I’ve been surfing eBay for a Fireface UC… I’m starting to have buyers remorse, even though, let me restate: this unit sounds absolutely amazing. Yamaha did a really, really good job with the circuitry on this thing.
If only, IF ONLY they could have come up with better drivers! Why does it have to be that RME makes the only 100% freely routable solution on the market? Why does TotalMix have to rule them all? Any other company could invest the time and resources necessary to write some killer drivers with true internal loopback recording capability, all conceivable routings available, etc.
Why not Yamaha? Why won’t someone else respond and take this seriously? RME doesn’t HAVE to be the only game in town. I loved my HDSP Multiface/PCI setup, but now it’s dead. Nothing I can do about it. I really wanted to try this, and I really, really love how it sounds, but the latency on my 9 year old RME was actually a bit better(!), and the drivers… absolutely no comparison. All this ‘progress’, and in 2011 this is the best the competition has to offer… too bad.
I really hope someone at Yamaha reads this and feels their honor challenged or something and takes it upon themselves to attempt to whip RME’s asses with a total rewrite of the drivers that include everything I’ve listed above, and then some.
I’m listening to Morrissey’s “You Are The Quarry” on my HD650s as I write this, and it really is stunningly good sounding… I’m listening at 96kHz b/c Cubase is open, and even with the source sample rate mismatch (44.1 from Winamp), which I just realized is the case… it sounds immaculate. No artefacts, absolute audio velvet.
If they can get THIS right, and they HAVE, then they can get the bleeding drivers right! Am I right?!