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M-Audio ProFire 610 Firewire Audio Interface
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- 6 x 10 simultaneous analog/digital I/O ideal for mobile and studio recording
- 2 preamps with award-winning Octane technology.pristine sound and exceptional headroom
- premium digital converters.high-definition, 24-bit/192kHz audio throughout signal path
- flexible onboard DSP mixer.create multiple unique cue mixes
- user-assignable master volume knob.customize your setup
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Designed by the company that revolutionized mobile music production, the ProFire 610 FireWire audio interface transform your Mac or PC into a powerful 6-in/10-out recording studio. Premium digital converters deliver high-definition, 24-bit/192kHz audio throughout the signal path. Two preamps with award-winning Octane technology offer clean, transparent sound with low noise and exceptional headroom. Onboard DSP mixing provides a totally flexible recording experience-perfect for creating multiple, independent monitor mixes. the user assignable master volume knobgives you flexible control over output levels. MIDI I/O allows you to connect keyboards and other outboard MIDI hardware. The half-rack space unit also doubles as a standalone two-channel microphone preamp and A/D-D/A converter. ProFire 610 is compatible with most major audio software, making it an unbeatable choice for personal, high-definition recording.
Top customer reviews
First I tried my Creative X-Fi which had decent ASIO drivers, but the general audio on the machine would become robotic and staticy randomly a couple times a day, which got really annoying. The only way to fix it was to reboot. I'd have thought I got a bad card if it wasn't for countless other reports online of people with the same problem in Vista 64-bit/Win7 64-bit.
Next I tried an Asus Xonar Essence STX and their drivers didn't properly install the ASIO capability... Cubase did not see the cards as ASIO capable, and so I had no ASIO device. Foobar2000 did see the ASIO driver and work properly. But I just found it ironic that it didn't work properly with Cubase when Steinberg (the company that makes Cubase) created ASIO... clearly Asus was not up to spec. Returned it.
Next I tried an ESI Maya44e thinking that since it came bundled with an old version of Cubase it would be guaranteed to work fine with it. Not the case! It worked okay, however every minute or two there was popping that would occur in the audio when using it through ASIO in Cubase, despite having low latencies :( The software package they had for the product was obviously stale and the company is based in Germany, so good luck getting tech support. I tried getting updated drivers and found many pages on their website... like the driver download page... resulted in a 404 error. Yeah, that inspires confidence. Returned it.
Next up I tried a Presonus Firestudio Mobile. They seemed dedicated to serving the home musician community, and had good marketing materials and reputation, so I bought one. The problem with it was that in Win 7 64-bit, randomly after a couple of hours of serving up general audio from my PC, it would drop all audio until I either disabled and re-enabled the device, or restarted the PC. I tried to work with their tech support but once they ran out of their typical solutions like "try a different computer.. try a different cable.. make sure your DPC latency is not high.." etc., they got frustrated the tech support guy there named Jason got very insecure because he didn't know how to fix it. I was trying to tell him I'm a power user and have done all the research and also work for a company that makes drivers for computer hardware, so I'm not going to sit there and listen to ideas like defragging my system, or disabling Aero to solve a problem that happens across multiple machines and chipsets for me. I returned the Presonus because they refused to put me in contact with someone that was more knowledgeable there and they clearly had no solutions and kept blaming my high end system as the culprit.
Finally I picked up this M-Audio 610. Before I was aware of this product, I had only seen some of their basic products and I thought they only made entry level crapware that was sold at Best Buy. However I was pleasantly surprised to find no popping in my audio, and that ASIO shows up and works beautifully in Cubase with.. get this.. 1 year old drivers. Yes M-Audio has had this working fine with Windows 7 64-bit for a year and has not needed to update their drivers. Meanwhile everyone else still struggles to properly QA their products.
THANK YOU M-AUDIO!
The ProFire 610 is a little lacking on features, but you'd be surprised how well you can make things sound with 2 pre-amped inputs and 2 line inputs. If you're recording drums or just need lots of mics I'd recommend the ProFire 2626 though. Very clear sound and fairly quick with the firewire connection. You get software with it that allows you to individually control the channels too.
Pro Tools is by far my favorite DAW. Clean, smooth, and consistent so far.
The combo works well, and it was really easy to set up. So, if you want Pro Tools with an affordable interface, don't need a large number of inputs, and don't want LE then this is the way to go.
My computer would recognize when the card was turned on or off in the sound control panel, and I could play audio out of the digital output absolutely fine. However, M-Audio's control panel would refuse to see the card and would not open, so I could not adjust any of the analog settings or use any of the analog inputs or outputs. So the hardware worked and was clearly communicating with my computer, except the company's software was completely useless. What a waste of time and money.
I thought all the other negative reviews were a bunch of people that didn't know how to troubleshoot anything and were written by a bunch of mom'n'pop users. I guess that's not the case, because I'm pretty proficient at this stuff and I'm still unable to get it to work. So don't be stubborn like me and think "oh I'm smarter than everyone else and I can make it work" ... because you won't.
This is a really good interface, works really well, has all the features you need for a small editing rig. Just don't expect to upgrade to win8 and use this anytime soon. M Audio has not even released alpha drivers for ANY of their devices on win8. Considering it has been a year since release, I find this unacceptable. If you want to be a win8 user, stay away from m audio.