Yamaha S90 Keyboard
Emu Audity 2000
Emu Proteus 2500
Alesis Ion
Novation Supernova II
Ibanez RG350EX Elec. Guitar
Tanglewood Acoustic Guitar


TC M One XL Multi Effects
TC Triple C Compressor
Yamaha MG 16/4 Mixer
RME ADI-8 DS Dig Converter
SPL Transient Designer 2
Focusrite Twintrak Pro Preamp
Line 6 Pod XT Guitar Processor
AKG C4000b Microphone
AKG C451b Stereo Pair Mics
Shure SM58 Microphone
Sennheiser HD280 H/phones
AKG K240DF Headphones
Neutrik Patchbay


Millennium Dual Athlon PC
RME Hammerfall HDSP 9652
MOTU Midi Express XT
Universal Audio UAD-1 card
TC Powercore Firewire
> M-Audio Firewire Solo <
Sonar 2, 3 and 5
Wavelab 4
Cubase SX 2 and 3
Steinberg Groove Agent
Fxpansion BFD
NI Kontakt 2
Vember Audio Shortcircuit

M-Audio Firewire Solo Sound Interface

M-Audio Firewire Solo Sound Interface
I bought this little thing so that I could take it, a laptop and my Focusrite TwinTrak Pro preamp out and be able to record in high quality stereo. It works. The Focusrite has an AD board in it, so it outputs via SPDIF, straight into the SPDIF input on the FW Solo. No sync problems, no driver issues. I am not operating at low latency, because I don't need to, I have heard that it suffers a bit if you do.

It has an XLR input to a microphone preamp, with switchable 48V phantom power, which I don't use, a high impedance instrument input, which I also don't use, and a heaphone plug with a separate volume control for direct monitoring. It has a total of 6 ins (2 line an SPDIF pair and the two on the front) and 4 outs (2 line and an SPDIF pair), of which you can run 4 and 4 simultaneously. It comes with a 4 pin and a 6 pin firewire cable, and a separate power supply, if you need the phantom, or like me have a laptop with only 4 pin firewire. 4 pin firewire is the same as 6 pin, but without the 2 pins which provide the buss power. With laptop battery life being what it is, I run my whole setup powered anyway if it is at all possible to.

For a bit of kit that costs very little it does a fine job, if you use external preamps and AD it is as good as any method for getting stuff into a laptop.

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Or you can mail me here, glen@abstractfriends.com
if you want to ask me anything, I'll do my best to answer if I can.