M-Audio Firewire 410
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M-Audio Firewire 410

Firewire 410, FireWire audio interface from M-Audio in the FireWire series.


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M-Audio Firewire 410 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:M-Audio
  • Modello :Firewire 410
  • Series:FireWire
  • Categoria :FireWire audio interfaces
  • Added in our database on:26/05/2003

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 4 reviews )
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theaudioandvideoguy25/07/2012

Recensione di theaudioandvideoguy(content in English)"Powerful and portable"

M-Audio Firewire 410
With 4 inputs and 10 outputs all into a good sized interface this could be the best interface to have for your home setup. Even if you don’t need the 4 inputs or all of the outputs right now, it will still leave some room to grow once you need more inputs or outputs they will already be there and you wont have to go out and purchase another interface. You can also choose to switch the phantom power off or on depending on whether you want the low noise or not.


UTILIZATION

I didn’t like the manual with this interface to much, It seemed to be a really lengthy manual and it didn’t need to be. The unit was very easy to use and to understand I don’t get why the manual would be so complex. You wont even need to touch the manual at all if you have general knowledge of interfaces and even if you are a beginner you wont need to use the manual . Just load the drivers and you are good to go.


GETTING STARTED

The back of the unit does have some inputs on it though, I think it has two inputs and 8 outputs and they are all quarter inch jacks. So this unit is useful on the front of the panel and on the rear panel. So where ever you have this unit at you will need to be able to access the front and the back, which makes me thing they should have just made it a rack able unit and put everything on the front. But I think they where aiming at trying to make it a portable fire wire unit that had plenty of outs and ins.


OVERALL OPINION

It is portable and still has enough inputs and out puts to run a major session. Using this interface couldn’t be much easier. You wont need a manual , its plug and play. Run it in any major daw that you use on your pc. I am not sure about mac though, I haven’t used it with a mac.
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moosers29/05/2009

Recensione di moosers(content in English)

M-Audio Firewire 410
The M-Audio Firewire 410 is an audio interface that has two microphone preamps and can record two tracks at once. In addition to the mic pres, it has two 1/4 inch inputs as well as eight 1/4 inch line outputs. It has two firewire ports, ADAT optical connections, a MIDI input and output, and S/PDIF ins and outs. It is powered by the 9 volt power supply that comes with it. I have run the M-Audio Firewire 410 on a Mac Book Pro that has a 2.2 Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM and have run it with an M-Powered version of Pro Tools.


UTILIZATION

With the M-Audio Firewire 410 you are able to record two tracks simultaneously no matter if you'd like to use the mic preamps or the 1/4 inch connections. I haven't had any latency issues with this interface, but with these type of firewire interfaces this really has more to do with your computer than the audio interface itself. The preamps are decent sounding, but are definitely nothing to write home about.



GETTING STARTED

This audio interface has always run pretty smoothly for as long as I have used it as I've never had any real issues with it. I only use this interface when I want to record on the go and can't bring my whole set up, so I don't use it all the time. The make up of the M-Audio Firewire 410 isn't complicated at all as all of the knobs and buttons are laid out conviently and easy to find. The features include the basic controls including gain knobs for the preamps as well as a pad for each and a mic/line toggle buttons. It also has two 1/4 inch headphones outputs and an assignable level control section. The manual for the M-Audio Firewire 410 is complete and thorough and while I never had much use for it, if you are a beginner and this is your first audio interface, I would definitely recommend having it around.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had the M-Audio Firewire 410 for about two years and I use it as a supplement to my Pro Tools rig so I can bring it around if I need to record on the go. It is a very reasonably priced audio interface and it is nice to be able to run it with some sort of version of Pro Tools, even if it isn't LE or HD. This is really a perfect audio interface for the user who wants something cheap to get some ideas down or to get their feet wet with recording. This isn't the most well made piece of gear out there, but it gets the job done at a cheap price that makes it a viable option for people with all budgets.
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FP User01/11/2008

Recensione di FP User(content in English)

M-Audio Firewire 410
This card has incredible features for the price. You can read the specs.

