Old 12-08-2019, 11:40 AM   #1
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Hi.

It's my first post here. I've lurked a bit and always found the forum supportive and educational.

I am due to receive a new Windows machine (configuration below) this week and am looking for a decent audio interface to use with Reaper.

I might record 1 or 2 instruments/mics/synths simultaneously and would like to have the option of working in 24bit/192khz, with some midi in and outs. I'm assuming firewire or USB?

On my old Windows 7 machine I've been running the M-Audio Delta 66 Omni interface which has been rock solid and I'll be sad not to use it anymore.

I live in the UK and would be happy to spend up to £200.

I'm new to forums in general so I'm sorry if this post is repetitive or wrongly placed.

I'd greatly appreciate any advice. Thank you in advance.

PC configuration:

- TUF Z390M-PRO GAMING LGA1151 Micro-ATX Motherboard
- 9th Gen Core i9 9900K 3.6GHz 8C/16T 95W 16MB Coffee Lake CPU
- Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16GB) Memory Kit
- Palit GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER DUAL 8GB Turing Graphics Card
- Straight Power 11 CM 750W Modular PSU, BN283
- Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD (3500/3200)
- Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
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Old 12-09-2019, 03:57 AM   #2
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Hi. Here's a recent rundown of some current models: https://www.musicradar.com/news/the-...nners-and-pros

I am sure others will advise on older models that are worth considering.

I would be surprised BTW if a new machine had Firewire.
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Old 12-09-2019, 05:09 AM   #3
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For that money, get a Focusrite Scarlett gen 3 and don't look back. Great preamps, super reliable, a breeze to install. They just work.
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Old 12-09-2019, 11:54 PM   #4
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Thank you both.
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Old 12-10-2019, 12:13 AM   #5
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Offtopic but i am anxious to see DAW performance honest/detailed comparisson tests between I9 9900K and AMD Ryzen 3900X.

Me thinking AMD is really stepping up, against Intel.
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Old 01-03-2020, 07:42 AM   #6
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For that money, get a Focusrite Scarlett gen 3 and don't look back. Great preamps, super reliable, a breeze to install. They just work.

Having just spent two weeks with tech support trying to get this unit to install in my PC, my experience could not be further from the above. I took the device back because I was fed up with installing new drivers, doing updates, and a bunch of other things. I’m currently looking for a USB device as well.
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Old 01-03-2020, 02:56 PM   #7
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Just bought a Steinberg UR242 and it installed without problem first try. The lowest latency I’ve ever had too!
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Old 01-04-2020, 02:03 AM   #8
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Just bought a Steinberg UR242 and it installed without problem first try. The lowest latency I’ve ever had too!
Steinberg's low latency performance is just average ...but the drivers have always been very stable and hardware/conversion/preamps are all fine.

The new MOTU M2 and M4 are an interesting new option for quality of conversion to price ratio and advertised latency is good....but MOTU drivers for Windows have often been problematic and so far this series seems to be no exception.
Hopefully they get this sorted in the next few months with driver updates and these could be a real winner.
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