Noone knows then?
We have had issues with our Presonus sounddesk for a while and it seems that Presonus do not support the pci firewire card(s) we have been using (all fairly cheap ones, sub £20) and only show the more expensive ones on their "tested and supported" list.
What I want to know is, why should we spend at least double in some cases to get a more expensive firewire card and would that actually be better/more reliable than a cheaper one? What are the actual differences? I know the better ones have firewire "B" ability but the sounddesk does not to this would be a redundant feature.
Should the cheaper, low-end cards be capable of running this or is there a reason why presonus note we need to get a "beefier" one?
Noone knows then?
The reason for getting a more expensive one in this case would be that it's supported by the supplier of the other hardware, if you use a cheaper card there's no reason why it shouldn't work as firewire is a standard but if there is any sort of problem you won't get any support?
Sometimes certain hardware only works with certain firewire chipsets - our Motu 8 Pre we use for recording music students only works with a TI chip (I think) and not others.
If it already works for you, then I don't see any reason to panic, but if buying a new system, I'd follow the supplier's advice.
I've got a StudioLive too, which would only work with certain Firewire cards. The TI chipset ones seem to all work, but I made the mistake of using a non-supported one first. It wouldn't even connect.
I'd say that if it's working with the cheaper card and it's stable, I wouldn't bother with a more expensive one.
That's the thing though, it is very unreliable with our cheaper cards and sometimes will work for 30mins then drop, other times work for 10secs and more often simply not connect/recognise at all.
I just wanted to know if there was a particular reason why we NEED to use more expensive firewire cards, as I thought firewire was all the same regardless?
Note sure how Firewire works, to be honest, but my TI chipset card is rock solid, even recording the full 16 ins simultaneously.
They're not that expensive, I think mine cost £29 from eBay.
Texas Instrument Chips are probably a good bet to be honest as others have said on here and from personal experience and research.
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)