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AlanForPresident08/27/2012

AlanForPresident's review"Portable with dual phantom power"

Edirol FA-101
The FA101 is a 10 in and 10 out interface, it is also pretty small for all of its capabilities. But it’s a perfect interface for home use, and if you want to pack it up in your mobile or laptop case to take with you for your recording needs if you are out and about. For it to be a little device you would expect it to have two separate pre amps and for it to be able to support recording as well as playback on up to 10 different channels. I used the FA101 with a mac book pro and it worked seamlessly and without any issues.


UTILIZATION

As I stated it has a phantom power microphone preamp button for both channels on the front of the unit which is a good surprise for the small size of the FA101. It records at 192kHz with a digital output of 44.1 kHz. On the Front of the FA101it also has a high impedance digital jack as well. You can also connect your midi devices to the FA101because it supports midi in and out.


GETTING STARTED

The owners manual is very in depth and well written as well as easy for the basic user to understand. Set up can get a little difficult depending on which DAW you are going to use it with. It will all come down to how familiar you are with using interfaces and also how familiar you are with using your own DAW and setting up your connects.


OVERALL OPINION

The FA101 is a smaller interface that is very portable, that is the most favorite aspect of it, you will have the ability to have a great quality interface no matter where you go and have all of the connection space you need for all situations. The quality for the price is very good, I highly recommend using the FA101
Audiofanzine FR12/30/2010

Audiofanzine FR's review

Edirol FA-101
Originally written by Stoparach on Audiofanzine FR.

Reason I chose it:
Self-powered FireWire, compact size, number of inputs, integrated preamps, TRS connectors, direct monitoring with adjustable balance on the front panel.
Used for home-studio applications and mobile recording.
It is connected to a black MacBook Core2 Duo 2.2 GHz with 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive.
Connected with a Soundcraft Compact4, DBX compressor (inserted) and a TLA 5050. Sometimes, I also connect keyboards and other sound generators. All connections are balanced.


UTILIZATION

With OSX, just connect it and it works. Sometimes, the sound card is not recognized the first time, in which case you have to power off and restart to solve the problem. Set the sample rate on the front panel. Even if you select a different value in the software, the sample rate selected on the front panel apply.
Comprehensive manual.


GETTING STARTED

Stable with Logic. With my system and a 512-sample buffer, I get a latency time under 10 ms. I can have eight audio tracks and two virtual instruments with compressor + EQ on each channel, one aux reverb and a multiband compressor on the master. I already recorded six tracks simultaneously without a sweat. The balance control on the monitoring bus is very convenient.
Main drawback: the integrated preamps sound very cold so I don't use them. Don't expect a good sound when you connect a bass guitar directly to it, even with an amp simulation... The preamps of my Soundcraft sound much better.


OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for one year.
Pros: balance for monitoring, powered via FireWire bus, size, number of ins/outs
Cons: preamps
Good value for money. At present, I would rather buy a Motu or the Apogee Duet, which has only two inputs but high-quality preamps (I tried it out with a guitar and it's simply not comparable). Summary: if you need a lot of connections in a compact housing, this sound card is for you. If you want to connect an instrument directly, choose another product...
moon4202/25/2011

moon42's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Edirol FA-101
I use cubase with my FA101 is for my personal model is to save my little band live. I have a laptop everything is simpler with a amd 1.3 and 2 mega of ram. it works nickel.

UTILIZATION

Friv very stable. very little audible latency. I record track by track.

GETTING STARTED

installation without problem. manual a bit tight but it's OK. Audiofanzine the forum is here to save us.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for two years without problem. I lug around repeating. very strong. only weakness has taken attention fireware especially fragile side micrordinateur laptop. although the price does not seem to me to, I break my piggy bank for this acquisition and I do not regret it.
covax12/28/2010

covax's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Edirol FA-101
An interface that has many I / O with optical fiber that has been a determining factor in my choice.

2 preamp in front of good quality. The sound is all-in-fact correct.

UTILIZATION

When it works, is stable. (I hear, read on)

Latency was good between 7 and 9 ms depending on the project.



