Steinberg UR824 vs. Presonus 1818VSL vs. Tascam US-2000 vs.
I am in the market for a good USB-Audiointerface for live-recordings.
So far I have following units on my list:
All of them come with recording software and enough mic-inputs for my needs. Mixing and mastering will be done in my studio in ProTools, anyway. So I guess any of these recording softwares (Cubase AI, Cubase LE or StudioOne) will be good enough for capturing the performances.
Well... so far, so good... Do you have any recommendations or experiences to share??
I have UR824. Also had experience with Focusrite Pro 10 I/O and PreSonus FireStudio. I prefer UR824 between the 3.
What I like from UR824:
Clean and smooth sound.
Stable driver and mixing panel, not like the PreSonus, the mixing panel is very unstable.
Very easy to use and to understand the mixing panel (dspMixFx), not like the Focusrite, which is very confusing for the first time.
Like the PreSonus, can be used as stand alone mixer without PC. UR824 memorizes the last setting, so the next time I turn in on without PC, it function as stand alone mixer.
Good build hardware, all the knobs have the same feel, not too loose or too hard. Some interface doesn't have the same feel for all the knobs, that make them feel cheap.
2 independent headphone outputs (even though they are not loud enough for high impedance headphones).
And of course, the excellent DSP, EQ and Compressor for 8 input channels, and Reverb.
But so far, I didn't managed to use the VST plugins, RevX, and the sweet morph channel strip, with Reaper. They are not shown in Reaper fx browser, even though I have added the Steinberg folder in the VST setting. Those plugins only work in Cubase. Not sure why, still troubleshooting.
One thing need improvement is the headphone output, the gain is too low for 600 ohm studio headphones. My DT880 is not loud enough on UR824. I have to use the low impedance headphones, like my Shure SRH840.
Just incase anyone comes back here... run away from the 1818VSL as fast as you can. It is plagued with clicks and pops at every buffer level, windows and mac... It's just shoddy and has caused me headaches every step of the way. I'm going to purchase a UR828 next and then use the 1818VSL pres over ADAT. I had a M-Audio ProFire2626 before this, and I got rid of it becasue of the firewire bus being a nightmare with pro tools. If the UR824 isn't stable I might just hang myself instead. The pres on the VSL are also not as nice as the M-Audio, and the gain pots are very odd, there's too much increase towards the second half of the pot, and the levels in the headphone mixer app... my god they are just some sort of weird scale which makes it impossible to judge. Okay rant over, merry christmas.
Just wondering how you guys are getting on with the UR824?
New interface time and it looks almost too good to be true for the price,
especially with the $200.00 rebate they are offering right now.
I run Nuendo 5.55 on Windows 7.
How does it handle 24 track recording at 24bit/48khz?
Can I count on that tiny usb port?
I'll be doing work at 88Khz and 96Khz too but
I wont need to record more then 8 sources at once.
How is the response time?
I mean I've heard that usb interfaces can seem
sluggish or something compared to PCI/PCIe interfaces.
I'm coming from an RME digi9652, old but still fast and stable.