Submitted June 26, 2007 by a customer from aol.com
"I Have Simple Applications and It Works Well For Me. Bundled Sonar Software is Great"
The product will do what I require of it for as long as the other devices it connects to are still current. As long as there is USB, XLR, MIDI in its present form, and op systems that support the software it interfaces with, this unit will do the number for me. Only if I get a larger studio application where I need more mic inputs will i ever look for something else. I record both the Theater Organ and I have various Rock projects I do, and for the way I record, it will serve me well until more mic inputs are needed. I see it being used in-studio as well as on the road applications recording other Theater Organs.
The sound of the unit is a surprising step up from the pcmia sound card I had been using for recording. I thought THAT sounded good. I record with a laptop: 2 gig clock, 2 gig RAM and 160 gig hard drive so the horsepower issues I hear about with other users are no prob. The sound as recorded is very sharp and crisp, and probably will take some getting used to compared to other equipment I had. I also use the bundled Sonar LE which is an upgrade from the Cakewalk Home Studio I previously used. The Home Studio kept crashing probably because it was an old product. The mating of the two is nearly perfect for me.
I record a theater organ in my house, and possibly some re-voicing of the instrument will be necessary because of the crisper audio response. This is often done with studio organs. I did not just by this unit for audio, I wanted bundled Audio/MIDI since my Theater Organ is fully MIDI-ed. The console requires 6 simultaneous channels for control. I do audio recording while the sequencer plays back MIDI recordings of my live performances. I do this so that key and pedal clacking from the organ's console are not picked up.
There are a lot more features and routing options on this unit than I will ever use. My uses are simple: Plug in condensor mics with XLR connections, phantom power the mics, trim the input, listen to the output. All those bells and whistles are there. Simple stuff. On the MIDI end, the unit must handle 6 channel simultaneous In or Out while processing audio. So far, no prob. I love the phantom power cuz I'm sick of buying batteries for the mics. There is a mic upgrade in my future to units that are phantom power only, and this unit is ready for that. Sounds like a simple application, and for the most part, for me, it is set it and forget it. But that's a good thing. With a 3 manual 25 rank theater organ on my hands, I got more to worry about. The unit does its job and it transparent to the user. What more can you ask for?
Ease of Use
There was one glitch in initial setup of both hardware and software that got to me, and to the guy who was selling the unit to me. One call to Edirol squared that away instantly. When you load the drivers, MAKE SURE THE 'ADVANCED' SWITCH IS ON!!! This instruction should be plastered across the unit. Most of us don't know that switch is there, we start loading drivers and if in a hurry, as we did in the store, did not read all instructions first. No harm comes to the unit without this switch set, it's just your drivers don't load.
The other glitch came upon first use in my home studio when the MIDI IN would not function. The usual computer fix: Turn off/Turn on fixed that one.
After that, for my simple applications, the unit performs beautifully and as I said earlier, is transparent to the user. If you are setting it up with the bundled software, read about setting up a hardware profile in the Sonar LE. If you don't do this, you will get a nasty clicking in the playback pry because of latency or buffer settings. The Sonar hardware profiler will take care of this automatically, BUT....you have to know it's there, just like the 'advanced' switch I mentioned before.
This thing's built beautifully. Rugged case, good feel to the controls, and the components such as sockets and the like seem good quality. I was a bit apprehensive about the plastic XLR sockets, I am used to all metal, but nothing has broken yet, and I don't plan on beating on the unit. Looks good, works well, what more can you ask. Also, the bundling of Sonar was what put me over the edge. This is excellent quality software. Of course as a Cakewalk user, I am biased, we all like what we are used to using, pleasant surprise that I got a 'free' upgrade with the interface. Perfect package for me.
This unit is a bit more pricey than others I looked at by about 25%. It does come bundled with exactly the software I would have chosen for it, so that makes the price increase worth it. It works in my application without crashing, that is the most important thing.
I had to call the factory even before I bought the unit because we were doing 'trial runs' of hardware and software at the store. I have NO idea what other reviewers' complaints are. I called when they open, (7:30 PDT), got help right away, and my driver install problem was solved in 5 minutes. They even gave me advice on recording software issues. No prob.
The Wow Factor
THe unit looks good without being packaged in a 'glam' case which would turn me off. I like the look of the case, control surfaces, look and location of hte indicators. Good lookin good workin. That's what I need, that's what I got. I really would not need this unit since I had separate pieces that together do what it does, just not as well. The Sound + MIDI + XLR + Mic preamps AND phantom power all in one did it for me. Lower component count.
Active Musician, Amateur recording. 40+ years a keyboardist.
I have played everywhere from a roadhouse blues band to the Vatican in Rome. Also Theater Pipe Organ
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