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fw interface? apogee duet? Audio Interfaces
Old 23rd December 2009
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fw interface? apogee duet?

putting a new live setup together. in addition to all my hardware, i will be using a macbook pro running ableton. my question is what interface should i use? i want some high quality ad da convertors in a small package. bus powered would be nice. 2 ins and outs is all i need. 48v phantom is a must for portable vocal recording on the road. with that said, i am leaning towards the apogee duet. anybody using the duet with ableton? is it ****in solid? i want no issues during a live situation.

I am also open to any other suggestions for an interface around 500 or less.

I am using apogee ensemble via lightpipe into my 003 in the studio. i am happy with the quality of the apogee converters.
Old 23rd December 2009
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I was helping a friend set up a home studio recently and he was running a duet via a fw 400 to 800 converter on a macbook pro and we were running into some issues. a loud noise on the inputs, not from ground hum or anything else, something related specifically to the duet or the fw cable connecting it. We ended up resorting to old mBox. Another gearslut reported a similar problem with his duet, but only with the MacBook pro. It works fine with other macs. I can't say I'm a big fan of the "pigtail" thing, although it can be streamlined if you make your own cable for the back of it with just the i/o you need which would be kind of cool.
Old 23rd December 2009
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There's a bunch of guys who use Metric Halo gear live, so check out a ULN2. You should hit the MH forum or list to get their perspective.
Old 23rd December 2009
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Apogee Duet

I am using an Apogee Duet in Logic 8 on an iMac (2008) and a Mac Book Pro (2009). It's working very nicely with both of these machines.

I'd thoroughly recommend the Duet. There are plenty of other threads on this forum with info on how it performs.
Old 23rd December 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aof21 View Post
I was helping a friend set up a home studio recently and he was running a duet via a fw 400 to 800 converter on a macbook pro and we were running into some issues. a loud noise on the inputs, not from ground hum or anything else, something related specifically to the duet or the fw cable connecting it. We ended up resorting to old mBox. Another gearslut reported a similar problem with his duet, but only with the MacBook pro. It works fine with other macs. I can't say I'm a big fan of the "pigtail" thing, although it can be streamlined if you make your own cable for the back of it with just the i/o you need which would be kind of cool.
i just did some research on this. is your friend using an external monitor. if so he should buy a $2 power adapter that gets rid of the ground.
Old 23rd December 2009
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RME Fireface 400 or 800!!!! just my preference
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