Guide to firewire audio interface and the best options that are available for your studio.
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Here are some important characteristics of these type of audio interfaces.
The good thing about these products is that they are as good as the PCI ones and provides plenty of tracks for you to do serious work. Choose an expensive one with good DACs and Drivers and these interfaces are great fit for your studio.
Is Your Computer Ready for It?
In case your computer doesn’t have a firewire port, you’ll need to install a firewire interface by adding a PCI firewire card.
But then if you have a really old computer, then this may not be a good choice as the busses on the motherboard may not be fast enough to be used for music production.
If your computer already has a firewire port, then generally speaking it should be okay to use a firewire audio interface.
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What is Firewire 800
Firewire 800 is the newer and faster version of the more common Firewire 400. Learn more about it here…
The IEEE 1394 interface is a serial bus interface standard for high-speed data transfer that was developed in the early 1990s by Apple, who called it FireWire. It’s similar to a USB connector.
The original version is now known as FireWire 400 and the more recent one is known as FireWire 800.
Most users used it initially to transfer raw digital video footage from a camera to PC, but it started getting popular in music production setups as well because of the high speeds.
Firewire 800 offers much faster data transfer, much greater than what firewire 400 & USB 2.0 offers. It also supports longer cable lengths without loss of signal. For an external bus, when it comes to speed, nothing beats firewire except for SCSCI, but then SCSCI is not very common.
Video: FireWire 400 vs. FireWire 800
What about the devices that you already have, which work with firewire-400?
The 800 has a different plug from the 400, so if you have several 400-compatible devices, then it makes sense to buy a cable that converts a the Firewire-800 port to a Firewire 400. These converters allow FireWire 400 equipment to be connected to the FireWire 800 port at a slower connection speed.
FireWire audio interfaces are capable of sending multichannel digital audio in and out of your computer and also have very low latency. Check-out the best firewire audio interface models here.