Re: [LAU] Card advice: M-aud. Fasttrack vs. Rol. UA25EX vs. ?

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oh!
BTW those last time we tried to support Tascam it was a nightmare... have
not gone back to the nightmare.
For the record the zoom H products work and you can modify one for 4 input.
thnx
ron

On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM, Q wrote:

> Julien Claassen wrote:

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oh!BTW those last time we tried to support Tascam it was a nightmare...=
have not gone back to the nightmare.For the record the zoom H products=
work and you can modify one for 4 input.thnxron
On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM, Q <lists@quirq.ukfsn.org> wrote:
Julien Claassen wrote:

Hello Massy!
=A0I have a Delta and I suspect they will use most of their elements in th=
e USB cards as well. I'm not sure about phantom powered input, but the =
preamps are good, my 16bit/48kHz works perfectly and the converters are goo=
d.

=A0We compared the preamps with those in a roaldn/Bos BR1180CD, which is a=
harddisk-recorder. I think they will use different preamps now, but if not=
: The delta mic-preamps were much better than the boss ones.
=A0that's unfortunately all I can say and guess about it. I know, that=
a friend of mine has a fasttrack and has been running it for quite some ti=
me without hitches.
=A0Kind regards
=A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 Julien (the Namite :-) )

I'm by no means an expert on this, but from what I've read you shou=
ld not make any assumptions about USB sound cards based on similar devices,=
possibly based on similar chipsets, that are PCI devices. Whilst chipsets =
may be the same, there can be problems relating to transmission of data ove=
r USB when it comes to USB2.

I do have an M-Audio FastTrack Pro which I bought for use with a netbook, b=
ut ultimately I've never actually used it as a USB soundcard so can&#39=
;t comment about that. I just use it as a pair of pre-amps into the analogu=
e inputs of my M-Audiophile 24/96 for my synths (I use the SPDIF inputs/out=
puts with offboard ADC/DAC for mic input/monitoring).

I think I recall from when I was researching USB soundcards that the FastTr=
ack works okay, providing you don't expect high throughput, in other wo=
rds it works fine for USB1 but not USB2: according to the ALSA wiki the Fas=
tTrack Pro only has a reduced channel count at anything greater than 16/48.=
=A0But I'm only going by what I recollect reading, not by experience.<=
br>

>From experience, I would agree with Ronald about the FastTrack Pro's pr=
e-amps -- they're noisy as hell (but I've never had the other one t=
o compare, I'm going against my Focusrite TwinTrack pre-amps). Most of =
my synths are fine running through it as the S/N ratio is pretty good: but =
with my string synth (a late 70s Logan String Melody II which seems to have=
a pretty low output) I have to crank the gain quite a bit and the noise is=
pretty bad.

I seem to recall reading that you have to be careful as there is a US122 an=
d a US122L and they are VERY different beasts which should not be confused.=

Hope this helps.

Q

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Re: [LAU] Card advice: M-aud. Fasttrack vs. Rol. UA25EX vs. ?, Jeremy Jongepier, (Mon Jan 31, 9:41 am)
Re: [LAU] Card advice: M-aud. Fasttrack vs. Rol. UA25EX vs. ?, Ronald Stewart, (Mon Jan 31, 2:11 am)