I’ve been seeing some horrific issues with audio interfaces all over the Cubase fora. So I thought I’d ask: What is the best audio interface for Cubase?
For me, I have yet to see anything that works as effortlessly, silently, and reliably as my RME FireFace 800. The matrix software (TotalMix FX) gives complete control over routing every input to every output, and runs 100% independent of Cubase. It’s so reliable I often just forget it’s there. It connects seamlessly and just… works.
The pre-amps are, as one would expect at the price-point, good, but not “Wow!” I’ve heard worse, and definitely better. It has a high-Z input that works fine, but also offers “compression” and “amp simulation” that are, IMHO, horrid. LOL
A/D-D/A sounds great. Again, I’ve heard better, but not without spending at least the same amount for just A/D as I spent on the interface.
As for other options, so far Thunderbolt sounds like a bit of a mess (I’ve encounter two users of the new Apollo boxes who have both had to return them).
USB (2 or 3) seems, at a professional level, unusable.
How about you guys? What are your experiences?