All user reviews for the M-Audio Firewire 410
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theaudioandvideoguy's review"Powerful and portable"
I didn’t like the manual with this interface to much, It seemed to be a really lengthy manual and it didn’t need to be. The unit was very easy to use and to understand I don’t get why the manual would be so complex. You wont even need to touch the manual at all if you have general knowledge of interfaces and even if you are a beginner you wont need to use the manual . Just load the drivers and you are good to go.
The back of the unit does have some inputs on it though, I think it has two inputs and 8 outputs and they are all quarter inch jacks. So this unit is useful on the front of the panel and on the rear panel. So where ever you have this unit at you will need to be able to access the front and the back, which makes me thing they should have just made it a rack able unit and put everything on the front. But I think they where aiming at trying to make it a portable fire wire unit that had plenty of outs and ins.
It is portable and still has enough inputs and out puts to run a major session. Using this interface couldn’t be much easier. You wont need a manual , its plug and play. Run it in any major daw that you use on your pc. I am not sure about mac though, I haven’t used it with a mac.
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With the M-Audio Firewire 410 you are able to record two tracks simultaneously no matter if you'd like to use the mic preamps or the 1/4 inch connections. I haven't had any latency issues with this interface, but with these type of firewire interfaces this really has more to do with your computer than the audio interface itself. The preamps are decent sounding, but are definitely nothing to write home about.
This audio interface has always run pretty smoothly for as long as I have used it as I've never had any real issues with it. I only use this interface when I want to record on the go and can't bring my whole set up, so I don't use it all the time. The make up of the M-Audio Firewire 410 isn't complicated at all as all of the knobs and buttons are laid out conviently and easy to find. The features include the basic controls including gain knobs for the preamps as well as a pad for each and a mic/line toggle buttons. It also has two 1/4 inch headphones outputs and an assignable level control section. The manual for the M-Audio Firewire 410 is complete and thorough and while I never had much use for it, if you are a beginner and this is your first audio interface, I would definitely recommend having it around.
I've had the M-Audio Firewire 410 for about two years and I use it as a supplement to my Pro Tools rig so I can bring it around if I need to record on the go. It is a very reasonably priced audio interface and it is nice to be able to run it with some sort of version of Pro Tools, even if it isn't LE or HD. This is really a perfect audio interface for the user who wants something cheap to get some ideas down or to get their feet wet with recording. This isn't the most well made piece of gear out there, but it gets the job done at a cheap price that makes it a viable option for people with all budgets.
FP User's review
Price paid: ~$300
Very easy to get started using, easy to use control panel, lots of routing options. The manual is good too. I'm using this with an HP Pavilion P-4 2.8GHZ laptop, with 512mb of ram and an 80gig 4400RPM drive, and I can get around 8ms latency with the ASIO drivers with no dropouts. The website mentions 6-pin firewire, but 4-pin firewire works fine too, you just have to power the device with the included AC adaptor.
The drivers don't work so well with my configuration, unfortunately. I e-mailed tech support 2 days ago but haven't heard back. When using the ASIO drivers, sometimes audio will just stop. Switching to the DirectX driver solves the problem, but after awhile this driver too will stop functioning, at which point switching back to the ASIO driver solves the problem. Very annoying. I'm giving M-Audio the benefit of the doubt at this point as I suspect it is just a bug in the drivers, but it's unsuitable for live performance at this point. This issue also locked up my system at one point, and I lost some work, which was quite upsetting as I've never dealt with these type of issues before. Guess I just need to start saving more often. I've only had the unit for a few days so I haven't lost all hope yet.
Very clear! I'm very impressed with the sound quality of this unit. The overall output of the unit could be a bit higher, but I was previously using a Seasound Solo EX, which is quite loud. This unit has much better sound quality than the Seasound.
Overall, if my problems are resulting from a driver issue, and the driver issue is resolved, I will be very happy with my purchase. If it's not, I'll be quite disappointed as I really like this unit, but I'll probably end up selling it.
Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown (January 2-, 2003)
MGR/Donglai Gong's review"M-Audio Firewire 410"
I'm using the FW 410 with an iBook G4 and Behringer B1 microphones. For recording software, I use felt tip's Sound Studio 2.11 ($50).
