Suggestions on a good converter

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by denythyself, Jun 23, 2005.

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  1. denythyself

    denythyself Guest

    Hey guys, I would appreciate anyones opinion on a pro sounding converter. I'm new and I am buiding my own studio to record my bands records to sell on our own. (I will definately get a pro engineer, but I would like it to be done at my studio so that I can save $). I have Sonar 4 and I am currently using a Fostex 812 mixer, Delta 44 and Event 20/20. We play rock with alot of synth basses and hard guitar.

    I am looking at the RME Fireface or the RME ADI-8. Is Firewire just as good as a Card? Wish I could afford an Apogee 800 but not there yet. I want 8 inzandoutz because I eventually am going to buy different types of pre's to build a quility studio.

    Any suggestions 500 - 1000 price range?
  2. denythyself

    denythyself Guest

    Can anyone help please?
  3. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    I've read a few forum posts saying that the converters on the Kurzweil Rumor are as as good or better than the RME and Lynx stuff. You also get the reportedly amazing reverbs based on the KSP8, S/PIIF I/O, 3-band paremetric eq, and a collection of other effects, for $500.

    I will be buying one soon.
  4. Antho

    Antho Guest

    The rumor isn't exactly 8 I/O though is it?

    The converters apparently do sound really good tho...good for stereo i/o stuff...and quite affordable with great reverb!

    I'd recommend RME based on the multiface sound. The Fireface is meant to be better again...more recent/better converters.

    I think you'd be fine with RME. You might pick up one of their older units like the multiface a lot cheaper than the fireface if you only need 8 analog I/O and ADAT which gives you another 8 again i/o.

    I've seen a few Firefaces very cheap on ebay.

    Firewire is very fast...PCI is faster again, but they are both so fast you would be fine with either!

    if crucial, you can try a google search on PCI vs firewire...
  5. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    go with the rme.... the adi sounds better than apogee rosetta 800 anyway....
  6. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    Those RME's look pretty amazing.

    Anyone heard or used one?

    I wish one of the mags would A/B it against something as respectable as the Rosetta.
  7. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    used rme for years..... really love them....
  8. Sanity Inn

    Sanity Inn Guest

    Well, I have the RME HDSP 9652 attached to the RME ADI-8 DS..

    Do I like it? sure sounds great..

    have I compared it to similar cards ? Nope, other then my old Sondblaster AWE 64, which doesn't help the cause,,

    other then that, it works great with my Samplitude pro 7* ( getting sam 8)

    I'd venture to say you'd be happy with one if you needed it's functions..

    P-IV 3.0. /1 gig OCZ RAM /Windows XP Pro

    G'luck with the decisions

  9. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    Oops! :oops:
  10. Manfriday

    Manfriday Guest

    What about the Lynx Aurora?

    edit: nevermind. im reading challeneged.. didnt notice the 500-1000 dollar criteria. sorry!
  11. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    if your willing to do pci, try the maudio delta 1010.
  12. denythyself

    denythyself Guest

    Thank you very much guys for all of your imput. It really helps to get info from you guys that have much more experience then I.

    I currently have the Delta 44 and I do like what I hear but is the Delta 1010 better quality or is it just more ports? I am really looking to get a pro recording our of my own studio and I know I can do it with the right gear and the right engineer.

    I am looking at the RME's, but I have never heard them. It's just that their reputation is very good in all that I read. The other one I was considering is the MOTU 896HD. I've never heard that one either but in the May issue of REMIX, Trent Reznor of NIN uses it in his studio. I love NIN's sound.

    Anyone have any thoughts about the MOTU.
  13. freelight

    freelight Guest

    Your M-Audio Delta 44 isn't going to be a whole lot different than a 1010, other than the extra I/O. Sure the Delta 1010 was considered a "high end" recording interface a few years ago, but there's been plenty of advances in A/D converters. M-Audio is great for a home studio, don't get me wrong. I used a Delta 44 with N-Track for years before I started to get serious, but there's only so far you can go with the quality of the converters in those units. I haven't used the RME Firewire myself, but it looks like a great interface. If you're recording a rock band, you're more than likely going to need AT LEAST 4 I/O. You might want to take a look at some Echo products. Specifically the Audiofire8. Don't be afraid of Firewire or USB 2.0 oriented hardware, they're almost identical to a PCI card.

    Good luck.
  14. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    I have the apogee older rosetta box and it still rocks!

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