Author Topic: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.  (Read 22291 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Dream_Theory

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 300
  • Total likes: 42
  • Rating: 14
  • let's collaborate - just for fun
Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #100 on: January 07, 2015, 07:53:19 PM »
Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
================================




Brand & Model : Alesis FX USB 8 Channel mixer

Status: RECOMMENDED for solo artist or small ensemble, great for small home recording setup.

Computer Type & OS: (Toshiba laptop) & (Win7), dual core 2 MB RAM, 2 GHz- nothing special

Computer Connection method: (USB 2.0)

Driver version: (unknown)

DAW/VSTi/AU Software Instrument used: (Cubase LE 5- it came bundled with the mixer)

Comment: (insert your experience and thoughts here): This works perfectly, never a glitch. 16 bit, but I must have bad ears because I never detect any loss. If you pan channels L and R to send them to separate tracks in DAW, you can record 2 separate tracks at a time (woo-hoo). When doing this I monitor through a headphone amp, which allows me to monitor in mono. This mixer has no MIDI port and no USB input, but lots of other connectivity as well as inserts for a compressor, on board reverbs that are OK, etc. Zero latency monitoring. Knobs instead of sliders. Simple, not expensive. FWIW, I actually have no trouble just plugging GR-55 USB output into my computer though, and that gives a "true stereo" sound rather than having to pan L and R. I never noticed any noise from running GR-55 outputs through the mixer, but I figure going directly to the PC is more "pure."
electric: Ibanez SA 73 semihollow body with Gibson Classic '57's, acoustic: mahogany jumbo, recording: Cubase Artist 8.5 or Tascam DP008
Eph 5:19
"Every patch has a story to tell."

Offline Spider

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #101 on: January 14, 2015, 07:44:33 AM »
(Image removed from quote.)

Brand & Model :  MOTU Traveler Mk1


Status: RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: MacBook Pro i7 quad core @ 2 Ghz, 8 MB Ram, 750 GB Seagate Hybrid 7200 RPM / SSD (boot drive)
                                 iMac i7 quad core @ 3.4 Ghz, 32 MB Ram, 1 TB 7200 RPM (boot drive).

Computer Connection method: Firewire

Driver version:  1.6.54199

DAW/VSTi/AU Software Instrument used:  Logic Pro 9.1.8, Studio One 2.5, Guitar Rig 5, Amplitube 3, Waves GTR, Line 6 Pod Farm 2, etc.

Comment: 

I've used my Traveler on Windows PC's with Cubase also with no issues. I now use Logic Pro on both of my Macs. The Traveler is a great interface.

I will add that MOTU can be powered by laptop. And it works as a sophisticated mixer without computer too.

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #102 on: January 14, 2015, 09:55:58 AM »
Quote
it works as a sophisticated mixer without computer too.

FWIW - the high end Focusrite Scarlett USB interfaces ( 18i6, 18i20) work as a stand alone Mixers without a computer too.

Offline amplayer

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #103 on: July 25, 2015, 06:58:53 PM »
Brand & Model :  Tascam US-366

Status: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: (Dell XPS 15, core i7, 16 GB RAM, SSD, Windows 8.1.

Computer Connection method: USB 2.0

Driver version: Can't remember.  Essential to get latest driver though

DAW/VSTi/AU Software Instrument used:  Ableton Live 9, Propellerheads Reason 8, Amplitube 3, Guitar Rig 5, Waves GTR

This is a surprisingly good interface.  Buffer settings are limited.  You have only a few choices.  However, at 24-bit and 44.1 KHz with buffer on the "lowest latency" setting, both Live and Reason report 49 samples.  For me, it's plenty low enough for live guitar use.  At 49 samples, my i7 barely breaks a sweat.  However, I have not tried any huge multitrack projects at that latency setting.
It does include a few effects.  EQ, Reverb, Compression.  They're nothing special.  I mostly don't use them.
Out of the box, things didn't work very well.  I had to get the latest driver AND the latest firmware updates from the website.  Once I did that, it has been flying quite happily.
I can't really compare the converters since it's been a while since I've listened critically to any really high end ones.  However, to my ears, it sounds  good.
The interface is also bus powered and still provides phantom power.  Cool.
One bummer about it is that after the computer goes to sleep and then wakes up, I have to unplug the USB cable and replug it to get everything working correctly again.  It is small, so that's not a deal breaker, but it is a bit annoying.

All in all, I am dumbfounded at how good this thing is considering how little it costs.

Offline therealjoeblow

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #104 on: April 07, 2016, 12:34:15 PM »
I saw the post on the previous page from someone using the GNX3000 as an interface...

Is anyone using a Boss GT-10 as an interface (only),  IE, not using the GT-10's onboard effects or models, just the USB interface portion.  If so, how well does it work with a DAW and something like Positive Grid Bias for live playing?  Latency?

thanks
TRJB

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #105 on: April 07, 2016, 12:42:23 PM »
The GT-10 is nearly 9 years old

Achieving low latency on Windows might be a battle, with better results on a Mac 

if you want to use BIAS Desktop for Amp modeling, enable GP-10's USB Advanced Mode for lowest latency
and USB Direct Monitor "Off"

Explained in the GP-10 owners manual on page 90
http://cdn.roland.com/assets/media/pdf/GT-10_OM.pdf

http://www.bossus.com/products/gt-10/downloads/


Of course since GP-10 is not USB class compliant,  it will not work with iPad+CCK.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2016, 01:39:17 PM by Elantric »

Offline therealjoeblow

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #106 on: April 07, 2016, 07:25:19 PM »
Answering my own question here...

