#1
Im going to buy a firewire audio interface and I've got it down to these two in my price range.

The presonus has 2 mic inputs and 2 intrument inputs
The firewire solo (M-audio) has only one of both.

They both cost the same so Im hoping the M-audio one has better pre-amps? or just better quality? I think it looks more professional.

So what I'm bassicly trying to ask...
The Inspire has better features on first sight but perhaps the firewire is better in the end?

I don't need more inputs as the M-audio one, but if its the same quality I wouldn't mind having more inputs

So could someone please clear this up a bit for me?

Thanks,
Thomas
#2
I'm assuming you already have a decent console and a modest compliment of mics?

I know firewire gets a lot of press (well, got about 5 years ago), but if you are investing in a studio setup you may want to look at the bigger picture.

BTW, what is the bigger picture? Do you have a space? A dedicated computer?

If you're using a computer that is hooked up to the net, you might as well just buy a monkey to press the "delete" button on 10% of your recordings because your system will crash, and your data will be lost.

Do you have a need to network your system to some distant location in your space (presumably a house or apartment), or is it just sitting there under the monitor or mouse?

If you're like me, your computer is basically sitting about five feet from the drum set and five feet from the guitar and bass amps. So why network? (Firewire, etc.)

Just hard wire it using the fat, ugly grey wire provided on most commercial A/D converters. Find a good home for your computer (preferably a closet where its noisy fan can be silenced) and invest the money you've got in more inputs, more mics, a bigger, better console, etc.

Don't let EQ magazine sell you the latest technology just because Joe Producer fancy-ass Hollywood whoever has one.

Buy what you need, and plenty of it.

Estimate the amount of wire you could ever possibly need - TRIPLE it.

...you'll still need more.

Get good with a soldering iron - make your own XLR's and 1/4" connectors. Save hundreds of dollars and get quality shielded wire to boot (do a Google search on shielded wire if you don't know what I'm talking about.)

..etc.
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#3
make sure you don't have xp media center 2005. firewire solo doesn't work on that OS.. actually most m-audio doesn't work on media center
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#4
Quote by Bubonic Chronic
I'm assuming you already have a decent console and a modest compliment of mics?

I know firewire gets a lot of press (well, got about 5 years ago), but if you are investing in a studio setup you may want to look at the bigger picture.

BTW, what is the bigger picture? Do you have a space? A dedicated computer?

If you're using a computer that is hooked up to the net, you might as well just buy a monkey to press the "delete" button on 10% of your recordings because your system will crash, and your data will be lost.

Do you have a need to network your system to some distant location in your space (presumably a house or apartment), or is it just sitting there under the monitor or mouse?

If you're like me, your computer is basically sitting about five feet from the drum set and five feet from the guitar and bass amps. So why network? (Firewire, etc.)

Just hard wire it using the fat, ugly grey wire provided on most commercial A/D converters. Find a good home for your computer (preferably a closet where its noisy fan can be silenced) and invest the money you've got in more inputs, more mics, a bigger, better console, etc.

Don't let EQ magazine sell you the latest technology just because Joe Producer fancy-ass Hollywood whoever has one.

Buy what you need, and plenty of it.

Estimate the amount of wire you could ever possibly need - TRIPLE it.

...you'll still need more.

Get good with a soldering iron - make your own XLR's and 1/4" connectors. Save hundreds of dollars and get quality shielded wire to boot (do a Google search on shielded wire if you don't know what I'm talking about.)

..etc.



Well, At the moment I will be recording everything track by track thats why I'm not in the need of more inputs.
However, if your hardwiring solution is cheaper, I'm listening.
But then again, I like the firewire beacause the easy installation.
And all my mics and guitar are in the same small room as the PC.

I've got a pretty decent PC, but I'm thinking of adding another gig of RAM (for the VST's)

But anyway, can you recomend me some products in the same price range then?

And I still want information about M-audio vs. Presonus firewire!

Thanks,
Thomas
#5
I've heard both A/B'd, and I personally liked the sound of the Presonus preamps, which is why I use Presonus. I know some people would disagree, but that would demonstrate that they're at least comparable.
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#7
I have the Presonus Inspire and use it heaps.

Good quality sound, easy to use.

If you want you can have 4 inputs as well, there are two on the back of it.

I use the 4 when recording drums.

I was unsure when buying it but now am really happy i went with it.
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#8
yeah sorry to barge in but i'm looking at the presonus inspire too to record a setup like this:

DRUMS: overhead,kick,snare mics into mackie VLZ mixer... L and R outputs into the 2 line ins on the inspire

guitar1: XLR cable from SM57 into presonus preamp slot on inspire

guitar2: same as guitar1

and then overdub bass and vocals later (we only have 3 members at the moment and need to get a demo!) .


is this possible? using all 4 inputs at once and also outputting a mixer into an audio interface?

cheers
#10
I've got the FW solo. It works great. I get only 7ms of latency while using it with guitar rig. The sound is great too. It works like a real amp with with guitar rig.
It gives a real good quality recordings too. So i'm really happy with my FW solo.