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.