At $400 or less, the FW410 is one of the cheapest Firewire audio recording interfaces. It supports 24 bit / 96 kHz audio playback/recording. It has two XLR microphone inputs and eight channel line level outputs. I also like the fact that the unit can be powered from the Firewire bus alone (though it's probably not a good idea if you are driving two condenser microphones off the Firewire bus). Although I haven't had the chance to test the SPIF audio stuff it's good to know that it's there when I needed. Finally, it has MIDI in/out for those who need it. The bottom line is that it has the speed and feature to serve the need of most home recording studios and pro's on the road.
Because this is my first computer audio recording interface (skipped USB completely), I have nothing to compare the quality of the audio with so I'll have to get back to the discussion of audio quality after using the unit for a while.
The startup is just a little flaky sometimes. There were a few times that I turn on the unit and my iBook G4 doesn't see anything connect through Firewire. It might a problem with Mac OS X though. Restarting the computer would fix the problem. (Remember to disconnect any firewire device when restarting your computer, doesn't matter what is connected!)
All the inputs/outputs are UNBALANCED. I wish they are balanced I/O but at given that the unit is targeted primarily for high end consumers, not professionals, it's really not a big deal.
The FW410 is meant to be used with a computer so it can't be used without a computer unlike the MOTO 828 MKII, if you desire computer independent operation, this is not what you want.
Solid construction, have only had it for a few days so can't say much about reliability yet. It feels good though.
The M-Audio Firewire 410 is an amazingly well conceived and executed product targeted at musicians and audiophiles desiring Firewire audio without the associated high price tag. It's ideal for stereo recording in a home studio setup and to take with on the road. Highly recommended!
I would give it 4.5/5 because it's almost perfect. I might write a follow-up review once I have used it for a while.
This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/rupps's review"M-Audio Firewire 410"
The sound is really nice. I'm happy with the latency as well. I use included ASIO drivers (will discuss it after) with 64bit buffer length. I have around 8ms latency, using several outputs and processing inputs in real time.
The drivers are NOT mature. I've suffered a lot of problems. There are conflicts with most motherboards regarding IRQ sharing (specially laptops). I had to reinstall the whole systems several times until I got an stable configuration. My issues are not solved yet, although it works better than first days, when it was really a nightmare. I had to fix many things without help from customer support, which in my case has not been good at all (I sent very long emails explaining all my System/ACPI/IRQ configuration and the answers were like "have you installed the latest drivers?" ... About that, they only released one update 2 months ago.
No complaints about this. I like the design and the materials. It's a solid metal box with fancy lights. The rotary controls are OK. I like the 2 front XLR inputs.
I think it will be an excellent sound card if proper, more stable drivers are released. I like how it sounds, but at the moment can't rely on it for live performances.
I know some people get this to work without problems, but you have to be very very careful choosing your motherboard and peripherals, as most modern motherboard don't offer a lot of control regarding resource assignment.
The customer support should really improve, or at least have updated FAQ's, as everybody is asking the same over & over again. I've contacted a lot of Firewire 410 users in Cubase.Net forum and we all have the same problems. It's a pity we have to trial & error time-costing solutions found wherever in the net, instead of getting a straight solution from the customer support.
This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Jonzer's review"M-Audio FireWire 410"
I paid £363(528 euro) for the unit.
I am accustomed to the consumer line Soundbalster SB Live for recording and playback. The first, very notable difference was the fact that with speakers or headphones plugged in and with the volume up full (with no noise playing) there was complete silence. There is no background noise or static whatsoever. It makes for crisp, clean recording (from DI source or mic) and incredibley clear playback.
So far, there is nothing unsatisfactory abou the unti whatsoever. It is perfect for recording (up to four inputs at once) and for playback (up to 10 discreet outputs or 7.1 suround sound).
The FW410 is solid in its metal casing. It is heavy duty, but not too heavy for portability. All knobs have a "nice action" (as Alan Partridge would say) and it is very simple and straightforward to use and install.
For anyone who is considering buying a low-price, professional soundcard for home recording or for live electronic performance this is the one for you. The unit has 4 inputs for recording (2 XLR / 1/4" hybrid inputs [with optional pads and phantom power] and 2 1/4" line inputs) it also has 10 discreet line outputs (8 1/4" and 2 SPDIF). It also has 2 headphone sockets, each with its own voume control. It works through FireWire and I am currently using it on a laptop and am achieving crystal clear recording and playback audio.
