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Old 13th October 2018
  #1
Gear Head
 

Recommendations for a new audio interface

Hi,

As per the title, I'm looking for some recommendations for a new audio interface.

I'm a little bit out of touch, and while I have read the LLP thread I'm still not sure what the best option is.

I've had an MR816 since it was released (8 years?) and I've always had audio dropouts, even when the computer wasn't doing much. The only way to resolve it seemed to be to increase the FW buffer size with the Steinberg utility, which meant it was then impossible to get good low latency performance.

I've just upgraded to an i9 platform and I'm still getting dropouts so I think it's time to replace the audio interface. Low latency is definitely important as I mostly record with live instruments.

Other equipment I use...

Software:
- Cubase
- Superior Drummer, Omnisphere, Ivory etc.
Input:
- Pacifca > Distressor > MR816 line-ins
- Keyboard > MR816 pre-amp ins
- Two Notes Torpedo Live > MR816 S/PDIF Coax
Output:
- MR816 > NOS McOne passive monitor controller
- MR816 > headphone out while recording

I've been looking at the RME PCIe card as it tops the LLP list but couldn't see a coax S/PDIF connector on the standard cables. Also I'm not sure what I'd do for headphone monitoring as I don't have an external mixer. I also run other devices (laptop etc.) through the 816 as the monitor controller is single channel.

The next devices on the LLP list, which have more connectivity and headphone outs, are a significant jump in price.

Is it possible to use the MR816 for the inputs, conversion, outputs etc, and go with something like the RME HDSPe RayDAT and use the optical ADAT connectors? Will this still maintain the LLP of the RME card, or will going through the MR816 somehow affect that?

Or can anyone recommend another desktop / rackmount option that can replace the MR816 entirely and still get good LLP and meet the specs above without breaking the bank? (motherboard is X299 Deluxe so can do USB-C/3.1/TB).

Thanks for your patience in reading this, and any insight you can give .

Last edited by Ving; 13th October 2018 at 02:24 PM.. Reason: Grammar!
Old 13th October 2018
  #2
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I recommend Presonus Quantum, I'm on windows 10. Low latency, good pre-amps, lots of in and outs. No dps though
Old 14th October 2018
  #3
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Originally Posted by daskeladden View Post
I recommend Presonus Quantum, I'm on windows 10. Low latency, good pre-amps, lots of in and outs. No dps though
Thanks, daskeladden. The Quantum looks like it would do the job.


Does anyone have experience of the RayDAT card with the MR816? I found some threads where it was mentioned, but no review of how it worked out.

Thanks.
Old 14th October 2018
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ving View Post
Is it possible to use the MR816 for the inputs, conversion, outputs etc, and go with something like the RME HDSPe RayDAT and use the optical ADAT connectors? Will this still maintain the LLP of the RME card, or will going through the MR816 somehow affect that?
You can use the MR816 via adat if the unit works in standalone mode. If not you'll most likely run into problems with 2 interfaces in your DAW in Windows.
Old 21st October 2018
  #5
Gear Head
 

Went for the RayDAT in the end as the cheaper option (and I'm comfortable with the existing sound of the MR816).

It works perfectly...2.3ms latency at 32 samples and no pops / dropouts. Previously I had to increase the latency on the FW buss to around 16ms to stop the dropouts, which was useless for real-time musical performance.

Very impressed with the RME drivers & TotalMix.
Old 13th November 2018
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Hello,

I am new to this forum. I have been using a Presonus 44vsl for the last 4 years. I use it to plug in my guitar to Bias/amplitube/guitar rig 5. I have been happy overall with this interface, latency wise. I don't use mic quite as much. occasionally i use a sm 57 to record sound clips/demo to capture tube amps tone.

I am a huge fan of tube amp sounds vs the digital vst and modelers... I live in an apartment and can't play my amps as much as I would llike to. I am thinking to upgrade the 44vsl to something better latency and clarity and converter wise. I don't mind an interface with less inputs and outputs. 4 input is a overkill.

i am okay with PCIe (internal /external), usb3.0, 2.0 and firewire

what you guyz suggest!!!

My gears:

- Intel i5 2500k sandy bridge with 8gb ram with usb 3.0 and firewire ports
only. no thunderbolt in mobo.
- Win 10 64 bit
-Presonus 44vsl with latest driver
-Yamaha HS80M

any comments/input is appreciated.

Thank you.
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