Echo Audiofire 4 latency issues
Hello GearSlutz people,
I have had a not so great experience with the Echo Audiofire 4, and I would like to ask for your experience/advice.
Late 2011 Macbook Pro 17
256 GB internal SSD for the OS
750 GB internal HDD for recording (in replacement of the superdrive)
Echo Audiofire 4
I want to record guitar/bass tracks using amp sims (Amplitube, Guitar Rig, etc), so I need to monitor myself through the software and I need low latency. My problem is that I can't get a glitch/pop/noise free monitoring thru the software with low latency settings. Anything below 512 for buffer size in Reaper leads to all kinds of artifacts being heard/recorded. I have even tried a single, clean guitar track (no fx, no plugins, nothing) in and out of Reaper with buffer sizes of 256, 128, 96, 64. It may work fine for a while (minutes?) and then the glitching happens.
Besides a blue tooth mouse, I have nothing plugged to the computer (no usb, no thunderbolt, no fw daisy chaining).
I have tried setting up projects at either 48k and 44.1k, no difference. I also tried to record to an external USB drive, no difference. I tried using the Audiofire 4 bus powered vs using the provided power adapter, no difference. I realize as I am writing this that I haven't tried replacing the FW cable... It is worth mentioning that I had the same behavior with my previous Macbook Pro 15, late 2011.
Now the fun part : yesterday I borrowed a friend's M-Audio Fast Track usb, with which I easily managed to record 7 guitar tracks, each with 4 plugins per track (Amplitube, Rev, Del, etc) on top of a midi bass plugin instance and also an SSD4 plugin instance playing midi drums... all at 44.1/24bits, 96 buffer size. To me this is a pretty decent performance from an audio interface which I understand is entry level.
At the moment, there is absolutely no way I can expect this kind of performance from the Audiofire 4 (well actually, should I?). I have read pretty much every thread I could find on the net about folks working with the Audiofire 4. It looks like it should provide the performance I am expecting.
Has anyone out there experienced something similar with the Audiofire 4?
Unless I can figure out how to fix this, I am definitely looking at the RME Babyface.
Any input would be more than welcome.