Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

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SmartCat
KVRist
123 posts since 24 May, 2017

Post Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:36 pm

I didn´t know where to post this question, I hope it will be moved to the proper subforum if this is the wrong one, thanks.

I make only electronic and cinematic music using exclusively software synths, virtual instruments, plugins, effects etc. and never record real instruments or vocals.
My question now is, will a very good audio interface like RME´s Fireface UFX significantly increase the performance of my DAW and quality of my music compared to a low-budget audio interface?

ckam03
KVRian
637 posts since 11 May, 2014

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:07 pm

Not as much as good monitors and a treated room. It's negligible without the first two

SmartCat
KVRist
123 posts since 24 May, 2017

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:24 pm

Yes, sure. What I mean specifically is, if I don´t use all the internal DSP and don´t convert multiple audio sources, do zero hardware routing, don´t record with microphones etc.. will I still have significant advantages in performance?

Passing Bye
KVRian
1078 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:33 pm

RME have best drivers in business, that will influence usage of your CPU, so you will gain performance from that perspective for sure, everything higher than RME Babyface will be overkill for your needs tho, also something like RME HDSPe AIO could work too, if you don't mind PCIe cards and work solely on your desktop tower, it's total overkill too, but price vs performance vs your needs ratio make most sense with those options.
Googly Smythe wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 am
Somedays it seems like we're not allowed to dislike anything.

SmartCat
KVRist
123 posts since 24 May, 2017

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:40 pm

Thank you, this is what I need to know.

Passing Bye
KVRian
1078 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:55 pm

Here's something you might find interesting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsLLEkswzE

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-c ... -base.html

If you by any chance want and can use PCI card, than best bang for the buck could be to score second hand RME HDSP 9632 with breakout cable, they go for 200 bucks these days.
Googly Smythe wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 am
Somedays it seems like we're not allowed to dislike anything.

SmartCat
KVRist
123 posts since 24 May, 2017

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:30 am

Thanks Passing Bye for your input, much appreciated!
I read a lot about the Babyface and decided to give it a try. At the moment I am working with the UR44 from Steinberg and before I disconnect it from my pc, I would like to make some tests and comparisons with both the UR44 and the Babyface.

Does anyone know if my WIN10 computer will run into any problems when running two audio interfaces? Of course I won´t use them at the same time, just let both the Steinberg Yamaha and the RME drivers on my pc during the test period.

Passing Bye
KVRian
1078 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:54 am

It shouldn't run into any problems, go for it.
Googly Smythe wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 am
Somedays it seems like we're not allowed to dislike anything.

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Distorted Horizon
KVRAF
3178 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:03 am

I'd say that if you have UR44, there's no need to upgrade until it breaks (which might be never).

SmartCat
KVRist
123 posts since 24 May, 2017

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:08 am

I thought the same but after working with heavier projects I have only problems with it. The latest drivers are ancient, time for me to upgrade to something reliable.

Passing Bye
KVRian
1078 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:26 am

RME is the right move, little pricier than the rest, but that's price to pay for peace of mind.
Googly Smythe wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 am
Somedays it seems like we're not allowed to dislike anything.

Meffy
Skunk Mod
20819 posts since 10 Jun, 2004 from Pony Pasture

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:33 am

One thing to remember — rendering your project to a file doesn't involve an audio interface at all.

When starting out I had no audio interface of any kind installed in my ancient (back then it was new) Sperry-Univac desktop. This was long before the days when every motherboard had a simple "sound card" built in, of course. But this system was able to generate audio files that could be played on machines that did have them. I couldn't monitor anything, of course. That's where the audio interface is handy, to say the least.

cleverr1
KVRist
375 posts since 29 Nov, 2005

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:25 pm

Passing Bye wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:55 pm
Here's something you might find interesting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsLLEkswzE

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-c ... -base.html

If you by any chance want and can use PCI card, than best bang for the buck could be to score second hand RME HDSP 9632 with breakout cable, they go for 200 bucks these days.
Hi,
Agree with this 100%
My main tower DAW is a Scan 3XS i9 based system and is linked to a Magma Chassis (to support TC poco). This also means I can run an RME Multiface from a PCI to Cardbus with the Rme HDSP cardbus. Ancient sound card in a state of the art DAW. It’s rock solid. I also use a Babyface Pro USB for a laptop, and there’s little to choose between the 2 interfaces.
Yeah check out eBay - older RME gear blows most lesser USB kit away for the same money.

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Distorted Horizon
KVRAF
3178 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: Will a high-quality audio interface make any difference?

Post Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:08 pm

SmartCat wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:08 am
I thought the same but after working with heavier projects I have only problems with it. The latest drivers are ancient, time for me to upgrade to something reliable.
Ah ok. Well you know the best :tu:
Can't go wrong with rme interface.

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