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Date: 11/7/2005 | Time: 11:16:54 AM | Author: Ross L  
Message: UA-25 (edirol) or Traditional sound card?
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I have been using an older Edirol UA30 for a sound card. It interfaces with my PC via USB. I am going to upgrade my system (PC and software). To me it sounds pretty good but I don't have anything to compare it to.

Since I have never used a traditional sound card, I was wondering if I should upgrade to the newer UA25 or just go with a sound card.

http://www.rolandus.com/products/details.asp?CatID=12&SubCatID=51&ProdID=UA-25
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Date: 11/7/2005 | Time: 4:37:05 PM | Author: Ken  
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If you're happy with the sound you're getting from the Edirol USB and are comfortable with the product you may want to stick with that. I feel there's an advantage to have external A/D converters as far as quality goes. And the USB interface will continue to allow you the flexibility of taking your sessions on location from time to time with a laptop.

But I'm personally a fan of PCI interface and my Delta 1010LT has been a dream to me. Sometimes I can't believe how wonderful it sounds - and I know there's better. But if you're considering a PCI interface, consider the Delta 1010 or 1010LT. They're in the same price range.

Also, while you're considering your upgrades, take a look at the RME Hammerfall. It's a little pricier but sounds a little better even than the Delta stuff.

It's ultimately your decision but if you're looking at something specifically for your desktop my advice is to go for the PCI interface for solid integration with your DAW.

Just my 2 cents sir.
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Date: 11/7/2005 | Time: 6:09:13 PM | Author: Paul  
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I agree with Ken . The 1010 is a great card .
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Date: 11/7/2005 | Time: 6:20:42 PM | Author: lawapa  
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Paul and Ken gave solid advice. One smal note from me :). I also have the UA 30. Found it to work just fine and dandy. But having a nice pci multi in/out card has a few advantages. Most notably the number of out/ins. But all depends on what your doing and how it's done. If you can't see using additional outs it's just taking up space. And you can still use the UA30 and just enable those outs when you need them. Because any firewire/usb externel card can be enabled/disabled as you like. And PCI cards are cheep.
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Date: 11/8/2005 | Time: 9:41:45 AM | Author: Ken  
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Another consideration I always thought was important is what kind of In's do you need?

Like, the delta 1010 has a lot of 1/4 inch In's while the delta 1010LT features 2 xlr In's which I love. However, the rest of the 1010LT's analog In's are RCA. It's got a nice digital harness though with s/pdif, optical, etc.

I'm not sure about the In's and Outs on the Edirol stuff but that's just another consideration.
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Date: 11/8/2005 | Time: 11:16:00 AM | Author: Paul  
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I'm thing my next card will be a Mackie Onyx firewire . But I still have a few days to change my mind .
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Date: 11/8/2005 | Time: 6:22:46 PM | Author: lawapa  
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Damm Paul. I hear good thing about that power house mixer/audio interface.
;)+)
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Date: 11/9/2005 | Time: 10:28:24 AM | Author: Paul  
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I know some one who got one and likes it allot Larry . One thing you should know is . They need a very clean firewire port to run properly . So it is a good idea to get a good firewire pci card a long with it . It will decrease your initial misery .
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Date: 11/9/2005 | Time: 12:54:49 PM | Author: Ken  
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Is that the rackmount version Paul?
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Date: 11/9/2005 | Time: 1:06:27 PM | Author: Paul  
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Ken , I didn't even know they had a rack mount . I thought they all had the mixer board . I don't know . I just assumed due to the fact I only saw the mixer one .
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Date: 11/9/2005 | Time: 4:04:36 PM | Author: Ken  
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right here: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Onyx800R/

The 800R

One thing you may want to consider if you're planning on using the firewire outs of the onyx mixer board is the firewire out runs 'pre-fader'. Meaning you don't get the wonderful benefits of the Perkins EQ unless you're using the analog outs. Just something that has bummed out a lot of guys that have bought the onyx. The pre's are nice (although not necessarily 'boutique') and the Perkins EQ is Tha Bomb! But if you use the digital Outs it bypasses the EQ.
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Date: 11/9/2005 | Time: 5:18:58 PM | Author: Paul  
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It also bypasses the aux busses . Can you imagine that ? You make such a good product and the big selling items won't work . I might just get a 10/10 and a spirit board . ???????
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Date: 11/9/2005 | Time: 5:38:09 PM | Author: Paul  
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I would like to go hi-def though . I don't know . I have a few day to think about it .
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Date: 11/9/2005 | Time: 7:29:50 PM | Author: Ken  
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Paul,
For high def firewire have you looked at the new Focusrite Saffire M-Audio Firewire 1814?

I have a good friend that did an amazing album in his living room on a Focurite Octopre. Check it out: http://cdbaby.com/cd/colleengrace



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