Price paid: ~$300

UTILIZATION

Very easy to get started using, easy to use control panel, lots of routing options. The manual is good too. I'm using this with an HP Pavilion P-4 2.8GHZ laptop, with 512mb of ram and an 80gig 4400RPM drive, and I can get around 8ms latency with the ASIO drivers with no dropouts. The website mentions 6-pin firewire, but 4-pin firewire works fine too, you just have to power the device with the included AC adaptor.

GETTING STARTED

The drivers don't work so well with my configuration, unfortunately. I e-mailed tech support 2 days ago but haven't heard back. When using the ASIO drivers, sometimes audio will just stop. Switching to the DirectX driver solves the problem, but after awhile this driver too will stop functioning, at which point switching back to the ASIO driver solves the problem. Very annoying. I'm giving M-Audio the benefit of the doubt at this point as I suspect it is just a bug in the drivers, but it's unsuitable for live performance at this point. This issue also locked up my system at one point, and I lost some work, which was quite upsetting as I've never dealt with these type of issues before. Guess I just need to start saving more often. I've only had the unit for a few days so I haven't lost all hope yet.

OVERALL OPINION

Very clear! I'm very impressed with the sound quality of this unit. The overall output of the unit could be a bit higher, but I was previously using a Seasound Solo EX, which is quite loud. This unit has much better sound quality than the Seasound.

Overall, if my problems are resulting from a driver issue, and the driver issue is resolved, I will be very happy with my purchase. If it's not, I'll be quite disappointed as I really like this unit, but I'll probably end up selling it.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown (January 2-, 2003)
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Audiofanzine FR10/03/2009

Recensione di Audiofanzine FR(content in English)

M-Audio Firewire 410
(Originally written by garabed02/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Which technical specifications motivated your choice?

Two headphone outputs, powered via the Firewire port, very low latency.

What do you use it for?

Only at home.

What's your setup (motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive,...)?

XP Professionnel SP3

Asus A8V VM SE motherboard

AMD Athlon 4200 + Dual Core CPU

2 GB Ram

250 GB HHD

Do you use it with other instruments or systems (mixing console, preamp, DtD, ...) and what's your setup?

A Yamaha mixer is connected to both line inputs.

UTILIZATION

- Did you have any problems during installation?

No problems.

- Did you encounter any incompatibility problems?

If you follow M-Audio's instructions you won't have a single problem (small tip: don't forget to depress the on button before using it... That way you won't spend an hour wondering why there's no sound).

- How complicated is the overall configuration?

Very easy thanks to the integrated control panel and the driver.

- Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive?

What user's manual? Everything is easy if you have some basic knowledge.

GETTING STARTED

Is the driver stable?

NO drop outs until now (I've been using it for two weeks).

- Are they up-to-date?

No frequent updates.

- Which software do you use?

Cubase SX 3 + Magix Audio Studio.

- What's the latency of your system?

I'm surprised because I get a latency of less than 3.5 ms. Nevertheless you'll have to increase it if you use several virtual instruments at the same time.

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you been using it?

Two weeks

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?

Pros: two headphone outputs

Firewire

Assignable controls

Very low latency

Stable



Cons: one headphone output has a bad contact

Only two inputs! Why eight outputs and only two inputs? 4/4 would be better. That way I wouldn't need a mixing desk.

Unpleasant crackle noises when it clips. Line inputs have a low dynamic range. When I connect my PA2X, the sound of my computer has more dynamics when I listen to music...

- Did you try any other models before buying it?

Yes, an M-Audio 2496, which I sold again because it didn't have a headphone output.

- How would you rate its value for money?

Good value for money secondhand, but not new (you can find better products for the same price). But it's a good deal if you buy it secondhand.

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?

I'd recommend it to people who want to start making music, but I'm gonna get a better product in the future!
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