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    Firewire 410 - Iíve gone crazy!

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    Guys,

    I've gone crazy! I've just bought a Rode NT3 mic to replace my old dynamic mic, and suddenly realised I wasn't going to get anywhere with my old SB Live! So I bought an M-audio Firewire 410 too (instead of the Audiophile 2496 I was considering)!!

    There are lots of good and bad comments on the Firewire 410 online, notably here: http://www.zzounds.com/a--2676837/pr...view--MDOFW410 - worth reading...

    I work mainly in MIDI, using VST instruments + audio files to 'embellish'. The only thing I record outside the PC are my vocals.

    I haven't yet unpacked either the mic or the Firewire 410, so I can change the latter if necessary. Any comments would be welcome. Have I done the right thing?

    John.

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    I was one of the first people to get an M-Audio Firewire 410.

    The drivers were a pain-in-the-ass to install, the included installer just didn't work correctly ... period.

    I was able to install the drivers using all kinds of little tricks I know of, and it has performed flawlessly ever since.

    I recently removed the original drivers, and installed the latest version using M-Audio's installer ... no probs this time.

    I am using a Centrino-based PC laptop. I hear from reliable sources that it can be a biotch to get working on some Macs.

    The sound quality is excellent, IMHO. I regularly take it into studios with higher-end products, (ala MOTU 828Mk2) and it stand up quite well. Very clean, crisp sound. No sense of "harshness" or strange digital artifacts.

    I use the 410 w/ Reason, Tracktion, Ableton Live, ACID PRO and Brainspawn Forte ... not problems with any of these programs so far.

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    When you only talk of adding a single vocal track and don't have an external mixer... why did you pay out for an interface with 4 ins and 10 out?!??!

    Strange choice. IMHO.


    MM

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    MM,

    I said I was crazy! You're right - it was an error. In the shop, when I suggested buying an Audiophile 2496, the guy said that PCI was on the way out, and Firewire on the way in. He *wasn't* pushing hard to sell, by the way, but I bought it!

    Back to Square One. I'll take it back & get the Audiophile 2496. He told me that this doesn't have an earphones output connexion, but I find that hard to believe. Do you know? Also, could you guys (or anyone else) suggest a not-too-expensive-but-suitable preamp for my setup? (I'll have the Rode NT3 + the Audiophile 2496).

    dansgold,

    Thanks for your valuable input too.

    I should mention that I actually have no need to be mobile - I record at home, and that's it. Having read reviews about USB sound cards, I knew they were not for me. Apparently, the situation is the same with Firewire.

    HB10.

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    with the m-audio 410 you have the room to grow if need be,i would stick with it you wont be sorry,the 410 rocks

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    Just to close out this post, I've got the Rode NT3 all set up & working great! I've stayed with the SB Live! for now 'cos I just can't decide what to upgrade to, so I'm using it battery-powered with the SB Live!, and it's fine. I'm seriously considering the Terratec EWX2496. There is also an article at http://www.computermusic.co.uk/revie...c/terratec.asp that is very positive on this card.

    Now I've got a condenser mic in my hot little hands, I've been able to appreciate its sensitivity. This was a wise move, and will be even better when I get a better soundcard.

    The M-audio Firewire 410 has gone back to the shop - I'm not convinced it was what I really should have, in view of my limited needs.

    Thanks for all your help, Folks. I'll probably post again when I definitely decide it's time to replace the SB Live! (a.s.a.p.).

    John.
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