Need a FW Interface, but I have unique needs

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by suckamc, Dec 26, 2007.

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  1. suckamc

    suckamc Guest

    Or perhaps more precisely, a LACK of certain needs. I only need 2 channels. I won't be recording anything more than guitars and vocals (everything else will be done elsewhere). I'm using PC, Cubase, and the PC is quite good (Core 2 Duo, enough RAM).

    (1) Above all, it's got to sound great. So if I need to buy extra channels to get an awesome sounding unit, then so be it. So I need killer converters and hopefully killer mic pre's (though I'm sure I'll have to skimp on one of these at my budget).

    (2) I'd like to stay under $1000.

    (3) Preferably there'd be something about the unit (say, the converter) than I could still use down the road if I decide to upgrade into the big time money.

    (EDIT: Also, if I decided to not get the Fireface 400 and got the Mackie Onyx + some mics instead, would there be anything in the Mackie that I could use in a few years, when I upgraded all my stuff? Are the pre's THAT good, or only very good "for the money", or only good "for live")

  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    The unit that comes to mind to meet that spec in your price range is the RME Fireface 400. Its audio quality is very good and it's expandable via ADAT lightpipe.
  3. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    Though the Presonus Firebox is a good unit, at your price you could get the Firestudio. Both use the same converters and pre-amps. I use the Firestudio and like it a ot (used to use 2 Firepods).

    One of these might just be what the Dr ordered!
  4. suckamc

    suckamc Guest

    Would there be a reason, price aside, to prefer the Firestudio to the Fireface 400?

    Oh, and given that I don't need more than 2 channels, the Fireface is still the best sounding one out there? (Since the sound is all I care about)
  5. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    To be honest, I've not heard the Fireface. I know only of its reputation here and elsewhere.

    I chose Presonus Firepod quite a while ago based upon price, positive reviews, and a short trial. I liked it well enough to keep it (Firepod), and get a 2nd one, along with a Presonus Central Station. Then sold all 3 and got a Firestudio, a Focusrite 428, and a vintage Ampex 354 tube 2 channel mic pre, all of which give me a nice variety of choices. I needed the FS for its S/MUX connections to run the 428 through, and firewire to/from the computer.

    If you can, listen to both at the same store, with material you are familiar with, through familiar monitor speakers and let your ears decide.
  6. hummel

    hummel Guest

    For that price range, and only needing two channels, you might want to look at buying a separate pre-amp (e.g. the FMR RNP) plus an interface unit with no pre-amps (the echo audiofire 10).
  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I would actually consider the pres in the fireface 400 to be at least on the quality of the FMR or better. I've got to give RME credit - the pres are nice. Very nice.

    The conversion is top notch too.

    IMO, for "top notch" quality under $1000, there is no better solution. It will definitely allow you to grow later in life too.


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