M-Audio Firewire 410
M-Audio Firewire 410

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

MGR/rupps 12/16/2003

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

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I bought this unit because I have a desktop and a laptop system. I wanted a flexible solution to have good sound in both systems and , at the same time , keep the laptop thing portable. I bouhgt it online at Midi-Store (http://cdbm.com)

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.

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