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post Jan 27 2009, 05:12 PM
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QUOTE (wrk @ Jan 27 2009, 02:28 PM) *
Ah, good point ! No, the Apogee does not have XLR output, only input. The Yamaha speakers have both .. would XLR be more recommended here?

The Apogee is connected via FireWire and the M-Box uses USB. Apple has normally a good support for FireWire. Are there any (dis)advantages i should think of?

Sorry, so many questions, but i learned already a lot today smile.gif


I prefer XLR as they are balanced cables. Jacks usually aren't and you can end up with hum as background noise. Other thing - though this is probably just me - I've always got more XLR spare cables then TRS/Phono/Jacks so an XLR means I don't have to borrow a cable that's used somewhere else wink.gif .

Apogee's firewire is the 400 rather than 800 I think - so about the same speed as USB 2. One big advantage though of firewire is that you can daisy chain multiple boxes together with no data transfer speed loss. That only really means much if you intend to do this though.

As you're using Logic and GarageBand (and may not want to use and learn ProTools) double check which of the plug-ins that come with the MBox are open. Some may be only available from within PT. If they are PT only you could work around this via Rewire but that's probably using a hammer to crack a nut wink.gif. If they are all open it would almost be worth getting the M-Audio just for the plug-ins smile.gif .

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post Jan 27 2009, 10:23 PM
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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Jan 27 2009, 05:12 PM) *
I prefer XLR as they are balanced cables. Jacks usually aren't and you can end up with hum as background noise. Other thing - though this is probably just me - I've always got more XLR spare cables then TRS/Phono/Jacks so an XLR means I don't have to borrow a cable that's used somewhere else wink.gif .

Apogee's firewire is the 400 rather than 800 I think - so about the same speed as USB 2. One big advantage though of firewire is that you can daisy chain multiple boxes together with no data transfer speed loss. That only really means much if you intend to do this though.

As you're using Logic and GarageBand (and may not want to use and learn ProTools) double check which of the plug-ins that come with the MBox are open. Some may be only available from within PT. If they are PT only you could work around this via Rewire but that's probably using a hammer to crack a nut wink.gif. If they are all open it would almost be worth getting the M-Audio just for the plug-ins smile.gif .

Cheers,
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Thanks Tony .. you gave me a lot of useful informations, which will help to take a decision smile.gif



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post Feb 1 2009, 09:49 PM
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About the PODs.

There are one problem with the PODs that they dont use a "standard" sampling frequence, the use 39 point somtheing kiloherts. That means that the driver in the PC has to do reasampling up to 44.1 kiloherts. Thats why the recorded sound does not sound exacly as the sound on the analog outputs on the POD. This might not be the case of the newer models but this is the case for POD XT LIVE for example.
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QUOTE (malo @ Feb 1 2009, 09:49 PM) *
About the PODs.

There are one problem with the PODs that they dont use a "standard" sampling frequence, the use 39 point somtheing kiloherts. That means that the driver in the PC has to do reasampling up to 44.1 kiloherts. Thats why the recorded sound does not sound exacly as the sound on the analog outputs on the POD. This might not be the case of the newer models but this is the case for POD XT LIVE for example.


Interesting .. didn't know that. Thank you !! smile.gif




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