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FW Controller Info./Questions - for new DAW Audio Interfaces
Old 10th September 2011
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FW Controller Info./Questions - for new DAW

I am a doc. filmmaker/photographer who does own sound editing for films, and records voice over for same. I have reasonable but limited knowledge of computer/computer music gear...although do have musician background in the distant past.

I have used a 1010LT PCI card in past with a Vista PC...with essentially no problems...and then changed to the following Win 7 Dell unit (specs at end) - which has been fantastic for my video/photo editing. That said, it all went to hell during production of a recent film - the 1010LT in the new CPU was an epic fail. I tried everything ever suggested in a forum to make this avail...still clicks, pops, distorton etc.. - I lost a huge chunk of production time trying and trying to make this work. I want to try to get some replacement gear that I don't have to endlessly try and find workarounds for...can't spend to much time on it.

That said. I have been looking at the MBox Pro 3 as an alternative as it lists compatiblilty with Win 7/64 (for what thats worth) and has been rated well. HOWEVER, TAFKAT suggested the following quoting... 'Going to a Firewire interface has its own set of variables to deal with as well if you don't have the correct FW controller on the motherboard or on a 3rd party card.'

Issue & Questions. I don't know what the FW controller is/does. What is 'correct'? How would I know if I have the 'correct controller on the motherboard'? I am planning on putting a multi-FW card in one of the PCI/PCIe slots - AGAIN how would I know if the card... has the 'correct FW controller'?

If anyone could give some feed back/info./answers on this issue, or if that have had any experience with the CPU listed following - in combination with some units comparable to the Mbox Pro 3 I would GREATLY appreciate. Or, you could point me to some information resources that get to the issue.

Thanks much,


Dell Studio XPS 9100
Win 7 Home Prem/SP1 64 bit
Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.80 GHz - 12 gig RAM
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