M-Audio Firewire 410
M-Audio Firewire 410

Firewire 410, FireWire audio interface from M-Audio in the FireWire series.

MGR/Jonzer 11/09/2003

M-Audio Firewire 410 : MGR/Jonzer's user review

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I purchased the gear in a shop after looking on the internet for affordable professional recording gear. I bought it because I knew it was exactly what I needed.
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.

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