Dear David and Ken and everyone, I do not currently plan to use firewire in this application, although I should, and that for the following reason: The laptop I'm not currently planning to replace (a 2GHz Pentium4M w/ 1G of RAM) is somewhat challenged regarding interfaces, bringing only three connectors for its USB1.1 hub. I've fitted it with a USB2 PCMCIA card with two connectors, so I'm equipped for the high-speed USB applications. I've come to understand that most serious audio interfaces for laptops are firewire-based, and this for the following reason: all USB2 implementations for Macs suck ass. They do not even come close to Firewire400, which speed-wise the USB2 on Windows-based laptops does outperform. So the options would be: 1. Get a firewire interface (these come very cheap, 'round €25), and use the Firewire and the USB2 interface alternatingly with the laptop (meaning I couldn't use any of my external USB2 harddisks with my laptop while using Firewire). 2. Getting a USB2+FireWire interface (Adaptec makes one four 'round €100). 3. Getting a USB(2)-enabled audio interface. I'm somewhat hestitant to go with option 1, because there might arise applications where I would want to use an external harddisk, and I don't want to get yet another external harddisk with firewire (although I might need another external harddisk sooner or later, currently, I use an external harddisk as a backup solution for my audio stuff, and I might grow out of that). Solution 2 sounds considerably better, even though it would make me throw away (or sell at a loss) my USB2 PCMCIA interface. Still, I don't see the advantages of the Firewire interfaces for my specific applications. The firebox doesn't seem to be that much of an advantage over the USB solutions to justify the additional €100 for the Firewire interface (see above). Both the Saffire and the MOTU traveller (hey, especially the MOTU traveller) do compete in a somewhat different price range. Regarding some of the suggestions: It's true, M-Audio have a great reputation for driver stability, but I had failed trying to install a M-Audio product on my system (that's why I got my terratec). I somehow fail to understand a statement like "the xxyy has Focusrite preamps which will sound great". Focusrite has a fame of marketing extremely cheap and badly-designed products in their budget product lines with their brand name from the pro lines (Red etc.). Guess I'll go with the Behringer and let you bash me for this. A friend of mine (a pro, btw) had been touring successfully with the BCR2000 from the same product line. And for those cases where I need to go professional with lots of channels for recordings jobs, I'll just use my RME Digiface. Rainer -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- Von: David Morton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Gesendet: Samstag, 22. Oktober 2005 20:03 An: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com Betreff: Re: quest for an audio interface for laptop music applications On 10/22/05, Ken Higgins <email@example.com> wrote: > > Well, > > It's a Firewire unit and not USB, but I'd like to > throw in a vote for the MOTU Traveler. Does all > that you ask and lots more. > http://www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/traveler/ > > Lots of capabilities to grow into. It's a lot > like the MOTU 828 mkII in a portable, bus-powered > package. Another vote for MOTU from here. I'm *very* happy with my 896HD. in 13 months of hard use it hasn't given the slightest hint of a suggestion of a problem.