Audio Interface - USB or Firewire?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by EnzoAmata, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. EnzoAmata macrumors regular

    EnzoAmata

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    I'm looking to get an audio interface for my iMac, which provides better quality and speed, USB or Firewire?
    As far as I know Firewire runs faster than USB, I assume this is the same for transferring audio?

    I'd like to hear from people who have tried both and which one provides the best quality.
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

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    USB can't handle much more than a couple channels at a time, so if you're looking for an 8-channel interface, between the two it would be firewire.

    i've never had an issue with my (usb1) mbox. also note that the non-card interfaces are trending towards USB over firewire, and apple isn't putting firewire on all their laptops.

    likely, some other transport mechanism will replace firewire (e.g. lightpeak), so for a few years we'll have a lot of USB3 vs lightpeak discussions.
     
  3. EnzoAmata thread starter macrumors regular

    EnzoAmata

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    I've just landed £1400 on an iMac I'm not looking for USB 3.0 or LightPeek to become mainstream for another two years, hopefully :rolleyes:

    I assume since you have a Digidesign box your running Pro Tools?
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

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    yes, i run PTLE, usually w/ a digi002r via firewire, but i have an mbox 1 for the occasional remote need.
     

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