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    Looking for a solid output from my PC to my monitor... Should I just go with Focusrite Scarlett 2i2? 6i6 for more flexibility in live circumstances? How about the Clarett 2Pre - overkill for just an output? Whatís the vote? Any particular concerns with any brands that should be stayed away from?

    i realize this is subject to a lot of personal opinion, but I will preface by stating that my number one use case is output to monitors / PAs. Input from the module to the PC will go over USB so trigger latency shouldnít be an issue. Thanks in advance for any solid advice...
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  • #2
    Depends on your budget, really.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by electrodrummer View Post
      Depends on your budget, really.
      Money isn't a problem, but I don't like wasting it... Want to do it right the first time and was curious about user experiences here. Thanks again for any input.
      Roland TD-30 Module | Superior Drummer 3 | Tama Superstar Hyper-Drive Maple A2E w/ R-Drums RTS II & RTB Triggers | ATV aD Cymbals | Tama HW & Pedals

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      • #4
        Minimum price for a USB audio interface that we commonly recommended is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - it has MIDI ports and is powered over USB, good latency performance.

        I can recommend the Roland Octa-Capture if you want 4ms RTL and more inputs (UA-1010 is made in Japan) Just avoid the China made Quad-Capture or lower - they are not the same, likewise, not much is known about the Rubix series. But the Super UA looks tasty and you'll always get an easy UI with Roland.

        If money is no object, any RME audio interface will get you around 3ms RTL. In particular, the RME Babyface / Pro is a very cute desktop interface and TotalMix FX gives you more features than most.

        RME, MOTO, Presonus, Zoom, Focusrite all make really high end rack mounted equipment so it's a good clue that any smaller form / portable versions of their electronics should be great, concerning live circumstances. But some like Apogee just specialise in high end portable interfaces too.



        If the extra features or inputs don't really matter as much to you, when all you need is low latency ASIO driver performance, money can be saved.


        Brands to avoid? I'm not too keen on writing off entire companies because sometimes they do make the odd gem, however.... Behringer, M-Audio, Alesis and Mackie aren't names I would associate with good audio interfaces.
        Last edited by Kabonfaiba; 04-18-19, 06:05 PM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kabonfaiba View Post
          Minimum price for a USB audio interface that we commonly recommended is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - it has MIDI ports and is powered over USB, good latency performance.

          I can recommend the Roland Octa-Capture if you want 4ms RTL and more inputs (UA-1010 is made in Japan) Just avoid the China made Quad-Capture or lower - they are not the same, likewise, not much is known about the Rubix series. But the Super UA looks tasty and you'll always get an easy UI with Roland.

          If money is no object, any RME audio interface will get you around 3ms RTL. In particular, the RME Babyface / Pro is a very cute desktop interface and TotalMix FX gives you more features than most.

          RME, MOTO, Presonus, Zoom, Focusrite all make really high end rack mounted equipment so it's a good clue that any smaller form / portable versions of their electronics should be great, concerning live circumstances. But some like Apogee just specialise in high end portable interfaces too.



          If the extra features or inputs don't really matter as much to you, when all you need is low latency ASIO driver performance, money can be saved.


          Brands to avoid? I'm not too keen on writing off entire companies because sometimes they do make the odd gem, however.... Behringer, M-Audio, Alesis and Mackie aren't names I would associate with good audio interfaces.
          This is exactly what I was looking for... thanks again for the detail and feedback.

          Right now Iím looking at the Clarrett, the Babyface, and the Octa-Capture. They all look to be in the ~3ms RTL range so performance is fairly solid. Feature set and usability all have high marks as well so weíll see what tips the scales in the end.

          Appreciate the write up again.
          Roland TD-30 Module | Superior Drummer 3 | Tama Superstar Hyper-Drive Maple A2E w/ R-Drums RTS II & RTB Triggers | ATV aD Cymbals | Tama HW & Pedals

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rdubu View Post

            This is exactly what I was looking for... thanks again for the detail and feedback.

            Right now Iím looking at the Clarrett, the Babyface, and the Octa-Capture. They all look to be in the ~3ms RTL range so performance is fairly solid. Feature set and usability all have high marks as well so weíll see what tips the scales in the end.

            Appreciate the write up again.
            The Clarrett is the highest quality for the price out of those 3.

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            • #7
              Thanks rdubu!

              I did reminisce about my own decision many years ago.

              My choice was between the Octa-Capture and the Babyface (the Pro version wasn't a thing at the time).

              On paper, it was really difficult because I was always prioritising any audio interface on the lowest latency figures - as a sole VST drummer.

              Both had things the other didn't - like the coax digital output of the UA-1010 - now an output I can't even use since I got rid of my Roland CM-220!

              But I just couldn't ignore those amazing RTL figures from RME! Basically, I knew the Babyface was faster, but I didn't like the idea of using a breakout box and it was a very expensive interface for what I needed. I could only afford to buy it used for around £450 but I was intent on buying it.

              Then a used Octa-Capture in perfect condition appeared for £300 - I'll just say; it's amusing how quickly a price tag can override months of research.

              I can't live without it now, it's literally a vital part of my computer workstation. As it turns out, I did need the extra channels - after initially dismissing the importance of it, I slowly grew into the idea, more bits got added later on that I didn't foresee. It's like having 4 sound cards in your PC, and ever since I routed my satellites, subwoofer, throne thumper, and camera, it's become my convenient mixer and problem solver, as well as the main device to power VSTs with.
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              • #8
                Pulled the trigger on a Clarett 4Pre USB... Iíll let you guys know if it lives up to expectations.

                Thanks again for everyoneís feedback.
                Roland TD-30 Module | Superior Drummer 3 | Tama Superstar Hyper-Drive Maple A2E w/ R-Drums RTS II & RTB Triggers | ATV aD Cymbals | Tama HW & Pedals

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                • #9
                  Quick update - Clarett 4Pre is fantastic in terms of performance. I donít have any other I/O module to compare it to today, but Iím sure eventually Iíll play around with something else. Iím running the 4Pre USB over a USB type C connection and latency is ~2.4ms running 44.1 kHz and a 32 sample buffer. Zero complaints. Thanks again for everyoneís feedback and advice.
                  Last edited by rdubu; 05-12-19, 08:40 AM.
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