Originally Posted by gilliam
What you are saying makes perfect sense to me, and i'm not exactly looking for a 'budget' solution. I mean, I have a budget, but definitely putting the money in for a noticeable upgrade.
So are you suggesting that i get a new interface, as well as a quality external converter? I know you mentioned the RME stuff, but aren't those known for having quality conversion? I'm just a little confused on that logic.
You've told us that you need a new interface because of compatibility issues. I recommend RME because of their stability, support, and because they keep their products viable for as long as possible.
When it gets down to conversion, I've been using better converters than what is included in interfaces for a long time, and the interfaces that I buy usually don't include converters. That may or may not fit your plan or your budget... some guys like to build a high quality rig incrementally, starting with an interface and maybe some 'golden' channels of conversion and some lesser converters which they plan to swap out as business allows. Others would rather just buy a combo unit and be done with it, accepting the included converters as plenty adequate for their needs.
In the course of time I have owned units with included conversion like the Multiface and the Fireface 800 for remotes and portable applications. Mostly I used my external converters with these units but when the need arose or the situation was right I have used the included converters. I have no complaints with them.
But it all really gets down to your plan for your rig, and what the budget allows. We all need to live within our budgets. I retired a couple of years ago, and my budget went from 'buy what we need, the business can afford it', to... 'hey, am I -sure- I want to buy a new mouse pad for my home writing/recording room since I don't make any money with it???'