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is the uln-2 3x better than the presonus firepod? Audio Interfaces
Old 1st September 2007
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is the uln-2 3x better than the presonus firepod?

hello slutz,
i was hoping for an opinion on the uln-2 vs. the firepod. it is three times the price (here in holland) but does it provide three times the quality? please let me know. i'm just starting to build the most basic of studios but would rather buy quality that i won't want to upgrade in the near future. thanks.
Old 1st September 2007
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I own a ULN2. I don't own a Firepod, and can't comment on it.

I will say, however, that in audio there are dimishing returns regarding price. So, you shouldn't expect 3X the performance from something that is 3X the price.

The ULN2 is an excellent unit. It will provide two great preamps with great conversion along with a great audio interface. It's all there in one bus/battery-powered box.

The headphone amp sounds nice as well, and the monitor controls are a bonus.

MH support is top-notch.
Old 1st September 2007
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thats a good point and thanks for your reply. i think it does make sense if it is a great all in one product and afterall i am on a website called gearslutz.heh
Old 1st September 2007
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What Jimbo said.
Old 2nd September 2007
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I have a ULN-2 and a Firebox. If the pre-amps in the latter are the same as the Firepod(?) then it's a no-brainer - the ULN-2's pre-amps are indeed three times as good!
Old 16th September 2007
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thanks for the advice. with logic 8 and the duet out i have a new problem. any thoughts on that combo are appreciated.
Old 19th September 2007
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$500 Duet from Apogee has no Digital I/O... probably no stand-alone mode, either, since it's buss-powered... However, it's not bad for the price, so your really need to consider if you want the extra features of the ULN-2. I' would still go Metric Halo because of the stand-alone use of the ULN-2 Mic Pres extends it's useful life.
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