Audio Interface?

Discussion in 'Production' started by marcelkennard, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. marcelkennard

    marcelkennard Storms comin in Annie

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    Does an audio interface actually reduce CPU usage? And considerably or just a little bit?
    Regardless I'm looking to spend roughly 130 on one, been looking at the focusrite saffire 6- this one any good? anyone know of any better ones?
     
  2. Elzerk

    Elzerk 00111100 00110011

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    Like it's said over 9k times, it's mainly about the in's and out's which you should consider when choosing interface, of course the price too. Yes I think it reduces cpu since then it processes sounds itself with own drivers it isn't as heavy when you'd run it with window's drivers or only asio. I have no hard evidence what I'm talking about so I am not responsible of any damage inflicted on your equipment when following my advice.
     
  3. DJWhizzkidd

    DJWhizzkidd Member

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    A good soundcard won't reduce CPU usage, unless it has dedicated hardware effects units built in, which is unlikely. The drivers will give you better latency though.

    I have the Focusrite Saffire 6. It's decent, can do anything you would need it to do.
     
  4. cohma101

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    I have a mac now, but when I was using my HP laptop I had to get a firewire adapter to use my phonic HB 12. That worked wonders in the studio.
     
  5. Elzerk

    Elzerk 00111100 00110011

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    Okay I see how it is.
     
  6. T:M

    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

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    Generally this. An audio interface isn't going to help reduce the CPU load at all, although from what I understand there are high end interfaces that can take some if not all the work load off the CPU (my college had one, it was a rackmount module by Avid/Digidesign).
     
  7. Almighty Alias

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    If your dealing with an old computer, then a new audio interface will definatly sound better. I just picked up a Tascam US-144mk2 and when used on my desktop (which is old) it sounds way way better. But when used on my brand new laptop, I can't tell the differance. More connections is the advantage for me on the laptop... that and more knobs to play with.

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