Hi one more question
I would like to jump into new Apogee Symphony IO system with 16 I/Os. My main concern is how should I hook it up to the Computer ,workflow and stability. I have two possibilities:
-Via AES cable to the Rme Hdsp 32Aes or HDSPe 32Aes to the PC
Pros are I can record 16 channels at 96khz/24bit and be able use the Total mix and enjoy the RME`s driver stability .
Cons I have to buy RME Hdsp 32 aes cards and Aes cables + mess around with Aes cables Yamaha pin with Tascam Pin etc . Also With PC computer I can use the Apogee only in Standalone mode and won’t be able to access all the setting options on the Apogee (calibration,soft limit etc..)
-Connect the apogee via USB to APPLE MacBook Pro 13" i7/2,9GHz/8GB Ram/750GB MD102D/A
Pros are I don’t have to buy RME Hdspe 32 Aes and expensive AES cables , I am going to be able to access all the settings options of the Apogee.
Cons are I am not sure if the Apogee`s drivers are anywhere near stabile as the RME`s driver, I heard a lot of people had problems with USB connections and the driver stability of the new Apogees . I won’t be able to use the RME`s total mix and would have to stick with much inferior ( in my opinion but correct me if I am wrong) Maestro software etc … I`ve been using RME for years and never had any problems and this guys in RME are making rock solid drivers. This is what I found on apogee site and this really scares me for example:
Known Issue: The firmware updater is not compatible with USB 3 ports on recently introduced Macs.
Workaround - connect Symphony I/O?s USB port to a USB 2 hub (including a Mac keyboard), then connect the hub to the USB 3 port
When updating firmware with OS X Mountain Lion, the OS must be updated to version 10.8.2
But the most Important question is if the sound quality is the same recording via USB to mac at 96/24 or the AES or AES express to the PC or Mac @96/24.
Thanks for helping