M-Audio Firewire Solo
M-Audio Firewire Solo

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

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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 20 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
Audiofanzine FR12/07/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

M-Audio Firewire Solo
(Originally written by elco7/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Instrument and mic source signals.

SPDIF in/out, headphone out, 1/4" line out

48v phantom power

Very sturdy die-cast housing



During installation Windows will warn you that the software is unsigned. Click on accept.

Shut down your computer, connect the Firewire cable and try to configure the Asio driver.

System crash.

Try again.

The update was not compatible with Windows XP in September 2008... I don't know why!

Three system crashes within one year, two successful updates and one update I didn't understand....


Firewire is perfect when you don't want to share a USB port already in use.

I use it at home: good sound quality, easy-to-use interface, sturdy housing... It makes a good impression on other musicians. I've recorded tons of short demos with it. I loved it in the beginning and had no compatibility nor driver problems.

Notice: the clock is sometimes synchronized with synch software like palm or dictaphone... and then you can't make music anymore.


Mine is one year old.

I did a full cleanup of my computer and I never touched this device again. It works, I just have to reinstall it along with Cubase but I don't feel like doing it!
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

M-Audio Firewire Solo
I'm tempted to say that the preamps don't count as a feature, if they don't work well. Kind of annoying since I was considering that as a feature when i bought it...

Price paid: 200 and change USD


I had a hard time installing it on my windows xp system, i think mainly because i've been avoiding the sp2 update. I was able to copy the needed files out of my girlfriends laptop and eventually install it fine though. The unit itself works like a charm, and the software control panel is cute and works very well.


It's not low-quality in a needs repair sense, but I'm a little bit annoyed at how it handles the firewire interface. I was under the impression that firewire was "hot-swappable" like usb, and have been able to do that with other things. Not so for this... if it loses power or is unplugged while you're system is on, you will crash instantly. Additionally, it has an extra firewire pass-through on the back. Cool I thought, and plugged in my ipod to transfer some new tracks to it. Everything freezes when you do that. Can't even use the other firewire port on the computer itself when using this soundcard!!! What's the point of the extra port on the back of the unit???


The output is great, as is the input from the line-in. The mic and instrument preamps are seeming kind of weak though... although i haven't given them too much of a shot.

All this aside, I can't help but love the thing. I really just got it for the low-latency, which it delivers (between 5 and 8 ms usually). That alone has me feeling all mushy towards the thing. The super clean input and outputs also tend to make my heart race sometimes...

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: elevated ( 3-, 2006)

jyeff's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very well"

M-Audio Firewire Solo
I wanted a firewire card to use Ableton Live with low latency and be able to record guitar (via jack) and voice.


Easy to use.

The drivers seem OK but are not updated.
My computer has blown some time ago. After repair means more to recognize the card. In fact the SAV of the computer was tearing their hair but the problem was with the internal card which bore the firewire ports. I think M-Audio was not there for nothing.
As it works well since I try not to touch the drivers.


The installation was done without much difficulty.
The interface for the settings is not very nice, but ...

However, the connections / disconnections hot are not permitted!


This is my first and only external sound card.
She is still appropriate. It allows me to play with my midi keyboard to Live with virtually no latency.
The sound of guitar is good if the sound is clear. However, for the distorted sound I is not yet found a way to save it so it sounds like out of my Marshall amp and not as a small amp with 10 watts made in china (the e). I tried to connect the amplifier output to the input of the card or use a microphone in front of the amp but it gives a disappointing result ...
But what good is another matter.

I think I would do this choice.

laplanete's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Misappropriation"

M-Audio Firewire Solo
I wanted to do the computer music ...

... Taken voice, guitar, bass ...

... I have not had the opportunity to use it for this purpose.


Need to make the scene, and find cheap stuff, I dug up a Behringer Xenyx 1002FX at 45 Euros, but there are only two slices preamp that I intended to vote.

How to add sound to scratch, bass, knowing that the other units are not and have no preamp Aqualisa?

Well I just plugged the FW Solo and offering me two separate preamplified inputs (XLR and jack).

On the XLR send the sound of scratching my amp picked up by a microphone Audiotechnica mb2k which, incidentally, is excellent and I get a Péchu his faithful and without having to touch anything else that 'to my guitar amp.

The input jack I plug my bass directly (an old Rickenbacker 4001) and nothing more I have a wicked sound.

Until we have more in this small FW Solo does more than help me ...



