Originally Posted by Deckdaddy
I was at the store today, and got a new RME BabyFace replacing the Duet 2. Apogee never ever responded to my emails.
With the Duet 2 I could never use the lowest buffer setting without problems. From messing with the BabyFace today I have been able to do so.
Wit the Duet 2 I had to adjust manual offset to 1300 samples (in Reaper). With the BabyFace I had to set it at 263, that's 5 times better latency figures. Bonus.
I did the 10 times roundtrip converter thingy (recording output to input x 10), which I've also done with the Duet 1 and Duet 2, and I'm missing some bottom. I think the result of the 10 x Duet 2 sounded better, more pleasing, less sterile, fuller and less "digital". I think it's mainly the AD because the DA sounds full. That's not very cool, but it's a compromise. I wish the preamps in the BabyFace were completely taken out of the chain when doing line levels... This little bass drop should not stop me from making music with this tho'! I have not tried the preamps.
I can't afford a Metric Halo right now, so this will have do for a while. Plus I might come over an ADAT piece giving me 8 more inputs. I also like that it has MIDI built in, as I also picked up a MIDI/CV pedal for my Voyager Old School. Plus RME is known for stable good drivers.
So I don't think the BabyFace sound better, but maybe I can sleep at night and get little to no headaches.
Well a lot of "pros" thinks RME's sound reproduction is more accurate, the frequency response is quite flat. I'm sure the Duet 2 sounds great however, but Apogee's stuff has the reputation of being coloured (and the fact that the Duet 1 and Duet 2 sounds dramatically different proves this to some extent).
I am running 96khz classical music recordings (in Audirvana) on the Babyface through a pair of Neumann KH120a speakers and it sounds better than anything else I've heard so far.
As for the 10x "roundtrip" test or the Babyface sounding "more digital" I am more than skeptical about this.
However RME has an amazing support and discussion forum, I encourage you to ask them what this roundtrip test is worth. They reply to almost every support request. RME User Forum / USB series
But in case you are unaware, the mic inputs have a low freq filter of -2dB at 20 Hz to help avoid unwanted frequencies. It can be compensated with the hardware EQ.
Check out the manual section on Total Mix carefully, it's worth it. It is the most powerful driver software I've seen. There are tons of things you can do with the matrix, submixes and the loopback features that are impossible to do with any other card.