Avid 003 Rack by dwells
I don't like this thing made by Avid called the 003 Rack. I in fact despise it. To be clear I am a Windows user, I don't care for Apple for many reasons so I don't use Macs. At first it was pretty good, I would have ranked it a 7 or 8, but this was with version 7 of Protools on XP. I also switch between 2 DAW platforms, Cubase and Protools. I prefer Cubase over Protools, but still find a place for both. I think this was the last time Avid or Digidesign unofficially stopped supporting the 003 line. There were several bugs in 8 that was eventually worked out, mind you this is XP. I like most people was hesitant with switching from XP to 7, like most I also skipped on Vista. Windows 7 was extremely stable and very reliable. Avid never did develop a driver that can work on Windows 7, but they sold it as Windows 7 compatible. I understand the issues that 7 has with firewire and had my system setup the way Avid recommends and it still doesn't work, at least not with Avid's drivers. I was able to get it able to playback (not record) audio with a 3rd party driver, ASIO4ALL. This way I can at least mix. So I still need to record in XP in PT8 (9 and 10 are not XP compatible) I think I was able to get PT to playback fine in 10 with Avids drivers, still cant record. And in Cubase I can only get playback with ASIO4ALL. Avid still claims the 003R is Windows 7 compatible and is continuing to sell it so. Claiming that they will still support the 003R until PT11 is released. But I have seen no efforts by them to hold up to their claims. I'm looking for a new interface for my Windows 7 Cubase / Protools setup.