[MPA] USB v FireWire

Jay Shaffer jshaf at jayshaffer.com
Wed May 5 14:10:24 PDT 2004

It's just a matter of cost. the M-Audio audiophile is a $100 difference 
between USB and FW400.
FW400 is the superior technology over USB. but not PCI
Jay Shaffer
Mac Audio Guy
mag at macaudioguy.com

On May 5, 2004, at 3:02 PM, Colin McDonald wrote:

> Folks,
> It is likely that every school in my area is going to be provided with 
> a dedicated Sound Engineering workstation based on a iMac and 
> ProTools, with some decent mics (sorry can't remember which) and 
> Tannoy powered monitors.  I saw the set up today and met the new 
> consultant (experienced and qualified engineer) who is providing the 
> training. This is fantastic news, after years of struggling with 
> really baseline PCs (HP eVectras) on a very slow network and almost 
> complete ignorance of requirements for audio and MIDI from the 
> contractor.
> Just one thing bothers me. The interfaces between the mics etc and the 
> Macs are to be M-Audio USB. I would have thought it would be better to 
> go FireWire, even if only to future-proof the installations. The 
> engineer says she hasn't ever used FireWire audio (external HDs 
> excepted).
> What do you guys think?
> Colin McDonald
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