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Hasta La Vista KORE1 Audio Interfaces
Old 25th December 2010
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Hasta La Vista KORE1

Yeap , its dead , its gone, its burned, cripple, destroyed , gone bye bye.

It has been 6 good years. Probably not a long lived piece of equipment, but lately , it was even sending electricity to my body when i touched it. Dont worry not a very strong current. Something was very wrong inside it. It was turning on and off randomly, and it was clear that it was living its last days.

Today at 9am , Kore1 died... it wont be missed.

Kore1 for you who dont know it is a product made by Native Instruments its both a very advanced midi controller and sound card(KORE2 is no longer a sound card). Advanced midi controller meaning along the lines of Novation Remote, I would dare say more stable and much better interface. But as with Novation Remote it was plagues with crashes and so I stoped using it as a midi controller for my software instruments after the first year.

But I have to admit, it was a pretty decent sound card. Ok sound quality and actually a very solid ASIO support unlike its midi capabilities it was pretty stable even in Windoom.

However its gone and now I need a new sound card. I dont care about the midi capabilites I have a Novation 37 Remote it fills the gaps just fine and a Behringer BCR2000.

My issue with KORE1 was its extremely limited inputs and outputs. 1 for each. It was ok and perfectly fine when I was in the software land, but nowdays I rely heavily on my hardware and so the amount of inputs and outputs is an issue. Especially the inputs.

So I want something that has at least 6-8 inputs that can take in 6-8 synthesizers. I have andromeda, motif and blofeld and so those are already 3 and there is always the possibility to get more. Outputs is not a big issue , 2 will be fine.

However here comes the difficult part where I really need your assistance I really really really really want a portable studio/recorder/sound card. In short I try to take audio record outside my iMAC. Yeah sure I would still love to edit in my DAW and even add some VSTs. But I would love to keep my computer off and just play with my synths while recording them. Remember it will still have to be a quite good sound card.

Also there is a chance that I might move my synths to another room than they are now, far away from my computer so the need for a portable recorder is a MUST HAVE.

Ok I have looked around and there is one that interest me

Cakewalk Sonar V-Studio 100 (VS-100) | DV247

but there are others like

Zoom R24 Digital Recorder, Sampler, USB Interface and DAW Controller | DV247


Zoom R16 Digital Recorder, USB Audio Interface and DAW Controller | DV247

my price is at the 500 euros area, I can go up to 600 if there is a very good reason too.

Of course it will have to work with MACs flawlessly.

I dont care so much about firewire , USB2 will be just fine.

And my only fear is that it wont be a very good sound card, If it is silightly better than my KORE1 then it will be ok for me. I dont care for ultra high 96/24 recording, but it is a welcomed feature.

I am doing my own research, since 500 euros are an important purchase the I dont want to regret and I dont want to make the same mistakes with KORE1. Eventhough to be sincere KORE1 for its price (500 euros) did serve me quite well.

So people shoot your recommendations. I am very interested. And I must buy the soundcard ASAP.
Old 25th December 2010
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I'd wait until NAMM before making any decisions.
Old 25th December 2010
get a second hand rme fireface 400 and you wont be dissapointed
Old 26th December 2010
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Ok people I think I have nailed my choice but I want a second opinion on this. I decided to brake my purchase in 2 parts.

1 part audio interface / mixer which I am more into this

ALESIS MULTIMIX 8 USB FX - Greek International Cyberstore

MultiMix 8 USB 2.0 Integrated USB 2.0 audio interface and mixer

and a sampler keyboard which is korg microsampler. I have wacthed several videos with this little vacuum cleaner and seem quite neat and since I am a sampling person , already purchased a zoom h4n, so i though what better use for my samples. And i really lack a good rythmbox / beatmaking machine , i think it will fit that role very well.

KORG MICROSAMPLER - Greek International Cyberstore

The great news is that I managed to cram it in 600 euros total for both of them so I am still on budget which kind of cool.

Any though on this ? I am mainly interested in hooking my Andromeda and motif into a low latency 44.1khz audio usb interface. So I am not too demanding.

Is my choice cool, the alesis mixer?

any owner who might want to chime in ?

Sorry for not waiting for Namm, but I want a solution now. And sorry for not being keen on going to a second hand audio interface but I am no fan of second hand equipment.
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