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substitute for Presonus Firestudio Audio Interfaces
Old 19th April 2009
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substitute for Presonus Firestudio

I use a Presonus Firestudio with 2 Presonus Digimax FS (connected with adat cables), so I get 24 total tracks.
Unfortunately the firestudio is far from being reliable: really poor driver and unstable software-monitor applications. Every remote gig is a trouble to get it working.

So I would like to know if there is an audio interface with these features:

- 8 mic preamps on the front side
- 2 adat in
- really stable OSX driver

Let me know your ideas!
Many thanks
Old 19th April 2009
Gear Head

Echo devices can be run in parallel. You could get two Echo Audiofire 12s. Or if you need ADAT inputs, the echo layla 3g pci.
Old 19th April 2009
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sorry I forget to tell you I need a USB2/FIREWIRE/FIREWIRE800 device since I use a laptop.
Old 19th April 2009
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My Laptop Mobile rig is the most reliable setup I have ever used.

An RME Fireface 800, with 2 Presonus FS units connected with ADAT cables.

It has been flawless, rock solid drivers and a GREAT monitor mix applet. If you shop around you can find "open box" or "B stock" for around $1200. The best money I have spent.
Old 19th April 2009
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yes, the fireface 800... that's an interface...
do you use it on Windows or OSX?
Old 19th April 2009
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M-Audio Profire 2626.
Old 19th April 2009
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i run a firestudio 2626 with digimax as adat extenders, too. drivers were flaky until the latest beta with sonar 8. after i upgraded to sonar 8 all driver issues went away.
i can understand your frustration and i had really thought long and hard about selling it in lieuof the focusrite saffire 2626. so i would recommend that.

Old 27th April 2009
Gear interested

I just recently got a MOTU 2408 mkII modded by BLA and added their Micro Clock (motu incorporates a really jittery clock).

The drivers leave a bit to be desired, but I got it working and it hasn't let me down yet.
Old 27th April 2009
Gear maniac

You want to make sure you test a different interface first before buying it. It may very well be your laptop's firewire chip.

Old 27th April 2009
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Originally Posted by SMX_Dizzy View Post
M-Audio Profire 2626.
Solid drivers. Roughly the same feature-set.
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