No problem for the implementation (sound) ...


It's all a little (lot) of démerder, a little off topic ...

... But the result is surprising ...

You still think that I use this little box for what it is for one of these four ...


Ivanplo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" (Very) Far from being disappointed!"

M-Audio Firewire Solo
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
Firewire, the price!

With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) and you use the connection with what? Connected to the Firewire port of the Macbook, HS80M output (Jack 6.5 sound card side, XLR side monitors)

For what purpose? What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk ,...)?
Home studio, connected to a Macbook 2007, 2.16Ghz, 2GB RAM, 160DD, MACOS X.6.7


The drivers are stable?
RAS, even at low latency.

What software do you use most often?
Logic Pro 9, Ableton Live 8.

They are often updated?
No idea, I have recently.


The installation is done it without problems?
Yes, under MacOsX we insert the CD, it installs, it works.

The general configuration is easy?
Very simple, the software is fairly succinct.

Have you experienced any incompatibilities?
Not at the moment.

The manual is clear and sufficient?
Clearly yes, plenty enough ...


For how long have you been using it?
Two days ...

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
That incorporated into the BCD3000 which I used to do anything other than sound card backup (Even though quite bulky as sound card if you know what I mean ...).

What thing do you like most/least about it?

+ The price (199 euros at Energyson)
+ Firewire
+ Fairly compact
+ Power Phantom
+ Quality of preamp
+ Audio Quality

- Unable to use the connector on the front in addition to the rear facade
- No balance on Outputs
- The simple design (which can also do its charm)

What is your opinion about the value for the price?

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?
Everything depends on the number of In / Out that is desired, it good enough for me personally.

El_Becko's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" soloist"

M-Audio Firewire Solo
Purchased in order to make the taking of good quality and rere at home: guitar via DI in AmpliTube
taken acoustic micro + di
taken a few voice
for use in portable stereo recording

preamps are excellent for the price and collect fairly
HI-Z is a blessing to play with the amp simulation style or AmpliTube guitar rig ... and it is indispensable

acien on my config (Pro Xeon Dual-generation S604 SURT pc-dl + 2 GB RAM) I had to go back many buffers to mix without problems

with the new config (on p5wdh E8400 + 4 GB ram) I play and I do not lag up the buffers when the project is already very busy: good point.

It is a perfect tool for msusiciens soloists, guitarists singers, nomadic or not you can make recording at home and send your tracks to the studio without getting burned by the sound engineer for the preamps are very good.

I now feel a boundary with the XLR only because my skills were better that 5 years ago I feel the need to refine my acoustic and taken to use several microphones.

The other drawback is that the headphone output is driven by the same knob that monitor outputs: clock at night, fancy a bit of his I plug my headphones j sends the high impedance level and there ..... aaarg my monitors that I had forgotten to turn off wake the whole house ... and it is especially peinible damage to the mix when you switch from headphones to monitors.
So many small console routed quality essential.

The big downside is the lack of midi interface. If you are equipped with a USB keyboard but do not worry if your keyboard dude comes home with his gear or you need a live sync you should invest in an external interface which significantly reduces the side nomad machine ...


I'll respond to some opinions that talk about problems with the drivers: the firewire card (which also supports the PSU) is not hot-pluggable, so it is normal that after a bet Standby or re-connection of the card it is no longer recognized by the system.

but frankly that takes the risk of seeing his project planting in the making with his standby in windows activated??

The updates are regular.

Buffer adjusted to 128 samples I work with 4 ms latency without problem.


Installation is not very clear: we must let the software install multiple components and wait for Windows to recognize them and you often have to try several times even if you always follow the same procedure.


So I used it and it made me so many services that would be hard to note too severely.

To have worked on 410 of the same brand more upscale, I confirm that the audio quality is identical and very good.

The high input impedance Instrument is a blessing and is essential for direct take on pain of being left with a sound all rikiki.

Think twice before buying these two points:

- I'm fairly sure that jaume need more than one XLR input?
- I am sure never need MIDI?

... And make your choice.

The price / quality ratio is excellent, especially on the second hand market. The companion

gozguitar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" galR"

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The drivers are stable with my faith magix music studio (versio sill samplitude): Reading April 6 VSTi + 4 10 audio tracks and recording a stereo track over this small world.

Little or no latency.

