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[OT] Opinion request for mid-range soundcard with 8 analog balanced outputs

Feb 18 2008 | 10:40 am


For a sound installation, I am looking for a soundcard with 8 analog
balanced outputs. The card will be connected to a PC running Windows XP.

What I want is a card able to provide a reasonable output level
without too much noise and a good driver. PCI, USB or FireWire are
all OK.

Forget about RME and MOTU, I need something cheaper.

Possible choices are:
– Presonus FireStudio Project
– Tascam FW 1804
– Echo AudioFire 8
– Echo Layla 3G
– Alesis iO/26
– Focusrite Saffire Pro 10
… other suggestion?

So, please tell me about your experience with MaxMSP and these

Thank you in advance.

Roald Baudoux

Feb 18 2008 | 11:06 am

Dear Roald and all

> Forget about RME and MOTU, I need something cheaper.

I have to say that, IME, these are the only one that did not crash
within extensive touring conditions. The hardware, but also very
importantly their drivers, are almost flawless. All my friend who
bought other things (Firebox, Roland, M-Box) regretted it and spent
money later on a proper one.

I know it is not always the case, but this is my experience. An old
828 mk1 on the web is cheaper than all of these mid-range, is still
supported by the stable MOTU drivers, and sounds ok.


Feb 18 2008 | 3:10 pm

Feb 18 2008 | 3:30 pm

I have the Presonus FireStudio Project. I’m using it with Windows XP Home. I’ve used it live several times (running Max) and I use it for one of the classes (Max/MSP) I teach weekly. Its never caused any problems for me. I’d buy it again in a second.


Feb 18 2008 | 6:07 pm

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