Topic: RME Product Choice Advice--Fireface v. PCIe
Hi all. I used to use a FF800 and enjoyed it. My one issue was that I wasn't thrilled with the latency. I have a new, fast computer, need a new audio input and would like some advice on which RME product fits me best. I primarily use softsynths and guitard to record on Cakewalk Sonar. I also use a lot of software instruments and effects. I also have a couple analog synths that I operate via MIDI and like to route to my computer. Thus I generally need 6 analog inputs, an 2 analog outputs for monitors (plus headphones). Preamps are a bonus, but not necessary.
I really like RME products so I'm trying to decide between a PCIe Multiface II, used FF800 or new Fireface UC. I can't really tell the difference, aside from the preamps. To me, it seems like the PCIe Multiface II set up would be best because I'm told (but have no idea) that it provides the lowest latency and smoothest operations. I'm not even sure this would have any impact on my softsynths/effects as I understand the computer determines that. I'm concerned, however, that the Mutiface technology is out of date and not has advanced as the Fireface UC. Would I be missing anything by going with the Multiface? What are the differences in terms of quality and latency? I have no idea and thought someone here could provide an informed opinion.