M-Audio Firewire Audiophile
M-Audio Firewire Audiophile

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

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Ludlud49 03/07/2006

M-Audio Firewire Audiophile : Ludlud49's user review


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Card Features


-Audio interface 4 x 6, 24 bits/96kHz
-Function analog 2 x 4 (RCA)
-E/SS/PDIF (Coaxial) digital 2-channel PCM
-Digital output also supports surround sound AC-3/DTS
-Headphone jack with level control
-Mixing software via flexible input and output hardware and software
Aux-in on all the channels and the programming of auxiliary outputs allow for dedicated headphone mixes and departures of externalities
-Level control front panel programmable by the user (output, input, software return, aux send)
-Zero-latency direct monitoring
ASIO software direct monitoring-low latency
-A momentary switch to A / B switching between assignable headphone sources or by software to enable / disable monitoring ASIO.
-1 X 1 MIDI I / O channels 16
Switch and power indicator
-Powered via FireWire bus * or via DC power supply provided
Two FireWire ports, high-bandwidth
-Strong steel structure
* Requires 6-pin socket


Band: 20Hz-40kHz + / -0.40 dB, 96 kHz sampling frequency
-Dynamic range: 108dB (A weighted)
-S / N ratio: 106dB (A weighted)
-THD + N: 0.002% (-94dB)
Sample Rate (kHz): 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96
-Compact size: 4.4 cm (h) x 18.4 cm (W) x 14cm (depth); 770g


Sound Manager
-Mac OS X Core Audio / Core MIDI
Minimum System Requirements (PC)

-Pentium III 500MHz or higher, 128 MB RAM
-Windows 2000 (SP3) / Windows XP (SP1)
-DirectX 8.1 or higher
-Requires an outlet on a 6-pin FireWire adapter
Minimum System Requirements (MAC)

-Macintosh G3 * 600 * MHz/G4 667 MHz or higher
-With OS 9.2.2, 128MB RAM G4 * 500MHz with OS 10.1.5 or OS 10.2.6 or higher
-256 MB RAM (OS X)
* G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported; native FireWire ports required
My use

I invested in this card for its versatility, Midi, 4 RCA, firewire.Je me is way out of a stereo and two mono channels on my console

My config

Asus A6G Laptop Pentium M 1.6, 512 ddr 333, 60GB HDD + 20 GB external (samples)

This card is connected to my laptop, my laptop own MIDI controller (BCR2000) and m'audio is connected to a midi ea-1, and 3-way analog console of my yamaha (next hardware, drum machine style jomox and hardware multi-effect)


-Installation: The installation problem-free

-Incompatibility: In the beginning yes, I had a lot of problems especially with the story of IRQ, make sure that your firewire port is not on the same IRQ as another of your devices, otherwise aie aie, make a hole on the forum to see how we can remedy ca

Generally easy-Config: Yes it can go, in addition to the panel config with many of the audiophile

-Relevance of the manual: I have not had a manual, you can do without ...


-Stability of drivers: They seem stable on a stable config ...

-Update drviers: Okay I think it could be updated every two months instead of once a year ...

Software used: Ableton Live and Reaktor 5, a bit of Reason 3.0 and vst block, and the non gratos gratos

Latency-obtained: 7 ms latency General

-Number of tracks recorded: Not much track record


-Number of days of use: 4 days

-What I like about this card: The number of output, finishing for the price, nothing I do not like

-Other models tested before buying: Not just the one try;)

-Value / Price: More than adequate

-With experience: Yes I referrer that choice without hesitation