Joined: Aug 2012
Very capable $2-3K interface/clock rig for my needs
I would greatly appreciate your two-cents regarding a recommendation for my needs.
Ideally, I am looking for a single interface that I can use with the following applications:
- In studio and on-location sound recording. (Bus power is nice, but its not a deal breaker for me. I can always power the unit via a portable battery. Any thoughts on the potential risks, if any, of doing that?)
- Mixing & Mastering
- Electronic composition & performance. Running things like a Monome, dj mixer, MIDI synths, MPC, using Ableton Live, Logic, Native Instruments stuff
- Recording acoustic instruments such as woodwinds (saxophone, flute, clarinet), as well as field recording-type sounds for composition purposes, foley work, sound design, etc.
For example, I really like the sound of the RME overall. I like the clarity and separation, but when listening through the Apogee Ensemble or UAD Apollo, I get the impression that these interfaces lend themselves well to effects-driven applications (more so than the RME UFX/UCX?). *In your opinion, is this a misperception on my part?
I currently am running my studio from a 2011 MacBook Pro with ThunderBolt. *While currently more a status feature than anything (my opinion), it is realistic to envision the MacBook Pro of the future to simply offer ThunderBolt (like the current Retina MacBook Pro).
The appeal of ThunderBolt compatibility on an interface today is that I know that it will mesh very well with whatever update to my computer hardware I will eventually make.
I know that you can use cables to go from Firewire to ThunderBolt, but I have no idea what using a "non-native" Thunderbolt device would do to the chain of devices that you can achieve with ThunderBolt (example: ThunderBolt port on MacBook Pro has a hard drive, display, and audio interface chained on it. *If you're using a Firewire to Thunderbolt cable on the interface, would that mess with the chain?).
So that being said, I am looking for an interface that will give me outstanding performance in (ideally) all of the aforementioned applications, allow me room to grow over time, and be a wise investment in terms of the evolution of interface protocol (usb, firewire, thunderbolt).
While the Apollo has the effects power and ThunderBolt features, and along with the Ensemble having (to me) a lean toward that type of sound production (think Deadmau5, etc). *The UFX has the ability to record to USB drive, and along with the UCX will soon have Class Compliant capability, as well as outstanding routing flexibility.
In your opinion, is there a unit here, or one I am not aware of, that would satisfy my needs the best? The best "bang-for-the-buck", so to speak?
For example, which would you recommend:
UFX or UCX with the Premium Mod along with Micro Clock MKII
UAD Apollo Quad with Micro Clock MKII
Ensemble with Micro Clock MKII
Profire 2626 with BLA mod and Micro Clock MKII
Any alternative that I am not aware of!
OR, in your opinion, would it be worth waiting another few months (Dec. '12/Jan. '13) to see what rolls down the pipe from these manufacturers. (Thunderbolt capable Ensemble or RME UFX/UCX)
I know these are all great options, but I just want the opinion of individuals/an organization that I highly regard (GS).
Thank you so much for reading this. I have been inquiring around Manhattan for the last several months, and most people only seem to be highly concerned and/or educated in the world of camera/video. *Much more so than sound. Again, just my experience. *If any of you have any recommendations for quality businesses or individuals to provide input, services, products, repairs for this type of equipment in the NYC area, I'd love to hear them! Especially, do you know of a good place to repair things like DJ mixers, MPCs, interfaces, etc.