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Audio Interface Problems: time for a new one? Audio Interfaces
Old 29th December 2010
Gear Nut

Audio Interface Problems: time for a new one?

I am currently using an ASUS laptop running windows 7 64bit attached to a Presonus Firebox through a 6 to 4 pin firewire connection. The audio interface is great... when it works. Sometimes it will be good and stay connected, however usually once a day the firebox will give me the red light of death (no connection). I will have to restart the computer for the device to be detected again (pain in the...).

Since the firebox isnt supported anymore, and it seems like its a driver issue, should I get a new audio interface? If so, I am looking for something similar if anyone could suggest a supported windows7 compatible interface (good preamp for mics, headphone out, high quality, etc for around <$400).

Also, since I am using a 6 to 4 pin cord, I have to have the interface plugged in all the time (2 pins lost are for power, as many know). Should I get a USB interface instead? For a home studio without many inputs from what I have read USB vs FW is not significant difference, however I could be wrong (two instruments at a time max recording at once, if ever, since I am electro producer).

Thanks for your thoughts/suggestions.
Old 29th December 2010
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There won't be any new drivers for your operating system?

I'd think you'd need to get a new interface. I also think you'd be fine with a USB interface, but make sure it's USB 2.0 imo. It is a bit of a downgrade from firewire, but shouldn't be any problem for 2 tracks simultaneously.
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