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Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Marbury » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:11 am

I need a soundcard that is PCIe (some of you will know my old EMU 0404 PCI won't run on this machine) but also an audio interface for inputting audio to an ipad. Is there anything out there reasonable priced (not more than say £200) that would do the job of both which would be an external box that would plug into the PC via USB instead of the card slot ? I am out of touch with today's options I am afraid. Obviously it would need to be midi for using the ipad's synths alongside Cubase/Reaper.

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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Pete Kaine » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:46 am

USB interface wise you want something class compliant if you want to use it with the iPad via the camera kit and it'll need to be powered off an adaptor or at least a powered USB hub as the pad itself won't supply enough voltage. Within your budget both the NI KA6 (on the lastest firmware) and the Focusrite Scarletts should work fine with the iPad.
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Marbury » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:46 am

Thanks. I like the NI rig. All I need is the input and output digital to run through my Yamaha AW4416 digital desk as well as midi which it does.
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Marbury » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:18 am

One more question: would the NI 6 be equal in quality to the EMU 0404 with it being USB ?
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby robinv » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:30 am

Pete Kaine wrote:Within your budget both the NI KA6 (on the lastest firmware) and the Focusrite Scarletts should work fine with the iPad.

Really? I didn't know that.
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Pete Kaine » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:03 am

Marbury wrote:One more question: would the NI 6 be equal in quality to the EMU 0404 with it being USB ?

It's a far newer unit so certainly I'd hope so, it'll do what you require more than fine and I've never heard anyone complain about the sound you can get in and out of it.

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Pete Kaine wrote:Within your budget both the NI KA6 (on the lastest firmware) and the Focusrite Scarletts should work fine with the iPad.

Really? I didn't know that.

Tom's had the KA6 hooked up for a demo we did a while back, so I've seen that working. I've not tried the Scarlets but they made a hoopla about them being class compliant a while back so that should indicate that they'd do the job.
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Marbury » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:11 am

I am still a bit sore that I can't use my PCI Emu in a PCIe slot, having to fork out again but it's nice that it is portable for possible live work with the ipad.

Dawsons are doing the Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 for £199. Looks the same but more outputs. Worth the extra tenner over the NI ?
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Dee » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:47 pm

This may just have been due to my setup, so I can only offer a personal opinion.........

I bought the Scarlett 18i8 from SCAN (fantastic service and delivery), however I wasn't pleased with the performance of the unit with my set up (i7,12gb ram, windows7).

I returned the unit (again, no problem with Scan who have issued a refund already - I take great care in opening packaging and repackaging goods, so always be aware of this).

I have bought the Native Instruments Komplete audio 6 and tried it last night for the first time. Granted, it was only a quick setup to try............I am really impressed by it. Much more than the Scarlett. Performance was much better on my system and the pre amps were nice too. For such a well priced unit I must say I am delighted with it and would highly recommend it from my initial try.
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Pete Kaine » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:55 pm

Depends if you need the extra outputs. It is Firewire bare in mind.

*edit* I find myself agreeing strongly with Dee above on multiple points, good to hear your happy with the experience and getting to try out a few options.
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Dee » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:06 pm

Cheers Pete.
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Marbury » Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:01 pm

Komplete audio 6 it is then :-)
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Marbury » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:01 pm

Oops, forgot to say thanks for your help folks.
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby darrylonguitar » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:31 pm

Sounds like you have things sorted, but I've heard nothing but good things about the KA6. I also had a bad experience with the Scarlet 18i6 in the past. I was trying it with a very weak notebook computer by today's standards, but a NI Guitar Rig Mobile I/O worked fine on the same system. Others have fine results with Focusrite stuff, so it could be very dependent on specific computer rigs.

I wanted the extra I/O and lowest possible latency with soft synths, so I shelled out for the RME Babyface in my current rig and couldn't be happier. That's a whole different class of interface and price point though. If I didn't want to mic up a full drum kit, the KA6 would likely have been the top of my list based on all the forum discussions I've trolled.
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Dee » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:04 pm

Glad you made your decision Marbury, I'm sure you'll be pleased.

Yeah, as above for the price the NI KA6 seems to punch well above it's weight. The unit itself is also nice and sturdy, it is powered only by USB2 but I have found my headphones are fine through it. Certainly won't blow your ears off but more than enough juice for a decent level.

The RME babyface and the RME HDSP AIO were on my list to try next if the KA6 disappointed. As it stands I think I'll get a nice performance out of this audio interface for a while yet and in the future will look again at the RME Babyface or HDSP AIO.

But to repeat, for the money it does seem a no brainer to get a well constructed, all-in-one unit with a good performance. The old saying of "you get what you pay for" certainly doesn't apply here........I think I've got a bit more!!
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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Phunky » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:59 pm

Could a PCI-to-PCIe-adapter be of any use?

There's one here on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0024CV3SA

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Re: Audio Interface/Soundcard ?

Postby Marbury » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:45 pm

Too late. I have Made the purchase of the NI.
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