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Rating and Reviews: Echo Layla3G Interface

The Echo Layla3G brings Echo's flagship PCI audio interface into even greater hights with increased fidelity and construction.

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Echo Layla3G Interface Customer Review submitted July 12, 2005

By a customer from iinet.net.au
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Musical Background: songwriter/musician
Music Style: contemporary - various styles
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Sound: Rock solid unit, clean clear converters, and pretty good preamps. Feature: Piles of features, has most of what you need. Everything provides works well. Quality: My only gripe is the preamp and headphone knobs which are below par... very plasticky and shoddy feel to them. Otherwise, everyhting else is solid and very pleasing aesthetically. Value: Great value... works well for me. Manufacturer Support: Drivers work well and are rock solid. However, they should have released new ones long time ago to help with improving latency to the levels which are achievable with this card. The Wow Factor: Very well.
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Echo Layla3G Interface Customer Review submitted January 24, 2006

By a customer from hotmail.co.uk
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Musical Background: active musician, composer and recording engineer
Music Style: anything
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Sound: very clean sound, good pre amps Feature: comes with everything you need if your just starting out or have been in computer recording for years. Even comes with a free copy of trackation which although i dont use it was a nice extra. The unit is also pci card powered so no need for an external power supply. Quality: only problem like everyone else has said in these reviews is the front pre amp and headphone pots feel tacky and weak compaired to the rest of the unit. Value: very good value for money. Manufacturer Support: havent had to use the customer help line yet and i hope i never have to. Driver updates are very good.
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"Easy to use, solid drivers and sounds great!" submitted April 22, 2009

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Musical Background: Active Musician
Music Style: Blues, Jazz, Jam band
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Sound: The sound is transparent no noise at normal levels. Very good sounding mic pre's. Feature: Simple interface not too many knobs but has all you need at the same time. I wish they would add a second headphone output. Ease of Use: Very easy to install. Very easy use. I especially like that it's powered from the link to the computer so you don't need another wall wart. Quality: Built very well, solid feel to it and heavier than it looks. The only exception is the knobs are bit chincy. The drivers are rock solid (I have Vista with SP1). Value: I think this is good value for the money. The key for me was good drivers as with my last firewire device randomly getting out of sync and having to unplug and plug it back in was so frustrating. PCI may not be the trend but if you're using a desktop you only have to open the PC once to put the card in and you can work in PEACE. Manufacturer Support: Never had to call. The website is well laid out with a good FAQ and support. The Wow Factor: It's pretty cool looking, not as fancy looking as some other models but your not wasting money on features you may not use. Overall: Very good value for a high quality break out sound card with a number of input and output options and a simple interface.
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"The most capable and versatile soundcard in the Break-Out Box market" submitted June 10, 2005

By a customer from marieallen.co.uk
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Musical Background: retired rock star (I wish) now an ageing rocker
Music Style: Rock
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Sound: The recorded sound quality is absolutely pristine. Even using a Shure SM58 it picks up everything just like a condenser and distorted guitars through a 10 year old Zoom 9030 is clean. Feature: Came with Tracktion v1 which is ASIO but I use it with Adobe Audition which uses WDM drivers but the Layla 3G works with both systems. Very Versatile Quality: The Layla 3G is a sturdy aluminium case style box and very nice looking but the front knobs are a bit slippy. Maybe a little knarling might help grip Value: For what this unit does, I think it would be hard to get the quality and versatility for the price paid for it. Manufacturer Support: So far haven't needed support in 3 months Overall: I would say if I need to replace this product for what I need it for within 5 years it's because I won the lottery or it got broke by the kids. Other than that I want my 5 year old to use it when he's 20
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"Do you want a high pass filter or an audio interface?" submitted November 30, 2008

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Musical Background: active musician and producer
Music Style: techno-industrial
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Sound: Do you want a high pass filter, or do you want a good audio interface for your computer? The Layla 3G is a high pass filter. If you care about recording kick drums or bass sounds, this is not the unit for you. The Layla strongly rolls off bass frequencies below about 120 HZ. Overall, the Layla has a harsh and somewhat buzzy sound that belies its pretty silver box. Feature: Echo put together a great feature set to draw us in with a good range of included checklist items: 8 ins and outs, PCI support instead of USB or Firewire, a nice mixer applet, and good driver support for both Mac and PC. Unfortunately, sound quality and sonic accuracy did not seem important enough to Echo. Ease of Use: This unit works well and is easy to use until you start trying to record with it. Then you'll find yourself wondering - "yes, but where is that bass part I just recorded"? With the Echo Layla 3G, bass and kick drum sounds get a severe squashing, particularly when RECORDING these. Quality: Low marks here because of the poor sound quality. There's really no excuse for this, and I would have happily paid more. Be warned: if you want a good 8x8 audio interface, you may have to pay more than $400-$500 if you care about sound quality. A possible exception is the Focusrite Saffire series, which you should by all means consider. Value: A low score here because of the poor sound quality of the Layla 3G. This has been a big surprise of the unpleasant kind. Please don't make the same mistake I did - take your dollars elsewhere! Manufacturer Support: I have contacted this company and their telephone support seemed pretty clueless. The Wow Factor: This audio interface is one of the worst and most problematic "Trojan horses" to sneak into my studio in years. The feature set reasonable price seem attractive. But getting bad sound quality out of an audio interface is a big problem no matter what the price. I wish I'd never bought or even heard of this unit. Overall: I am currently looking for a replacement. My latest efforts to record some tracks from a drum machine have fallen so far short in the bass department that I am replacing the Layla 3G right away.
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"LAyla 3g" submitted April 16, 2005

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Quality: Great and clean sounding preamp, rock solid drivers,alluminium case feel very solid and fantastic Echo support. the only downside are the knob at the front can feel a bit fragile compared to the alluminium case Value: Free copy of trackton if you need a DAW Manufacturer Support: you can get a echo tech on the phone in less than 5 min!
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