I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread that lists all thunderbolt audio interfaces available and those that are confirmed to be released. I hope this thread will become the go-to-thread on the net for anyone that wants to know what choice they will have at the moment as far as thunderbolt enabled audio interfaces.
If you know of one, or know of a thunderbolt interface that is to be released [TBR], please leave a post and I'll try to include it in the list.
Try to keep the thread positive and constructive... . Thank you.
Apogee Symphony 64|Thunderbridge connects to Symphony I/O, and X-Symphony equipped AD-16X, DA-16X, Rosetta 800 & Rosetta 200 converters. Should arrive summer 2012, according to their site. Thanks for mentioning this, Avening.
Thanks for the input, guys. @ Strange leaf: Read post #1 and your questions will be answered. But to elaborate a bit more - the thread is intended for people who want to know what options they have now / will have in the future regarding Thunderbolt interfaces. I think we all can benefit by this info as it will make our next buy more educated. Perhaps, even, it will motivate interface manufacturers to implement the Thunderbolt I/O protocol in their unit. Other than that, please, try to keep the vibe positive. Thank you.
Hi Travis, you said 'I've heard that Apollo will be native, as will the BLA.'.
The BLA? What do you refer to here? Thanks for the specifics.
Black Lion Audio is purported to be making a TB interface. For a brief moment they were boasting on their Facebook page about it being the only "true" TB interface, but they presumably retracted that claim by removing the post.
For me the big question is how are the major DAW manufacturers going to implement Thunderbolt connectivity? How soon? Will it be a transparent process or will they need to write new drivers? Will the interfaces simply be Core Audio or ASIO compliant?
There was a message on the Metric Halo site some time back that said they'd be researching the possibilities of thunderbolt, but I've seen nothing new yet.
Just to amplify/clarify this - MH says on their Thunderbolt page, "We are currently talking with Intel about integrating Thunderbolt technology into our hardware and once it is available, Thunderbolt will be included in all new products as well as an upgrade for all existing interfaces."
Like I said, nothing discussed here actually exists. Sort of like a thread about gods or dragons.
Negative guy. One of the many difference between ThB interfaces and gods & dragons is that the former will probably be here in the foreseeable future while the latter probably won't. You understand this, yes? Be happy man.
I loved my UA Apollo Quad when it was running on FireWire and it's even more amazing now that I have the thunderbolt card installed and am connected to my Mac directly with the thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt is coming into it's own and it's a game changer!
That the Apollo is a FireWire interface ..... Even with the thunderbolt card, it still acts as a FireWire interface.... FireWire over thunderbolt
The only way to get the truer thunderbolt performance (pice) at the moment is to buy a pice card and stick it inside a tb chassis... Or buy one that's pre packaged like that ie hd native thunderbolt or appogee thunder bridge
It all connects via the Thunderbolt port and since all the UAD Plugins are on the PCI buss the total FireWire bandwidth is dedicated to I/O so there is more than enough Bandwidth for anything I'll ever do and with the quad there is plenty of processing power without putting a burden on the CPU. Well thought out design. Works for me!