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M-Audio Firewire Solo US35030 Firewire Audio Interface

by M-Audio

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  • FireWire audio interface for recording guitar, vocals, and more on Mac or PC music software
  • Front-panel XLR microphone input with gain control and clip LED
  • Front-panel 1/4-inch guitar input and 2 rear-panel 1/4-inch line inputs
  • Dual FireWire ports for easy device chaining; front-panel switch toggles between front and rear inputs
  • Rack-mountable metal chassis; includes FireWire cables; 1-year warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.2 x 2.8 inches ; 3.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0006A9M3K
  • Item model number: US35030
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,313 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

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The FireWire Solo is designed from the ground up as an easy-to-use, high-quality interface for songwriters to record guitars, vocals and more on the computer. Compatible with most popular music software, this compact bus-powered unit is small enough to go anywhere you want to take your music. In addition to the 1/4" guitar input right on the front panel, a professional XLR microphone input also lets you record vocals and acoustic instruments. There are also dual line inputs for effects, drum machines and other outboard gear. FireWire connectivity, up to 24-bit/96kHz sample rate support and digital I/O all add up to outstanding sonic performance. As simple to connect and operate as it is powerful, FireWire Solo is the foundation of your computer-based songwriting studio.

FireWire Solo is the foundation of your computer-based songwriting studio. Click to enlarge.

Includes microphone, guitar, line and S/PDIF inputs. Click to enlarge.

XLR input with phantom power and clipping LED.

Analog and Digital Inputs
The FireWire Solo features two front-panel inputs, one XLR for microphones (featuring phantom power, gain control, and a clipping LED); and one guitar input (with gain control and clipping lED).

The rear of the device features 2 unbalanced 1/4-inch line inputs for connecting drum machines or other devices, and a front-panel switch toggles between front/rear inputs.

The rear also features a two-channel S/PDIF digital input and output. Connect another device and get four simultaneous in/out channels.

Headphone Output
Use the 1/4-inch stereo headphone output to monitor, or use the two-channel rear 1/4-inch outputs.

The front-panel knob controls both levels.

Mac and Windows Compatible
The FireWire Solo will work with both Macs and PCs with FireWire ports. It's powered by the FireWire bus (power supply included for use with 4-pin ports), and features an additional port for easy device chaining.

On either platform, you'll enjoy flexible software-based routing/mixing with near-zero latency monitoring.

Includes Ableton Live Lite
Ableton Live Lite delivers much of the functionality of Ableton Live—the revolutionary, multi-award winning music production solution that allows you to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. Live brings your acoustic, electronic and virtual instruments—as well as your digital audio recordings and MIDI sequences—together in a single interface with unparalleled ease of use.

What's in the Box
FireWire Solo Recording Interface, CD-ROM containing driver software and user manual in PDF form, Printed Quick Start Guide, 6 pin to 6 pin FireWire cable, 6 pin to 4 pin FireWire cable, Power Supply

Product Description

The FireWire Solo is designed from the ground up as an easy-to-use, high-quality interface for songwriters to record guitars, vocals and more on the computer. Compatible with most popular music software, this compact bus-powered unit is small enough to go anywhere you want to take your music. In addition to the 1/4" guitar input right on the front panel, a professional XLR microphone input also lets you record vocals and acoustic instruments. There are also dual line inputs for effects, drum machines and other outboard gear. FireWire connectivity, up to 24-bit/96kHz sample rate support and digital I/O all add up to outstanding sonic performance. As simple to connect and operate as it is powerful, FireWire Solo is the foundation of your computer-based songwriting studio.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very portable as well!
Colin
The only driver on the M-Audio site is from early 2006 and does not support Tiger 10.4.11 which is what I am running.
Kate Stokes
And they say hopefully it will be fixed in an update.
Commodore Sloat

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By M. Clarke on October 23, 2005
I'm using this on an Apple PowerBook G4 with a 1.33 GHz processor and 768 MB RAM. I mainly record through GarageBand, and after about 10 hours of use, it has worked flawlessly so far.

Controls in front are intuitive. The clip LEDs let you know when your input volumes are maxing out.

Note that you can record only two sources at once: either the front two (mic and line in) or the rear two (two line ins). I initially thought you could record 4 simultaneous tracks with this. There is, however, a switch on the front of the unit that allows you to choose front or rear inputs.

There is an extra firewire plug in the rear of the unit, which allows you to daisy-chain several firewire devices. This works perfectly for me on my 12" PowerBook, which only has one firewire input.

