#1
Don't know if this is a silly question, but do different (USB) audio interfaces have different (better) sound quality? I'm guessing yes due to A/D converters. I currently have a a Presonus Audiobox USB and would like to upgrade to a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. Would I see an increase in sound quality there? I don't actually have studio monitors yet but hopefully getting some yamahas/adams etc soon. I have used the headphone output on the Audiobox and it flat out sucks.

However, the output quality is not the only reason I'm considering upgrading since the Audiobox is clipping even with the gain on low, plus the Scarlett would have better sound quality overall too. Or maybe upgrade to one with DSP? i.e. Saffire Pro, PreSonus VSL...
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#2
Yes. A/D converters are the second most common source of clipping and lofi sound on inexpensive interface or sound cards. The most common source? User error. What signal are you putting into the inputs? Mic or line level? If the input is clipping and the headphone sound "sucks" recheck your input source and software drivers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffqF9Z9L16E
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#3
I use the instrument input with the gain at the lowest, it stills clips when I play hard unless I turn the volume down to about 5 on the guitar. I use the WaveOut 'driver' in Reaper.

I don't think it's fair to assume I've done everything wrong.
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#4
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I use the instrument input with the gain at the lowest, it stills clips when I play hard unless I turn the volume down to about 5 on the guitar. I use the WaveOut 'driver' in Reaper.

I don't think it's fair to assume I've done everything wrong.


Never made that assumption. It's just that the Presonus is inexpensive but doesn't rate "suck" quality. Plenty of players are getting excellent results with it. Also 9/10 issues where the sound "sucks" is user error and not a lame gear problem. You do the math.

I don't know Reaper but I wonder if the interface is on it's compatibility list and Presonus 24/44.1 is selected? My money is on a conflict between the interface and Reaper. Retrace your steps here.

Yep it seems this is a common problem. Lots of threads about it elsewhere:
http://recording.org/threads/reaper-audiobox-recording-issues.53135/
http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=66828
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
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#5
I don't think it has anything to do with reaper, the clipping light flashes even if Reaper is not open and I play. Same for the headphone output quality, even if reaper is not open and I just use any program with sound. I use waveout now through an intergrated amp instead of ASIO through that crappy headphone out.

It's a pretty low end interface so I don't see why you think it should be impossible that it has bad sound quality... Using different drivers is unlikely to change sound quality, or very much anyway... from 'suck' to 'good'.
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#6
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I don't think it has anything to do with reaper, the clipping light flashes even if Reaper is not open and I play. Same for the headphone output quality, even if reaper is not open and I just use any program with sound. I use waveout now through an intergrated amp instead of ASIO through that crappy headphone out.

It's a pretty low end interface so I don't see why you think it should be impossible that it has bad sound quality... Using different drivers is unlikely to change sound quality, or very much anyway... from 'suck' to 'good'.


You obviously know far more about this stuff than me.

For kicks and grins, try your presonus with a different free trial DAW software. I smell a driver conflict.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#7
I've used it with ableton as well, no difference.

No offense, but neither of the links you posted have anything whatsoever to do with this thread...
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#8
Back to square one then. It would be a shame to pick out a nice new $400 interface only to have the same problems again. Process of elimination.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#9
I don't think you read anything in this thread, stop being a troll
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#11
I was mostly asking about output sound quality.
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