But it was the only crouchcougnasse .... MIDI tracks have a base latency inoperative and "unchangeable"!
Suffice to say that recently prs 6 years that I use, I abandoned the use of the south. Fortunately, VSTi work well and are of better quality than midi sounds: indeed, they operate on the principle of sound and suddenly sank all cool without latency.
May be my PC config but addresses another problem ...

The days are made expressly studied and operate GENERALLY.


Then the other point is wrong with the beast: for it makes little 3 or 4 manip unconventional, bah ... the PC to know more, or that it is the sound card!
Example of manipulation: I tried my sound card on my new macbook pro and when I tried plugging the firewire on the PC, the card DTECT silent but impossible to AUse as map basic sound (mp3 or wav file playback on media player, more sounds systm). Fortunately, magix still running with.

Today is deuxime has happened to me once and the first time I have to format my BCAN as far to say that I spend some days in any reinstall PC and I'm starting to want me dbarrasser my m-audio.


6 years that I use. This is my first sound card.
I did not change gear by lack of budget.

I try to remain objective despite my msaventures which are related certainly raise the use of PCs IN GENERAL (config too DIFFERENT same type on a PC) but I 'm really time I lose because of drivers who do not always work according to the BCAN connected.

Today I would look may be to another brand as M-Audio because of these concerns but they propose the installation of power for not very expensive and when it works, it works well.

GOZ 'What

MikoAudio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Firewire Solo
Opportunity makes the thief, but I was looking for the firewire

Models home and recording rps with a static hanging from the ceiling

Dell Precision M6300 Core 2 Duo 3GB of RAM, 40 GB for XP, Linux 40 + go to an external USB drive of 120 GB

Behringer three in a static, one-half cash Yamaha and Godin.


Zero problem
not need not read


I have the latest updates downloads directly, no problem
Reaper, Audacity, Hammerhead, Windows, Ardour, Audacity on Linux
2 (no more simultaneous input)


1 month
+ Connectivity-the number of
unbeatable (but occasionally as new and half price ...)

bucodi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Firewire Solo
I needed a sound card for my laptop running Linux 64 studio.


Installing Linux: there are no
Connect, Start, choose Control in jack freebie-bob driver and it all!


No need driver under linux.
I arrive with a laptop P4 5.8 msec latency and CPU utilization of 1.9%


Report qualitprix exclent!

Iyhel's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Firewire Solo
I was looking for a mobile interface for lugging around with my powerbook 12 "and can save drafts of components (bass and vocals) any o.
Old PB, so no USB2, Firewire Bond or nearly so.

priori in this price range, all interfaces are connected, so I especially chosen for ergonomics suited me well.

I connect an SM58, a variety of low (active and passive).
Today I use tantt with PB12 "and Audacity, tantt a macbookpro and GarageBand.
I use it occasionally in concert to record - but two tracks is a bit lightweight.


No problem with install From the time of drivers using date, the original ones (books on CD with the card) as rotten.

I think not m'tre never used the manual, the card plutt as simple ...

She sometimes weird things at the mmorisation the config, but nothing insurmountable.


The drivers are not being updated prs stable. Plant it once or twice, not particulirement under a heavy load, and no rptable fawn, so nothing mchant, has not the plant or Systm the application so nothing lost!

I mainly use it with Audacity, sometimes with DP4 (but I never took the time to me) and just today with GarageBand.

Latency and silent just leve pnible to beginners in Audacity, but a priori Audacity had more than the card I ever gave a look that prcis ment in GB since I do not hear it.


I have about two years.
I tried an Audiophile, an M-box and FA66, the ergonomics are quite content and price that made my choice, sound quality issue, the M-box I thought might be a little above the rest c'tait kif-kif - without testing exhaustively defined. And I did not need MIDI, so exit the audiophile.

But I will rpter: j'apprcie ergonomics.
on the other hand I quickly finds its technical limitations, mainly that I record the bass. For voice, flte, Jew's harp, your exact trs is correct, but the bass is lost normment dynamics and clarity even by inserting a pramp ddi .

The report price is honnte quality, it was a good tool, easy to use, for a reasonable price, yet I found this product line a little shaky: that too much or not enough.
If c'tait again, I would most definitely a card to be of lesser quality around 100 Toneport kind, either, now that I know my needs better, the range above, just to be sr not to be soon by the quality of pramp and converters, and in fact I currently eyeing on the Apogee Duet.
But I do not regret at all, for beginners and better understand my needs, it has amply fulfilled its mission.