Very low latency on this unit. I can play my electric through GarageBand's multi-effects units while listening on my headphones, and I notice almost zero latency. I'm anxious to try it on my amplifier, to see if it would be suitable for live performance.

I would recommend this for anyone who's thinking about getting into home recording. It's very well designed, well built, and should suit me well for years.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A on February 9, 2006
The M-Audio firewire solo is a really great product for music creation and even for sound output to a stereo. installing the drivers can be tricky though unless you download [...]

The PDF explains exaclty what to do.

After I installed everything the M-audio worked flawlessly. I record my own music and also use it for better sound output to my stereo system. The result is clear proffesional recording sound quality.

I recommend it to anyone
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Chen on November 29, 2006
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As a newcomer to m-audio products, I surfed the net for good/cheap options so that I wouldn't spend a lot of cash in a product I hardly even knew. Thus far, the Firewire Solo has put a smile on my face and the bundled software really makes it profitable since you get a all-in-one kinda combo.

The bundled software includes a ProTools demo, a Live 4 demo which can be upgraded to the full version (great!), ProSessions demo and the GT Player Express. This last piece of software is mind blowing even in its limited demo version. The GT provides you with a limited yet versatile array of guitar effects that'll keep you happy for a longtime.

It took me a while to set this baby up since I didn't take the time to read the manuals and that gave me a headache since the thing wouldn't work properly; remember to download the newest drivers from the m-audio website to avoid any kind of trouble. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is mainly because I'm no m-audio connoisseur and couln't give you an expert's opinion on the in & outs of this thing, but so far it has worked wonderfully!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sam on February 2, 2006
This is great for plug and play. It didn't take me long to figure the ins and outs. I found the latency is reduced with the firewire connection compared to USB devices. I haven't used the mic input yet but the 1/4" input for guitar and bass I have and the latency is close to nill. I have also used the S/PDIF in with my 2-channel mixer with turntables and it sounds great. Worth the invesment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Ng on January 4, 2008
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I'm very impressed. A lot of features and flexibility packed into a small and inexpensive package.

I installed it on a WinXP(SP2) machine which had Adobe Audition on it, and the M-Audio drivers and software were fully integrated into Audition automatically. Very slick. Made some nice home-studio recordings within an hour of opening the box.

The only startup difficulty was in realizing that there were way more options than I expected for to routing inputs to outputs, so picking the right combination of software settings to simply make a recording from one mono mic seemed a bit more complicated that it needs to be. Took me a whole extra 10 minutes of reading the included PDF-format manual :).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Octavius F. Squirrel on December 10, 2007
Each day I have to reboot my machine because the audio outputs either stop working or start to pick up a lot of noise/static. Searching around the internet seems to indicate M-Audio drivers for OS X are not to be held in high regard.

If you havea Mac, I would think twice about buying M-Audio audio interfaces. (For the record, I have OS X 10.4.11).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Trevino on September 18, 2006
Bought this thing out of desperation. Was getting a low level background hiss running the mixer through the sound card and at my wits end bought this interface. WOW! Absolutely NO background artifact and amazing recording clarity. Easy to set up easy to use. Bought it thinking I would be returning it... no way! I'm keeping this baby!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kate Stokes VINE VOICE on December 22, 2007
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Unfortunately, I have an Intel Mac. I researched this item extensively prior to purchase and nowhere does it tell you that it has trouble with Intel Macs. The only driver on the M-Audio site is from early 2006 and does not support Tiger 10.4.11 which is what I am running. I installed the CD-ROM that came in the box, but the unit would not show as being hooked up to my Mac and I could not use any of my Pro Audio programs with it. I couldn't even open the M-Audio control panel on my computer. I then went and installed the most recent Intel driver from the M-Audio site and it got a me a little further; I could now open the control panel so that it could tell me that the device isn't plugged in. All of the lights are on on the device but it is not hooking up right to my computer somehow. Me thinks this is an Intel issue.

Of course now when I go to research this issue I find all the Intel problem reports that I didn't see somehow before I bought this item. Bottom line, this is an outdated item (it is a few years old and has not been updated) and it has outdated software support. I'm not sure if just the latter is the only problem or if the two issues work in concert with each other. I wish I still had my G5 so I could try this thing out and confirm that it really is an Intel issue, but I don't. I just have my 2.2GHz Santa Rosa MacBook Pro.

I am returning this to Amazon and now I will have to start looking for a mobile audio solution again. I knew this thing was too good to be true when I saw the price, and I should have gone with my gut.
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