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PCI VS. FIREWIRE

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by ColdWarmth, May 11, 2007.

  1. ColdWarmth

    ColdWarmth Guest

    My recording setup is so close to comploete all I need is a way to get my signal into the computer. I have a studio projects B1 going into a VTB1 tube pre amp, And now I am having a hard time deciding between firewire and PCI, as it seems I think firewire would be a faster clearer connection without all the crappy driver support and whatnot..

    Fire wire? or PCI, and if PCI which is the best bang for buck choice?
     
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    I use firewire for the meare fact that it is very simple to transport, faster than USB 1 (i dont know about 2), its been very reliable. PCI is beter in certian regards, but I really like the products that have been designed around a firewire connection.
     
  3. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    FW is very mobile. It will work on both a desktop and a laptop, Mac and PC. A PCI card will not work in a new Mac (it's all PCI-E in there).

    I just came back from a gig where I had mLAN stuff working in a live situation with my MacBook. Now that it's all home, I plug it into my Windows desktop and here we go again. Same interface, different computer.
     
  4. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Firewire is truly separated from the computers elecro magnetic noise. A PCI solution can only do that if there is a breake out box and the breake out box contains the DA-converter... Usualy THEY DONT!. I would go Firewire ower PCI anyday.
     
  5. ColdWarmth

    ColdWarmth Guest

    Ok. Now that youve got me on the firewire side, What would be the best interface that I can plug my VTB1 into for under 200 bucks?

    How about the m audio firewire solo
     
  6. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Not much ;)
     
  7. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    nah, you dont want the m.audio interfaces. they are cheap and the software is lame.

    last i knew, the mackie onyx satellite was down to $199 -- originally $400!!

    for $200 it's a steal... the onyx preamps are pretty fly, and it's firewire which is fly as well.

    all in all, the satellite might be your flyest choice

    otherwise presonus makes a few firewire interfaces, but i think they are more in the 300-400 range.

    goodluck!
     
  8. ColdWarmth

    ColdWarmth Guest

    See the only thing im using it for is to plug in my tube mic-preamp and then go into computer, So as long as it gets that done im happy.
     
  9. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    PCI is superior to Firewire in terms of Latency and reliability/stability. Firewire relies on packet-based transfers, and this adds latency (must cache data to get it into a packet). Thisd also uses a bit of CPU power.

    PCI and now PCIe will always be the preferred I/O format for a serious desktop DAW. RME, MOTU, and now SSL and Apogee are players, too :eek: Good stuff

    My RME HDSP PCI system runs reliably with 32 sample buffers (that is 0.75ms per buffer - and results in 2.25ms "round trip" latency at 44.1K, or 1.12ms at 96K - besting Apogee's Symphony :p ). That is NEVER going to happen with a Firewire interface...

    :cool:
     

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