with a firewire interface do i still need...

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by telecast, Nov 18, 2004.

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  1. telecast

    telecast Guest

    to buy a better pc soundcard?
  2. michaeltk

    michaeltk Guest

    more information

    Most firewire interfaces already have a "sound card" built into them. By "sound card", I mean analog to digital converters. The data (i.e., the zeros and ones) are then piped into the computer via firewire.

    So I don't understand what you're asking. I need more info. What kind of firewire interface are you talking about?
  3. telecast

    telecast Guest

    im talking about a presonus firepod or a motu 828mkII (my two interface prospects)..... what i am asking i guess is.. what will i hook my computer speakers up to.... right now they are hooked up to the crummy card that is on my mother board.... the way im thinking is that the music will be capture on my pc then listened to over the crummy motherboard soundcard and suck....so do i need a new better quality pc sound card?
  4. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    the motu 828mkII has main outs and line outs!
    that's where you connect your amp or monitors if they're already amplified!
    i'd go with the motu instead of the firepro...
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    If you get the rosetta 8000 you can get the interface card and bypass the soundcard thing... but of course the rosetta is over 3K :D
  6. michaeltk

    michaeltk Guest

    One more thing . . . make sure the store you buy from has a fantastic return policy. I've heard plenty of horror stories about MOTUs being incompatible with certain systems. In fact, my MOTU did not work with my original setup; I had to purchase a firewire card with a particular chipset to get it working. Once I had it working it performed just fine. Not spectacularly, but fine.

    Let me also warn you that MOTU has a history of awful technical support. I mean just awful. At least that was the case two years ago. Why don't you try calling MOTU's home office to see if you can even get someone to pick up the phone? Maybe they've improved their game in the past few years.

    Contrast that with Lynx. When I called Lynx to ask them a few questions about their products, I was immediately transferred to the company's owner! How's that for tech support?
  7. Clayphish

    Clayphish Active Member

    Nov 14, 2004
    With that said, look into RME. They make some really stable systems, that really perform. They even have a section on their website which deals with problem chipsets, software, etc.
  8. telecast

    telecast Guest

    i have around 700 bucks to spend on an interface.... i want the ability to record a full band (at least 8i/o's)..... and the more features (quality over quantity of course) the better...im still pretty new to this recording stuff and most difficult thing with it is picking what gear i want/need!
  9. michaeltk

    michaeltk Guest

    The MOTU is probably about right for what you're looking for.

    But you might want to consider getting something cheaper (like the M-Audio Delta), and spending the extra cash on RAM and on a new hard disk. If you don't have at least 512 Meg RAM and at least two hard disks, one of which is 7200 RPM, then you'd better invest in that first before buying an expensive soundcard. Trust me, you're really going to be pushing the envelope if you try to record 8 tracks simultaneously on anything less than that.
  10. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    i would sujest the M Audio Delta 1010 (make sure its the 1010 and not the 1010LT) as the 1010 has the converters in a breakout box that is rack mountable and offers 8io analoge and 2io digital and yes spend the rest on the DAW, a lot of ram 1GB min and at lest a 7,200rpm SATA harddrive, although a pair of 10KRPM SATA running mirrord would be best.
  11. telecast

    telecast Guest

    i have a 1.8ghz p4 with 1.25 gigs of ddr ram and a 250gig 7200 rpm hard drive.... as far as the pc goes im doing pretty well except i plan on upgrading my processor when the new 64bit processors become cheaper (most likely after christmas)
  12. VMX

    VMX Guest

    How about the new Terratec 88 Rack Firewire?
  13. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    1.8? are you sure you dont mean 2.8
  14. telecast

    telecast Guest

    sadly i mean 1.8....however i dont havent had any problems runing neundo with quite a few plugins.... so the processor is adequate for now...
  15. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    ok but i would recomend a DSP card as well down the line the UA-1 is suposed to be great(mine has not come yet)

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