GETTING STARTED

I had several problems with this card. Finally the problem was instead of my PC at the time (a tower AMD2500 +, 512MB, 350W). I had to change the map FW 2 times. No worries for cons with my laptop.

OVERALL OPINION

Used, less than 200 €, it is a interesting map.

For those who do not need all the I / O, take the FA-66!

For use purely computer is fine.

To catch sounds, I found better with the 24D and its DSP. Good product
Stoparach04/17/2009

Stoparach's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Edirol FA-101
Reasons for choice:
The auto-food firewire small size the number of enter the pramplis or bundled, TRS jacks, direct monitoring with adjustable balance facade.
Usage in Home Studio and taken from his nomad.
Branch on a black macbook core2duo 2.2GHz with 4GB RAM, 500GB disk 5400 revolutions.
Branch with compact4 of Soundcraft, dbx compressor insert, TLA 5050 live, sometimes I branch keyboards or other expanders "invited to." Everything is plugged in symmetrical.

USE

OSX just plug and running. Sometimes the card is not recognized at once simply the dye and turn and no problem. Attention to the choice of "samplerate" in faade because even if you choose a diffrente value in the sound that comes frquence this software is blocked. I became aware of the problem with logic because I happened to forget to rgler frquence on the 96000 in software. Everything seems to work but after a while the recording is arrtait noting too slow disk I do not know why. I think that makes the software was a conversion in real time via virtual memory and once the catch in the 44100 premires not go back to 96000. After a few errors dplaisantes g nral we forget the more rglage in question.
The manual is complete, a routing Schematic drawing is on top of the machine.

IMPLEMENTATION

The machine is stable in logic. With my machine and a buffer 512 a infrieure latency 10 ms I get about 8 audio tracks and 2 large virtual instrument compressors and equalizers on each track, reverb auxiliary and a multiband compressor master. I recorded six tracks simultaneously has passed without problem. Manual balance of direct monitoring and software output is very very convenient.
The big review on this product is linked to or bundled pramplis I hardly serves me so they are cold. If you think you plug a bass live forget, with an amp simulator software you get a little catch the disaster but the rest of the craft down floor ... The pramplis the Soundcraft do much better. For the broadcasting outlet or a room with two microphones was going on but just ...

NOTICE GLOBAL

I use it for 1 year.
The higher the monitoring balance, the bus feed size / number of I / O
The less pramplis.
Good price quality ratio there one year. Today I rather would turn to a motu or apogee duet of o the number of enter is limited to two, but the quality of the pramplis is waiting for you (test a guitar has nothing to do). To sum up, if you want a lot of enter and exit in a small volume this card is for you. If you want to connect a direct instrument in go your way ...
HomestudisteRap03/20/2009

HomestudisteRap's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Edirol FA-101
I use it for recording and mixing in a home studio.
I use it with a prampli TubePre home PreSonus

USE

Personally I have had a problem during the installation of this interface.
The Gnrale configuration is very simple and well in English manual is very clear and sufficient to understand the operation of this interface.

IMPLEMENTATION

The drivers are stable ...
I use fruity loops 8 and Cubase SX 2, I had no problems with these two programs.
At the latency is almost perfect (if not perfect)

NOTICE GLOBAL

I use it for two months and I am satisfied.
qualitprix the report is not bad (if somewhat expensive (about 400 euros), but it's good stuff so the AC is.
with the experience I remake that choice without hesitated.
gora herria07/09/2007

gora herria's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Edirol FA-101
This is the linux compatibilitée that motivated my choice and not many in / out
I use it to record home and live on an IBM notebook 1G of RAM and a 7200 rpm drive
I also use to live an M-audio axiom for controlling hydrogen and other synths

UTILIZATION

The instalation of 64studio is very simple since recognition is automatic if the driver simply select freebob in jack.
the config is also simple when you know jack
I did not use the maluel

GETTING STARTED

The drivers are very stable but not 64studio ubuntustudio that I made a small crash with ardor
I use much ardor
I did some recording with 8 tracks simultaneously and no problem

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 6 months
what I like most is compact are the number of in / out and its compatibility with the penguin. the least input and output too prochent each other and use some jack is not easy
the price / quality ratio is very good in my opinion

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...

