Originally Posted by Bill@WelcomeHome
The FF800 is a solid performing product that has been product of the year for "sound on sound" and others. The UAD product is brand new, with no history or track record. Duh. If you need to be the first kid on the block to own something, buy the new untried product. If you want to record with no drama, buy the proven product.
Yes very helpful post there Bill@Welcomehome
. Especially the whole "buy the proven product." no offense, or disrespect, but it sounds like someone has some irrational, misdirected anger at the apollo. Second off, i find it's always helpful to follow the rule 'don't knock it til you try it' therefore a more helpful post would have been something like "I have not used the Apollo and don't know much about it. I am happy with the RME ff800....etc" You know I created a gearslutz account just to respond to this
Here are some technical facts
The RME ff800 has a THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise) value of Less than 100 dB, and a Total Dynamic Range value of 116 dB.
The UA Apollo has a THD+N value of: less than 103 dB, and a Total Dynamic Range of 111 dB
So going by those numbers, yes you have the RME in front, but is it world's better? Absolutely not. How do I know? I own both.
Second very valid point, is of course there may be some sacrifices on that front of the argument so that you can get real time UAD processing while tracking with sub 2 ms latency. RME cannot do that, nor can any other interface. It's like having an SSL console and Ampex Tape machine to record your tracks, then saving DSP power for even more versatility in the mix and mastering stage. Not to mention this is the first interface in its class and price range to have a processor, so that host computer has more CPU to breathe
I worked behind an SSL console for three years as well as several Tape consoles, and Neve channel strips. There is no question that UAD-2
plug-ins are the best in the DAW home recording front. It's like having an $80K recording desk console in a portable, $2500 unit, as well as tens of thousands of dollars worth of mastering hardware. I really thought that having this feature would be very exciting to an amateur such as yourself Bill@welcomehome
If you want to talk bout track record of universal audio and their converters, then look up the Twin finity 710 series as well as their other very legendary pieces of A/D D/A hardware units such as their channel strips and limiting amplifiers. So yeah, much better track record amongst the pros.
In closing, of all the interfaces i have used and owned, a much more accurate comparison would be the UA Apollo to the Apogee Ensemble
Nothing's really wrong with the RME FF800 but I would save the extra $400 and get the Apollo Duo
, because there's nothing TOO great about FF800