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USB audio interface with low latency
Old 9th September 2013
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USB audio interface with low latency

Hello,
I'm looking for an USB audio interface. I won't record any real instruments, just play with VSTs, so I'm looking for an interface that will minimize I/O latency. I can afford one of these:

- Alesis iO4 USB
- Alesis iO2 EXPRESS
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
- PreSonus AudioBox USB
- EMU 0404 USB 2.0
- ESI Maya 44 USB+
- Tascam US-200
- Tascam US-125M
- Steinberg CI1

I would be grateful, if you could help me choose the interface with the lowest latency.
Thanks!
Old 9th September 2013
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- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
- PreSonus AudioBox USB
- Steinberg CI1

Those and Roland duocapture seems to have the best comments about their drivers, and the manufacturers continue to release updates when needed.
Old 10th September 2013
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NI Komplete Audio 6 is also low latency USB, with rock solid drivers.
Old 10th September 2013
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Stenberg UR22 gets great reviews.

Sendt fra min GT-I9100 med Tapatalk
Old 10th September 2013
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i use a scarlett i2i since about 2 years now and the driver performance under heavy load is really poor. also the drivers buffer settings have a very small range, and, on my latest installation can't even be changed at all.

the converters/preamps are told to be great but if you are using a lot of your CPU power i would not recommend it at all.

out of your list i think steinberg usually has solid ASIO drivers, if you go after this audio interface latency benchmark site.
DAW Bench : DAW Performance Benchmarking

i personally will buy a rme hdspe aio soon, pcie interface of course get even better performance than any usb.
Old 10th September 2013
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Audiobox USB original version USB1.1 device didn't work at low latency. I heard VSL line, USB2.0 version works better.

If extra-low latency like 32, 64 samples with several VSTi live triggering is what you want, PCIe is still unbeatable.

Yes, RME HESPe AIO is good (and not so expensive FWIW).
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