I’m thinking about replacing my old audio interface with a Presonus studio 192.
My old interface is an Emu 1820m which has been working fine so far but is a little outdated (made in 2005; the drivers’ latest updates are from 2011 and the unit gets more and more unstable as the windows versions’ numbers keep growing…)
The Emu provides many nice details I’ve found, at least in combination, in no other (affordable) interface so far, e.g. routable inputs and outputs, speaker management, internal FX, ADAT etc.
The S192 has it almost all. Paired with the assumption that 10 years of audio gear development may bring some general improvement to the sound, I’m willing to give the Studio 192 a chance.
Now I’d like to test the Presonus before buying it but I’ve heard it’s no good idea to have two audio units running at the same time under windows. So, before I’ll connect the S192 to my PC to test it, I think I’ll have to disconnect the Emu? - Since it is connected via a PCI Slot inside the PC Tower, I’d have to open it, remove the card, and so on. I wonder if there is an easier way - can I just deactivate the PCI slot in the BIOS or, even more convenient, deactivate the interface in Windows’ device manager (or in the audio device menu in Windows’ system settings under “Sound and Audio”)? Would that do?
Any help is appreciated.
Thank you in advance!