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What audio interface for Nuendo?

Discussion in 'Nuendo' started by Johnjm22, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    I'm planning on building a PC and eventually running a Nuendo Setup on it, as I am currently running PTLE and am not happy with it.

    But I'm not sure what interface to get for Nuendo.

    I would like to be able to take up to 16 inputs (But I can live with 12) at 24/96 with decent conversion. I already have an Apogee Rosetta 2 channel AD which I plan on using for all my critical conversion needs. However to use my rosetta at 24/96 I have to use AES/EBU, so I also need my interface to have an AES/EBU input aswell.

    Any suggestions?
  2. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Any of the RME stuff is pretty rock solid and works great with Nuendo or Cubase.
  4. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    I'm in the $1500-$2000 range.

    Just looked at the Fireface 800, looks good.

    One thing I'm confused on though;

    RME says "the fireface can go up to 26 analog i/o's using two additional additional ADI-8 DS."

    What's ADI-8 DS?

    The only thing bad about the Fireface 800 it that it doesn't take AES/EBU via XLR. :(
  5. bap

    bap Member

    Look at Samplitude - another possible choice.

    Bruce P.
  6. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    That is RME's 8-chaneel A2D D2A with ADAT optical to interface to the Fireface.

    I just got their 24-I/O ADAT optical PCMCIA and breakout box to run soon under the new Cubase v3 and re-explore computer host based recording rather than the usual outboard multitrack recorder type recording.
  7. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    I'd kinda like to avoid using ADAT if at all possible, OPUS told me ADAT optical tends to induce jitter.
  8. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    We have found the Lynx cards to be about the best interfaces on the market... way, way, way better than the RME stuff.
  9. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    better in which regards?
  10. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    I've heard a lot of good things about the RME stuff so thats saying a lot.
  11. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    The Lynx AES16 looks interesting, but do you have to convert analog to AES and then send it to the AES16, or will it take 16 straight analog ins?
  12. nandoph8

    nandoph8 Active Member

    I would suggest any MOTU, look into the 24i/o
  13. Mario-C.

    Mario-C. Active Member

    MOTU HD 192, great deal for the money ... great sound, great metering, don't know how it plays with PC's but with Macs and DP it's great, very solid and the no latency monitoring comes in handy too ...

    I would agree with Fletcher about the Lynx card too, a friend just installed one in his studio and its excellent
  14. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    i'll probably get a fireface for the sake of having as many inputs as possible and being as flexible as possible (it's got 26 ins). i cannot say much about interfaces since i haven't had the opportunity to work with too many. i have worked with the motu 896. it's not bad but neither the motu with mackie pre's nor the motu with its own pre's struck me to be significantly better than my old mackie combined with my trusty am3. i know, they're 24bit converters, but i'm not really excited. it's ok though.

    what i hear and read is people compare rme interfaces to apogees, which are supposed to be excellent (can't verify that, haven't heard yet) and i read people saying that motu's converters are not _that_ good. and now fletcher chimes in with lynx (which doesn't move me either since i need a firewire solution for my ibook). m-audio i don't want to touch because i disliked the pre's sooooo much. and they've got too less channels.

    i know rme are using the next-to-latest akm converters, so that's kind of an industry standard, i'll let you know if i think that's audible as soon as i get my hands on a fireface. take it easy, y'all!
  15. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    RME seems to make a lot of people happy. Bob Katz also gave the Lynx stuff high marks on another forum recently.

    I personally like Frontier Design stuff a lot. I have had the opportunity to meet the founders and engineering team and they are rock solid people and engineers.

    Check them out at AES they will have some pretty cool new gear that I am sure many of you will find really useful.

  16. omaru

    omaru Active Member

    Thanks Fletcher - just the info I need at this point.


  17. Hemophagus

    Hemophagus Member


    Well, I've got a Nuendo system based and Steinberg's staff recommended me to use their own nuendo/steinberg interfaces, they told me also that those interfaces are made by RME for Steinberg, so RME and Steinberg interfaces are the same.

    I owned for long time two HDSP 96/52 and they were fabulous!! But I've had a robbery two months ago and now I'm going to buy another two... I'm taking a look on lynx cards too...

    The fact is that the HDSP 96/52 are ADAT based interfaces, but you could take a look on the RME MADI card. Its more powerful than the HDSP 96/52.
  18. Blenn

    Blenn Guest

    I audtioned the Lynx2 cards, RME (nuendo's own), Motu HD192 and the Rosetta. The Rosetta was the best but only just marginally a head of the Lynx and I mean a miniscule amount here. The Lynx was much better than the Motu and the RME. The RME and motu sounded pretty much the same but the RME srivers were significantly more stable than the MOTU (PC).

    Overall sound for sound quality the LYNX 2 and APOGEE are seriously good. Price wise the LYNX won it for me. ANd the drivers are ROCK solid in my Nuendo rig. Downside - not enough I/O since my PCI slots are looking fully booked.

  19. omaru

    omaru Active Member

    Thanks Blenn - doesn't the L22 open up the input side for you?


  20. Blenn

    Blenn Guest

    Nah - the L22 only gives yoyu 2in and 2out. I have the lynx B which gives me 2 in 6 out. Now if I wanted say 8 in and 8 out you would have to get 2 cards. Lynx 2 that is not the L22. I have 5 pic slots in my pc and 3 of them have UAD-1's 4th has Lynx 2 and 5th has the LYNX AES8.

    What everyone in the Lynx community is after is a single firewire card that can take upto 4 breakout boxes with each having 8in and outs giving a total of 32in and 32 out analog. Basically the same as the Apogee rossetta!


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