Academy Dashboard Forum Studio Gear Talk Audio Interface

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    Axel Freimuth
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      Hey everybody, I'd like to have some help and opinions on buying a new audio interface. Currently, I am using the Steinberg UR-RT4. It works well, but I wonder, whether I should increase the quality and also get some more Mic channels. Therefore I think about buying the UAD Apollo x8p heritage. Is that a reasonable step? Is it a substantial increase in quality? Are there better choices? I' appreciate your comments. Thanks, Axel

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      PURPLE MUSIC PRODUCTIONS
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        Hi Axel, the Apollo would definitely be a major step forward from the current interface. I know those can be a boutique, so are you going brand new or used? From my experience the Apollos have a somewhat darker not as high-five, but warm tone than something like RME(very clean and pristine) or The Focusrite Clarett OctoPre. I have those two in my rig, but I have used the Apollo before. Without knowing your budget, but I would recommend RME and if needed an xlr patchbay for extra mics if needed. However, if you are already vested in the UAD ecosystem and need 8 mics out the box then the Apollo would be the option at least until all of UAD goes native. Rme makes an 8 mic version, however the cost of admission to the dance is not for the faint hearted. I hope this helps or at least gave you something to think about.

        #115207
        Axel Freimuth
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          Thank you very much for the feedback. Actually, one reason that speaks for the Apollo is the access to lots of pretty attractive plug-ins (including various compressors, the Pultec EQ, ...) that are included in a special offer that is currently available. I suppose that these could be used in recording without producing too much latency and also in  mixing thereby saving computer cpu. I will make a detailed comparison with the RME and the Focusrite.

          #115256
          Axel Freimuth
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            Bought me a new interface today, RME Fireface UFX III. I think it was a very good advice to go in this direction. So again thanks for your advice.

             

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