cant decide witch interface to buy

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Member Since: Feb 14, 2006

mackie 1640 with firewire,
Phonic Helix Board 18 FireWire 18-Channel Mixer
or focusrite pro 26.

if anyone owns any of these tell me what you think about it, because im trying to compare the four of them so i can buy one.

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Since: Oct 23, 2005

Mar 23, 2006 09:32 am

I use a Helix 18 on one of my computers and have had no problems with it using either Sonar 5 studio, or Audition 1.5. It worked right out of the box with the drivers on the disc that came with it. I have an Echo Gina 3g PCI card for input into another computer in my studio and I can't hear any difference in sound quality in them as far as sound cards go, but the Helix gives me less latency when doing over dubs.
Just keep in mind that it's actually 2 pieces of equipment in view of the fact that for firewire output to the computer, that's all it does is send the firewire signal from each channel via the gain control on each mic or line channel of the board. It then comes back in stereo on 2 channels from the computer into the monitor section of the board where you can send it to control room, headphones, etc. There is no automation of mixing or anything like that involved. Consider it as just a way to route signal to a DAW by firewire to multitrack as many channels to tracks as your computer can handle and it seems to do that well. If you're looking for automation or daw control, look elsewhere.
As for the mixer's an average board that you can use for anything anywhere like an Alesis studio 24 (for example) that has an average group of digital FX, etc. I have used it a couple times as a stage monitor mix for playing jobs, etc and it does that well also.
Hope this well help. J

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 26, 2006 06:36 pm

My suggestion is if at all possible to go out and try each one. Look at the specs for each unit and use them to decide which is going to work best for you.

You might also check into if there are any compatability issues with your current hardware set up as well. Those can be a very large part of deciding which unit to use with your set up.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Mar 26, 2006 07:38 pm

i would check out the RME Fireface, RME is a rock solid company, and this thing has alot of muscle...i'm considering upgrading from my Aardvark Q-10, but i really don't gave much of a reason other than the quality is top notch on RME products.

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