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Which audio interface for VSL in 2013/2014?
Last post Tue, Feb 04 2014 by Cyril Blanc, 16 replies.
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Posted on Sun, Dec 29 2013 15:58
by Symfoniq
Joined on Sat, May 04 2013, Posts 45

I've reached the point where integrated audio and ASIO4ALL just aren't cutting it anymore. I want to invest in an audio interface with good drivers, but don't need a lot of inputs (I'll rarely be recording any audio). This interface would be used almost strictly for virtual instruments. I would prefer an external (USB) solution.

What interface can you personally recommend?

Posted on Tue, Dec 31 2013 05:50
by jasensmith
Joined on Tue, Jan 15 2008, Arizona, Posts 1582

RME works for me.  Never had any problems with RME drivers or otherwise.

RME Can be a bit pricey but if you go cheap, it's going to sound cheap.

Happy New YearParty!!!DrinksBeer 


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Posted on Wed, Jan 08 2014 22:39
by Beat Kaufmann
Joined on Fri, Jan 03 2003, Switzerland/Brugg, Posts 1763

RME Yes Yes Yes

- Babyface

- UC

- UCX

- UFX

Depends on your budget and your aims.

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Posted on Thu, Jan 09 2014 18:17
by icecubeman
Joined on Fri, Nov 09 2012, Nitra, Posts 201

Roland Quad Capture has really stable and reliable drivers even on 64 latency. I am using also Focusrite interfaces, very realiable.

Posted on Fri, Jan 10 2014 12:44
by Dietz
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2002, Vienna / Europe, Posts 7883

Another vote for RME here! (... just my personal opinion as an audio professional, not an official statement by VSL ;-) ...)

/Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Fri, Jan 10 2014 17:08
by DG
Joined on Wed, May 12 2004, Posts 8608

And another for RME. I've been using them for years, and never had a problem.

DG

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Posted on Fri, Jan 10 2014 23:20
by kleinholgi
Joined on Sat, May 09 2009, Posts 171

+1 for RME again.

Fireface 400 - no problems.

Came from an EMU 1820m. Loved the sound, converters and features, but hated the stability.

Came back to RME and all is working well. Fire & forget.

cheers

kh

Posted on Tue, Jan 14 2014 17:24
by mushanga
Joined on Sun, Sep 17 2006, Posts 188

Rather than make a new thread, I thought I'd gatecrash this one and chime in...

I would like some advice. I want to get an RME sound card for my Mac Pro 3,1 running 10.9 and 24GB of RAM. I had an Apogee Duet 2 but am not happy with it as the latency is not low enough for me. I run many demanding plugins and virtual orchestral instruments and also want to connect some Roland electronic v-drums to my set up and record with the lowest latency possible.

Which interface would you recommend? I was considering the HDSPe AIO PCIe card or the Babyface? Any thoughts? My budget is around £400-600. Which card will give me the lowest latency and best performance? I also want something that can easily be used in a new Mac in case I decide to upgrade my system. The Babyface is USB 2 - is it not a good time to get one? Are RME soon updating their cards for USB 3 and Thunderbolt?

Happy new year! Smile

Posted on Tue, Jan 14 2014 17:35
by Dietz
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2002, Vienna / Europe, Posts 7883

I would stay away from any USB-2 audio interface as long as you don't need it for a notebook with no other connectors.

/Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Tue, Jan 14 2014 17:42
by mushanga
Joined on Sun, Sep 17 2006, Posts 188
Dietz wrote:

I would stay away from any USB-2 audio interface as long as you don't need it for a notebook with no other connectors.

Hi Dietz...why is that? So you would recommend the HDSPe AIO? I'm just afraid that PCIe cards will soon become outdated, just as Firewire is on its way. Plus if I upgrade to a new Mac, I would need a chassis for the PCIe card..expensive solution!

Posted on Tue, Jan 14 2014 18:20
by Dietz
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2002, Vienna / Europe, Posts 7883

As I don't use USB interfaces myself I can only offer anecdotic evidence, but I've heard several times already that USB audio devices can get troublesome as soon as you plan to use more than just stereo I/Os.

... maybe I'm just too conservative in that respect. :-)

/Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Tue, Jan 14 2014 20:02
by Beat Kaufmann
Joined on Fri, Jan 03 2003, Switzerland/Brugg, Posts 1763
Dietz wrote:
As I don't use USB interfaces myself...

I used a RME Fireface UC (USB 2.0) and currently a RME Fireface UFX (USB 2.0) for playing the samples... and never had troubles.

With the UFX I can run 16 and more channels with out any problem (PC, WIN7 x64Bit,  I admit, I've never checked the possibility of all the 28 channels).

Fact is, that RME doesn't use the official USB2.0-protocoll - RME did an own one. This makes probably the race. Further RME programmed two different drivers, one for the MAC-side and one for the PC-side.

But there's no doupt if you are looking for (very) short latencies: One of the fastest connection is the PCIe Bus.

Beat

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Posted on Tue, Jan 14 2014 20:22
by cgernaey
Joined on Mon, Apr 04 2005, Detroit-Michigan, Posts 1062

RME all the way.  If you have no intentions of travelling with it, get an internal interface card.  If you need flexibility to travel with, get something like the FireFace UCX.

Maestro2be

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Posted on Sun, Jan 19 2014 17:33
by Carsten Altena
Joined on Tue, Jan 06 2009, The Netherlands, Posts 77

Another happy RME Babyface user here :D

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Posted on Mon, Feb 03 2014 10:32
by Dominique
Joined on Fri, Aug 08 2008, Posts 179

As you will work 'in the box' mostly latency will be a big concern. Here's an extensive latency comparison for many brands and models:

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-computers/618474-audio-interface-low-latency-performance-data-base.html

If you're on a budget, an Esi Juli@ XTE would be a good choice. Latency-wise it is almost as good as RME at a fraction of the price. It has reliable drivers too.

Posted on Tue, Feb 04 2014 05:16
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2723

Avoid USB 1 and 2 ! 

Prefer USB 3, FW 800 or PCI solutions

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