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Re: Best Audio interface for under £500 ?

Postby matt keen » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:19 am

Max - are you doing any classical and ensemble/acoustic recording with your set up?

Sounds really interesting as I have thought about upgrading from my Motu Ultralite (though I don't use the pres in the Motu), and was assuming that I would need to be going to an Apogee or poss RME to get a noticeable difference. Your positive comments about the pres are also very interesting - I mainly use DAV but when I run out of those (nearly every time I record!) I would like something better than the RME's I have to rely on.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Best Audio interface for under £500 ?

Postby Beelzebub » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:41 am

Stevedog wrote:If they are still using the same converters the AudioFire 8 would be the best, sound wise, available.

Agreed.
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Re: Best Audio interface for under £500 ?

Postby crofter » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:09 am

Motu 8Pre, excellent and very versatile.
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Re: Best Audio interface for under £500 ?

Postby _ Six _ » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:20 am

+1 for the Sapphire Pro 26
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Re: Best Audio interface for under £500 ?

Postby SamCraft » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:05 pm

Stevedog wrote:If they are still using the same converters the AudioFire 8 would be the best, sound wise, available.

Well, in theory, all remaining stock in UK shops should have the IIR filters. According to Echo the new AF8s are due to have FIR filters fitted as standard. This was about 3 weeks ago when I had correspondence with them though and shipment to the UK may have already begun. It is difficult to tell from the units themselves though as the securing bolts sit flush with the case making it tricky/impossible(?) to open up.
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Re: Best Audio interface for under £500 ?

Postby HazzFq » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:47 pm

Ok so the 26 pro is only £100 more but im wondering if its worth it for me as im just going to be doing demo's for my band and any other friends bands if i get good enough.

Do you happen to have a soundclip of something you have recorded with the saffire pro?
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