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Best Audio Interface - Not Focusrite

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I'm on my second Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 interface and it continues to cause problems on my system. I regularly have to close cubase and restart to get audio. When computer goes to sleep it doesn't wake up with the audio working and a host of other problems. Support with the device has been less than mediocre at best.

Can anyone recommend a rock solid audio interface similar to this one but actually works? Some multi-track recording capabilities would be nice as i sometimes jam with some friends and record multiple tracks.

I'm looking for reliability and good support.

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I had a number of audio cards. Reading your post I can recall exactly why I dumped Focusrite. A LOT to be disliked on Focusrite, that device is really pain in the @$$. For me, UR44 is rock solid. Now, you mention 18i6, and I had 6i6. That was supposed to be an ASIO interface, and ASIO was the main problem with 6i6.

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Go with an RME interface and never worry about it again. It just works!
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I have a UR28m and love it 8-)
The pre amps sound lovely.

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RME fan here (Hdsp9652 in studio, and fireface UFX for live)
Great drivers, great support! Perfect audio.

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When computer goes to sleep it doesn't wake up with the audio working and a host of other problems.
This isn't only Focusrite. Best just to switch off hibernation whatever interface you use.
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How much do you want to spend? I have 2 Aurora 16s with pcie ....best sounding card I've ever had. Heck....best I've ever heard even. But sir...it ain't cheap!

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Anything by RME and you'll never need to worry again. Been there, done that; all the messing about with dodgy drivers is simply not worth it, and doesn't even make economic sense if you add up all the money and time wasted on lesser cards. RME have the best drivers, period.
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Grim wrote:
When computer goes to sleep it doesn't wake up with the audio working and a host of other problems.
This isn't only Focusrite. Best just to switch off hibernation whatever interface you use.
I never power down the PC anymore, and have no problems with RME drivers when coming out of sleep mode.
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ESI ESU1808. I've had mine for years without a problem. I don't know why they aren't more popular, especially given the price.

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Believe the hype about RME: bulletproof (expensive though). For less money MOTU interfaces seem to work well too.
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Love my UR44 - preamps sound pristine, two powerful headphone outputs with individual mixing options (giving a singer headphone reverb for instance) can't fault it. My headphones are quite hard to drive and yet this manages with ease.

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I've had issues with the PC USB ports shutting down to save energy after "x" time. Any device connected to those ports was essentially disconnected. Not sure this is your problem but may be something to look into
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I've owned (actually still own) RME Multiface and MOTU 2408, though they are just collecting dust. RME was rock solid and frankly you likely can't go wrong with MOTU either. Currently I own and use the Lynx Aurora 8 which I recommend for both stability and sound. But be prepared to spend $$$$ on the unit itself, interface card and specialty cabling. I can't comment on the Focusrite as I have never owned any of their interfaces.
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For decades, I've owned many audio interfaces and used them in many PC and Mac builds across many DAWs: my two Focusrite Saffire Pro 40's are the most stable and trouble-free I've had.
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Cubase does not like going to sleep. Even my RMEFireface does not like it. I am surprised no one commented on this.
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Low budget: Go for Steinberg UR22 or UR44. Very reliable, also live. If you got more money to spend: RME!
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RME here for 13 years - no problems so far -and always have an uptodate system in concerns of driver architecture :)
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silhouette wrote:Cubase does not like going to sleep. Even my RMEFireface does not like it. I am surprised no one commented on this.
It's USB that doesn't like going to sleep, not Cubase, and knuckle47 mentioned it above. RME on PCIe has no problems.
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Hi,

I had a variety of Interfaces in use. I finally came to RME (Raydat for the time being).

Lowest latency and always working perfectly. That includes (and HAS to include) the Software (Drivers, etc.).

An absolute recommendation.

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Oliver17 wrote:Low budget: Go for Steinberg UR22 or UR44. Very reliable, also live. If you got more money to spend: RME!
+1, a mate has the UR22 and it's performing very well. RME RayDAT here, just add whatever preamps you need via ADAT.
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Sterling service from MOTU on XP then Win7 for many years - my main studio system. Except recently on Mavericks with my mobile system when I had to trade a MOTU ultralite for a Focusrite scarlett to stop glitches!

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My UR22 is sitting, collecting dust. Perhaps its strength is in working with audio, but as far as virtual instruments go, I couldn't get much done with it. It would max out ASIO rather fast. It was extremely limiting in that department. My initial belief that both of these products, UR22 & Cubase, should work magically together since they're are made by Steinberg, turned out to be very short-lived.

So with that said, I had to shell out few of them 'benjamins' and get myself a RME HDSPE Aio, which turned out to be a very worthy investment. So a huge +1 from me for RME. They certainly do put out a high quality product. Switching over from UR22 to HDSPE Aio was like night and day. Huge difference in overall performance and sound quality.
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LYNX AURORA 16 :D
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Newly converted RME fan here.

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