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Active USB Cable on Interface? Audio Interfaces
Old 3rd July 2014
Gear Nut
Active USB Cable on Interface?

I'm looking at purchasing the Antelope Audio Zen Studio interface but my computer is in a closet. The cable run is about 25 - 35 feet. I was considering getting an active USB cable to make the run. Does anyone have any experience with one of these on an interface?

Here is the one I'm considering.

33ft 10M USB 2.0 A Male to B Male Active Cable -
Old 4th July 2014
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I have an Orion connected via a 10m active usb cable and although I use MADI for audio, I can control the Orion over USB with no problem. It also shows up as an audio interface and iTunes plays fine.

There may be issues with higher sample rates and channel counts, but I think the only way to find out would be to test it with your specific system.

In general I have found some usb devices work normally with the active cable while others do not work at all.
Old 4th July 2014
Gear Nut
Thanks for the info Andl. I went ahead and ordered an active usb cable and a 25ft passive cable. Hopefully one of them will work for me!
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