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multi channel firewire interface

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by nedjinski, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. nedjinski

    nedjinski Active Member

    opinion / recommendation needed -

    I have a mackie onyx firewire 1220 mixer. I also have an 8 channel mic /pre unit that I run through the 1220.

    I rarely use the 1220 to it's full capacity as a mixer and am thinking about replacing the 1220 with a firewire interface to run my mic / pres through.

    my mic / pre unit is quite good and I wouild like to keep it but I need a firewire only interface without all the extra bells and whistles and mic pres that the typical interface unit comes bundled with.

    is there such a beast that won't color my mic pres and still interface well with my DAW?
  2. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    You are looking for something like this. You don't list your preamp so not certain if it will feed lightpipe, or adat or what.
    I am sure there are other manufacturers making similiar products, A/D/A converters.
  3. nedjinski

    nedjinski Active Member

    well the idea there is good but I need to plug the TRS outputs of my pres into the unit - not sure how the lightpipe idea works.
  4. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Wel that was why I was asking what preamp unit is it?
    What unit is it?
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    If this anonymous preamp really is that good, you will need a FireWire 8-channel A-D interface with line-level inputs that are not attenuated and put through its own pre-amps.

    The RME FireFace 800 will do exactly what you want. Other possible interfaces at markedly different points in the price-quality curve are the MOTU 828 and Lynx Aurora 8/FW.
  6. nedjinski

    nedjinski Active Member

    hmmmm . . . .

    well it certainly looks to be cheaper just to keep the 1220 and use it as an A/D/Firewire converter.
  7. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    The Onynx pre-amps are among the best in their class, but have you considered carrying out the standard modification to the Oynx series that moves the recording/FireWire take-off point to after the insert (and EQ etc)?

    This is the 1640 mod description, but it's similar for a 1220. Front-end Audio offer to carry out the mod on the 1220.

    With the modification in place, you would take an unbalanced output from your too-wonderful-to-mention-the-name-of pre-amp to the insert return on the 1220, thus by-passing the Onynx pres.
  8. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Boz wrote "too-wonderful-to-mention-the-name-of pre-amp"
    Too early to have coffee coming from my nose, laughing so hard. Should be a brand of its own.

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