Submitted February 3, 2021 by a customer from gmail.com
"Great project studio interface"
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I’m really enjoying the interface. The USB driver is a little finicky on Windows 10, but it’s nothing deal-breaking and I haven’t seen any issues while recording - the driver mostly just seems sensitive to choosing other audio devices in Windows’ sound settings.The routing matrix/mixer/onboard effects control panel takes a little figuring out, but it’s super flexible and useful once you do - you can plug anything into anything via software, which is all I ever want (and rarely get) out of this sort of program.The quality of the onboard preamps and converters is good - a noticeable improvement both in and out over the Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 I was using previously - but I don’t have a high-end point of reference to compare it to, so I don’t know if they’re “great”. Certainly usable and unlikely to get in your way.Things I love:The two reamp outputs and four high-Z capable inputs are an awesome feature - I can send any source through my pedal collection and mess some stuff up.The onboard effects are great. I had a Universal Audio setup a few years back, so it’s been a while, but I don’t think the quality on any of the effects I’ve tried is less than as good as the UA effects. And the amp sims are the best I’ve played (and I’ve tried out a bunch of different amp sims, both software and hardware). I don’t play high gain stuff, so many of them don’t especially interest me, but the low gain amps are relatively easy to make sound good, can be made to sound bad (which tells me it’s a good simulation), and sound and feel incredible when they’re set up right.Things I don’t like:Their AFX2DAW plug-in that lets you use the onboard effects directly inside your DAW isn’t available over USB or for Windows.They opted for USB 2.0, meaning the number of simultaneous Inputs/Outputs is limited when compared to the Thunderbolt option, which is another strike against it for Windows users.The gain staging throughout the device (in/out of the software mixer channels, out of the assorted outputs, in and out of the effects blocks) is tricky. I find myself occasionally having to apply relatively extreme boosts or cuts to internally routed signals to ensure the destination device sees an appropriate signal level, and adjustments to some of the levels are inconveniently located.Overall, the best interface I’ve used for my purposes - most of the time I only want to record one or two channels and playback through my monitors, but when I get a crazy idea and want to send sounds weird places, everything about this system is designed to let me do so quickly, easily, and without compromising the sound.
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