[OT] portable multichannel interface advice


    Apr 26 2008 | 5:00 pm
    Hey gang --
    I'm looking at a smallish/portable multichannel firewire interface
    for my MacBook. These seem to fit the need (and budget):
    Edirol FA 101
    M-Audio 1814
    I'm also considering the Alesis io 26 (it's an external mixer
    interface). One other possibility is to daisy-chain a couple of
    Presonus Inspire 1394 boxes, but that seems a little flaky.
    Anybody have any experience with any of these? thanks-in-advance...
    brad

    • Apr 26 2008 | 5:32 pm
      On 26 Apr 2008, at 18:00, Brad Garton wrote:
      > These seem to fit the need (and budget):
      >
      > Edirol FA 101
      > M-Audio 1814
      I've used the Edirol units and like them; I have a somewhat biased
      distrust of anything from M-Audio.
      I'm not sure if the Edirol can deliver a separate headphone mix for
      cueing - this is the main reason I went for the MOTU UltraLite (more
      generally, to have the CueMix system).
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    • Apr 26 2008 | 6:47 pm
      I have an RME FireFace 400 and I like it a lot. Sound and build quality are very good. It also has an very flexible, very low latency mixing system built in (TotalMix).
      regards,
      kjg
    • Apr 26 2008 | 7:02 pm
      On 26-avr.-08, at 19:00, Brad Garton wrote:
      > Hey gang --
      >
      > I'm looking at a smallish/portable multichannel firewire interface for
      > my MacBook. These seem to fit the need (and budget):
      >
      > Edirol FA 101
      > M-Audio 1814
      >
      > I'm also considering the Alesis io 26 (it's an external mixer
      > interface)
      I wasn't happy with the alesis interface I tried in the past (not this
      one, it was a small usb keybaord with audio i/o), but I hope it changed
      since that time. I'm very happy with my motu ultralite.
      BTW, I have a m-audio 1410 running 12 hours a day for an installation
      since 2 years (or is it 3?) and it's still running.
      p
    • Apr 28 2008 | 3:03 pm
      i've used the m-audio firewire 410 as my main live audio interface
      for several years, and generally i have been happy with the sound and
      operability of the unit, plus it was inexpensive. not sure if it is
      made anymore. like others, i do have some minor quibbles with the m-
      audio drivers - there have been some odd bugs over the years - but it
      has never failed during a show and is pretty robust overall.
      best
      b
      On Apr 26, 2008, at 1:00 PM, Brad Garton wrote:
      > Hey gang --
      >
      > I'm looking at a smallish/portable multichannel firewire interface
      > for my MacBook. These seem to fit the need (and budget):
      >
      > Edirol FA 101
      > M-Audio 1814
      >
      > I'm also considering the Alesis io 26 (it's an external mixer
      > interface). One other possibility is to daisy-chain a couple of
      > Presonus Inspire 1394 boxes, but that seems a little flaky.
      >
      > Anybody have any experience with any of these? thanks-in-advance...
      >
      > brad
      > http://music.columbia.edu/~brad
      >
      bruce tovsky
      www.skeletonhome.com
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      Philip K. Dick
    • Apr 28 2008 | 3:38 pm
    • May 12 2008 | 9:05 pm
      im looking at getting the focusrite saffire pro 10 i/o to use with max and recording.
      Anyone know anything about this ditty?
    • May 12 2008 | 9:24 pm
      I have the firebox, works nicely here with my ibook.
    • May 13 2008 | 12:29 pm
      I have a focusrite saffire pro 26 i/o - very happy with it - clean sounding
      mic pre's - plays happily with max- not exactly small, but it's certainly
      portable - I took it to india for a recording project, and it was very handy
      to have 8 channels of mic pre running on bus power.
      I'd seriously recommend you consider the 26 i/o over the 10 i/o - I only
      paid about $100 extra and I can already see the option of ADAT expansion is
      going to be handy.
      On Tue, May 13, 2008 at 7:05 AM, Toiletmuck
      wrote:
      >
      > im looking at getting the focusrite saffire pro 10 i/o to use with max and
      > recording.
      >
      > Anyone know anything about this ditty?
      >
    • May 13 2008 | 1:23 pm
      i have the m-audio 1814 and it annoys the hell out of me. it's really pernickety about firewire issues (not hot-pluggable, sometimes drops out if laptop goes to sleep). also, it has 8 analog inputs and 4 analog outputs, so the extra in/outs are only available through the ADAT option, which is a pain if you don't have a digital desk or some such device.
      i should have got the Motu ultralight instead. i think it has 8ins and outs,and pretty much the same size. and cheaper.