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Old 3rd May 2010
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Audio interface advice

Ok, so this is what I need: 8 analog outputs to go out to my Dangerous D Box and two analog inputs. So far I'm looking at the Ensemble and the RME Fireface 800. Any other interfaces in the < 2k price range I should consider?

I use a Mac with Logic Audio and Ableton Live.

Old 3rd May 2010
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Daytime bump.
Old 3rd May 2010
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Those are the two big contenders - and I went with the FF800 - can't fault it.

I chose it because:
  • The RME converters sound better than the Apogee to my ears
  • TotalMix is absolutely indispensable
  • It has more I/O options
  • It has better clocking options
  • I didn't need/want any of the (IMO pointless) integration of the Apogee. Why would I need recallable preamps?
  • The RME is stupendously reliable. Plug it in and it works, consistently.

The only advantage the Apogee has over the RME is it's built in preamps, in terms of quality and number. The RME's preamps are still usable though - incredibly clean, transparent and quiet. The Apogee's pres really are quite tasty though, and you get eight of them.
Old 3rd May 2010
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Ah, good to know man thanks! Yeah I have no need for pres...just good converters really.
Old 5th May 2010
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Well converters are a kinda mysterious thing, and I've heard people say they prefer the Apogee converters to the RME converters, but the Apogee had that sort of 'curtain in front of the speakers' sound when compared to the RME to my ears.

As I've said though, the main bonus of the RME isn't actually it's sound, it's the reliability and TotalMix capabilities (which make it unbelievably flexible and powerful).
Old 5th May 2010
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  • The RME converters sound better than the Apogee to my ears

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Old 6th May 2010
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If RMe is better as Apogee is a taste thing.
But we had a big shoot out on GS where many people liked RME more above an Apogee.

But anyway.
Sounds like to me an RME Fireface 800 is the right tool for you.
Beside a great product you get a great customer support.

I like RME products for the great drivers they write.
A friend of mine same setup with Apogee Ensemble has under OSX nothing but trouble my FF 800 is running and running...

So if you want to feel save and you don't want to think a second time about a good tool vs. price get a FF800 you wont regret it.heh

Looks ugly but plays well:

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