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usb, anyone?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by bencrud, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. bencrud

    bencrud Guest

    sorry to be blatetly abusing this forum for personal gain, but the wealth of knowledge seems so abundant its like the first thanksgiving for me... any comments on the new breed of usb interfaces? more specifically i was looking into the m-audio omni as my front end and the quattro for midi and usb. their website said it was "professional quality audio". hmmmm....
    what are the drawbacks if any of usb. can it handle midi and "professional quality" audio...?
     
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Ben
    Is there a way to abuse this forum? if so how? lol
    Thats what we are here for!!!! Abuse away man! lol
    Anyhue, well it depends on certain things here..one, what system are you on? Mac or PC? WIndows XP has some issues with USB audio but there are fixes for that..Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2 is rolck solid.
    I have a Tascam US428 that I used to use for audio and it rocks..plus it has Midi on it as well..I use it only as a control surface now tho..no problems at all.
    As far as the stability of the unit..it depends on the drivers..
    Opus
     
  3. bencrud

    bencrud Guest

    i'm the guy with the opltiplex(ugg)...
    running xp pro. i thought i read somewhere usb can only handle 2 channels of audio.
     
  4. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    No...you can have four in and two out running very smooth....any more than that and you are aksing for trouble IMHO..maybe with USB 2.0 but not with the 1.1 protocol..
    Unfortunately there isn't any devices with USB 2.0 as of yet. Soon I'm sure..
    Opus
     
  5. zdpinet

    zdpinet Guest

    One of my friends had a quattro USB and... he could not make it work. I tried it on my machine (Win 98se)
    and it was a total let down. And what they wont tell you in their pich sales, you can't record 24/96 four channels at the same time.
    I also installed and tried the M-audio delta 1010 in a studio and it works perfectly well and it is a snap to install. (of course, its not USB, it is PCI)
    But USB? Well, its definitively not for me.
     
  6. bencrud

    bencrud Guest

    Cool, thanks... I think i'm going to get the omni studio. It just scares the crap out of me to put another PCI in this damn optiplex. It only has two two slots and one has my nvidia in it. Opus, how much do you charge for tech support? ha! Seriously though....
     
  7. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Well, if you look closely at the specs for the Quatro you will see it says 2 channels of 24/96 which is feasible but with only one output...that's bandwidth limitations for you.
    Now USB is not meant for serious data loads whatsoever...products like the Delta USB or Tascam are merely for either home demo stuff or on the road scratch tracks or mobile quick recording..etc etc etc..
    I have used USB extensively for a long time and agree the bandwidth is not there for serious tracks in at one time, especially for 24/96.
    PCI cards are definately the way to go as data is more stable trough the MCH and ICH that way.
    As far as the optiplex goes, cool way to get the PCI bridge out by that little switch! lol
    Opus :p
     
  8. bencrud

    bencrud Guest

    Thats about the only thing cool in it!!! since you know the beast I speak of and it only has two PCI slots, which slot should I put the delta in and which one for nvidia. :roll:
     
  9. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    :p
    Mine has 5 PCI slots...or is it you only have two left? So, you are adding a PCI video card? Uggghh...PCI Video BAD...AGP GOOD!! lol
    Either one at that point since it really won't matter as performance will be terrible(just begin honest here!)
    Opus
     
  10. bencrud

    bencrud Guest

    sniff...sniff...opus i am broken. you hurt me. i am a fragile man.... :(
    Yeah I know it is a total crapper, but it is just to get goin on and orient myself with the basics of DAW's. in china...
    soon it will be good and i will be asking advice on your ANUS. bye the way, what the hell does that mean..? :confused:
     
  11. bencrud

    bencrud Guest

    Should I just pull the pci video card and use the onboard video? Does it make ant difference since my computer sucks ass?
     
  12. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Yes, just use the onboard video to save PCI bandwidth...best thing to do for now!
    Opus
     

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