My E-Mu 1616m is still perfectly working and delivers exactly what I need, but sadly, the drivers are no longer updated. So, as I plan to change my DAW in the following months for a Windows 8/8.1 based one, I have to consider other audio/MIDI configurations as well.
My minimal needs are the following :
- 10 audio line inputs (with an ADAT connection, as I presently have),
- 2 audio Hi-Z/XLR inputs for both bass guitar and mic,
- 2 MIDI inputs, as I have both a MIDI keyboard and MIDI pads controllers,
- 1 MIDI output (as my ME-30P is still working for dispatching MIDI messages to my external synths),
- 1 stereo output (preferably 2, but it’s not mandatory…),
- 1 headphones output (as above, preferably 2, but it’s not mandatory…),
- efficient driver(s) to get as low latency as possible.
Budget : 1000€ max, for the audio/MIDI interface(s) part.
So, I am considering the following solutions :
the purchase of separated audio and MIDI interfaces (i.e. : Steinberg MR816 and MOTU FastLane…). And here is my first (and main) question : does this kind of setup works efficiently with Cubase and, as I guess that there are two drivers involved, how are they supposed to be installed and managed in order to work as one in a Windows 8.x/Cubase 64 bits setup ?
the RME RayDat solution : as it has 2 MIDI inputs and I already have an ADAT unit, it’s quite tempting, would it only be for the RME driver quality, but the problem is the lack of headphones/lines outputs and Hi-Z/decent XLR inputs on my ADA-8000 unit… So, what to add to these ?
another way of thinking all this . Any suggestion welcomed…