yes yes yes
telecaster man11/20/2005

telecaster man's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Edirol FA-101
Characteristics that motivated my choice:
* 10 entries in full duplex (2 mic preamps, two more than 4 dB, the other six will go through a table to be of a compatible microphone jack)
* The price ....
* Firewire: what we can say that we want c practice is top ... and it works perfect!
* Headphone volume with front ... detail but a very very practical, high quality!
* Solid, c not made in plastic!
use:
* Homestudio and taken to a live band. Basically, I make the audio, very few mid-day
config:
* A config grandpa ... lol: W xp pro, amd 1.2GHz proc, 512 ram, firewire card pci expansion (and even with an NEC chipset ... it works!) Attention, this PC has only serves the music ... nothing else on it, no internet, no firewall and all that crap. PC dedicated home studio!
instruments:
* Mostly guitar, bass, and microphone. Using the pod XT

UTILIZATION

Install:
if you follow the manual and that we try not to make Tarzan himself, install the top is simple, no pb with my PC even in 1914!
incompatibility: no
config: easy you die! it is sufficient to have a firewire or on its motherboard, or, like me, for PCI
Manual: clear enough, but in English. Those who do not understand the English can suffer!

GETTING STARTED

Stab the drivers: this is m ... Always uneasy Bin there, bravo Edirol. Finally a card that installs and s does not crash! ca reassuring! excellent for this card
UPDATE: Well, then, c is the version 1 .... that is it!
Software used: logic 5.1, acid pro 4, sound forge 7, plugging (waves, ozone, Track, ....)
Latency I uncheck "Software monitoring" ... lol, how ca ... but 0 0 latency effects for the catch (jmen tape effects during recording)
# of Simultaneous tracks: 10. Tried and approved.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had the 1 month
The particularity - liked:
* No software to manage the input-output volumes. C is very annoying that, you have to go through the sequencer.
* And how I made for MIDI? lol ... j I need just the click and nothing comes out ?.... (Ps: top jsuis zero noon!)
* I shall have like 10 preamp, mdrrr, the price would change!
other cards tested: the maximum isis ... lol, I am ashamed!
value for money: top!
I do it again this choice yes!
I put that 7 because of the soft abcence to manage the in / out! there, edirol fears a little anyway!
julien.prat03/28/2005

julien.prat's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Edirol FA-101
My FA101 is connected a Dell Inspiron 8600c, via an external hard drive Maxtor One Touch (string in firewire).
She is more of interface audio mixer:
my instruments are directly above (a-station, CS1x, V-AMP2) (2 and then remains free admission) and the Mix knob allows shuffled the audio signal from the computer and the instruments as input e (direct monitoring).
My base is under Sonar 2.2 XL.

Since I lay, my mixer is stored in the closet!
Note that in this config, only my V-AMP2 between a sufficient level without the need correction. For two synths, knobs jOperation the gain of between 1-2 and 7-8.
Cest that the its a shame: the entries that are 1-2 combo XLR / Jack are taken by an instrument and therefore not prepared for micros in basic configuration

UTILIZATION

No installation problem: I just followed the instructions and everything went as planned ... fun!
APRS rglage the buffers, has turned!

GETTING STARTED

My config is perfectly stable. No problem up.
I am currently working on projects with two dozen audio tracks, one or two virtual instruments and effects plug-ins, plus MIDI tracks ... TRS has turned good!
(I limit myself to 48khz)

OVERALL OPINION

I am satisfied with my purchase trs.
I had an M-Audio Duo before, which n'tait not able to mix the signal from the computer and the instruments come into direct monitoring; c'tait either one or the another.
With the FA, everything became easier and less cumbersome.
So was not worth more compltes interfaces, but at the cost o it sells, I think it is a dj trs good solution for those who want more entries.
audioppk09/20/2004

audioppk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Edirol FA-101
Friendly card among multiple / outputs.
purchased to replace an old UA-5 which was become light
by its USB connection (for my needs)

USE

No instal, no drivers and it's good

IMPLEMENTATION

But as I say there are no drivers !!!
(Mac)

NOTICE GLOBAL

The sound is nickel effect !!!
for reading, crunches big problems though. (It's firewire?)
frankly its appearance is more professional. it is true.