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Re: still on the interface quest...

>> > ThinkPad T60p doesn't have firewire...so I would have to buy a
>> > cardbus converter. Pisses me off. I am getting the E-MU 1616
>> > Cardbus for now, and am thinking of getting my very first mac next
>> > January (for my 40th B-Day).
>> See your point. I use both mac and pc laptops and the ability to
>> natively power up a firewire interface is one of the things I like
>> best with the mac.

On 7 jun 2007, at 19.02, Mark Sottilaro wrote:

> Still a big Mac fan (My desktop will always be one) but Toshiba and  
> Sony laptops both include Firewire jacks as standard equipment.   
> That's one of the reasons I got a Toshiba.  It works with my M- 
> Audio Firewire Solo perfectly.

Having Firewire jacks is not equal to having Firewire jacks capable  
of powering up an external audio interface. When I bough my recent  
Windows laptop, two years ago, I did extensive research and found no  
Windows laptop with that type if Firewire jack, only Macs. But that  
wasn't my biggest concern back then because I did not have a Firewire  
interface. I actually bought my first firewire box only two weeks  
ago; a Echo Audiofire 2. On the Mac laptop it is powered up through  
the Firewire jack but on the PC laptop I need to use an add-on power  
aggregate. But can't recommend the Echo one to Rainer, since it has  
no built-in mic preamps. I'm only using it to pipe audio digitally  
from one laptop into another. However, during my research (reading  
tests and talking to guys who work nine to five tracking records) I  
found that the best bang for buck - if you want really good audio  
fidelity but not the absolutely best - would be the RME Fireface 400.  
I did not go for one though, because I already have a pro level  
analog mic pre amp for studio recording, that probably is better, and  
the high fidelity of the FF400 is overkill for live work anyway. But  
I still have the FF 400 on my shopping list to pick up when my  
Multiface goes belly up (I'm on my second cardbus cable now...).

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