M-Audio FireWire Solo

 I will say right away that this card is very well suited for creating a home or mobile recording studio. And here's why: in addition to the obligatory pair of stereo inputs, it also has a separate mono input for connecting a live instrument (electric guitar, violin with a pickup), a headphone output and, not least, a dedicated phantom-powered XLR connector for connecting a professional microphone, all of which are equipped with hardware level controls.

 

On the other hand, it would be strange to expect that for such money the developer will offer us an ideal product - for some reason the device does not have a volume control for the general output signal and a built-in MIDI interface. But there is an additional FireWire connector, which allows you to "link" compatible devices into a common circuit.

In practice, the M-Audio FireWire Solo proved to be a stable device capable of recording sound without distortion or noise. However, when running the Right-Mark Audio Analyzer, it turned out that the actual signal-to-noise ratio (in 24-bit / 96 kHz mode) is 96.7 dB. Nevertheless, one cannot but admit that, taking into account the fast interface, well-cut body and other bonuses, the card fully justifies its price tag


M-Audio FireWire Solo


  • Interface:  FireWire 400
  • Inputs:  1 x XLR, 3 x 1/4" TRS, S/P-DIF
  • Outputs:  2x1/4" TRS, S/P-DIF
  • DAC:  24bit/96kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio:  102 dB (ADC) / 107 dB (DAC)
  • Purpose:  studio, Hi-Fi-audio

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