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    Is anyone really happy with their Firewire/usb audio interface???

    I posted this over in the soundcard forum but no one replied.

    I am researching giga audio interfaces.
    Looking for the smallest external box the is not a PCI card based system.

    Anyone using either firewire or USB for their giga audio interface?

    Thanks

    ed

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    Re: Is anyone really happy with their Firewire/usb audio interface???

    I prefer USB... FireWire seems twitchy to me (I\'m sticking with Win98 for now).

    USB was created with heavy input from Microsoft, and also since USB competes with FireWire, which is bigger on Macs, there could be some of the old X-platform competition there.

    The original USB was much slower than FireWire, however, the new USB2 is actually a little bit faster.

    In terms of soundcards... I have a Tascam US-428; under Win98 it cannot carry both audio and MIDI across USB. With newer MS OS\'es, that problem supposedly went away, but still I had problems with the Us-428 in WinMe.

    A friend of mine was using the 428 as an audio card (USB) and had no problems.

    I also tried using a MOTU 828, as a FireWire audio card. This didn\'t work well on my cheap Sony VAIO (which has a twitchy Sony 1394 port), but it worked great on a 450MHz G4. So FireWire seems well suited to Macs. And probably on certain PCs as well -- though stick to the best/newest FireWire adapter card you can find....

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    Re: Is anyone really happy with their Firewire/usb audio interface???

    I have a mac 833 ibook with a MOTU 828 and I\'ve never had a problem with it. I run DP3 (is 3.1 ever coming out?!?!?) The Analog inputs leave something to be desired as far as quality goes and you can\'t monitor lightpipe digital inputs, but it has been doing the job for the work we do. I hear that the mobile I/O is a lot better however. I haven\'t tried any other firewire systems.

    Devin Maxwell

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    Re: Is anyone really happy with their Firewire/usb audio interface???

    i just went to the motu site. Looks like 3.11 is out. sorry

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    Re: Is anyone really happy with their Firewire/usb audio interface???

    Thanks for the replies!

    I was referring specifically to USB or firewire with Giga on a PC.

    I am considering a laptop but do not want a cardbuss solution.

    So how bout it???

    Giga with USB or Firewire audio box?????

    Thanks
    ed

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    Re: Is anyone really happy with their Firewire/usb audio interface???

    Lee,
    lol about the kernal level and audio.

    I have the rme multiface on my Ti. The metric was not out yet when I got it.

    I was just having a fantasy about not having to spend that much again for a pc laptop interface.
    Motu 828 are not too expensive on ebay.
    Or I was hoping that someone made a simple but effective usb audio box that giga likes.

    I need a life if this is what occupies my thoughts!
    ed

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    Re: Is anyone really happy with their Firewire/usb audio interface???

    Go USB on the PC. It\'s perfect for laptops and Giga.

    A Creative Extigy could be good - inexpensive, external converters, good mobile feature set.

    The only thing is that the Extigy doesn\'t have built-in MIDI....

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