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Re: Audio Interface for Notebook Users

oddly, enought my ThinkPad T60p, which is basically the highest commercial 
model you can get in that series and is regarded as a mobile server, does 
not have firewire....baffles me. But if I can get a PCI converter, this 
works for me.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "mark sottilaro" <zerocrossing2001@yahoo.com>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2006 12:23 PM
Subject: Re: Audio Interface for Notebook Users

> I'd stay away from USB1 interfaces.  I tried my
> M-Audio Audiofile USB on a 1.4 mhz Thinkpad and I
> wasn't able to get acceptable results in terms of
> latency.  For almost no difference in money I was able
> to get an M-Audio Solo firewire interface that's been
> working vey nicely... although on a 1.2 mhz Powerbook.
> (Thinkpad doesn't have native firewire but
> PCM-CIA/Firewire converters are cheap)
> I think maybe the new Thinkpads do have firewire, as I
> almost bought one.  Ended up with a Toshiba though, so
> wish me luck.  It's being configured as we speak...
> --- Krispen Hartung <khartung@cableone.net> wrote:
>> I might give the M-Audio USB unit a try then. It's
>> not terribly expensive.  So far I really like
>> M-audio gear, especially their solid state recorder.
>>  I still like the Indigo IO, but plugging my guitar
>> chord into that thing with a 1/4 to 1/8 adpator
>> makes me nervous. It just hangs there, and easily
>> wiggles around. I bought a really high quality
>> instrument chord that is designed for computer use
>> (the Monster cable that goes from 1/4 to 1/8 and
>> doesn't require an adaptor), but the thing is so
>> thick and robust that it overpowers the input jack
>> of the IO. It's like I need some sort of harness
>> that will keep it stable in the input jack.
>>  Thanks.
>> Kris
>>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>>   Latency should be no problem if you're only using
>> a few channels.  In
>>   theory USB/Firewire devices are more suspectable
>> to bus contention
>>   than a PCMCIA card, but if you only have one
>> high-speed device on the
>>   bus it isn't an issue.  Just avoid having the
>> audio interface,
>>   scanner, video digitizer, and external backup hard
>> drive all going at
>>   the same time :-)
>>   Historically firewire has had a better reputation
>> than USB, but
>>   they're about the same now.  USB is a bit
>> twitchier with hubs, you
>>   have to be careful never to mix USB1 and USB2
>> devices on the same hub.
>>   If you're plugging directly into the computer
>> you're fine.
>>   Jeff
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