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studjazz 12/07/2014

MOTU HD192 : studjazz's user review

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The MOTU HD 192 date, but in itself it is not a problem because the work of a converter remains the same, converting the best on different frequencies.

It was at that time one of the best machines, but it has done better since (Lynx etc ...).
However, the difference lies not in design but in penny-pieces!

1. A fan makes noise. We replaced by a silent fan (25 €). Why is this not original, it is a studio unit that upscale wants and it is not a vacuum cleaner!

2. The AKM AK5394 converter is one of the best on the market, it is present in the DIGIDESIGN 192 I / O, but also in LYNX, Universal Audio.

3. OP amps: As the fan, MOTU has made savings, this criticism can also be addressed to DIGIDESIGN 192 I / O. The sound is therefore "degraded".

In the end, we have a product that is not TOP. But it is possible to upgrade, we have done by Black Lion. Replaced with OP amps, we have one of the best converters on the market!

Why did not any original quality for a converter over 1500 €? .... !!!!


MOTU political choices:

Having worked with this brand since the early 2000s, I find that political choices MOTU are not very consistent.

MOTU, like DIGIDESIGN, is one of the only manufacturers with DP Soft and Hard. He made the choice to stay open and compatible with other software, which is to their credit. This is not the case DIGIDESIGN (one can work with PRO TOOLS DIGIDESIGN).

He did not, however, developed an equivalent HD cards, which would have allowed MOTU to be an alternative to PRO TOOLS HD.

The difference is around latency issues and management of headphones.

However, MOTU offers a solution through CUEMIX software, a small hyper basic mixer without EQ or effects .... without latency.

This requires you to juggle both software and make several mix and CUEMIX remains basic.

If you use DP, you can manage everything from DP, like a PRO TOOLS HD, but there is latency, HD card fault.

New political choices:

The new features are for years directed at the general public. The converters are not upscale, like the HD 192 remains MOTU the best product.

The new range AVB:

The AVB range offers revolutionary features, this is a real innovation.
A real virtual mixer can be remotely controlled through a tablet. It offers 12 different mixes, which means that in the studio, each musician can make are own headphone mix from a tablet!
Great, except that .... converters are of poor quality! Therefore unusable in a professional!

Meanwhile, MOTU abandon its professional range.

These choices seem to us inconsistent.

Suicidal turn was initiated ...

MOTU could provide a bridge between professional systems based on PCI 424, introducing in its range AVB AudioWire the connectors present on the PCI 424. The ADAT connection is present, but not the AudioWire.

This would have resulted retain their business customers.

The abandonment of the HD192, related to the drop in sales was primarily due to penny-pieces mentioned above. These savings have been made by Lynx, RME etc ...

We believe that a HD192, revised and corrected, compatible with AVB range would have been welcomed by the professional world as gateways have allowed professionals already equipped to remain loyal to the brand and invest in the AVB system.

The choice of MOTU contrary, we regret it and it seems to us inconsistent.

MOTU has forgotten that the first quality of a converter is sound. A serious professional will favor the sound quality for the benefit of the feature.

Our choice, keep our Black Lion / MOTU HD 192 and if we were to abandon change ..... unless MOTU MOTU come to change its policy ...