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Lex Omega, Echo AF4, Saffire LE, EMU 404??
Old 21st June 2009
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Lex Omega, Echo AF4, Saffire LE, EMU 404??

looking for an audio interface for my thinkpad T61. i need at least 4 analog inputs and the ability to record four tracks simultaneously. four good preamps is a plus, though i dont know if i can expect that (or even two good preamps) in this price range. i have outboard preamps to use in the studio, but it would be nice if the preamps in the interface were good enough to do occasional remote two-track classical recordings.

considering the following units:
lexicon omega - FW, 2 pres, nice bundled reverb plug
m-audio fast track ultra - 4 pres, comes in either FW or USB2
echo audiofire 4 - 2 pres, FW
focusrite saffire LE - 2 pres, FW
EMU 0404 - 2 pres, comes in either FW or USB2

which unit has the best preamps? any reason to choose FW over USB2 to deal with only 4 tracks at a time? any of these units have drawbacks you are aware of? other comments, considerations, recommendations are appreciated. thanks.
Old 21st June 2009
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ooops - looks like the omega is not FW, and is only USB 1, so i guess it is off the list.
Old 22nd June 2009
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no opinions on any of these? am i aiming too low on the interface curve? what are the good interfaces to get 4 simultaneous channels at once?
Old 22nd June 2009
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love my AF4 on vista and xp but only 2 preamps.
Old 22nd June 2009
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What about the new Lexicon I-ONIX U42S? It looks really slick, has four preamps and is USB 2.0. I've had my eye on one, but I haven't been able to find any user reports online. If you get one, let me know how it works!
Old 22nd June 2009
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brian - do you think the dbx pres in the lexicon would be any better than m-audio pres in the FT ultra? i also wonder if the two pres in the AF4 might be significantly better than the other options? or perhaps worth it to jump up $ to the mackie onyx pres?
Old 22nd June 2009
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As an AF4 owner, the pres are nothing special. If I had it to do over again, I would likely try the Onyx. The Onyx has better pres and if I am not mistaken, it features Echo conversion. I know there was a partnership of sorts on some of those products.

The Echo pres are a bit flat. I still use them when necessary and they certainly don't screw things up but are just so-so.

Hope it helps
Rob
Old 22nd June 2009
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I made good experiences with tc electronics konnekt 24d and a thinkpad (r51) - preamp-wise and vst-wise (the reverb is quite good).
does the thinkpad sport a texas instruments firewire controller? if so, i would recommend getting a firewire interface for recording 4 tracks simultaneously.

others (and very stable ones): rme fireface (400 or 800)
the motu ultralite seems to be very popular or the 828
also: presonus firestudio (or the smaller ones like firepod)
the edirol fa101 also seems to be a good choice

usb-wise the NI audio kontrol 1 gets praise, also, there is a NI synth bundled
Old 22nd June 2009
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thanks - i will add the konnekt 24D to the list. my thinkpad is a T61 and has a Ricoh ohci compliant ieee 1394 host controller - is this the correct one for stable FW use?
Old 22nd June 2009
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The sound of the Audiofire is very good for the price but the preamps are pretty bad. Buy a DMP3 or another cheap dual preamp to go with it and you'll be good.
Old 22nd June 2009
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Originally Posted by jnorman View Post
brian - do you think the dbx pres in the lexicon would be any better than m-audio pres in the FT ultra? i also wonder if the two pres in the AF4 might be significantly better than the other options? or perhaps worth it to jump up $ to the mackie onyx pres?
Sound on Sound reviewed the firewire version of these new Lexicon interfaces recently and said good things about the pres: according to them they’re clean, uncolored, and low-noise.
Old 22nd June 2009
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how do i check compatibility of my Ricoh ohci compliant ieee 1394 host controller with various FW interfaces?
Old 23rd June 2009
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Audiofire 8 all the way. If you can't go with 8, you can go with 4.
Good products.
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