Submitted July 23, 2015 by Jack B in Flash, CA
"Love It! Fantastic sound quality -- far better than my Focusrite 2i4. Higly recommend."
Fantastic sound quality -- far better than my Focusrite 2i4. Asio driver gives low latency. Great value for the price. I highly recommend this product.However, there a some things to know . . . .You may have to do a few simple things to your computer to prevent clicks and dropouts. These are steps that stop your computer "interfering" with the audio processing as it executes some unnecessary tasks: 1) Set Power Management to "High performance".2) Turn off some of the fancy visuals, like Windows Aero.2) Disable advanced power-saving and dynamic performance options for your CPU. This usually needs to be done in the BIOS or UEFI of your computer and includes Enhanced Intel SpeedStep (EIST), AMD Cool 'n' Quiet, Intel Turbo Boost, and AMD Turbo CORE. I disabled Cool 'n' Quiet on my AMD CPU in the BIOS, and it dropped CPU usage from 70% to 30%. The clicks and gapping disappeared.4) I had to stay with the v.1.00 driver; v.1.01 would not install. However, v.101 only added Chrome compatibility, and I don't use Chrome.The unit does have EQ and Compression in the software panel, so you can optionally use those when you are monitoring during recording or performing, but it doesn't provide Reverb. However, by using your DAW, you can add Reverb or any other effect while recording so the performers can hear that in the headphones. I use Sonar, and did it this way: In your DAW, create a Bus. On each Track you want Reverb, create an Send output to the Bus and set it to Pre (send signal before Fader) Pull the Track Fader all the way down. Put the Track's Input Echo - ON Arm the Track for recording with the Record button. In the Bus, load the Reverb effect, and set it to full Wet. Set the Bus Output to US 16x08 Out 1. Use the Fader to adjust the amount of reverb desired. On the Master Bus, pull the Fader all the way down.The Sonar window must always have focus for this to work.SUMMARY: Although the unit apparently works OK for most people right out of the box, for a few unlucky individuals, like me, you need to make a few simple tweaks to get it to work. Also, if you want Reverb or other effects during monitoring, use the technique outlined above.
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