Topic: Is the RME ADI-2 DAC FS a good choice for mixing and producing?
I'm looking for something to connect my Audio-Technica ATH-R70x headphones and I was thinking of an audio interface since I am getting into music production. I'm interested in producing electronic music and rap beats. Which means I use synthesizers and samples most of the time and have no need to record acoustic instruments.
They recommended the RME Babyface Pro FS 24-channel USB Audio Interface but I honestly don't see the use of having a 24-channel interface if I'm not going to record anything.
The other option was to buy an RME ADI-2 DAC FS 2-channel DA Converter but the RME guys told me via email this:
yes you can use the ADI-2 DAC for mixing.
You can connect it to an interface to improve the conversion and sound quality.
If you connect it direct to the computer, then there may be a difference in latency between Windows and Mac, because the ADI-2 on Mac works in Class Compliant mode without a driver and because there are additional safety buffer samples built into the CoreAudio system of the Mac, which may affect the latency.
You can also use the ADI-2 FS to expand your interface and improve your monitoring situation.
The ADI-2 DAC FS and the ADI-2 FS differ in the DA converters. The ADI-2 FS has no USB, no EQ or other digital effects like the DAC. It is a simple AD/DA converter.
Does that mean that it's not a good option for mixing it on a Windows system? I'm confused...