM

Watch Out....
With a X Card Option....The Apogee 800/200 becomes perhaps the top end for Firewire Interfaces....of course they do cost!!!


http://www.apogeedig...ds.php#firewire

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 03:42 PM

Any opinions on the Presonus Firebox and the Terratec Phase 24 fw ?

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 03:54 AM

MOTU Traveller, a new firewire interface
At AES, Motu unveiled the Motu Traveller, a new bus powered 24Bit
192kHz Firewire audio interface equipped with 4 Mic-Pre's (all with individual phantom power)
and a total of 20 channels of I/O

http://www.macmusic....mtQjpAznOhMaS=1

Looks like a nice little portable interface. BUs powered too  :shock:


That's what I'm waiting for - RME is too expensive, I won't spend more than Grand...
If anybody see any review about this Motu Traveler - shipping started last week -, please, let me know.

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 01:54 PM

Well, I just bought Terratec Phase 24 fw and it's incredible ! Great sound, all balanced ins and outs, very clean interface, and a really incredible price. The best!
I use it with an iMac 20" and Logic Pro 7.

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 04:07 AM

Firewire Interface ?? one my council :

I have test all the best firewire card in commerce whit logic ; motu , rme , prosonus , rosetta .

whitout any doubts ; the best firewire is the Metric Halo i/o , primis for stability and for fantastic
audio quality !!!! .

Metric Halo and Logic 7 is the best solution for stability !

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 01:03 AM

I have a Presonus Firebox, sounds great but sometimes i have very random problems that i've found out have to do with the drivers.... I also have an m-audio audiophile firewire and it works ok, but i've found m-audio's really hit or miss with people

my vote goes to RME fireface 800 though (all they need to add is a volume knob)

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 12:57 PM

I took the dreaded plunge, mostly to use Pro Tools M-Powered, and jst bought a M-audio Project Mix I/O. I think they definately needed Digi's help, and they got it - it has some "hot" pre-amps, similar to Focusrite's, so you can have a really low signal. However you definately don't have the audio quality of Motu or Metric Halo, as I get alot of unwanted noise, but it's use-able, as long as u don't want to make an acoustic album with it! It is also unstable with Logic's MMC which has driven me crazy, but works fine more or less as an audio interface & control surface.
If you want the motorised faders with unlimited banks, this it does well - they seem more reliable than Digi's other mixers, except for the weak jog wheel! It depends what exactly u need and I needed this - it suits a basic, electronic music, workflow ONLY !! This ain't for the Pro's, but it is Firewire!
PLS let me know if anyone else has a Project Mix!

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 04:35 PM

i went to firewire when i upgraded to a dualcore g5 with pci-x. I purchased a Yamaha i88x and am quite pleased. it has enough inputs (8) that i can leave my equipment plugged in and the mic pre's in inputs 1&2 (only) are remarkable.
originally in the $1200 range, selling now at abot $400, this is a $$teal!

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 05:46 PM

Does anybody have any impressions of the RME Multiface? It looks nice and at a good price for RME.

How does the RME Multiface compare to Motu's Traveler? The Multiface ($700) looks like the little brother of the Fireface ($1500) - and a competitor to the Traveler ($849). Then again, the Multiface is a 24/96 unit.

8 ins/outs + midi in/out on the front of the unit. Motu's Traveler has them on the side, which looks like they would be unusuable if you racked it (?).

Thanks...

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 06:04 PM

did you see the MOTU UltraLite

http://www.sweetwate...tail/UltraLite/

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 03:09 AM

did you see the MOTU UltraLite

I did shortly after I posted that. That looks like a great unit. However, I'm falling into the price-point mind-games... $550 for that, but for $750 I could have that, and for just a little more I could get that! :)

I'll have to take a serious look at it soon, but it looks like a great deal.




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