rme or motu

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by mud5150, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. mud5150

    mud5150 Guest

    So I was completely set on getting an rme fireface because it seems like hands down the best interface on the market when trying to balance features sound quality and price. My plan for my front end was to start out with this interface using the existing pre's as they seem to be pretty top notch for being on an all in one interface,and suplimenting with my yamaha board if I need extra inputs. I was then going o add on as I save more funds a 4ch sebatron, and then a avalon ad2022 giving me access to all 10 analog channels which I think would be plenty for what I plan to do. I think this would also give great versatility as far as tone. Any that was my plan until I starting looking at the prices on the motu 2408 mk2. They are selling used super cheap and have a great feature set. As a general concensus the motu stuff seems to be a step below rme. I'm not familiar with it at all so I couldn't say but the main thing is with the lower price of the motu I'll be able to purchase nicer preamps and better mics right away, so I'm wondering if that would be a better way to go. Speaking strictly in terms of sound quality would I be making a mistake by purchasing an older series motu rather than the rme. Granted I'll end up with everything else being the same, I'll just have more to spend on other stuff quicker. What do you think.
  2. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I can't say about the MOTU/RME, specifically(I use a Lynx, myself). What I CAN say is to SPEND AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE on your sound card/interface! IT IS THE BASE OF YOUR SYSTEM! Anything that comes after it must rely on it's quality. The world's best ANYTHING, following an "also-ran", is, automatically, an "also-ran-also"...

    Again, nothing against the MOTU, I don't know, but IF YOU DO, "invest" in the better of the two. If there is ever a time to save-a-buck, THIS is NOT it!

    Teddy G.
  3. shanabit

    shanabit Active Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    I would opt for the RME.

    I have the MOTU 828MKII. Good quality sound but the RME just sounds better IMO. Im going to get the RME myself and sell the 828MKII FWIW. Remember, BUY LOW, BUY TWICE!! :wink:
  4. taylor

    taylor Guest

    i've used MOTU interfaces since i got into digital recording and they have been ROCK SOLID for me. i just upgraded to an HD192 and am very happy with it.
  5. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    Unless bus-power is absolutely a must, I would go with the Fireface.

    You can only have mine after you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.
  6. I use a motu 828mkII and, I love it. i did the same thing as you, i was going for the RME, and, decided and saving a bit, and, really your not sacrificing much. with better pres, you will be better off right off the bat. go for the motu, and, then, spend the extra on a wicked ass pre....!!
  7. tranqs

    tranqs Guest

    I'm a MOTU 828MKIII user, and it sounds really good!!!!
  8. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    Jul 26, 2004
    vienna, austria
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    using the fireface here. rock solid interface and drivers, excellent metering, very usable mic pre's, great converters. excellent tech support in rme's newsgroup. i can highly recommend the fireface.
  9. barnee

    barnee Active Member

    Nov 29, 2005
    I've been hesitating for 2 months between Motu 828MKII and RME Fireface, then I heard about the Traveler. 1 months later I've bought my Traveler.
    It was 8 months ago...Now I have a second Traveler.

    Using them with a Mac laptop. I just love them and the way I can get inputs, mix, submix so easily (with Cuemix).

    I dont know about the RME Fireface, I think it's good quality (maybe excellent). Maybe I'll buy an Octamic D (8 preamps adat device) to get those nice preamps.
  10. goathead

    goathead Guest

    i have been extremely pleased with my RME cards. meat and potatoes. very low latency and quite stable in my DAW.

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