Old 10-03-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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I have a digidesign 001 that is scsi only interface. I switched to a laptop and can't use that anymore. So I'm wondering what is a decent (affordable) audio interface now.


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Old 10-03-2011, 07:22 PM   #2
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M-Audio Firewire 410. A little old but I have not had one problem with it, ever! Love it! Very reasonably priced, too.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:33 PM   #3
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(2)PC desktop systems and (2)Focusrite Saffire Pro14 Audio I/F .
Quite happy, no issues, but no basis to compare to others.
One drives analog audio system, the other .... Yamaha powered-monitors.

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Old 10-03-2011, 07:48 PM   #4
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Older but amazing sounding EMU USB 0404. I am about to upgrade because I need more I/O, but I will dearly miss this beautiful sounding interface. They are inexpensive but have supposedly master grade converters. Sounds great and an awesome interface if 2 inputs are enough.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:10 PM   #5
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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, absolutely wonderful with Reaper. But I do wish I got the Saffire 56 for the liquid stuff and the extra ADAT ports.

But IMHO combining the Saffire Mix Control and Reaper's routing capabilities is a deadly combination.

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Old 10-03-2011, 08:14 PM   #6
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M-Audio Fast Track Pro.

Got it for $80 and can't complain.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:42 PM   #7
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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, absolutely wonderful with Reaper. But I do wish I got the Saffire 56 for the liquid stuff
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:58 PM   #8
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M-Audio Firewire 410. A little old but I have not had one problem with it, ever! Love it! Very reasonably priced, too.
I use this as well and concur... have had it for years and it is rock solid. Very low latency.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:19 PM   #9
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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 also. Very solid interface and I have had no problems with it.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:23 PM   #10
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Had to get rid of my old one (only one PCI slot on new machine.. had to upgrade interface or UAD). Currently using Echo AudioFire 12.. no issues - sounds great. W764 as OS
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:54 PM   #11
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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 also. Very solid interface and I have had no problems with it.
Yes, very happy with this ....
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:12 PM   #12
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Tascam 1641. Very affordable, and has been reliable for the past two years of steady use. I think it's now called the 1800 though, they updated the cheesy silver plastic gain knobs but is the same as the 1641 aside from that.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:37 PM   #13
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I can give a sort of +1 to the M-Audio FW 410. I've got the 1814, which is basicly the same, just a few more ins and outs i believe. And it's been great for me.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:06 AM   #14
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Echo AudioFire 4.

Wish I had two more inputs now that I have a hardware synth but the interface itself is amazing. They have different models with up to 12 i/o. Works without a glitch down to 64 samples when tracking. I bring it up to 256 when mixing. Ha, I remember the days of PT and the Digi002. 1024 samples when mixing and lucky to get 128 for recording. It also works great with every other windows program when reaper is inactive or closed and has a software mixer what writes settings to the device so I can play through it w/o turning on the computer. Maybe this is all standard now but like I said I used to use that horrible PT hardware...
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:35 AM   #15
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:07 PM   #16
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Rme fireface ufx expensive for sure but reaper interfaces with it perfectly,
The preamps are so clean I'm almost shocked . And the drivers are stable.
Combine it with reaper and its cost is way less than many daws.



Learning curve is a few days there are many reviews ..try to find a negative one if you can. This applies to any interface you are considering.

I have no byuer remorse at all but I did procrastinate about the 2 g's for a few months!

Its just a hobby for me so I compared it to a good set of golf clubs or a hew hang glider ..hey its cheap!

Second choice would be the baby face usb for 600 bucks or so.

I looked in the box carefully and what was missing was talent .. can any body tell me where i can buy some of that?
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:33 PM   #17
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Focusrite Saffire 6 USB. It works great with my laptop running Windows 7 and Reaper. Focusrite makes some great interfaces for the money. If you can afford it, nothing beats RME however.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:49 PM   #18
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FireFace 800 from RME. Very stable and sounds great. The ins/outs are overkill for what I do, but what the hell.....J
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:57 PM   #19
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Fireface 800. Best DAW related hardware I bought. It has worked for maybe 5 years without problems.
I did find the preamps somewhat uninspiring. So I bought other preamps.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:08 AM   #20
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I use a NI Traktor Audio 2 without any hiccups whatsoever. I highly recommend it for those looking for an affordable output only interface.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:59 AM   #21
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Rme fireface ufx expensive for sure but reaper interfaces with it perfectly,
The preamps are so clean I'm almost shocked . And the drivers are stable.
Combine it with reaper and its cost is way less than many daws.
I actually must disagree and say the UFX is a very well priced unit for what it has to offer. Yes, the preamps are very clean; almost clinical sounding in my opinion but accurate never the less. Combine it with some colourful outboard and Reaper and you have yourself a potently synergistic DAW.

Highly recommended.

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Old 10-11-2011, 01:23 PM   #22
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Presonus Firebox. Outstanding little piece of kit if I do say so myself.
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:06 PM   #23
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EMU 1820M I'll cry if it ever dies on me.

Tascam US-122L in the laptop bag.

Presonus FireBox - son has this one now... but I agree with Ric. Very nice little unit. Audio specs almost on par with the 1820M... not even audibly evident really. Just numbers on papers...

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Old 10-11-2011, 02:28 PM   #24
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Edirol/Roland/Cakewalk UA-101, both at work and home.
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:48 PM   #25
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EMU 1820M I'll cry if it ever dies on me.

Tascam US-122L in the laptop bag.

Presonus FireBox - son has this one now... but I agree with Ric. Very nice little unit. Audio specs almost on par with the 1820M... not even audibly evident really. Just numbers on papers...

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I absolutely love it. I don't have any need (right now) for something with more I/O, but if I ever do, I will look at Presonus right out the gate.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:39 PM   #26
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Default RME Fireface

I have tried a few..nothing beats the solid performance and high end sound of RME. I currently use the Fireface 400 but they have a new USB version which apparently rocks the boat. You won't be disappointed.
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RME Fireface UC. Very happy with its performance on Win7 x64 with both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40. AMAZING!
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