That was the other device that I was seriously considering. (Of course, it wasn't shipping at the time, but I did do a lot of research).Originally Posted by DavidSpearritt
First, I liked the flexibility of the unit and the fact that it has some hardware DSP for plug-ins plus the capability to more easily integrate external devices as hardware effects.
However, I didn't like that only 8 channels of ADAT were available at maximum. Sometimes I do hit the 20 or more track mark and need the ability to add more tracks via different converters.
Also, I listened to some of the TC devices that are currently on the market (Konnect24 and Konnect8) and while they sounded pretty good, I liked the transparency of the RME better. The TC imparted a thicker tone to everything - as if trying to be warm. It wasn't much, but it was there. Don't get me wrong, I could very easily work with the sound of the TC - it was quite nice (and will likely be getting the Konnect 24 for my in-studio work), but the RME edged it out in overall sound. (The pres were a notch better on the RME too - which are surprisingly quite good! I won't hesitate to use the RME pres when I need a few extra channels.)
The final thing that I liked was the fact that RME designed their own Firewire solution versus relying on a 3rd party manufacturer. This makes me feel like I'm going to get better support. It might just be in my head.