M-Audio Strikes AgainWith no fewer than 26 inputs, 26 outputs, 8 integrated Octane microphone preamps, and ProTools M-Powered compatibility, the latest interface from M-Audio aims to find its niche in the category of intermediate-level FireWire audio interfaces. Should the competition be worried?
M-Audio is usually known for their small mic pres, but they also have some very high quality rack gear that works great. This device features 24 bit/192 KHz audio, 8 analog inputs, 8 XLR mic inputs, 8 TRS inputs, 2 TS inputs, S/PDIF, 16 x 16 ADAT, 8 TRS balanced line outputs, 2 headphone outputs, MIDI, a proper world clock for setting up I/O, master volume knob, an onboard DSP mixer, and it should work with pretty much any of today's DAWs.
M-Audio did a great job setting this whole thing up. The interface itself is nicely laid out, and everything is easy to use. I'm especially happy that they used Firewire for this. While they make comparisons on the USB page stating how USB is theoretically faster than Fiewire, that's not the case in real life. There are some major flaws with USB 2.0 when compared to Firewire, and I always found it a bit dishonest when they tried to claim USB 2.0 was faster. Keep in mind that you'll probably want some sort of rack to mount this in. On top of that, it has a few breakout cables for some of the features, and I'm not really a fan of breakout cables.
I never had a single compatibility issue when using this device. It's a very easy to use and straightforward device. There's no need to even read the manual because everything is laid out in an easy to use and understand manner. Simply plug in the devices to their corresponding ports, and you'll be good to go. I was able to use this in Logic without any hiccups, and it sounded awesome.
If you're one of those people who enjoy rack interfaces and want one of the better ones out there, check this out. This has some really nice and clean converters that sound great. It also has MIDI and tons of other features. I just wish it didn't have all those annoying breakout cables for certain features, but then they'd have to make it 2U, so I can see why they did it.
- What technical specifications have motivated your choice?
Interface with 8 and 2 among pramplis / O ADAT
- For what purpose?
- What is your config (Map mother / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
MacBookPro 2,13Ghz 2GB
- Which instruments or systems (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections ...?
- Installation is it done without problem?
Yes, like a flower OSX 10.4.11
- Have you encountered the incompatibilits?
- Is Gnrale configuration is easy?
Yes, especially since I had already a firewire 410 whose system is similar.
- Is the manual is clear and sufficient? ...?
No need to book
- Are the drivers stable?
Yes, OSX, no worries
- Are they often put day?
Difficult to say because it is trsrcent.
- What software do you use most often?
- What you get lag?
Trslgre not gnante for recording
- How many tracks you record / play simultaneously ...?
For now, I record 12 tracks simultaneously, but I think I can go 14 or 16 when I have external pramplis supplmentaires I will connect my converter
- How long have you use it?
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Plus, 8 pramplis of very good quality.
Least, the gain potentiometers do not seem to be very strong
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
M-Audio Firewire 410
- How do you report qualitprix?
Very good, a very good way to make a little home studio and record in good conditions.
- With the exprience, you do again this choice ...?
Yes, no problem
What caractristques tech. have motivated your choice?
-First, It is available in 8 audios among XLR and 1/4 and its 8 outputs 1/4.
-Then Is that it plugs into Firewire, so it's more reliable than the usb!
-The Eight audio outputs can be assign virtual instruments.
-The Possibility to be connected in two sets!
-capacit to record 192 kHz
Which instruments and systems (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections?
I use it with a mixer Behringer eurorack 12 entries. To which the instruments, I use with electric guitar, a keyboard Technic, mixer DJ SCS.1m a Korg synthesizer Er mkii and m-audio microphones.
to which the connection I almost only uses XLR cable. I love the fact that he provided a cable panouis.
For what purpose?
I record in the studio and the fact that it is not too big will allow me to record directly from the musicians! I record guitarists and bassists, pianists, a singer / vocalist,
I also use it as a card for his DJing, the 8 audio outputs rvlent be very useful.
Especially since it has its quality compar to map outputs made for DJing who has only RCA output! That having output and input XLR or 1/4 are so expensive, often on top of $ 1,000,00.
When I connect Mixe all outputs to input my Behringer Mixer and-controlling EQs is better than a dj program.
What is your config (Map mother / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
I use it with a vista laptop and macbook pro 2011 0SX; 6.8.6
Are the drivers stable? Are they often put day
The drivers are very stable, they have never permit me tomb.
They are put - days from time to time ... I remember the last time have!
What software do you use most often?
Pro Tools 10
FL Studio 9
if sometimes I use
What you get lag?
I never touch because it never made me default!
How many tracks you record / play simultaneously?
I never try more than 8 tracks.
The installation being done without problem?
Installation is very simple and requires no Gnis be a computer!
Is Gnrale configuration is easy?
yes enough for a basic registration. Otherwise there has read the manual (a lil flies only) to understand all the functionalities of the DSP Mixer if we are not very familiar with the sound hardware.
By the way, the suit mixer (blender) DSP is so useful once you understand how it works!
Have you encountered the incompatibilits?
yes with Sony Sound Forge to record if not for reading that's ok.
Is the manual clear and sufficient?
yes the manual is very well and explains very well the operation of the machine.
One bmole! Is having to have the computer shut down or in sleep to be able to connect but otherwise everything is great!
How long have you use it?
I've had a year bientt and she never made me default.
physically or computationally!
Contrarement and many other advice I have read, none of my knobs did ramolit or breakage.
Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
but not the sound engineers that I know and sound technician me about the l. So I have to rent a one week then I realized c'tait excelling for the offered price.
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
My much: his Standalone mode.
-Its Among eight combined XLR to 1/4 among.
-His DSP suit mixer.
-The 8 1/4 TRS outputs
-The Cable included with Panous. (Midi i / o, WC i / o, SPDIF)
-2 X I / O ADAT (for plugging another audio interface of its kind Profire 2626)
- It is the duty to have the computer shut down or in sleep to be able to connect the computer.
How do you report qualitprix?
Excelling, after having store for a year of sound cards on the web and on the forums is the one that was giving the best performance for its price and its characteristics.
I told myself that even if it's more than looking cards with only 2 or 3 among audio, it's worth it because it will never plant if very rarely! (Unless one seeks to plant obviously!)