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Line 6 Toneport UX8
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Line 6 Toneport UX8

USB audio interface from Line 6 belonging to the TonePort series.

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hawaigroove hawaigroove

«  Cool but hard to install »

Publié le 03/14/11 à 09:08
* What characteristics have motivated your choice?

8 inputs, the amp simulations and format rack

* For what purpose?

I record right now with my band a demo in a home studio craft. My previous card (Alesis IO2) became the HS days of the voice recording witnesses ... I just flipping out and I bought on a whim. I said in passing that I could m'improviser sound guys and save the drummer. The idea is a bit of rub me the sound recording and mixing, since it tempts me for a long time.

* What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk ,...)?

Acer Laptop (2 * 2ghz and 3GB of Ram), not at all reserved to the audio.



UTILIZATION

* The drivers are stable?

Yes and no. see "Implementation"

* Are they often updated?

I think they are too often updated ...

* What software do you use most often?

Ableton Live: works very well once the card is stable

* What latency you get?

A relatively high latency: 30ms. But I do not account for the fact UX8 both work at the same time. She offers sound through pod farm that has virtually no latency and simultaneously sends a signal to the computer that has a lot of latency.

So the sound through the headset has no latency (very easy to register) but whoever manages to ableton live if ... As ableton live is damn good, he proposed to automatically compensate for latency.
In short, it works well but we feel that these are tricks people very comfortable with computers. It is not incomprehensible, but it takes a while to understand their system.

* How many tracks do you manage to record / playback simultaneously? ...

In theory it's 8. I did a test and it seems to work with 5 tracks. I would soon be recording drums so I would update my review.



GETTING STARTED

* The installation is done it without problems?
* Have you experienced any incompatibilities?

In fact, the facility has been laborious. Let me explain: Line 6 offers many programs: Pod FARM2, Gear Box, Guitar Rig ... We can get it back on an interface called Monkey.

When one understands how it works it's great. But it's very complicated to understand. I get the impression that people in line 6 of his big geek ...

In short, the first two days there were lots of updating to do and frankly it's annoying. This cut constantly because there must be a concern with the Internet. Basically, the wifi will crash like the sound card and everything is connected to the internet at first, the sound card is unusable.

I was full of stalls, etc. of clicks. until I came across a tip in the forum Audiofanzine (Incidentally Thanks! is what motivated me to put a review).

Once I followed the advice and disconnected my wifi interface, no more concern (system-device manager - network cards - name of the wifi card that handles - driver - disable - ok)

* The general configuration is easy?

So not! It is not easy at all. But once it works, it is the foot.

* The manual is clear and sufficient?

No, there are manuals to download but I think for the equipment as complicated (with plugins, simulations etc.). It is absolutely a paper written in impeccable French.


OVERALL OPINION

* For how long have you been using it?
2 weeks
* What thing do you like most/least about it?

The amp simulations seem fantastic, the sound card in the air

* Did you try many other models before getting this one?

No, I had to alesis IO2 but I really hated that map.

* What is your opinion about the value for the price?

For now it's a fair bit to say. But if we put aside the facility is great.

* Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...

Yes, but I would release an entire weekend to tame the beast.
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