This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
jahboy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" well to start"
At the time, two XLR front enough for me to plug in turn guitar, bass, vocal microphone.
Thereafter, I plugged it a mixer Soundcraft Spirit FX8 to increase the number of XLR to connect more microphones to record drums, but it was Premixer ...
No specific concerns from the sound card drivers stable, very low latency.
I used it with Samplitude 7 and 8, then with Logic Pro 9 and Reason.
Map always recognized carefree by the software.
Attention to the firewire port, I bought a brand new PC and I had problems with cracking due to the motherboard on which rested the Firewire input.
I had to change motherboard to make it work again and then more problems.
Then I went mac a year later and there I never had any worries.
Very simple config for drivers is particularly memory must turn the computer back 2 times after installation and it works.
No breath problem, pretty transparent card.
the only criticism I have to do are:
XLR-front caches come off easily, staying plugged into the XLR male cable when in a branch, despite it all works, it's just aesthetics.
-Too many outputs compared to if you want to come connect more than two microphones ...
I used 5 years, I was very happy and ormis the problem of cracking due to the motherboard of my PC, it gave me great service.
I also stayed at M audio and have gained a Profire 2626 I am very satisfied because the entries are numerous (8 XLR) and very good value for money.
Thank you M Audio
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djfilgood's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very reliable interface"
with Traktor and Ableton OK
only problem were with the FW card containing some chips.
Very good interface, but I think to spend more channels.
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suppahgilles's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" very well to begin"
I wanted something really portable
and especially the eight output jack 6.5 ...
I use it on stage, in fact I take the other group members
with a console and I re-balance in the sound card to grind all the time
So my config:
an old Fuji-Siemens Amilo 2003, the processor is a wheelbarrow,
512MB of RAM ... the hard drive? is the name of hard ...
As against this too can not do without it,
And you know what? it crashes ever
required to have a stable operating system with all updates to XP Pro ... So ... it hurts not only portfolio giving money to microsoft
Live professor I want to say that I only use the freeware is a kind of rack effects and instrument VST ..
barely perceptible latency ...
Initially yes, XP Home pfff ... I bought the XP Pro and there .. ok!
Not read the manual ...
4 years ...
in retrospect, it came 2 a fair bit ..
the -: the blue light start ... too much ..
as: robustness, a year on the coast Mahorais (10 meters from the beach not a point of rust) no entry that crackles like new .. nothing ..
I had to okaz (through Audiofanzine) to 190 euros including postage ..
but altogether, and I intend to buy another one since my same chains!!
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La Tache Noire's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good attachments for the price!"
I had a card with a latency in MIDI sync as low as possible, here it is found, Firewire 410!
2entrées and 2 outputs would have enough, but it offers even more ... 4E/6S
This is significant if used by a multi-behind! Very handy!
I use the M-Audio Firewire 410 with one of the most common firewire cable, a power supply (12VDC 1000mA) or self powered via the cable, the power supply blow goodbye ^ ^
For I / O Cable Jack / Jack 6.35mm are used
Drivers findable on the site of manufacturers are very stable and work with other software, the ASIO drivers work perfectly associated with this interface and the rest of the equipment I use with.
I said a PC / MAC last generation is not at all obligatory, all other PC / MAC, or laptop, just with a Firewire port can run with no problems and all the interface that There's behind it, so no need to ruin the best to buy, any machine can easily fill are modest role, and the interface offrera still close to 0ms latency
Install 'of drivers as easy as pie
General very simple config
M-Audio program is fairly simple to take control
No incompatibilities encountered
And not need the manual, the few times I went to find some answers on the forums of AF
I use it for less than one year and no problems, perfect little gem that we delivered by M-Audio ....
This was my first audio interface, with Firewire is much faster and stable, and this is significantly lower latency compared to USB 2.0 interfaces
The characteristic I like most are self supply of the interface via the Firewire cable, I / O well enough for beginners and pros, and, of course, virtually latency / no view of the sound card!
I could not find a negative point, completely satisfied with all that this interface can provide!
The value for money is very very good, I highly recommend considering the price, especially in time, very affordable, and the number of benefits that this brings interface!
Materials at low cost to pro competition one more brilliantly, and other more expensive brands on the market!
All in all, very nice work on the part of M-Audio, Bravo!