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Re: Future-proofing your interface...
      01/02/13 03:04 PM
Quote BigAl:

It's ridiculous to say that if I buy an 8 channel preamp / sound interface, it's going to be obsolete in 3 years.




Assuming the unit interface and the computer don't fail, then there is no reason why it shouldn't work for ten years or more -- if you don't change the complete system in any way.

However, if you follow the popular bandwagon of 'upgrading' the computer or its OS there's a good chance that a new OS and/or the hardware involved will render the drivers incompatible and thus the interface becomes obsolete.

It's kinda in your own hands. I still run an XP machine to retain compatibility with some favoured decade-old hardware that would otherwise now be obsolete...

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Maybe a line only interface is the way to go.......




But an interface to what? As others have said, it's not the digital audio interface that you need to worry about. AES3, S/PDIF, ADAT, and analogue will be with us for decades to come.

It's how you get that audio into and out of the computer that is the issue. Network-based systems like Dante would seem to have the best long term viability, but you're talking ~£2k for a computer card and analogue break-out box at the moment -- even for just eight channels of I/O.

So maybe it is actually more cost effective to buy a cheaper USB interface and budget to replace it in five years time when the computer needs upgrading...

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* Future-proofing your interface... BigAl 30/01/13 01:31 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... tacitus   31/01/13 09:49 AM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   31/01/13 12:58 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... tim_obrien   30/01/13 07:27 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   31/01/13 01:27 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... tim_obrien   31/01/13 08:05 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   01/02/13 12:45 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... Hugh RobjohnsAdministrator   01/02/13 03:04 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... James PerrettModerator   01/02/13 10:57 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   04/02/13 01:59 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... The Elf   04/02/13 03:10 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   04/02/13 03:16 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... R_A   01/02/13 10:45 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   01/02/13 04:59 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... Hugh RobjohnsAdministrator   01/02/13 06:32 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   04/02/13 02:35 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... R_A   31/01/13 08:36 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   01/02/13 12:53 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... fay spook   01/02/13 02:19 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... Madman_Greg   31/01/13 09:48 AM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... James PerrettModerator   30/01/13 03:23 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   30/01/13 03:33 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... Hugh RobjohnsAdministrator   30/01/13 03:31 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... BigAl   30/01/13 03:43 PM
. * Re: Future-proofing your interface... Hugh RobjohnsAdministrator   01/02/13 02:54 PM

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