The (9 year old) Boss GT-10 works *perfectly* as an audio interface.  I'm using it in "Advanced USB" mode (Boss's default ASIO drivers) with Cantabile Performer (a simple VST host, much simpler than using a full blown DAW for simple live playing) to host Bias FX and Bias Amp and I have latencey down to a virtually undetectable 3.2ms, with no clicks, pops, dropouts or other issues whatsoever.  Sounds fantastic too.

Setup was painless, just install the Boss drivers, plug it in, turn off all of the FX and modeling on the GT-10 and away we go.

Perfect!  I can probably use the MIDI interface of the GT-10 to control midi functions on the computer, I haven't delved that deep, but I'm sure I can and will at some point.

Win7x64
Phenom II X4 955 processor @ 3.2ghz
8gb RAM
Nothing else special or noteworthy (all-on-board GigaByte Motherboard for everything else)

Cheers
TRJB
« Last Edit: April 08, 2016, 03:50:18 PM by therealjoeblow »

Offline Elantric

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #107 on: April 13, 2016, 11:31:36 PM »

10 Best USB Audio Interfaces 2016

Offline Yohanes

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #108 on: March 26, 2017, 12:24:33 AM »
Brand & Model :  Presonus Audiobox iTwo

Status: RECOMMENDED

Computer Type & OS: Desktop (MSI B75IA motherboard) Intel i3, 8GB RAM, SSD, Windows 10 64bit.

Computer Connection method: USB 2.0

Driver version: latest driver (Feb 2017)

DAW software used:  Reaper with cheap dynamic microphone (included Presonus Studio One 3 (Artist Edition) for every purchase of Audiobox iTwo).

I need a MIDI interface for my computer, my cheap Chineese made USB to MIDI cable didn't work since I upgraded my desktop to Windows10. Instead of buying Roland UM MIDI Mkii cable for around $40, I think why not an USB audio/MIDI interface such as Focusrite Scarlett 2i4? So I search for available brand/model in my area and is offered Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 ($205) or Presonus Audiobox iTwo ($150). I can't find Roland, iConnectivity, Tascam, and many other brands (yes I didn't search hard enough and I don't think I can get any better/cheaper than iTwo) so I took the offer. I read horror story about Presonus, and bad rap about Presonus older model: Audiobox USB, but since it was written many years ago and Presonus Audiobox iTwo is a newer model, so I think I will try this one.

What make me choose Presonus but not Focusrite model, because
1. They have almost the same specs, has MIDI I/O and two audio inputs; both can be configured as mic ins, guitar ins, or line ins.
2. Both can be USB bus powered and both have same big name AFAIK
3. iTwo is cheaper than 2i4
4. iTwo can connect direct to Ipad/Iphone

Actually what I really want to do with an USB audio interface is to hook up with my QNAP NAS (TS-653 Pro) to try to run a karaoke application, OceanKTV (I expect an USB audio class compliant will be recognized by the application and can be used). So this is more experimentation, and for me as long as it works any brand will do.

Today just I received the iTwo (firmware v1.32), installed the driver and the Presonus Studio One 3 (Artist edition) without any problem, still downloading lots of softwares as it's companion (not sure will like/use it or not). Configured the driver and run the Studio One Artist and the driver report a latency of around 5.5 ms.

Lots of things to test about this box, not yet connect to my QNAP (need to upgrade the QNAP to newer OS first which is I just find out still in beta version). But so far I am happy with this Presonus iTwo. If I have any bad experience, I will report back here.

Cheers.
Yamaha Pacifica 510V
Roland G-707
Godin Freeway SA
Boss GP-10
Roland GR-50

Online admsustainiac

« Last Edit: November 23, 2017, 05:45:58 AM by admsustainiac »

Online whippinpost91850

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #110 on: November 27, 2017, 03:42:50 PM »
I'm thinking of getting a new recording interface. Any thoughts on the best one with lowest latency for under $1000... I am not opposed to looking at used

I have been thinking about RMC or Apogee any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

Online admsustainiac

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #111 on: November 27, 2017, 03:43:58 PM »
On Windows OS - RMC Audio interfaces have substantially lower latency vs the competition

the sweet spot is a gently used RME UCX ( $950 used ) as that includes a full DSP with dynamics on every channel

http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=22177.0

« Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 04:03:35 PM by admsustainiac »

Online whippinpost91850

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #112 on: November 27, 2017, 04:04:32 PM »
What about for a mac

Online admsustainiac

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #113 on: November 27, 2017, 04:11:54 PM »
What about for a mac

Likewise, RME is among the lowest latency for Mac - although a few working Thunderbolt Audio interfaces compete well   

Online whippinpost91850

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #114 on: November 27, 2017, 05:50:01 PM »
Who would you say competes well? How about Apollo?

Online admsustainiac

Re: Survey of Working Audio Interfaces.
« Reply #115 on: November 27, 2017, 06:48:43 PM »