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Re: New Mackie Pro FX8 usb
From what I've read in the manual, yes you should be able to use this
with Mobius without a sound card. In addition to being a mixer, it is
also a 2 in 2 out USB audio interface.
The difference between this and most other multi-channel audio
interfaces is that you can only send to the computer a stereo mix of
all of the mixer inputs. The Firebox for example has 6 inputs that
are individually sent to the computer.
The Mackie is nice if you prefer a hardware mixer and don't need to
insert software effects on individual channels. With the Firebox you
wold use a software mixer which is more flexible, but you have to deal
with a mousey user interface.
The Firebox also has 6 outputs so you could set up a surround
output mix from the computer. The Mackie only has a single stereo
pair of output channels from the computer.
As far as latency, it all depends on how good Mackie is at writing
device drivers. Since this is only a 2x2 interface I would expect
latency to be as good or better than anything else out there. You don't
need firewire for a 2x2, USB is fine. But this is relatively new and
Mackie doesn't have a long history with audio interfaces, so I would
check the forums to see if anyone is having problems.