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    I suppose this could fall into the Musician's Corner thread or Guitar Room -

    Can someone please explain to me the difference between USB and FireWire?

    I'm in the market for an interface to my Mac from my guitar for recording.

    I'm assuming Bit-Rate and audio quality, but am not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister T. View Post
    I suppose this could fall into the Musician's Corner thread or Guitar Room -

    Can someone please explain to me the difference between USB and FireWire?

    I'm in the market for an interface to my Mac from my guitar for recording.

    I'm assuming Bit-Rate and audio quality, but am not sure.

    Tks

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    It's easy really. USB is cheap and FireWire is more expensive because it's an apple product. BR should be the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister T. View Post
    I suppose this could fall into the Musician's Corner thread or Guitar Room -

    Can someone please explain to me the difference between USB and FireWire?

    I'm in the market for an interface to my Mac from my guitar for recording.

    I'm assuming Bit-Rate and audio quality, but am not sure.

    Tks

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    USB 2.0 is more versatile compatibility wise, and there are definitely more USB interfaces coming out than firewire recently. However, the Firewire bus has a faster cycle speed than USB, which means it is more ideal for audio. Generally, Firewire protocol can communicate with your computer and DAW a little faster than the USB protocol can, which allows you to have lower latency and often more stable audio with Firewire devices.

    USB 3.0 is still a relatively new thing, and although it may surpass the bandwidth and speed of Firewire, I don't know if the cycle speed will be better. I am not aware of any USB 3.0 audio interfaces yet either.

    You're gonna want something AT LEAST 48kHz/24bit -- most audio interfaces are 96kHz/24Bit now so you shouldn't have a problem finding something 24 bit.

    Also, does your Mac have a firewire port built in or are you going to add one?

    (FWIW, I use 2 different USB 2.0 interfaces in my studio right now, and I haven't had any problems with them once they are set up. I have had some issues with drivers/setup initially on them though, and if you have a lot of USB peripherals, you may have some conflicts with them and your interface all plugged in at once. I am planning on selling one of my interfaces and upgrading to a better one that happens to be a Firewire interface. I've used devices on both platforms and both work well when setup correctly.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjstudios View Post

    Also, does your Mac have a firewire port built in or are you going to add one?
    Actually I have a ThunderBolt interface which from what I hear is 12 times faster than FW800 and 20 times faster than USB2.0

    But since I don't think there are any audio interfaces using ThunderBolt yet - USB2.0 it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister T. View Post
    Actually I have a ThunderBolt interface which from what I hear is 12 times faster than FW800 and 20 times faster than USB2.0

    But since I don't think there are any audio interfaces using ThunderBolt yet - USB2.0 it is.
    Nope, I haven't heard of any yet. I'm sure someday they'll go to that or that other thing -- I think it's called "Light Peak". But audio hardware seems to lag pretty far behind, so it will probably be a loooong while.

 

 

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