June 13, 2013

RME Fireface UFX Review

RME has a reputation for being one of the leading companies when it comes to high quality, analog to digital converters within their audio interfaces. A lot of high quality interfaces stop right there with the microphone preamps and the AD conversion. RME goes that extra step on the Fireface UFX by including all kinds of internal settings from FX controls to an internal DSP for recording without a computer. You also have options for adding external hardware to up the ante and give you a large volume of inputs and control. The RME Fireface UFX has been out for a couple years now, but we rediscovered its power when comparing it to the large volume of audio interfaces coming from various companies. A lot of the newer interfaces are trying to incorporate a level of portability with quality, but many fall short when compared to the RME Fireface UFX.

Of course


January 19, 2012

Universal Audio Apollo – First Look at NAMM

Not content with their position as the most likely to get name dropped in the world of DSP plugins, Universal Audio have brought their expertise to the the realm of high end audio interfaces. Meet Apollo, an 18 x 24 Firewire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface. All the specs are there- 24 bit/ 192 kHz sound, great preamps and great converters. One might be forgiven for thinking UA were gunning for Apogee with this one. Well, at least before they look under the hood and see what else is going on.

You guessed it, UA’s DSP plugin system is under the hood! “That’s pretty cool,” you say, “but how is that different from all the other systems that offer DSP in an interface?” Well, the more obvious upshot here is that all that real-time processing means latency free recording, even when using UA’s well loved plugin series. The less obvious (and very cool) …

The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
October 27, 2010

Audio Interfaces 101 (Part II)

Topics we’ll touch on:

  • USB vs. Firewire vs. PCIe
  • Latency
  • Sound Quality

Myths abound in the audio world and it makes perfect sense as to why. If you’ve ever seen a demonstration by a speaker engineer or talked to one it makes your head hurt. You’d think something so common as a speaker is pretty much known inside out by now and there are no more mysteries. But, these engineers, like many engineers, are walking around with math equations bouncing around their heads to help solve simple problems – like, pushing air to sound just like (or better than) what’s coming out of a computer or MP3 player.

What I should say more succinctly is that the components in a recording studio are so complex it’s no wonder there is so much misinformation out there. Let’s start with one of the biggest in terms of an audio interface.

USB vs.