M-Audio Firewire Audiophile
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M-Audio Firewire Audiophile

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

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vgdb 07/05/2005

M-Audio Firewire Audiophile : vgdb's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
I bought this card for its good Audio specifications (good signal / noise ratio, number of possible routings, e / s digital and analog, and MIDI I / O) and its connection to the Firewire connection to my laptop.
The software bundle included with particularly attractive
I use it mainly behind my preamp "Audio Line" to the registration and as a sampler with Software Reason Adapted included in the package.
One complaint level characteristics: the unbalanced inputs on RCA ...

UTILIZATION

No installation problems to report. The manual is clear, I would have preferred a paper version not minimalist ...

GETTING STARTED

The drivers included with the model purchased 6 months ago were BUG: NN19 (sampler) Reason generated random blocks of config ...! The latest driver provided by M-Audio (posted two days before our concert!) Had definitively settled the problems. I guess it is now included as standard, do not hesitate to verify that you are updated on the m-audio site.
Correct latency in the software provided with the card and on the other.
The (very slight) problems sometimes on two points:
- The connection / disconnection hot (much improved by the latest version of drivers)
- The timing of recording frequency of the input SP / DIF: I had to reboot the machine to get to switch to external ...

OVERALL OPINION

This card is a very good price / quality ratio.
Robust, it is really a good addition to my laptop.
Question sound quality is almost perfect. No wind, good dynamic subjective, even if it is here that we can move forward with another material: there are better D / A converters on the market, but at much higher prices. And must still be able to operate throughout the broadcast chain that extra quality that is more the domain of FI than that of the PA.

The included software bundle is very attractive.

A few complaints:
- Nb the track a little weak (but we know at the beginning)
- I / O analog unbalanced.

In my opinion, an excellent choice for keyboards. Also an excellent choice for your portable affrir a decent sound card for a very affordable price ...