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Beatlesfan



Monroe, WI

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Jan 12th, 2016 03:13 PM        

I'm thinking of picking one up for under $80. <br /> Are they worth the small investment?



Basstorius



Colorado USA

Jan 15th, 2016 09:12 AM        

I have the AudioBox 22VSL. It's got 2 inputs and is capable of up to 24 bit/96kHz recording. It's a nice, well built unit. It replaced an MAudio Firewire when I had to get a new laptop and discovered firewire ports are obsolete.



Beatlesfan



Monroe, WI

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Jan 15th, 2016 09:50 AM        

Ihe lack of firewire ports in today's laptops and notebooks (well most computers) caught me by surprise as well. I had them installed in my last desktop 4 years ago and I now wonder why.



Achase4u



U.S. - Virginia

Feb 3rd, 2016 03:23 PM        

I just don't think firewire could compete with USB's well, "universal" usage and generational advances. Much like Thunderbolt, firewire, which was also developed by Apple, is a more of an exclusive and specialty interface. They have nearly knocked themselves out of the market with TB despite how good it looks on paper. The peripheral requirements that must be met, the special connector and cabling, the motherboard controller etc have made it less attractive and higher priced. The thing that looks like it will save Thunderbolt is the fact that 3.0 will use a USB type C connector. Firewire never changed, and USB 3.0 was the nail in the coffin.



Tastybrewer



USA

Feb 6th, 2016 01:52 PM        

I bought a presonus audio box about 2 years ago. I was never able to get it to work at all! after taking the harware and software to numerous computer shops , nobody could make it work. I finally went back to Beacocks music in Vancouver Washington and they exchanged it for a new one. I have the VSL model and it works excellently. I have yhad it now for a couple of days and have had no problems!



Beatlesfan



Monroe, WI

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Feb 10th, 2016 11:41 PM        

Well, I've had the Audiobox USB for about 2 weeks now. I didn't have too many problems loading the driver on my Windows 7 laptop. I will say that I am not too pleased with the latency issues I a having. Very noticeable . When you run the amp sim (Ampire) through the included recording software just forget monitoring the wet signal. So, I'm glad I paid only $80 and I may still return it to Guitar Center.



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Feb 12th, 2016 12:41 PM        

Using a DAW on vista, 7, 8, 10 requires tons of ram. there are sites that will teach you how to disable the ram gobblers which are mostly background operations.<br /> I did it on my vista lap top and it helped a great deal.



Beatlesfan



Monroe, WI

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Feb 12th, 2016 03:48 PM        

That makes plenty of sense. I had almost zero latency running Cubase 4 in XP. When I upgraded to Cubase 6 and Windows 7 I started having problems with my Line 6 UX2 and ASIO performance which never existed with Win XP and Cubase 4. These performance issues caused me to increase my buffer size which increased the latency issues. I did bring down the latency by decreasing my buffer but that caused increased performance issues with ASIO driver. I will look into the RAM gobblers or even increasing my RAM.



littleuch

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Subtropical Florida

Feb 12th, 2016 05:16 PM        

I had a ton of HP crapola preloaded on my laptop that I disabled. Now before launching Pro Tools I shut off Wifi, disable MS Security Essentials and the firewall. In "processes" there a ton of SVC Hosts using ram, I end process on the largest one. This gets things respectable for my recording environment thru my USB Mbox, but even at the lowest setting I still get some noticeable latency. I kinda figure it's the nature of USB recording.



ejm



usa

Feb 13th, 2016 08:29 AM        

Littleuch brings up a good point.<br /> <br /> If your computer is ONLY used for your recording "studio", do you really need to have security/antivirus/etc running?<br /> <br /> It would seem to me that the answer would be "no", but I've never seen the question addressed.<br /> <br /> And on that line, what else could possibly be disabled to make things faster and/or more efficient?<br />



littleuch

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Feb 13th, 2016 08:54 AM        

The thing is, even if you're only using your box for recording, what about updates to your DAW, etc? Seems to me best way is to have a selective startup and identify what features can be further disabled during recording. I know I still have all kinds of things running even stripped down. I believe by the time I shut them off and before launching Pro tools, my RAM utilisation just sitting idle is about 20%. But with that I can get a whole lot of tracks and plugins happening without too much trouble. My biggest quirk is MIDI tracks, which I've learned to quickly print to audio, hide and make inactive. <br /> <br /> Pro Tools has a fairly comprehensive list of optimizations, I'm guessing most other DAWs do as well. It's a good starting point, anyway.



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