cakewalk friendly interface. your weapon of choice?

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2017/03/16 08:30:09 (permalink)

cakewalk friendly interface. your weapon of choice?

Hello all.

I was told that I stuck this in the wrong forum. Hope I don't get booted because of it.
anyway...

I'm using cakewalk platinum.
I'm looking at purchasing either Motu's 828mk3 hybrid, 896mk3 hybrid or Presonus 192 studio. Any thoughts on these? Really want to know if anyone uses the Presonus, with cakewalk platinum. I
It has USB 3.0

Any other ideas?

Thanks.
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    Jim Roseberry
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    Re: cakewalk friendly interface. your weapon of choice? 2017/03/16 10:50:33 (permalink)
    FWIW, Thus far... none of the USB-3 audio interfaces are out-performing the best USB-2 audio interfaces (when it comes to low round-trip latency).
      
    The Presonus Studio 192 and Apollo Twin USB both yield higher round-trip latency than RME or MOTU USB-2 units.
     
    An audio interface with 16-channels of I/O is nowhere near saturating the bandwidth of USB-2.
    Thus, simply adding more (unused) bandwidth doesn't increase performance.
    Liken the situation to driving a car.
    If your car tops out at 120-MPH, it doesn't matter if you're driving on a two-lane highway or eight-lane freeway; maximum speed is 120-MPH.  Adding more lanes (bandwidth) doesn't increase the car's performance.

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    Re: cakewalk friendly interface. your weapon of choice? 2017/03/17 10:43:33 (permalink)
    I tried a Presonus Studio 192.  It died the second day I had it and it was returned and I now have an MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid. 
     
    There are several complaints about the Studio 192's high latency on other forums.  The self setup in the Presonus wound up with over 25 ms of input (recording) latency.  I was able to manually get it down to around 6 ms but that was the best I could get. 
     
    The MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid's latency at a 64 buffer is 2.7ms input and 3.3 ms output for total roundtrip of 6.1 ms as reported by Sonar.  However, the 896mk3 Hybrid would not work (had dropouts) on a USB 3.0 port but works perfect on a USB 2.0 port.  This is an issue with many others according to a thread on the gearslutz forum.  I recently built a new PC (see my specs below) and installed a PCIe Firewire card (with T.I. chipset) and use that with my 896mk3 Hybrid.  The latency is exactly the same as USB.
     
    A side note is the improved preamps in the MOTU.  I was using a Roland Octa-Capture and always used an external mic preamp for vocals as it seemed better.  With the MOTU I find I don't "need" the external mic preamp.

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    Re: cakewalk friendly interface. your weapon of choice? 2017/03/17 12:45:31 (permalink)
    Jim Roseberry
    Liken the situation to driving a car.
    If your car tops out at 120-MPH, it doesn't matter if you're driving on a two-lane highway or eight-lane freeway; maximum speed is 120-MPH.  Adding more lanes (bandwidth) doesn't increase the car's performance.



    That's got to be the best metaphor I've heard in a while. right after the RAM/desk-of-papers-one.

     
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    Re: cakewalk friendly interface. your weapon of choice? 2017/03/17 13:55:36 (permalink)
    I like my Focusrite Scarlette 2i2.  I wish I'd gotten the 2i4 instead, but I bought the 2i2 by mistake.  No complaints, the latency is good, and it does everything I need for playing (and recording) with myself.  Except MIDI.  I had to pick up a Roland MIDI-USB adapter.

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