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Want to upgrade my home studio, help pls.

Dear Slutz,

I have always got lots of info from this great forum, but now it's time to get a bit more personal here I'm going for an upgrade from my current home studio, since i'm going to move it to a new location (a ww2 bunker with 2 separate rooms, so room 1 is going to be the control room and room 2 the recording one). I already produced some metal/rock albums of various bands in the past 6-7 years and even used to do some recording and engineering for tv commercials. Currently i do some acoustic treatment in the new studio. As soon as this is acomplished i'm going to move my gear to the new location. I'm going to basically record extreme metal music, rock music, audio-books and commercials.

I am now looking for a new interface and a new set of monitors.
I was planning to buy the KS Digital c88's since i love the way they sound and the guy at the store told me that i should replace my saffire pro 40 with another interface, because the saffire wouldn't handle the quality of the c88's. Now i know that the pro40 is rather a midrange-quality interface, but i like it's I/O a lot. So i'd like to know, which interface would do a considerably better job then the saffire under 2K (euro) or should i rather look for a quality ad/da converter and for some preamps/channel strips?

my current gear:

host: windows pc (silentmaxx, soundless)
Interfaces: Saffire Pro 40, Tascam US-122, Zoom H4N
Monitors: KRK VXT8, KRK RP5, Kenwood stereo,
Headphones: lots of them, the main one's are the AKG K271 MKII
Preamps/Channelstrips: Joemeek TwinQ, Focusrite ISA one, Presonus Tube Pre

There are also lots and lots of microphones, instruments, midi controllers, outboard fx, gates, some amps and cabs and periphery and so on.

My current room is treated with some diy rockwool panels and sounds quite neutral. The new one will be treated a bit more agressive


So i need an audio interface that one could consider a serious upgrade to my current setup. Not only the overall quality is important but the I/O flexibility as well, for i'm using a lot of outboard stuff and do multritrack recordings.


Thank you very much!

Best regards,

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I have the ad card in the focusrite isa one and going lightpipe from that to my projectmix IO sounds amazing. I have an AKG c414 XLii and a buls and they both sound fantastic through that chain for vocals and recording guitars.
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A nice mic or pair of mics. A nice color pre like the WA12. Other than that, you seem to have all you need.
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Thanks guys,

Mics are no problem. I have lots of 'em, got the shures, the sennheiser's, akg, mxl and so on (about 30 mics overall). I'm more interested in an interface like an uad apollo or a fireface ufx 60. Or so? Anybody, any expirience in comparisson with the pro 40?
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Thanks guys,

Mics are no problem. I have lots of 'em, got the shures, the sennheiser's, akg, mxl and so on (about 30 mics overall). I'm more interested in an interface like an uad apollo or a fireface ufx 60. Or so? Anybody, any expirience in comparisson with the pro 40?
Apollo ain't for Windows yet, I wouldn't get that. RME seems to be rock solid.
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Someone should ask this question...

What is it thats the problem with your current interface?
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RME UFX, definitely, especially if you're thinking about interfaces. It's routing capabilities will be beyond a bonus.Relatively future proof to a degree as if you find yourself expanding, you're g2g with the ADAT.

cue my broken record but you'll love the stability of the drivers. Basically fire and forget.
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Someone should ask this question...

What is it thats the problem with your current interface?
Well, i do not have any problems with my current interface. It's good. But i'd like something more professional (like better converters, better preamps and so on?) And i'd like to know is the difference between the spoken devices really worth the money, objectively?
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RME UFX, definitely, especially if you're thinking about interfaces. It's routing capabilities will be beyond a bonus.Relatively future proof to a degree as if you find yourself expanding, you're g2g with the ADAT.

cue my broken record but you'll love the stability of the drivers. Basically fire and forget.
Ok, i actually can not say that saffire's drivers aren't stable. Never had a problem yet. I heard of some users having problem when switching sample rate, but this never happened to me either.

Well i guess, that i'll just have to order one of theese and just make an 1 to 1 comparisson myself.
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